Portugal to ease Covid rules- including face masks and nightclubs for tourists

Portugal's easing of travel restrictions discussed by Simon Calder

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Portugal’s Prime Minister, António Costa, announced the relaxation of restrictions at a recent Government meeting. The decision to move forward has been taken as the country is soon to reach its target of 85 percent of its population vaccinated.

Restaurant and hotel guests will no longer need to show a vaccination pass or a negative test to enter. 

The digital certificate had been required to eat in restaurants and at check in time at hotels.

Although the rule will no longer be in place, tourists are advised to check the rules at their individual accommodation as establishments may have their own regulations.

From October 1, face masks will only be required on public transport, in supermarkets, nursing homes and hospitals, large events and concert halls.

Masks will also no longer be mandatory in school playgrounds as the Prime Minister relaxed Portugal’s Covid restrictions.

There’s also good news for party-loving British tourists as Portuguese nightclubs may open sooner than planned.

The Prime Minister has said nightlife establishments may reopen from October 1 but guests will be required to show a digital vaccination certificate.

He said: “With regard to bars and nightclubs, the step we are taking is huge.

“They are almost the only activities that, since the beginning of this pandemic, have been permanently closed.

“Because we all know that they imply a great proximity and interaction between people.”

Bars have been allowed to open in Portugal since August 1 but they have been under the same rules as restaurants.

Dancing was forbidden which changed the experience for any tourists visiting for a night out.

Cultural events will no longer have a capacity limit from October 1 but a vaccination certificate will be required for major events.

The Government is yet to define which cultural events would qualify as a ‘major event’ and need a vaccination certificate.

Wearing a face mask will be mandatory at cultural events unless there is a space of more than two metres between guests.

The rule relaxation will help British tourists to have a more normal holiday experience when they visit Portugal.

Portugal also recently relaxed its entry requirements and British tourists will now be able to use their NHS vaccination card to enter.

Previously, British tourists had to present a negative test to enter Portugal as the NHS vaccination card was not accepted.

From October 1, double-jabbed UK tourists will not need to take a pre-departure before arrival in Britain.

Day two PCR tests are due to be scrapped in favour of cheaper lateral flow tests but the UK Government has yet to announce an exact date.

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