Article continues:France has become the latest European country to introduce restrictions on UK travellers due to the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant.
On Wednesday, the French government announced a mandatory quarantine for anyone arriving from the UK, although the duration is yet to be confirmed.
Germany imposed a two-week quarantine on UK arrivals last week. Austria has banned direct UK flights from 1 June.
By last week, the UK had recorded 3,424 cases of the B.1.617.2 variant.
That number had risen by 2,111 cases from the previous week.
England's chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, has said the Indian variant is "more transmittable" than the UK variant first identified in Kent, which was responsible for the UK's deadly wave of coronavirus infections this winter.
"We expect, over time, this variant to overtake and come to dominate in the UK," he said.
France joins Austria and Germany in introducing restrictions due to the spread of the Indian variant.
So UK tourists arrive to enjoy ALL the sacrifices we have made in Portugal. Some are not wearing masks in the arrivals lounge at the airport or wearing a fake sunflower lanyard to avoid wearing a mask. People wearing fake lanyards should be heavily fined and sent on the next plane home. I am so angry that people abuse this.
We have strict rules in Portugal and on the whole we all abide by them.
If Portugal have any sense they will also impose the same restrictions as some other countries in Europe before it's too late. Especially when Safe Communities in Portugal
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we are desperate to see our family in the UK so we need to drive up through Northern Portugal then to Santander at the top end of Spain (2 days) to catch a ferry with a 36 hour crossing so our PCR test will have expired by the time we arrive in the UK.One particular issue which was raised was that on the first few days when UK travellers were allowed into the country for tourist purposes, the airport staff saw a lot of people arriving into the terminal without masks. When asked to put them on many showed a lanyard with a sunflower assuming this would exempt them from wearing a mask.
The sunflower lanyard was introduced in the UK as an aid for people with hidden disabilities such as anxiety, autism and other hidden disabilities. However, these are not recognised in Portugal and we would ask our followers in the UK to pass this message onto anyone thinking of travelling to Portugal with one of these lanyards hoping to be able to circumvent the mask rule.
If people are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons they must obtain a written authorisation from their physician and will need to purchase a clear visor that covers the face in order to comply with the current laws surrounding the wearing of a mask in Portugal.
One other disturbing feature which was highlighted in our meeting was that in some cases these lanyards were actually “fake” sunflower lanyards and the people wearing them had no disabilities at all and when asked to wear a mask did so quite easily.
I could not bear the thought of being in such an enclosed space with so many people and those who have no respect for the safety of others.