Flights for Portugal in June can still be found from £10 as bookings soar by up to 600% since green list announcement

FLIGHTS to Portugal can still be found for as little as £20 return if wanting to go on holiday next month, despite demand soaring.

The country was added to the green list last week, meaning holidays ro Portugal can go ahead from May 17.

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It is one of the few destinations which is opening to the UK, along with Gibraltar – the rest of the green list destinations require full vaccinations from tourists or still have their borders closed to the UK.

Due to this, demand for Portugal has soared since the Friday – Jet2 has seen a 600 per cent increase in bookings announcement.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2, said: "We have seen enormous pent-up demand from holidaymakers for some time now, and this rush of bookings to Portugal just shows how ready people are to get away from the gloom to escape to the sunshine."

EasyJet has added more than 80,000 extra seats to Portugal for the summer while Ryanair has added an extra 175,000.

Despite demand, a bargain can still be found if travelling from next month, with some return flights £20 if flying with Ryanair – there are £9.99 one-way flights if travelling from Edinburgh to Porto in June.

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It is worth remembering that even green list countries, while no longer requiring a mandatory 10-day quarantine, still require two tests.

Brits returning to the UK must prebook a Covid test before arriving, as well as have a test on day two.

Portugal also has their own restrictions – Brits must have proof of both vaccinations or have a negative test to be able to visit later this month.

Thankfully lockdown restrictions in the country are being lifted with restaurants and bar being allowed to open until 10:30pm.

Popular holiday destinations such as Spain, Greece and Italy have been left off the green list although it is hoped that could be added from June if Covid cases continue to fall and the vaccine rollout speeds up.

Boris Johnson will announce further lockdown restrictions to be eased from May 17, affecting holidays in the UK and abroad.

In the UK, while self-catered holidays can go ahead, group trips and hotel stays will resume from next week.

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