BRITS on holiday in Portugal have been plunged into chaos and face having to fork out thousands of pounds for Covid tests as the country moves to the UK's 'amber list' next week.
The government has sent thousands of people's travel plans up in smoke by advising Brits not to go to the popular destination - and making returning passengers self-isolate from 4am on Tuesday.
Travellers returning from Portugal and other amber list countries will be required to take a pre-departure PCR Covid test and provide a negative result.
They will then have to pay for a further two tests on days two and eight of their 10-day quarantine.
Brits can opt for private Covid test providers, which can cost between £120 and £300 per person - or slightly cheaper options are available from Boots and Superdrug.
Airlines and tour operators have started offering discounted rates - with the three tests through TUI costing £60 per person.
It means a family four could be spending anywhere between £240 and £1,200 to fly home - plus parents potentially taking 10 days off work.
But those currently in Portugal claim there is a two to three-day waiting list for tests because centres are "overloaded" - meaning some people may be forced to splash out on pricey private services to ensure they make it home in time.
Brit travellers rage as Portugal demoted to amber list forcing early return or quarantine and buy £1K of Covid tests
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