The government of the Azores welcomed this Friday the inclusion of the archipelago on the “green list” for international travel in the United Kingdom, considering it “in recognition of the developments in the archipelago’s fight against COVID-19”.
“The Government of the Azores reacted with satisfaction to the United Kingdom’s decision to include the region on the ‘Green’ list for international travel, acknowledging the developments in the fight against Covid-19 in the archipelago, at a time when Since then more than 70% of the Azorean population has been fully vaccinated against the disease”, read a note sent to the newsroom.
The British decision was “informed by letter to the President of the Government” [Regional]”Jose Manuel Boliero, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Portugal, by Christopher Santi”, is also mentioned in the same release.
The Azorean executive, from the PSD/CDS-PP/PPM alliance, also outlines that, “from Monday, no separation will be necessary after the arrival of any person traveling to the United Kingdom from the Azores”, which represents “tourist flows and an added value to the various economic sectors” in the region..
The Azorean government recalls that the region was recognized as “the safest destination in Europe for 2021” (European Safest Destination 2021), which “in an increasingly apparent manner, has excellent conditions for tourism” and Presents “a remarkable performance in the fight against”. Pandemic, position itself, with great hope, to achieve, in safety, the journey of all who are in search of an unforgettable experience”.
Azores moved to UK “green list” from Monday
Britain’s transport ministry announced on Thursday that the Azores, along with other regions and countries, would move to the “green list” of travel from Monday, with no isolation required after arrival. .
According to the update of the list, every three weeks, the British government only requires travelers from the Azores to submit a further test for Covid-19 done before departure and in the United Kingdom, but is no longer required to comply. Period.
The Azores will thus join the Autonomous Region of Madeira, at 4:00 a.m. on Monday, which was added to the “green list” at the end of June.
Mainland Portugal remains on the “yellow list”.
Travelers arriving in the UK from a country on the “yellow list” and already fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must undergo two screening tests, one before travel and one upon arrival, and be exempted from quarantine Has been.
Passengers with incomplete or incomplete vaccination will have to undergo two PCR tests within the first eight days of arrival and complete an isolation period of 10 days.
As of Monday, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania and Switzerland will also be included in the “green list”.
In contrast, Thailand and Montenegro are now on the red list, meaning that in addition to testing negative on arrival three days earlier, they will have to live in mandatory isolation in British government-selected housing, which costs $2,660. Euro.
According to the most recent report by Agence France-Presse, Covid-19 has caused at least 4,472,486 deaths worldwide, among more than 214.5 million infections registered since the start of the pandemic.
Portugal has reported 17,703 deaths and 1,030,791 confirmed cases of infection since March 2020, according to data from the Directorate General of Health.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which was detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and variants currently identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil or Peru is with.