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16 March 2021, 15:17
Portugal will officially be removed from England's 'red list' later this week.
Portugal is being removed from England's 'travel ban' list ahead of holiday restrictions being lifted later in the year.
The country will officially be removed on 4:00AM on Friday, 19 March, meaning quarantine rules for people travelling back to England will also change.
Now, instead of having to isolate in a hotel, they will be able to do this at home.
This will be well-received news for many, who would previously had to pay £1,750 for the hotel stay.
While Portugal has been removed from the 'red list', four new countries have been added to it - Ethiopia, Oman, Somalia and Qatar.
At the moment, however, the UK travel restrictions still ban any foreign travel that does not have exceptional reasons.
But with lockdown easing across England gradually, there isn't long before abroad travel will be allowed.
The Government's roadmap out of lockdown states that in step three, which will happen no earlier than May 17, international travel may be allowed.
However, they have made clear that this is subject to change depending on conditions.