Portugal tourists face tough coronavirus rules – including compulsory face masks

British holidaymakers will be forced to wear face masks on buses and in shops if they decide to jet off to Portugal this summer.

Tourists have been given the all clear to visit Portugal and the Algarve without having to spend a fortnight in quarantine when they return home.

That’s because the FCO changed travel advice to UK holidaymakers visiting the country for non-essential travel.

However The Mirror reports that while there are a string of last-minute deals to be had for anybody thinking of jetting off, Brits will need to adhere to the local rules as the coronavirus pandemic continues – and that includes wearing face masks.

In Portugal, the use of face masks is mandatory on public transport, 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.

Airline passengers wearing face masks wait to check in their bags at Heathrow Terminal 5
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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.

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 note 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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