Portugal will soon open to US vaccinated travelers

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Portugal has become another destination you can check off your must-see list as soon as this summer. Portugal will soon open to US vaccinated travelers.

Travelers must have received their final vaccinations at least 14 days prior to travel from any of the vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, which includes Moderna, J&J, Pfizer, and Vaxzevria (previously named AstraZeneca).

Portugal’s decision comes after statistics show its tourism sector is suffering. Tourism accounted for 15 percent of the country’s gross domestic product in 2019, and the number of tourists to the nation reached a record high that year. However, in 2020, tourism numbers fell 76 percent. 1.2 million US tourists went to Portugal in 2019, but in 2020, only 135,229 made the trip, according to Reuters.

“We are in a position to approve the opening of non-essential travel and flights to people from the U.S. to Portugal as long as they have a vaccination certificate,” Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira, cited by Portuguese radio Renascenca, said on Tuesday.

“I believe that next week we will be able to have this up and running,” he said. No date has been officially announced for the reopening of Portugal to vaccinated US travelers yet.