Portugal holiday prices slump after amber list – where are Europe’s cheapest holidays?

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The move left British travellers scrambling for last minute flights back to the UK so they could avoid the mandatory quarantine that comes with travelling to an amber list country. As a result, holidays to Portugal have dropped dramatically, falling by 64 percent following last Thursday’s downgrade, compared with the previous week.

A family of four is now able to secure a seven-night package holiday to amber-listed Portugal during the school holidays for as little as £180 per person, according to the comparison website TravelSupermarket.

Portugal has also dropped the requirement for British travellers to have proof of a negative PCR test.

British holidaymakers who are still heading to Portugal despite the list change can now take a lateral flow test and antigen test.

Where are the cheapest places to holiday in Europe right now?

According to lastminute.com, there are still a lot of low cost holidays on the continent in green and amber list countries.

Holidays at four star hotels are going for a little as £187 per person – including flights and hotel for five nights in Majorca.

A holiday in Crete East, staying in a four star hotel for five nights would set you back £219 – including a direct flight from London.

A holiday on the Amalfi coast at the end of June would cost an incredibly cheap £256 – including a direct flight, and a stay of four nights in a four star hotel.

Elsewhere, you can get seven nights in a three star hotel in Dassia, Corfu, for only £212 – and again, that includes a direct flight from London.

What are the travel rules in Europe?

The vast majority of Europe is currently on the amber list.

This means for the key holiday destinations like Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Greece, you will need to quarantine for ten days at home when you return.

Countries have their own rules on entry, usually including proof of a negative test or vaccine, or to quarantine upon arrival.

These rules are likely to change in the coming weeks however, as the Delta strain is spreading rapidly in parts of the UK.

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Is it illegal to travel to amber list countries?

No – travel is permitted to these countries, but Government ministers have been advising against it.

Minister’s seem to be contradicting their own advice on travel, prompting many to ask why the amber list even needs to exist.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May has called the current rules “chaotic,” warning “we will never be able to travel abroad ever again” if things didn’t change.

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