Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country, said that Portugal was “very disappointed” to be excluded from the list of countries from which travelers will be exempt from spending two weeks in isolation after arriving in England.
“We are very disappointed by this decision taken by the British authorities. We think it is a meaningless and unfair decision. It is ridiculous,” Santos Silva told BBC Radio 4 on Friday.
“The UK has seven times more cases related to Covid-19 than Portugal, so we think this is not the way it treats allies and friends.”
Although he admitted that Portugal had experienced some “specific outbreaks” of Covid 19 in Lisbon, the minister stressed that destinations that are popular with British tourists – such as Algarve – are not hotspots for coronaviruses.
Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal, said the Algarve is a safe place to spend this summer’s vacation.
According to UK government data, about 2.5 million Britons traveled to Portugal last year.
Isabella Tigera and Milna Veselinovich of CNN contributed to the reporting.