A shadow over the holidays of the British who came to enjoy the beaches of Portugal. The United Kingdom has indeed decided to reinstate the mandatory quarantine that can last up to ten days for passengers arriving from the country. The measure will apply from this Tuesday.
The news also had the effect of a cold shower for Portuguese businesses and restaurants affected by months of closure and where the British represent a large part of the clientele.
“We were told it was good, that we could book our vacation, we just had to spend the money to do screening tests. It is money and a lot of hassle to perform these tests. And, now we’re gonna come back and we’re told, no you’re on the amber list“, indignant Jamie, on vacation in the Algarve.
Spain is also on this list. But hope is reborn nonetheless because from Monday, the country’s borders will once again be open to all vaccinated people around the world. In Torremolinos, the Mecca of tourism on the Costa del Sol, we really need the return of foreigners.
“The situation is really bad here in Torremolinos and in the whole region of Malaga“, says Cristian Martin, a waiter,”but now people are starting to take their heads out of the water bit by bit“.
The British represent a third of visitors to Torremolinos in normal times. If their absence could be felt, in any case, Spain expects 45 million foreign visitors this year, more than double compared to last year.