This is a strategic decision, to say the least, Portugal has just taken by accelerating the entry of the British into its territory, it states. daily mail, By allowing citizens to pass through the border gates with their electronic passports, Portugal became the first country in the EU post-Brexit to go in this direction. Because after Brexit, the United Kingdom had become a “third country”, the British no longer had access to electronic gates and had to “manually” check their passports, which is a real waste of time for them.
For Portugal, the decision can be compared to an attempt to attract even more tourists and assert itself in the wake of the summer against countries such as Spain, Italy or Greece, whose borders still have restrictions in place. These rapid access routes for the British are already in effect in several Portuguese cities, such as Lisbon, Porto, Funchal (Madeira) or Faro. The president of the Portuguese Tourist Office did not hide this: it “helps our precious British tourists”.
According to the Daily Mail, at the start of the year, the British overwhelmingly favored Portugal, booking no less than 484,000 stays in just two months. As summer approaches, will Portugal be the big winner? This may well be, but according to Paul Charles of PC Travel Agency, it could also create a “domino effect” on other southern European countries. Passengers will “realize that they will face potentially longer wait times”, he said, apparently citing Spain, Italy and even France.
according to this MirrorToday, the British can also borrow these electronic portals in other countries outside Europe, such as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Japan. At the same time, in Portugal, the British will no longer have to wear masks, the country has ended its obligation indoors. Tourism seems to be gaining new momentum.
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