Portugal will be added to a list of countries that will enable quarantine-free travel within a few days, the government announced.
The UK holiday favorite will be added to the 59 countries it will travel to without needing to isolate when they return home.
Portugal had seen an increase in cases of coronavirus, namely in the capital Lisbon, leaving it outside the holiday scheme.
But after intensive lobbying by the Portuguese government, that decision appears to be reversed, according to The Times.
Grant Shapps, the UK’s transport secretary, said earlier this week that the new international travel announcements would be made following a review on Monday.
Speaking to Sky News, Mr. Shapps said, “I will talk more about the way forward with things like international travel corridors.
“But now, actually every week, we are revising and revising the list of countries we can travel to safely where necessary.”
In fact, it is planned that so-called airlifts with certain US states could be allowed, despite the country suffering from the highest deaths and coronavirus cases in the world.
But states with fewer deaths – West Virginia, Oregon, and Utah have about 10 deaths per 100,000 people – are considered ideal candidates.
An unnamed source told The Telegraph: “Regional airlifts are an option countries with local outbreaks.
“The US is a major problem. If you rate it nationally, the absence of travel can last for months, and that’s where individual tests of arrivals can work. ”
Meanwhile, expats in Spain are urging the British to ‘book Benidorm trips now before it’s too late’.
The popular destination is much emptier than this time of year, which makes social distance easier.
In addition, a second wave of coronavirus could potentially end travel later this year.
Karen Maling Cowles, President of the Benidorm British Business Association, believes this is an option.
Since “we don’t know what will happen in the future,” she recommends taking a flight this summer.