Confusion about when and where holidays over the summer continued this week as Portugal pushed back the date for allowing visitors to the end of May.

Portugal is on the UK’s green list meaning travel to the country should be able to resume on Monday.

Travel companies have also reported a surge in bookings since the green list announcement last Friday, but politicians in Portugal say they cannot yet allow visitors from the UK due to both local and EU restrictions.

Cristovao Norte, the MP for the Algarve, told BBC Breakfast he was unsure of the situation.

“We are today going to make an urgent inquiry asking the [Portuguese] government whether or not the English travel can come to Portugal next Monday because we are three days ahead from the 17th and no one is sure what is going to happen.”

Portugal still has a state of calamity order in place and is talking to the European Commission about how it can safely allow travel on the continent, according to the reports.

“Work is going on and as soon as there is a decision it will be announced, but no decision was taken in this cabinet meeting,” minister Mariana Vieira da Silva told the BBC. 

Another complication is the switch of the Champions League final, which involves two English teams, Chelsea and Manchester City, to Porto on 29 May.

Supporters will be ferried to the ground and straight back to the airport when the game finishes, according to the Portuguese and will not be allowed to mingle with locals.

TUI (LON:TUI) yesterday warned it might have to cancel flights to Portugal because of an EU ban on non-essential travel from countries outside the bloc.

Two days earlier, TUI had reported that bookings to Portugal had soared by 182% once it was put on the green list and it was putting on larger planes to cope with the rush.

Shares in TUI rose 1.1% to 410.1p.

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