UK News 'Panic' and 'devastation' for Britons in Portugal as country comes off travel green list
Love Island villa in Majorca is overrun with construction workers
After Spain's decision to let British tourists return to the country last week, the Love Island villa in Majorca appears to have sprung into action. Workmen have descended upon the property over the past few days, with trucks filled with building gear and construction materials spotted on site.The Sun reports that workmen in hardhats are hard at work on the residence, which has not housed reality TV hopefuls for two years amid the pandemic. © Provided by Daily Mail ( Signs are on site, according to eyewitnesses, speculating coronavirus safety measures.
Britons in Portugal who are scrambling to get back to the UK to beat next week's quarantine deadline face paying hundreds of pounds more for earlier flights.
Passengers arriving in Britain after 4am on Tuesday will need to self-isolate at home for 10 days.
A seat on a Ryanair flight from the capital Lisbon to Manchester on Monday costs £339, whereas the same route is just £75 on Wednesday.
Also British Airways is charging £348 for flights from Faro to Heathrow on Sunday and Monday, but the price drops to £137 on Tuesday.
TUI cancels more June holidays to Spain, Italy and Greece due to ‘ongoing uncertainty'
TUI has announced more holiday cancellations to amber and red countries because of "ongoing uncertainty". This time, some of the affected destinations are Spain, Italy or Greece.TUI announced today it "unfortunately had to cancel all holidays to the following red and amber destinations.
The UK's largest tour operator, Tui, said it has 9,500 customers in Portugal but that figure was already due to have fallen to 2,000 by Tuesday because of the end of half-term for schoolchildren.
The firm is allowing consumers to change dates, but is not offering refunds as the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office does not advise against travel to the country.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said positivecases had doubled in the last three weeks in Portugal.
But Britons living and holidaying in the EU nation and others who planned to visit soon have spoken of their panic and devastation following the change in travel status.
Heathrow T3 opens as dedicated 'red list' terminal TODAY
London's Heathrow Airport has converted Terminal 3 into a red-list only arrivals zone. The terminal was previously unused during the pandemic due to a reduction in flights.Previously, those arriving from 43 high-risk countries - such as India, Brazil and South Africa - were mixing with others from lower-risk amber and green nations in airport queues sparking outrage.
Ms Dunne was due to come home from Portugal on Tuesday, and she has had to rebook for Sunday.
She told Sky News: "We panicked and booked a flight for tonight because we were so worried it would come in with immediate effect, and we can't self isolate. We've managed to move our flights to Sunday but we're still losing money on the hotel.
"It should just never have happened. The infection rate here is the same as the UK, especially in this part of Portugal. Why let us come in the first place if they were going to make us isolate?"
Michelle and Noel Brennan
The Brennans have a house in Portugal, and say they are "devastated" the country is going on to the amber list.
Michelle Brennan said: "I can't believe we're going through this again. It's just like last year, total chaos. It's just so sad."
Mr Martins runs the Casa de Praia beach bar in Vilamoura.
Turmoil over foreign holiday rules wipes £2bn off airline shares
The shrinking of the green list, the move to downgrade Portugal and the expansion of the red list wiped £2billion off the value of airlines. Meanwhile, industry figures warned that at least half the 1.6million jobs in the sector had either already been lost or were now at risk, with many more redundancies feared.Many had been hoping for an expansion of the green list and a signal that foreign holidays will be back on the agenda this summer. Instead, with the next review three weeks away, travel bosses were left fearing 'another lost summer' and a shattering of consumer confidence.
He says 80% of his customers are British and "the decision to put Portugal on the amber list just doesn't make sense, the numbers aren't bad in this part of Portugal".
He added: "Things were just getting back to normal, I don't know how we'll cope now without our British customers."
Ms Teixeira, from London, had been due to be reunited with her family in Portugal for the first time in 18 months but says her hopes were "crushed" at the last minute by the government's decision.
The retail worker said: "Portugal's status changing so last-minute has made everyone stressed.
"I was planning to go on Monday and decided to cancel it because Portugal got moved to the amber list.
"I work in retail so quarantining at home for 10 days after coming back isn't really an option."
Ms Teixeira, 24, said she is "sad and frustrated" at not being able to see her family after such a long time apart.
Travellers have to take a COVID-19 test three days before their flight to the UK and this is leading to difficulties for Britons due to a reported lack of tests available.
Jet2 cancels ALL international flights and holidays until July 1
All Jet2 flights for this month have been cancelled amid a spate of changes - including moving Portugal, Madeira and the Azores to the amber list. Flights to Turkey, which is on the red list of the Government's traffic light system, will be held until July 22 as the restrictions look unlikely to ease.Jet2 boss Steve Heapy blasted the Government for confusion surrounding the last-minute changes. © Provided by Daily Mail ( He called for 'openness and transparency' on coronavirus data so that the industry could better understand decisions affecting airlines and their customers.
Property developer Simon Smith from Stamford, Lincolnshire, is currently in the Lagos area with his wife and two young children.
He hopes they can fly home on Saturday, earlier than planned, but they have been unable to get tested despite visiting five medical centres and the region's main hospital.
He was turned away from one centre after it ran out of testing kits.
"There were about 35 people in the queue, all British, and they told us, 'the first 15 are okay, but the rest of you might as well go home because we don't have enough tests'," he said.
The family have been told the airport has a small amount of coronavirus tests available, so plan on turning up to their flight five hours early in the hopes of getting one.
"If we can't get that, we can't fly," he said. "I have meetings on Friday, I can't afford 10 days' quarantine, it is a joke."
Professor Henrique Barros
A Portuguese epidemiologist claimed the UK's decision to move Portugal to the amber tier was "an overreaction".
Professor Henrique Barros, president of Portugal's National Health Council, said the country's overall coronavirus situation is "relatively stable".
The president of the Algarve Tourism Association says the case rate in Portugal is similar to the UK and there are only 12 cases of variant of concern that are "well controlled".
Mr Fernandes said: "What is really unfair is to announce that the decisions regarding travel have a scientific basis in the absence of evidence."
TUI cancels more holidays to Greece, Spain and Italy until July .
Travel company has already been forced to cancel bookings to British hotspots before during the pandemic so it is believed that the latest decision is a bid to avoid losing more money. The move comes after Jet2 cancelled all international flights and holidays up to July 1 and Easyjet is 'reviewing' its flights in the wake of traffic light chaos.