Wednesday 20 September 2017

Advice issued to tourists visiting tragedy-hit country

A spokesperson said:
A spokesperson said: "Due to the extreme temperatures in Portugal this weekend, a number of forest fires have been registered." Stock picture

Ian Begley

Irish people travelling to Portugal are being asked to follow the local government's advice following the raging forest fire that has killed at least 61 people.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has recently updated the Portuguese section of its website, providing a detailed map of the parts of the country affected by the fire.

Although possibly the deadliest-ever forest blaze in the country, the department is not discouraging individuals from travelling to Portugal.

A spokesperson said: "Due to the extreme temperatures in Portugal this weekend, a number of forest fires have been registered.

"If you are travelling to Portugal, please follow the general measures of precaution issued by the local authorities."

You can contact the emergency services in Portugal by dialling 112.

The Department's tips for safe travel to Portugal include:

Get a European Health Insurance Card;

Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise app.

Irish Independent

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