Portugal’s amber listing is ‘not justified’ says EasyJet CEO
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Johan Lundgren, CEO of EasyJet, commented: This shock decision to add Portugal to the amber list is a huge blow to those who are currently in Portugal and those who have booked to be reunited with loved ones or take a well-deserved break this summer with Portugal rates similar to those in the UK it simply isn’t justified.”
News that Portugal is coming off the green list is likely to shock and irritate Britons who have travel booked.
The update means British travellers will not be able to travel back to travel back from Portugal without quarantining.
The decision was made following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce the full list of updates to the green list later today.
The Cheif Executive of Gatwick has also made a statement on the news, and said: “It is bitterly dissapointing news.”
Government Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said it was a “difficult decision to make.”
He said: “One is the positivity rate which has nearly doubled since the last review in Portugal and the other is there’s a sort of Nepal mutation of the [Delta] Indian variant which has been detected and we just don’t know the potential for that to be a vaccine defeating mutation and simply don’t want to take the risk as we come up to the 21 June and the review of the fourth stage of the unlock.”
Thomas Cook CEO Alan French said: “This news will disappoint thousands of our customers who’d booked a holiday to Portugal following the Government advice.
“We’d welcome more transparency from the government on the data it is using to make these decisions so we can help our customers better plan ahead.
“Right now, our focus is on helping those customers out in Portugal and due to travel in the coming days. We will be in touch with all of our customers in departure date order.”
What happens if you have holidays booked to Portugal?
Those currently in Portugal will now have to self-isolate on return.
They will need to self-isolate at from for 10 days.
Those who cannot self-isolate on return would be best advised to rearrange.
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