Vaccinated US Tourists Welcomed to Portugal

With the British government no longer considering Portugal safe to travel without quarantine, Portugal could get some tourist money from the Americans this summer.

Portugal is set to welcome tourists from the United States who have had the COVID-19 vaccination, in an attempt to rescue the summer season — which is integral to the Portuguese GDP. This comes in the wake of the United Kingdom rescinding its green listing of Portugal, which was a huge hit to tourism in the country.

Radio Renascenca cited Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira yesterday as saying: “We are in a position to approve the opening of non-essential travel and flights to people from the U.S. to Portugal as long as they have a vaccination certificate.” An exact date for when this will begin has not yet been given, but Siza Vieira is reported as saying “I believe that next week we will be able to have this up and running,” so we may soon see American tourists return to the streets of Lisbon.

Related: Portuguese Govn’t, British Tourists Slam UK’s Decision to Take Portugal Off Green List

In order to be considered, U.S. tourists must have received their final dose of a European Medicines Agency-approved vaccine at least 14 days before travel, according to Siza Vieira.

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