Portugal announces plans for British tourists amid no-deal Brexit threat
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The Portuguese government has drawn up a contingency plan to limit disruption for British tourists travelling to the country following deepening uncertainty around the impact of Brexit on British travel. With Britain due to leave the EU on the 29th March 2019 and a no-deal Brexit seeming increasingly likely, Turismo de Portugal’s London Office has announced plans made by the Portuguese Government to combat potential disruption of British tourists visiting Portugal.
Image credit: Skitterphoto on PexelsFollowing Brexit, the United Kingdom will be considered a “third country”, meaning that British passport holders will not be permitted to use the fast-track queues used by EU and EEA citizens at airports. Portugal's contingency plan aims to combat this by installing dedicated passport control areas or lanes for UK flights landing in Portugal. Additionally, despite it being unclear what will happen post-Brexit in terms of a healthcare agreement, Portugal will continue to allow Brits to use the Portuguese health service. Travellers visiting for up to 90 days will be exempt from visa requirements and will benefit from similar passenger security taxes. Their UK travel insurance policies will also be valid. There will also be simplified requirements for UK nationals´ pets. In the event of leaving the EU with no deal, UK motorists are advised to obtain International Driving Permits (IDPs) if they want to drive in EU-member states. However, if Portugal chooses to recognise British driving licenses, the IDP will not be a requirement, making car rental much easier. Tourismo de Portugal hopes that British tourists will continue to feel welcome in Portugal and share in the beauty of their country.