"The Government of the Azores reacts with satisfaction to the decision of the United Kingdom to integrate the region on the 'green' list for international travel, acknowledging the evolution of the fight against Covid-19 in the archipelago, at a time when more than 70% of the Azorean population is fully vaccinated against the disease", reads a note sent to the newsrooms.
The decision "was communicated by letter to the President of the [Regional] Government, José Manuel Bolieiro, by the United Kingdom Ambassador to Portugal, Christopher Sainty".
The Azorean executive, from the PSD/CDS-PP/PPM coalition, also underlines that, "from Monday, it will not be necessary for anyone traveling from the Azores to England to undertake any isolation after arrival", which represents "added value for tourist flows and for various economic sectors" in the region.
The Azorean Government recalls that the region was recognised as the “Safest Destination in Europe for 2021” (European Safest Destination 2021), presenting, "in an increasingly evident way, excellent conditions for tourism" and "a remarkable performance in the fight against the pandemic, positioning itself, with great expectation, to receive, in safety, the visit of all those looking for an unforgettable experience".
The UK Ministry of Transport announced on Thursday that the Azores, along with other territories and countries, will move to the “green list” of travel from Monday, with no need for isolation after arrival. .
The Azores will thus join the Autonomous Region of Madeira, as of 4:00 am on Monday, which was added to the “green list” at the end of June.
Mainland Portugal remains on the “amber list”.