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As it happened: Portugal to be taken off green lists for UK holidaymakers – BBC News

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Travel industry insiders have been giving their reaction to the announcement that Portugal is expected to move from the green to the amber list.

Paul Charles, chief executive of travel consultancy The PC Agency, says it is a “terrible decision”.

“They are basically putting at risk tens of thousands of jobs across aviation and the travel sector, and not showing any signs of helping the sector to recover,” he says.

“They seem to want to continue to create an atmosphere of fear among travellers, which is totally at odds with other countries.

“There are several countries which meet the criteria to be on the green list, so this is clearly a politically charged decision rather than one based on data.”

Robert Boyle, former director of strategy at British Airways’ parent company IAG, says: “In theory, we know what is being measured and the data sources being used, as the government has published that.

“What we don’t know is what the thresholds are and how they get…

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