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Mainland Portugal, Madeira and Azores islands
Updated on 03 May 2021

Considering that entry regulations can change at short notice,  we recommend that you start by checking IATA's website  www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm(*) but also seek information on each countries' government websites.

(*) the map is interactive. Click on each country for information about entry regulations.


Mainland Portugal 
Azores | Madeira and Porto Santo islands

Following the guidelines of the Portuguese health authorities, all passengers of international flights bound for Mainland Portugal, whether as a final destination, in transit or transfer, will have to complete a Passenger Location Card,  after check-in.

The form must be completed after check-in, so that the seat number can be included and until boarding begins. The form will be checked at the boarding gate, either through printed paper* or presentation on a mobile device.

* passengers who, due to lack of internet access, lack of knowledge of Portuguese or English, or info-exclusion, will be allowed to complete a paper PLC.


As per the directive of the Portuguese Government (Despacho n.º 3838-A/2021, of April 15, 2021, effective - from 00h00, April 16 to April 18, 2021 and extended by Dispatch no. 3894-A/2021) entry into national territory is only allowed to:

 

a) Passengers on flights from countries belonging to the European Union, countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland). To/from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland, travel is limited to essential reasons1.

b) Passengers on flights from countries whose epidemiological situation is in accordance with Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1551, of 22 October 2020.

c) nPassengers on flights from countries that are not members of the European Union or that are not countries associated with the Schengen Area, exclusively for essential travel, thus:

1. Citizens of the European Union, nationals of States associated with the Schengen Area and members of their families, in accordance to the Directive 2004/38 / EC, of the Parliament and of the Council, and third-country nationals legally resident in a Member State of the European Union;

2. Third-country nationals traveling for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.

d) Passengers on repatriation or humanitarian flights organized in accordance with the law.

1Essential reasons are: professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.

Passengers referred at a), entering or transiting through Portugal must present proof of laboratory testing (RTPCR) for the screening of SARS-CoV-2, with a negative result, performed within 72 hours prior to the time of departure, or they will be denied boarding. (including Portuguese citizens, residing in Portugal and their families),

Exceptions: Children who have not completed 24 months of age;

 

In addition to the negative test, passengers arriving from Cyprus, Croatia, France, Lithuania, Netherlands and Sweden must quarantine for 14 days at their residence or other location determined by the Portuguese authorities (except if the permanence in Portugal does not exceed 48h), and present the pre-register online form available here.

All passengers referred at b), c) and d) entering or transiting through Portugal must present proof of laboratory testing (RT-PCR) for the screening of SARS-CoV-2, with a negative result, performed within 72 hours prior to the time of departure, or they will be denied boarding. (including Portuguese citizens, residing in Portugal and their families)

Exceptions: Children who have not completed 24 months of age.

Additionally, to presenting a negative test, passengers that have been in Brazil, South Africa or India for the last 14 days, must quarantine for 14 days at their residence or facility determined by the authorities (unless their stay in Portugal does not exceed 48h), and present the pre-register online form available here.

The mandatory PRC tests can only be accepted in Portuguese, French, Spanish, English and Italian.

Acceptable formats are paper and electronic (but not mobile text messages – SMS)

Passengers travelling from the Madeira and Azores Islands are exempted from presenting the negative covid test to enter mainland Portugal (unless transferring to other country, in which case the destination rules apply).

The flight ban between Portugal and the UK and Portugal and Brazil has been lifted eff. 16 Apr 2021.
 

 

 Travelling to the Portuguese islands of  Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores

1. Madeira and Porto Santo islands

When planning a trip to Madeira and Porto Santo, it is important to know the regulations in force in this Region, within the scope of the prevention and containment of COVID-19.

1 - It is mandatory to complete the epidemiological survey. For the passenger's convenience, you can fill it out here in the 12 to 48 hours before departure.

With the reopening of tourism in Madeira on 1 July 2020, 

  • All passengers on flights from abroad who carry a negative test for COVID-19 disease, performed within 72 hours before disembarkation, in laboratories certified by national or international authorities, upon disembarkation, proceed to their destination, upon presentation of the corresponding report which can also be submitted, in advance, together with the inquiry referred to in 1.
  • Passengers disembarking at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, who have not tested for COVID-19, will do so at the airport upon arrival. After performing the test, the passenger will proceed to mandatory confinement until the result is informed. The passenger will be informed of the result within the following 12 hours.

 

Exceptions to the presentation of a PCR test for COVID-19 or to take it on arrival at the airports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira: 

  • Passengers who are in possession of a medical document certifying that the carrier has recovered from COVID-19 disease upon landing in the territory of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, issued within the last 90 days;
  • Passengers holding a document certifying that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the recommended plan and respecting the period of activation of the immune system provided for in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC).

 

Disembarkation channels exist at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, with different colours for a better distribution of passengers and improved Covid-19 control:

  • Green corridor for passengers with negative PCR tests.
  • Blue corridor for passengers with no tests performed. These passengers must perform tests upon arrival, free of charge.

NOTE: all passengers, with or without tests performed, must register online 12 to 48 hours before the flight. Together with the result of their PCR tests must also download the results. There are no forms to be filled onboard or upon arrival.

Passengers who have not registered can do so upon arrival at FNC and PXO airports, but only online. All passengers without the tools to do so will have the support of the WELCOME TEAM at the arrivals area.

As additional preventive measures for COVID-19 in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, the following are recommended:

  • Use of a mask, especially in closed spaces and public transport (mandatory);
  • Social distance (2 meters between people and avoid crowds);
  • Frequent hand hygiene;
  • Respiratory etiquette.

Madeira Promotion Bureau has developed an action plan "MADEIRA SAFE TO DISCOVER" with valuable information and recommendations for all those travelling to these enchanted Portuguese islands. 

Madeira Promotion Bureau, 17 Feb 2021

MADEIRA ENCOURAGES TOURISM WITH NEW CONDITIONS OF ACCESS TO A GREEN CORRIDOR 


By presenting the vaccination certificate or proof of recovery within 90 days, more tourists are eligible for direct entry, without the need for testing.

The green corridor already existed at Madeira airport for those who arrive with a negative PCR test done within 72 hours. Now Madeira is also receiving tourists vaccinated and recovered from COVID-19 (with proof up to 90 days of validity) who want to enjoy the region.

To do this, tourists must present the appropriate certificates attesting to their new conditions. The decision represents a vote of confidence in this new phase that the world is going through, in addition to encouraging visits to the island and stimulating economic activity, while maintaining a safe destination.

To be eligible, tourists who fall under these new conditions must prove their status through one of two documents:

1) Proof of COVID-19 recovery in the last 90 days, validated by the respective country of origin and state the name, date of birth, health number, type and date of the test and the explicit mention “recovered”.
2) Passport or vaccination certificate validated by the respective country of origin and state the name, date of birth, health number, type of vaccine, date of the two doses taken and respect for the period of immunization according to the instructions for each vaccine.

Any of the above documents in English must be submitted to the app madeirasafe.com before the trip is made.

Passengers recovered from COVID-19 must present a document, valid for 90 days, that proves their recovery. It must specify the type of test, the date of its performance and the word “recovered”. If the document presented indicates that the tourist has recovered for more than 90 days, its holder is subject to normal conditions, retesting at arrival and mandatory confinement pending the result. It should be noted that the tests carried out at the airport and in the registered clinics in mainland Portugal remain free. However, all tourists during their stay must respect the restrictions in force, known as a result of the pandemic, and comply with the Health and Safety rules, which include the mandatory use of a mask, from 6 years old, social distance (2 meters between people and avoid clusters) and frequent hand hygiene.

These new measures of access to the green corridor are due to the entrance of the world into a new cycle of hope, provided by the approved vaccines. The decision reflects not only a vote of confidence in the current situation but also aims to reopen the destination for tourism and stimulate the regional economy.

More information at: http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/news/detalhe-noticias?amp;Action=1&NewsId=4395&M=NewsV2&PID=18253 or send an email to uesp.madeira@iasaude.madeira.gov.pt and / or contact the following numbers: +351 291208700 / +351 969320327 / +351 969320235.

2. The Azores
 

All passengers travelling to the Azores must complete this online form within 72h hours before the flight.
The proof of the filled out form will need to be presented at control points upon arrival.

 

Mandatory diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2

  1. Passengers wishing to travel to the territory of the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organisation to be areas of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus  are required to be tested SARS-CoV2 upon arrival at their island of destination (and remain in quarantine until the result is known) UNLESS they present a paper or digital proof (excluding SMS) of a document issued by an accredited laboratory, either national or international, for the performance of a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV2 with a NEGATIVE result issued within the seventy-two (72) hours before the departure of the flight
  2. The diagnostic tests should be carried out using the RT-PCR methodology, seventy-two (72) hours before the departure to the territory of the Autonomous Region of the Azores.
    If this deadline is exceeded due to operational irregularities resulting from weather conditions or other constraints, a new test will be carried out on arrival.
  3. The proof referred to in the previous paragraph must contain the following elements:

    a) Identification of the passenger;

    b) Name of the accredited laboratory where it was carried out, with mention of its certification;

    c) Reference to the use of the RT-PCR methodology;

    d) Date on which the test was carried out;

    e) Result of the test as "negative".

  4. Extending the stay in the Autonomous Region of the Azores for seven or more days, the passenger must perform on the sixth day, counting the date of the first test, a new screening test for SARS-CoV-2, to be promoted by the local health authority.

Exceptions:

The obligation referred to in the preceding paragraphs does not apply in the following situations:

  1. Passengers aged 12 years or under:
  2. Health professionals on duty for transfer or evacuation of patients and who have the periodic screening of professional scope updated under the technical standard of the Regional Health Authority in force at the time and provided that the period of stay outside the Autonomous Region of the Azores is equal to or less than 72 hours;
  3. Passengers with an illness duly proven by a medical declaration attesting to anatomical and/or clinical incompatibility for the performance of the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test, through the collection of biological material by the nasopharynx, in which case passengers must submit the referred declaration to the Regional Health Authority for validation at least five working days in advance, without prejudice to the performance of a serological test on arrival in the Autonomous Region of the Azores;
  4. Passengers who present a declaration of discharge from clinical surveillance and isolation measures issued by the public health service regarding SARS-CoV-2, which is valid for 90 days;
  5. Passengers who submit a declaration of a funeral home based in the Autonomous Region of the Azores proving the death of a family member, being obliged to undergo screening for SARS-CoV-2, using the RT-PCR methodology, upon arrival in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, as well as prophylactic isolation, until the NEGATIVE result is communicated to them, within a maximum period of 24 hours;
  6. Passengers departing from abroad, whose transit journey exceeds 72 hours of validity of the test done at the origin, in which case they will be required to undergo screening for SARS-CoV-2, by the RT-PCR methodology, on arrival in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, as well as prophylactic isolation, until the NEGATIVE result is communicated to them, within a maximum of 24 hours;
  7. Passengers who leave and return to the Autonomous Region of the Azores within a period of up to 72 hours, being obliged to undergo screening for SARS-CoV-2, using the RT-PCR methodology, upon arrival in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, as well as prophylactic isolation, until the NEGATIVE result is communicated to them, within a maximum of 24 hours.

 

The corresponding exception declarations that are provided can only be submitted in paper or digital format, excluding the SMS format.

 

INTER-ISLAND CONNECTING  FLIGHTS - Azores - update 14 apr 2021

With immediate effect, passengers with a negative Covid-19 test performed within the 72 hours prior to the flight will be allowed to make the inter-island connecting flight, without the need to validate the test at the first point of entry into the Azores (PDL or TER). 

This change will allow the acceptance of the passenger and the dispatch of their baggage (with inter-island connecting flights), to the final destination.

Example: 

LIS > PDL > HOR - the passenger will be accepted and the hold baggage will be checked to the final destination (HOR). 

This is only allowed to passengers who, before travelling to the Azores, prove a negative PCR test result within the previous 72 hours.

 

For further information on travel to the Azores:

COVID-19 Line for non-medical issues: (+351)800 29 29 29

Email: esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt

Website: https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/

 You may also read the PDF "Information for Passengers" issued by the Government of the Azores.

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