As the country is slowly easing COVID-19 restrictions, with the outbreak under control and with its national health service responding well, Portugal’s doors are open to tourists, Reuters reported this morning, citing Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva.
Portugal is one of the first European countries to welcome back visitors from elsewhere in the continent. TAP, Portugal’s flag carrier, resumed some of its international operations, with flights to London and Paris, earlier this month. Easyjet, the British low-cost airline, announced its intention to restart operations from several Portuguese airports in early June. Santos Silva explained that, while some health checks will be introduced at airports, there will be no compulsory quarantine for those flying in. "Tourists are welcome in Portugal,” said the Foreign Minister.
Across Europe, Portugal has been one of the least affected countries by the new coronavirus. Restrictions, which were put in place in mid-March, are being lifted as the rate of growth of infections has lessened. Most shops and restaurants are now open and many other businesses will do so starting June 1. “Portugal’s health system responds well, and this is very important for us to be able to welcome people,” Santos Silva said.
Meanwhile, the Portuguese National Tourist Authority created a “Clean & Safe” stamp of approval to distinguish tourist activities which are compliant with hygiene and cleaning requirements for the prevention and control of COVID-19 and other possible infections. Move Sports is one of many hotels, travel agencies and other Portuguese tourism-related companies that have already been distinguished with this stamp of approval, which certifies that the company complies with the hygiene requirements and cleaning measures to ensure the safety of its activities, in accordance with the recommendations of the DGS - Directorate-General for Health.
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