Because the Portuguese government recently lifted all COVID-19 entrance restrictions, tourists who are concerned about the current airline strike action in other popular destinations, such as Spain, now have an alternative destination to consider.
“As of the first of July in the year 2022, passengers entering Portuguese territory will no longer be required to present proof of having undergone a test to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result or to present a COVID-EU digital certificate or vaccination or recovery certificate issued by third countries, accepted or recognized in Portugal,” read a statement issued by the Portuguese government. This information was included in the document.
There have been 5,171,236 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Portugal as of this month, which has resulted in 24,149 fatalities throughout the country. These numbers date back to January 2020. However, such limitations are no longer in place.
The new regulations apply to cities on the mainland all the way down to the Algarve, as well as to Porto Santo and Madeira, both of which are considered to be islands. People who are travelling to the Azores are still need to meet certain standards, but the new guidelines should make traveling during the summer simpler and should speed up the procedure at passport check.
The relaxation of COVID-19 regulations in Portugal may be music to the ears of British tourists whose visits to Spain are now in disarray as a result of prolonged strikes. The world-class, short-haul beach location is supplied by numerous of airlines that are not presently impacted by strike action, making it a potential excellent vacation swap for sun-starved travellers looking for a last-minute getaway.
Although several members of the Ryanair crew from Portugal did temporarily join their counterparts from Belgium and Italy on the picket line last week, the extent of disruption in Spain is on a whole other level right now.
Following the first wave of summer strikes that took place just last week, Ryanair crews in Spain have planned a further nine days of walkouts in July across all 10 airports that Ryanair operates from in the country. This will have repercussions for every beach destination in Spain, from Malaga to Ibiza.
These strikes are scheduled to take place from Tuesday, July 12 through Friday, July 15, from Monday, July 18 through Thursday, and from Wednesday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28. (Monday to Thursday).
Meanwhile, employees of easyJet are planning statewide walkouts for the days 1-3 July, 15-17 July, and 29-31 July in order to collectively stick it to the man, despite the fact that this would cause disruptions for passengers traveling across Spain.