Portugal simplifies border control for British arrivals

The Portuguese tourist board has welcomed news that British passport holders will be able to use e-gates at four of the country’s airports.

The e-gates are now open in Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal and will help to ease the entrance of British passport holders.

Luis Araujo, president of Turismo de Portugal, said: “We are delighted to continue welcoming British tourists to Portugal and are pleased that the e-gates in the country’s main airports will provide increased accessibility for our valued British travellers, as we head into the busy summer period.

“We’re delighted to have made travel to Portugal even more seamless for those able to make the most of the new e-gates.”

From today, travellers to mainland Portugal are no longer required to complete a Passenger Locator Form and masks are only mandatory on public transport (including taxis and aircraft) and when entering hospitals, care homes and similar services.

The tourist board said the UK was the top market for room nights across Portugal in February and the second largest contributor to Portugal’s overall tourism revenue in January and February 2022.

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