We have been busy answering many questions over the last few weeks, so we decided to put all the answers in one place.
Last updated: Friday, 9 July 2021
Am I still allowed to travel to Portugal on holiday?
Adult guests travelling from any part of the UK who provide proof of being fully vaccinated 14 days prior to their arrival date are exempt from quarantine.
Your luxury villa will be fully prepared should you need to spend the entirety of your holiday there. Our guest experience team will be on hand to provide everything you need for a fantastic stay, including information on in-villa services. This includes a food delivery service, so you can have all the essentials delivered to your door.
What does fully vaccinated mean?
In the travel context, you should be considered as ‘fully vaccinated' after:
For UK guests, to obtain proof of vaccination, please follow this link: Proof of vaccination
I have been vaccinated, but it has not been 14 days since my second dose. Will I need to quarantine?
Currently, any person who has not passed their 14 days pre-vaccination will still be required to quarantine for the duration of their stay or up to 14 days.
Will I need to take a test before travelling to Portugal?
The situation with testing is still being clarified but we suggest you follow the testing regime of having a negative COVID-19 test for all passengers over the age of 12. The test can be:
You must show your test certificate before you board your flight to Portugal. Your airline is likely to deny boarding if you cannot show this at check-in. Check with your airline before you travel.
What do I need to access my property?
Digital Certificate or Negative Test
As of Friday, 9th July 2021, there is a legal requirement to supply either a digital certificate or negative test for access to your property.
We will ask you to send us copies of either of these within 48 hours of your arrival in Portugal. Simply send us a screen shot of your digital certificate or a clear photo of your (paper) negative test results.
This will apply to any guest in your party over the age of 12 and is a national, legal requirement introduced by the Portuguese Government. This applies to all accommodation, regardless of the level of risk in your area.
There are four forms of acceptable test:
If you don't want to send us your test results, we can visit your property to perfom the test but there will be a charge for this.
Will I need to quarantine on my return home to the UK?
From the 19th of July, fully vaccinated adults will not need to quarantine when returning to the UK from an amber list country. Under 18's will also be exempt from quarantine.
Travellers aged over 18 will be expected to take a pre-departure test before flying back to the UK and will have to pay for a PCR test on or before day two.
Will I still have the same experience?
Yes! All beaches, restaurants and bars are open and we have many guests here already enjoying our piece of paradise. If you are quarantining at your luxury villa, our guest experience team will be on hand to ensure you still make the most out of your time in the Algarve.
Are airlines still running their flights?
Yes. The majority of airlines are still running flights from across Europe. Some schedules have changed and in fact, prices have come down on certain routes.
I’m worried about the inconvenience of testing
There are many testing providers now offering convenient ‘packs’ with prices for testing decreasing. All of this can be done from the comfort of your home or villa before you fly back. There are also many ‘walk-through’ testing centres here in the resort and airport. Our guest experience team can help organise anything you need.
Minors, up to the age of 12, are not required to take a test coming into Portugal.
What’s the weather like there now?
Summer is here and the sun will continue to shine in the Algarve. Don’t just take our word for it, jump on a flight and come and see for yourself!