Portugal and Spain to welcome Brits from May in major UK holiday hope

Portugal and Spanish islands are set to welcome back sun-loving Brits from the middle of May.

Jetsetters with a negative Covid test will be allowed to enter Portugal, the Canary and Balearic Islands, the Mail Online reports.

Rita Marques, Portugal’s tourism minister, said he hoped the country would soon allow restriction-free travel for those who have been vaccinated or test negative.

Greece and Turkey are expected to follow suit shortly with Cyprus having already allowed Brits to return if they've had both vaccine shots from May 1.

The Spanish government said it hopes to allow British tourists with a negative Covid test to visit the islands from May.

Travel experts believe that Greece and Turkey will also announce that they want Britons to return.

Meanwhile a spokesman for the French government said no decision had been made.

Cyprus deputy tourism minister Savvas Perdios has said Brits with both vaccine shots can "visit Cyprus without a negative test or needing to quarantine".

But the British government said that the roadmap states that international travel will not be allowed before May 17.

Portugal is currently on the UK’s red list, with arrivals banned from entry unless they are UK residents or Irish nationals who must quarantine in a hotel.

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Travel industry expert Paul Charles, of the PC Agency, said that as more "countries unveil their opening plans", bookings will increase as confidence returns.

And airlines are developing a Travel Pass app, which can include a traveller’s vaccine or Covid-19 test result status, through industry body IATA.

Government sources told the Mail that the roadmap dates would not be brought forward and one said: "The holiday debate is yet to be had but expectations need to be reined in."

The current rules for entering the UK ban non-Brits coming from a 'red list' country in the last 10 days with the Irish or people with the right to live in the UK are also exempt.

Those who enter must either quarantine where they are staying or in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days.

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