Portugal is boosting the number of border and security staff at its key tourist airports this summer, including Faro. According to the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), there will be an increase in both SEF and PSP (Public Security Police) staff at Faro Airport.
The increase (more than 80 per cent) is part of a national initiative covering airport border posts throughout Portugal. In total, says the SEF, Portuguese airports will be serviced by more than 500 operational staff carrying out border controls for passengers on flights from countries outside the European Union. They will also be complemented by 168 PSP agents.
The contingency plan covers the period June to September, and involves a gradual reinforcement of staff at Faro and five other airports to peak numbers on 4 July. In addition to boosted human resources, it also involves enhanced technological aspects. A working group is being created to monitor and evaluate the results on a weekly basis.
UK passengers can also take advantage of fast-track e-gate passport controls at Faro Airport.