This Morning’s Alison Hammond was left having a panic attack after being unable to source her QR codethat proved her negative coronavirus test when arriving in Portugal.
The 46-year-old presenter jetted off to the European holiday destination on Monday morning as the country reopened its borders to tourists, however, was soon freaking out that she wouldn’t be let through customs after not being able to find her evidence that she doesn’t have Covid-19.
Joining Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield live from her resort, Alison urged viewers to make sure they’ve got backup evidence before heading abroad.
‘When I got to the airport in Madeira, I couldn’t access the website, because I had no Wi-fi, no internet…I couldn’t access my QR code with my Covid test,’ she recalled.
‘So we all know that I’m negative, but you’ve got to prove it with a QR test and I couldn’t access it. So I started having a panic attack, everyone was going through and I couldn’t find my QR code.’
Sharing her pearls of wisdom, Alison added: ‘So literally, my one tip to people would is to take a screenshot of your QR code so you can show it once you get here because it can ruin your whole holiday.
‘Seriously, that’s my one tip. So actually going through with it, I thought it was quite painless, I’m here, it was worth it.’
Travel firms have reported a surge in demand for trips to Portugal, after the Government put the country on its green list for travel meaning people travelling from England and Wales will not need to self-isolate on their return, and are only required to take one post-arrival test.
These green countries only apply to English holidaymakers – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet said when they might ease their travel rules.
Israel and Jerusalem
Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
When visiting ‘green’ countries, you’ll need to take Covid-19 tests pre-departure and on arrival home, but you won’t be required to endure a lengthy quarantine period on return to the UK.
PCR tests must be booked through one of the Government’s approved providers.
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
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