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Brits rush to book flights from Portugal amid quarantine fears

by LLB political Reporter
1st Sep 20 3:28 pm

More than 75,000 British holidaymakers are rushing to buy flights to return back from Portugal over growing speculation that the British government could add the country to the UK quarantine list this week.

British Airways are selling flights from Faro to heathrow on Thursday for £554, and just a week later the same flight will cost £139.

EasyJet have sold out all flights from Faro to various UK airports on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

In the seven days to 31 August coronavirus cases rose to 22.3 per 100,000 population, whilst in the seven days to 30 August Portugal had 21.1 coronavirus cases per 100,000 population.

This is up from 19.4 in the seven-days to 29 August.

The British government place countries into the UK’s mandatory two-week quarantine period as soon as the numbers rise above 20 cases per 100,000 population.

The Department for Transport (DfT) change the exemption list every Thursday evening, typically seeing quarantine measures being imposed by 4am on a Saturday.

Chris Sainty, the British Ambassador to Portugal said, it has been “great to see people reunited with their families and enjoying the summer.”

But British Ambassador warned that “things can change quickly.”

Sainty is urging travellers that they must “factor in the risks of travelling abroad in this fast-moving situation.”

He added, “Only travel if you are content to unexpectedly quarantine if required.”

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