How is Portugal coping with the pandemic and can you travel there to buy a property? We take a look at the latest news.
How is Portugal coping with the pandemic?
Despite enduring a third wave of infections after Christmas, Portugal is now faring better than most of its European neighbours.
At the time of writing, Portugal is the EU country with the lowest incidence of COVID-19 infections for the fourth consecutive week. The current rate of new COVID-19 infections in Portugal has fallen to 27 new cases in the past week per 100,000. This is slightly lower than the UK (on 36.8) and significantly lower than other European countries, such as France.
In terms of the vaccine progress, they are also faring slightly better than other countries in Europe. 20% of the population is vaccinated, compared to around just 12% for the whole of the EU.
Can we travel to Portugal soon?
Portugal is currently only allowing EU/EEA nationals and their families, non-EU/EEA nationals who are officially resident in Portugal or another EU country, or those travelling for essential purposes into Portugal.
Portugal hopes to welcome British tourists from 17 May. It’s likely that on arrival in Portugal, including the islands, Brits will have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result. Alternatively, you may be able to provide proof of previous SARS/Covid-19 infection.
It’s also possible that a health screening will be required when you arrive in Portugal, which will include a temperature check.
Can you buy a property in Portugal?
As travel restrictions are still in place, it’s not possible to travel to Portugal to view a property. However, you may find that virtual viewings are going ahead – many buyers had used these throughout the whole of last year and estate agents are starting to offer them as a matter of course.
Alternatively, you can wait to travel there for a viewing trip, which should be soon! The UK has recently announced a travel exemption for those travelling abroad to carry out activities relating to buying, selling, renting or letting residential property.
If you would like further advice on the buying process in Portugal, download your free Portugal Guide.
Why not split the cost and double the fun of owning a holiday home in Portugal by buying with family or friends? Read our guide to Buying Abroad with Family
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