Portugal: 'Absolute carnage' as Brits rush to go home
The government announced on Thursday that Portugal had been added to its ‘amber list’, which requires those entering the UK from ‘amber’ countries to spend 10 days in quarantine at home. Prior to the announcement, Portugal had been on the ‘green list’, which does not require Brits to quarantine on return.
Predictably, it wasn’t long before Brits rushed to the airport to get on flights that would enter the UK before the new rules come into force at 4am on Tuesday, June 8.
Photos posted to social media over the past few days showed Faro Airport – the main airport for Portugal’s Algarve area, which has previously been listed as Brits’ favourite European tourist destination – packed with crowds and huge queues.
Tourists reported the “total chaos” as thousands of Brits tried to obtain the required Covid-19 tests before departure, with some people still checking in just minutes before their flights were scheduled to leave.
One travelling Brit called the scenes at the airport “absolute carnage” – claiming it took over two hours to check in – and blamed UK government ministers for creating the situation.
Another Brit claimed they had never seen Faro Airport so busy, and pointed out the irony of such huge groups of people crammed together with limited social distancing due to the government’s attempts to stop Covid from spreading.
According to reports, 10,000 Brits tried to leave Portugal from Faro Airport on Saturday alone. ■