Travel to Portugal has been disrupted as the country was withdrawn from the ‘green list’ because to fears of a new Nepal variety.
After Transport Secretary Grant Shapps highlighted concerns about a novel coronavirus mutation and escalating incidence, Portugal will be removed from the green travel list.
As news concerning the travel restrictions seeped out of the Government on Thursday without official confirmation, Labour slammed the “chaos.”
Following a meeting between the Westminster and devolved governments, as well as the Joint Biosecurity Centre, unattributed sources stated Portugal will be placed on the amber list.
As part of coronavirus restrictions, those returning to the UK from countries on the amber list must self-isolate at home for 10 days.
Meanwhile, seven countries have been added to the red list: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Trinidad & Tobago.
As a result, visitors from seven countries will be compelled to spend 11 nights in a quarantine hotel when they arrive in the UK.
There are other countries that fit the requirements for inclusion on the green list, indicating that this is definitely a political decision rather than one based on data.
“I want to be honest with people; it was a difficult decision to make, but in the end, we saw two things that created concern,” Mr Shapps added.
“One is that the positivity rate has nearly doubled since the last review in Portugal, and the other is that a Nepal mutation of the so-called Indian variant has been detected, and we simply don’t know the potential for that to be a vaccine-defeating mutation, and we simply don’t want to take the risk as we approach June 21 and the review of the fourth stage of the unlock.”
Many holidaymakers in Portugal will be scrambling to book tickets home before the change takes effect on Tuesday.
“The UK Government has caused mayhem with the management of travel restrictions at the border,” said Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds MP.
“Due to the uncertainty about the ‘amber list,’ over 50,000 people are said to be traveling to the UK every day, with only a small number being quarantined in hotels and a steady stream of airplanes arriving. (This is a brief piece.)