Portugal Will Open its Beaches for Sun-Seekers on June 6, 2020

The Algarve region of Portugal is preparing to open its beaches for tourists on June 6th 2020, as flights resume to the region’s international airport Faro, from the UK and Ireland

The Algarve region of Portugal, renowned for its 200kms of coastline, is preparing to open its beaches for tourists on June 6th 2020, as flights resume to the region’s international airport Faro, from the UK and Ireland.

On re-opening, beaches will have new safety measures and beach assistants that will help visitors with information. There will be colour coded signage indicating the level of occupancy of the beach (low/medium/full), and will be updated in real time on the app “Info Praia” (available in English) and APA website. Visitors will be expected to keep 1.5 m apart unless they are in the same household and parasols will be 3m apart. Swimming, water sports and surfing will be permitted.

João Fernandes, President of Algarve Tourism said: “With over 100 sandy beaches to choose from, and with some several kilometres in length, it will be easy for visitors to distance themselves from others, should they want to.  This year 87 of our beaches have been given ‘Blue Flag’ accreditation, an award given annually based on criteria such as water quality, services and user safety.”

The Algarve is a pioneer in publishing a ‘Best Practices Guide’ for tourism companies as part of the national ‘Clean & Safe’ campaign with hygiene protocols and procedures to protect visitors, staff and locals from Covid-19. It has been well received with 1,900 companies in the Algarve already committed to implementing the procedures so they can use the ‘Clean & Safe’ stamp.

Commenting on the new procedures, Fernandes says: “We hope this manual becomes a reference for everyone involved in tourism in Algarve. As the biggest tourist destination in the country, the health of our visitors is our first priority and we hope this guide will help to give them reassurance.”

Airlines are showing their confidence in the region with the following companies confirming flights from UK and Ireland to Faro:

  • Ryanair –from 21st June flights from Stansted, Dublin and Manchester
  • EasyJet – from 16th June flights from Belfast
  • Wizzair – 4 weekly frequencies from Luton from June 16th
  • British Airways – July

There are currently no quarantine requirements on entry to mainland Portugal. Portuguese Tourism officials are currently in discussions with the British government about the possibility of an ‘air bridge’ that would negate the need for Brits to quarantine on their return from holiday.

Restaurants, golf courses, marinas, car hire companies, taxis, museums, monuments, art galleries, palaces and churches are open for business already. In June 75% of hotels in Algarve are expected to be open and by July most will be open.

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