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corporate travel agents plot safe return to business trips

By Jamie Freed

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Corporate travel agents are using the coronavirus-induced lull in bookings to work with companies on how to get their staff out of Zoom videoconferences and safely back in the air.

They are launching new tools to provide on-the-ground information about local mask requirements, social distancing regulations and quarantine rules, as well as details of hotel, airline and ground-transport hygiene.

Travellers are moving away from cheaper online bookings to seek counsel from experienced consultants amid a slow but growing rebound in the corporate travel industry, which normally accounts for $1.4 trillion of annual spending.

“I

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Can I travel there and is it safe?

Air bridge? Portugal has yet to make it to the no-quarantine list: Simon Calder
Air bridge? Portugal has yet to make it to the no-quarantine list: Simon Calder

Many prospective visitors to Portugal have contacted The Independent about travel to the country in summer 2020. These are the key questions and answers.

Can I go to Portugal?

Anyone with a valid British passport can travel to Portugal. There are plenty of flights every day from the UK, predominantly to Faro, serving the Algarve, and also the capital, Lisbon.

But the travellers from Portugal to the UK, including returning British holidaymakers, will need to self-isolate for two weeks. And because the Foreign Office advises against

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Portugal, the third most popular holiday spot for Brits, is left out of ‘safe’ travel destinations

Praia do Camilo, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal - Marco Bottigelli/Getty Images
Praia do Camilo, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal – Marco Bottigelli/Getty Images
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Coronavirus Article Bar with counter ..

Britain faced a backlash on Thursday night from Portugal, one of our most popular tourist destinations, after ditching it from a list of 74 countries and territories that English holidaymakers can visit without quarantine.

Canada, the USA, China and Thailand were also excluded from the “amber” and “green” lists of countries to which English holidaymakers can fly and avoid quarantine on their return to the UK from Friday, July 10.

Among those included on the lists were short-haul destinations such as Spain, France, Italy,

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Do I need to wear a face mask and are buses and trains safe?

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This weekend, the government is introducing the biggest easing of lockdown rules since the coronavirus hit Britain.

On Saturday 4 July, a host of public spaces and businesses in England are beginning to reopen including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and art galleries, while the two-week quarantine imposed on airline passengers travelling into the UK is set to lift two days later.

Similarly, while people are being urged to avoid using public transport where possible, and instead try to walk, cycle, or drive, buses and trains are available to use. The government has published new guidance for people on how

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Portugal fumes at exclusion from UK safe travel list

By Catarina Demony and Victoria Waldersee

LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal’s tourism sector reacted with fury and disbelief at Britain’s decision to maintain a quarantine regime for travellers coming from Portugal despite having a higher number of coronavirus cases and deaths.

Portugal was left off a list of more than 50 countries that Britain considers safe enough for travel without coronavirus-related restrictions, meaning holidaymakers returning from Portugal would have to quarantine for 14 days.

That will be a major deterrent for British tourists, who accounted for 2.1 million of Portugal’s foreign visitors last year, the second-biggest market after Spain.

“Restaurants have

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