Wednesday, May 18

Portugal axed from travel’green list’ after traffic light scheme review – your rights

Portugal was the most high-profile holiday destination on the’green list’, with the classification meaning travellers returning to the UK do not have to self-isolate on their return. But that changed at 4am on Tuesday 8 June, when Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira, moved to the’amber list’.

It means anyone arriving in the UK from Portugal is now required to self-isolate for 10 days and take two Covid-19 tests. Crucially though, the Foreign Office hasn’t yet changed its advice and so isn’t warning against travel.

The change comes after a review of the traffic-light lists for international travel, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps citing rising coronavirus infection rates in Portugal and concern over a new mutation of a variant as the basis for the Government’s decision. See more below on other changes to the traffic-light lists, and for further help, see our Coronavirus Travel Rights guide.