Portugal woos foreign tourists, no quarantine will be imposed

Portugal’s foreign minister Augusto Santos Silva said on Friday that tourists are welcome in his country and noted that no quarantine would be imposed on people arriving by plane. He added that only “minimal health controls,” which he did not specify, will be enacted at airports.

Santos Silva said in an interview with Observador radio station that Portugal’s public health system has coped well with the new coronavirus outbreak. The country has issued rules so that beaches, hotels, restaurants and national monuments can reopen, Santos Silva noted. Tourism accounts for 15% of Portugal’s GDP and 9% of the country’s jobs, and authorities are striving to salvage some part of the summer vacation season following a lockdown.

Portugal has officially attributed 1,277 deaths to COVID-19 and recorded almost 30,000 cases.

Other European countries, including Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom, have preferred a 14-day self-isolation rule for arrivals.

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