By Catarina Demony
LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal is sending border control reinforcements to an airport in the sunny Algarve as authorities struggle to cope with a surge in arrivals of British tourists after quarantine rules were lifted last week.
The decision to send more officers to the airport in Faro on Portugal’s southern coast, a popular destination for Britons, came after a picture shared online by a lawmaker on Thursday showed a long queue of hundreds of tourists not social distancing.
“Airport staff were all sent home, the airport is not at all prepared for the flood of people coming in,” one Twitter user commented on the picture. “The English traded holidays in Spain and France at the last minute to come to the Algarve.
“Special measures are urgently needed.”
The number of passengers arriving from Britain has grown by a whopping 190% since Portugal was removed from Britain’s COVID-19