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UK travelers benefit from fast-tracking in Portugal after Brexit

April 27, 2022 |

In a surprising move, Portugal has taken a bold step by fast-tracking UK travelers at its airports, making their entry swift and hassle-free. By opening its e-gates to British visitors, Portugal is sending a clear message that it refuses to prioritize EU tourists, defying Brexit regulations in the process.


Breaking the Mold: Portugal’s Unprecedented Decision

As of January 31, 2020, new travel rules came into effect following the UK’s departure from the European Union. One significant change is the manual verification of British passports, leading to inevitable delays as compared to the previous electronic checks.

Portugal, however, has emerged as the first country to break away from the Brexit norm. Rather than subjecting British travelers to longer queues, the nation has introduced passport e-lanes specifically for UK visitors. This groundbreaking move is a testament to Portugal’s commitment to maintaining a seamless experience for British tourists.


E-Gates Unveiled: A Game-Changer for UK Travelers

The revelation came to light during this month’s ‘World Travel and Tourist Council’ summit in the Philippines. Airport authorities in Faro, Lisbon, and Porto in mainland Portugal, along with Funchal in Madeira, have implemented dedicated passport e-lanes for British nationals. This strategic decision not only showcases Portugal’s dedication to fostering positive relations with the UK but also positions the country as a preferred destination for British tourists.


Implications and Future Outlook

Portugal’s fast-tracking initiative has far-reaching implications, signaling a shift in how countries may navigate post-Brexit travel regulations. As other nations observe this groundbreaking move, it raises questions about the feasibility and desirability of similar measures to enhance the overall travel experience for visitors. For now, Portugal stands out as a trailblazer, challenging the status quo and redefining the dynamics of post-Brexit travel.


Source: Euronews

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