Portugal has dropped its requirement for fully jabbed Britons to take a Covid-19 test before they are allowed into the country.
It means that Portugal has become the last main European country to drop all restrictions alongside Spain, France, Italy and Greece.
Removal of the tests – introduced 21 weeks ago after the UK placed Portugal on its amber list – is seen as critical in the race to draw UK winter holidaymakers, adding more than £100 to a trip for a family of four.
The Foreign Office updated its advice that no test is required for travellers from the UK to Portugal “if you have an NHS Covid Pass … or an EU digital Covid vaccination certificate showing you have been fully vaccinated with an EU-approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days before you travel”.
Portugal was for a short time the only major European holiday destination on the UK’s “green list” – from which quarantine was not required – when the UK reopened international travel on May 17.
The Government in Lisbon initially insisted on a PCR test before departure from the UK to mainland Portugal, typically costing £80-£100, even for fully vaccinated travellers.