Madeira joined the UK’s travel corridor from today, ready for Britons looking for late summer and autumn breaks. The move from the UK government has delighted Britons with bookings rocketing since the announcement. According to Skyscanner, bookings for Portugal spiked over 2000 percent immediately following the quarantine exemption announcement.
The site has also noticed that despite being absent from the UK’s travel corridor list for months, Portugal has remained a firm favourite throughout the last few months.
In fact, Luqa and Faro in Portugal are in the top 20 most searched for destinations on Skyscanner over the last month.
As well as Portugal, Madeira is another popular holiday destination that has been effectively off limits to Britons over the last few months.
The Foreign Office (FCO) has said that Portugal, including Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores, “is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.”
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Portugal: The move from the UK government has delighted Britons with bookings rocketing (stock)
“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks,” it added.
Madeira is known for its sub-tropical climate, stunning beaches, breath-taking scenery and cliff tops.
Nuno Vale, Executive Director of Madeira Promotion Bureau said of the UK announcement: “Madeira has long enjoyed an excellent relationship with the UK, with the first British settlement dating back to 16th century, and it is a key market for the destination.
“Given that our response to Covid-19 and handle on the pandemic has been widely reported as being one of the best in Europe, we are very relieved to be able to welcome back British tourists.”
According to Skyscanner flights to locations in Portugal and Madeira for September are a bargain.
A economy return flight from London Luton to Faro in September is around £24.
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While a economy return flight from Manchester to Porto in September is just £25.
A return flight from London Gatwick to Funchal, Madeira in September is around £84.
And with flights taking three and a half to four hours, it’s a quick short-haul flight.
Jo McClintock, Senior Brand Director for Skyscanner said Portugal remains a “firm favourite” despite the country being absent from the travel corridor list.
“Travellers in the UK are reacting to changes as they happen and are coming onto Skyscanner to look and book their travel as soon as they know they can get away within the restrictions, generally travelling within a very short time of booking.
“Portugal is a firm favourite and Brits have been longing for the Algarve over the past few months, so we expect it to climb up the top search and booking lists quickly, and to stay there as long as the restrictions allow easy movement travel to the UK.”
Portugal: A return flight from London Gatwick to Funchal, Madeira in September is around £84 (stock)
Twitter users have expressed their excitement over the news on the social media site, with many sharing their holiday plans.
One user said: “Off to Portugal on Sunday to the holiday home, weather looks awesome.”
Another excited user said: “Holiday to Gran Canaria cancelled at 9:30.
“Holiday to Portugal booked by 11:30. Nothing is stopping me getting some sun this year.”
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Another said: “Going to Portugal next week. Love last minute holidays.”
However, some users disagree with Britons booking holidays to Portugal just as it is removed from the quarantine list.
One Tweeted: “Just read that bookings for Portugal are soaring after they’ve been removed from the quarantine list, why would your first thought be let me book a holiday to a country that was 24 hours ago on a quarantine list.”
Another said: “And the idiots start searching for holidays in Portugal. Unbelievably irresponsible, self obsessed people who can’t do without their foreign holiday for one summer!”