Portugal has announced it will open its borders to all Brits whether they've had a vaccine or not.

Joining the likes of Cyprus and Greece, Portugal is the latest country to announce that they will be opening their borders to British tourists this summer.

Portugal's tourism minister Rita Marquez has said that tourists will be allowed into the country if they can show proof of having been vaccinated, or that they received a negative Covid test result before travelling.

Under the Prime Minister Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown Brits will be prevented from travelling abroad for holidays until mid-May.

Portugal is no longer on the red list, meaning once foreign travel reopens Brits won't be banned from travelling there. 

Ms Marques  said the country wants to welcome back Brits from May 17.

She told the BBC: "I do believe that Portugal will soon allow restriction-free travel, not only for vaccinated people, but those who are immune or who test negative."

And she insisted that "everything will be ready by mid-May" because the pandemic situation in the country is "stable".

Whether or not we'll actually be allowed to travel abroad by this time is subject to review and the government's Global Travel Taskforce are keeping tabs on the situation - we are expected to receive an update on this on April 12.

Following that, the Government will determine when international travel should resume, which it has already said will be no earlier than mid May.

Currently anyone who travels abroad to the 33 "high risk" countries has to self-isolate for 10 days in a quarantine hotel.

What are the rules for going on holiday? 

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The rules on holidays this year are subject to change due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Image - stock)

In England, the "stay at home" rule is set to end on 29 March.

But holidays within the UK won't be allowed until 12 April at the earliest.

This is subject to four tests being met - including the vaccine rollout going smoothly and no surge in Covid-related hospital admissions.

If that happens, people can stay away from home with other members of their household, or bubble, in self-contained accommodation, such as a holiday cottage.

Hotels and B&Bs are set to open for holidaymakers in England on 17 May at the earliest.

But guests will have to obey the stage three social mixing rules, which are that a maximum of six people or two households can stay together indoors.

The earliest that all restrictions on mixing could be lifted is 21 June, as part of step four, the final stage of lifting lockdown.

What are the rules for going abroad? 

The earliest date people from England will be able to travel abroad for a holiday is 17 May, when the country moves in to step three of its lockdown exit plan.

Again, that's if the government is satisfied the four tests are being met.

At the moment, there are lots of rules for foreign travel, including having to quarantine when you re-enter the UK.

It's not known yet what the rules will be when holidays abroad are allowed again, and Home Secretary Priti Patel has warned it is currently "too early" to book.