Portugal face mask rules for Brits planning a last minute holiday to the hotspots

Portugal holidays are back on the cards for Brits after the FCO has changed its advice allowing UK holidaymakers to visit the country for non-essential travel.

Brits who head to Portugal from the 22nd August will not need to quarantine for 14 days when they head back.

It’s brilliant news for those considering a last minute escape for summer – and there are some tempting deals still up for grabs.

While on holiday, Brits will need to adhere to the local rules as the coronavirus pandemic continues – and that includes wearing face masks.



Face masks won’t be mandatory on the beach

In Portugal, the use of face masks is mandatory on public transport and services, in shops and supermarkets, and in ‘closed spaces or in places with many people’.

There is some good news for holidaymakers planning to explore some of Portugal’s incredible beaches. Face masks are not mandatory if you’re on the beach – but you should still take one with you in case there are moments you are required to wear one.

It’s worth noting that the rules are a little different if you’re heading to the islands of Madeira or Porto Santo instead.



Carvoeiro, Portugal

At these destinations, face masks must also be worn in enclosed public spaces and while outdoors, with the rule applying to everyone aged over 10.

However, in its Portugal travel advice, the FCO does not that “You will not be required to use a face mask when exercising or while on the beach.”

If you are planning a trip, make sure to regularly check the latest FCO Portugal travel advice, as this contains important information on entry requirements, local rules during the pandemic, and other key factors you need to know about if you travel.

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