Portugal and the Netherlands, the last EU countries to ease travel restrictions
LISBON – Portugal and the Netherlands are the latest European countries to ease travel restrictions as COVID infections decline and the summer season approaches.
Dutch citizens and residents can, from Saturday, visit Portugal, Malta, Ireland, Thailand, Rwanda, the former Dutch colonies of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten and a large group of Greek islands.
The Netherlands operates with a color coding system and these destinations have now been placed under the yellow code. Travelers will therefore not have to isolate themselves on their return.
Mainland Greece and the island of Crete, however, remain designated by code orange, which means that travel is only advised if absolutely necessary.
The Foreign Ministry stressed that Dutch travelers will still need to comply with local COVID-19 measures, including showing a negative test and self-isolating on arrival.
Portuguese authorities, meanwhile, announced on Saturday that travelers from most European countries will be able to travel from Monday.
People from European Union countries with a COVID-19 incidence rate of “less than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants” will be able to make “all types of travel to Portugal, including non-essential travel”, the government said in a statement.
Portugal has the lowest 14-day incidence rate in the EU / EEA with 49.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Any traveler over 2 years old must, however, present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old.
Travel restrictions remain in place in eight countries, including five EU member states. They are: Cyprus, Croatia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden, as well as South Africa, Brazil and India.
Travelers from these countries must have a primary reason for visiting and will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.
It comes a day after Portugal eased travel restrictions with the UK, imposed in early January.
Hundreds of British holidaymakers, the biggest tourist market, are expected to arrive in Portugal next week, mainly in the southern Algarve region.
On May 29, thousands of fans are also expected in Porto (north) to attend the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea.
Greece has also kicked off its tourist season with visitors from the EU as well as the UK, US, Serbia and Israel allowed to visit without a quarantine requirement if they have been fully vaccinated or can present. negative COVID-19 tests. – Euronews