Portugal changes entry rules (again) to allow older families to travel

By Linsey McNeill
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Under-18s travelling to Portugal with fully vaccinated adults are to be exempt from quarantine rules, according to a BBC report.

It says the country has changed its entry rules to allow older children to holiday in Portugal with their vaccinated parents or guardians.

Information on visitportugal.com says that children up to 18 years old travelling from the UK ‘do not need to comply with 14 days isolation when accompanying adults have proof of complete vaccination’.

It doesn’t say if accompanying adults must be parents or guardians or if they can be older friends who have been vaccinated.

Previously Portugal announced that from 28 June all non-vaccinated people from the age of 12 would have to quarantine for 14 days, meaning families with teenagers wouldn’t be able to holiday there this summer.

But the new rules allow non-vaccinated children from 12 to 17 to travel to Portugal with at least one fully vaccinated adult. They will have to provide a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before departure or a lateral flow test taken 48 hours before departure.

Children under 12 don’t need to be vaccinated or take a COVID test.

The rules don’t apply to Madeira, which was added to the UK’s green travel list today. British holidaymakers can travel to Madeira, but anyone from the age of 12 must have either a negative PCR test, vaccination certificate or proof they’ve recently recovered from COVID.

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