The stoppage is strongly affecting passport control, carried out by the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), as seen in a video sent to The Portugal News from a reader.

Kiss FM radio in Albufeira, which broadcasts in English, received several requests for help, as well as reports of fainting and altercations.

On social networks, there are also posts from passengers, coming from the United Kingdom, who have reportedly waited four hours in line.

The civil service strike, called by the Common Front unions, has already led to the closure of schools and other state services.