Many people arrive at the coast of Marinha amid the coronavirus disease pandemic, in Albufeira, Portugal, June 4, 2021. Pedro Nunes NOW has something to say about it.
Portugal will allow vaccinated U.S. tourists into the country, which is trying to salvage its Mediterranean holiday season that has been severely affected by the Pandemic.
Portugal's tourism sector - which had almost 15% of GDP before the pandemic - has seen its worst results since the mid 1980s, with the number of foreign tourists after a record level falling to just under 4 million – coming in 2019.
On Tuesday, we are in a position to approve non-essential travel and flights to people from Portugal to the United States, as long as they have a vaccination certificate. Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira, quoted by Portuguese Radio Renascenca, said
Tourists from Portugal who want to travel to the United States should have received final doses of one of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency at least 14 days before their trip, said Siza Vieira.
I believe that by the next week we will be able to have this up and running, he said while on a trip to the Algarve region. He did not give an exact date when Americans would be allowed in :
Official figures showed that around 1.2 million tourists from the USA visited Portugal in 2019 but only 135,229 managed to travel there last year as the pandemic grounded flights and forced countries to introduce travel restrictions.
Siza Vieira's comments came after Britain announced last week that it will reintroduce a quarantine regime for Portugal's travellers, a major blow to the tourism industry. Britain is one of Portugal's biggest foreign tourist markets and without visitors from the UK businesses in Regions such as Algarve, known for its beaches and golf courses, will continue to struggle to make ends meet. Portugal that imposed a strict lockdown in January to try what became then the world's worst coronavirus infestation has lifted most of its restrictions. The number of new cases have increased in the last couple of days.
The country of just over 10 million is currently open to tourists from the European Union countries with negative infection rates and Britain, but passengers must show a coordinavirus test on arrival.