Queues for COVID Tests at Lisbon Airport as England Imposes Tougher Restrictions on Return Travellers from Portugal

Travellers queued for COVID-19 tests at Lisbon airport on Saturday, June 5, as England’s Department of Transport announced plans to impose tougher restrictions on travellers returning from Portugal.

Information released by the department on June 3 said Portugal would move from ‘green’ to ‘amber’ on its traffic-light travel list to safeguard public health against concerning COVID-19 variants, such as the Delta strain, on June 8. According to GISAID data, Portugal has reported 77 cases of the Delta variant to date.

The changes, which come into effect on Tuesday, mean travellers returning from Portugal would need to quarantine at home 10 days and take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 after arriving in England. Travellers returning to England from green, amber and red listed countries must take a COVID-19 test before entering the country.

Video shared on Twitter by @bhav_01 shows a long line of people waiting to get COVID-19 tests at Lisbon airport. Credit: @bhav_01 via Storyful