England removes Portugal from travel red-list, lifts flight ban

·1-min read
FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Portugal has been removed from England's travel red-list, Britain's department for transport said on Monday, adding that a ban on flights had also been lifted as it was confident the risk of importing coronavirus variants had reduced.

Travellers from the country will not have to quarantine in a government-approved facility but will still have to self-isolate at home for ten days, as is the case with travellers from other countries, and have to take a test on day 2 and day 8 to end self-isolation early.

"Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) and Mauritius will be removed from England’s red list. The flight and maritime ban from Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) will also be removed, following evidence that shows the risk of importing a variant of concern from these destinations has reduced," the transport ministry said.

"Portugal has put steps in place to mitigate the risk from its links with countries where variants have become a concern, and now has genomic surveillance in place. "

Ethiopia, Oman, Somalia and Qatar were added to England's travel red list.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by William James)