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Travel updates: Demand 'unbelievable' for Covid-safe holidays in Portugal as Britons ignore FCO advice

There has been "absolutely overwhelming" demand for an insurance package launched by Portugal's National Tourism Authority that offers cover for foreign visitors.

Given the FCO still advises against all but essential travel to Portugal, the main barrier for UK holidaymakers is the difficulty in securing insurance for their trip.

But this initiative, run by a Madeira-based business, offers cover that includes medical hospital expenses “associated” with Covid-19, as well as protection against cancellations or holiday interruptions, starting at €37.20 (£33.62).

Marco Pyta, commercial director for the company, Bónus Seguros, told Portugal Resident on Friday: “By midday today, I think we had received over 1,000 calls. Yesterday there were 800. We had no idea this insurance would be so popular”. 

Pyta has had to bring in a special task force to cope with the “unbelievable” number of enquiries. “Nintey per cent have come from England,” he says. “It’s as if everyone there wants to come on holiday to Portugal.”

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