Tony Ackroyd, commercial manager for financial services at Thomas Cook's head office in Peterborough, confirmed this. Yesterday Thomas Cook was looking into the matter. The Portuguese Tourist Office in London felt unqualified to comment on this 'technical' development: the official advice to visitors to Portugal remains to carry with them a certain amount of Portuguese cash, and traveller's cheques; credit cards are also widely accepted. A spokesperson at Banco Portugues do Atlantico in London was also unable to confirm or comment.
Until the situation is clarified the advice of the Independent Traveller is to take a small amount of Portuguese cash and a credit card or charge card with a pin number, to be used at cash dispensers which are widely available in Portugal. Watch this space for further news.Reuse content