Augusto Santos Silva, the nation’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated Portugal was “very disappointed” to have been excluded from an inventory of nations from which vacationers can be exempt from spending two weeks in isolation after arriving in England.
Speaking to BBC Radio four on Friday, Santos Silva stated: “We are very disappointed with this decision of the British authorities. We think it’s senseless and unfair. It’s quite absurd.
“The United Kingdom has seven occasions extra instances associated to Covid-19 than Portugal, so we predict this isn’t the best way through which allies and mates are handled,” he added.
Although he acknowledged that Portugal has experienced some “particular outbreaks” of Covid-19 in Lisbon, the minister stressed that destinations popular with British tourists — such as the Algarve — were not coronavirus hotspots.
António Costa, the Prime Minister of Portugal, also said the Algarve was a safe place to spend a holiday this summer.
According to UK government data, around 2.5 million Britons traveled to Portugal last year.
CNN’s Isabela Tejera and Milena Veselinovic contributed reporting.