Covid-19: What Has Changed About Travelling to the Azores?

Everything you need to know about travelling to Portugal now 

 

We don't know about you, but after enduring months of lockdown, confinement, and travel bans, the first thing we'll want to do is to get outdoors, breathe in fresh, pure air, and stretch our legs. Fresh air, sunshine, and the spiritually and physically healing properties of nature have never been more treasured than they are right now, and Portugal is a destination that provides all those essentials in one dreamy escape. But before you book your tickets and pack your bags for paradise, here are some important details you should be aware of regarding traveling in the COVID-19 era. 

 

 

Lagoa do Canário, São Miguel Island, Azores

THE AZORES

 

  • International Flights

All passengers traveling to the Azores from abroad (international flights) must present, at the time of departure, proof of laboratory performance of the nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN) or rapid antigen test (TRAg) for screening for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result, carried out within 72 or 48 hours prior to boarding, respectively, with the airlines being responsible for verifying the existence of the aforementioned test at the time of departure (even if you're on hold of the EU COVID Digital VACCINATION Certificate).

You should submit your test results in the platform  My Safe Azores for early validation. 

 

  • National flights  to the Azores with & without Covid’s Digital Green Certificate 

All passengers traveling to the Azores, from mainland Portugal or Madeira, and who are holders of the valid EU COVID Digital VACCINATION Certificate, that is, 14 days after the date of full vaccination, do not need to undergo screening tests for infection by SARS-CoV-2.

Passengers who intend to travel to the Azores from Mainland Portugal or Madeira, without COVID19 Digital Certificate, by air or sea, are required to carry out a test upon arrival in the island of final destination, unless:

  1. present proof of a certificate issued by an accredited laboratory, nationally or internationally, attesting to the performance of a screening test to SARS-CoV-2, carried out by the RT-PCR methodology, within 72 hours before the departure of the flight or departure of the vessel.
  2. present proof of carrying out a nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN) or rapid antigen test (TRAg) to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection, with a negative result, performed within 72 hours or 48 hours prior to the time of shipment.

You should submit your test results in the platform  My Safe Azores for early validation. 

 

  • Where to perform your test in Boston?

LOGAN AIRPORT

Terminal E international 

Massachusetts – BOS (Terminal C) +

Boston Logan International Airport

Terminal C, Departures Level

(next to Jerry Remy's)

Telephone: 1-617-608-7037

Hours of operation:

Monday 8 AM – 4 PM

Thursday through Sunday, 8 AM – 6 PM

Testing services provided by GABISA Medical MA, PLLC.

 

 

Massachusetts – BOS (Terminal E)

Boston Logan International Airport

Terminal E, Arrivals Level

(near Door E107)

Telephone: 1-617-874-8059

Hours of operation:

Monday and Thursday, 12 PM – 8 PM

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 AM – 6 PM

Testing services provided by GABISA Medical MA, PLLC.

 

 

  • Leaving the Azores

If you’re heading to another destination that requires a NEGATIVE Covid-19 test for entrance, here's the list of certified laboratories you can go to perform the test at your own expense. 

Here is some more helpful information about the laboratories where you can take the tests:

 

Forjaz Sampaio , São Miguel Island 
Antigen - 30 EUR
PCR - 90 EUR

R. Padre Ferreira Cabido Nº37, Ponta Delgada

lac@mteresasampaio.pt

+351 296 650 960

 

Germano de Sousa, São Miguel Island
Antigen - 25 EUR
PCR - 90 EUR

Avenida D. João III nº 46 ,9500 310 Ponta Delgada

+351 912 994 371 / +351 910 300 175 / +351 910 043 089 / +351 930 570 151 /  +351 910 161 692 /+351 930 573 354 / +351 910 225 999
covid19.acores@germanodesousa.com

 

Dr. Joaquim Chaves, São Miguel Island
Antigen: 25 EUR (24h)
Antígen: 35 EUR (same day results)  
PCR: 100 EUR

Avenida Príncipe do Mónaco 9500-237 Ponta Delgada

+351 296 286 762

geral@jcs.pt

 

Noronha Center, Terceira Island

Antigen: 30 EUR

PCR: 75 EUR

+351 295 213 337

Carreira dos Cavalos 45

9700-167 Angra do Heroísmo

lacasn@hotmail.com

or

+351 295 543 900

Rua da Artesia 27-A 9760-438 Praia da Vitória

labnoronha.pv@gmail.com

 

Boa Nova Clinic, Pico Island

Antigen: 30 EUR

PCR: 85 EUR 

+351 292094054

Rua Padre Raimundo Garcia Bulcão Duarte, n.º12, 9950-361 

 

 

Entering Canada from a trip to the Azores, Portugal.

 

  • Entering Canada

Temporary border restrictions and measures to address COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern

In effect: Fully vaccinated travellers who have been in any country other than Canada and the United States in the 14 days prior to entry to Canada may be selected for arrival testing. They must quarantine in a suitable place until they receive a negative test result. They may take public transportation (for example, connecting flights) to their place of quarantine.

The Government of Canada is increasing the number of fully vaccinated travellers being selected for testing to reach 100% of vaccinated travellers in the coming weeks.

Requirements for unvaccinated travellers remain unchanged.

 

Even vaccinated travellers:

Passengers on flights to Canada must first undergo a molecular test for COVID-19. According to current guidelines, travelers will be required to test negative for this test, which must be performed within 72 hours prior to boarding flights to Canada.

 

1.1. To be considered fully vaccinated, passengers must have received the recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine accepted by Health Canada. The last dose of the vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days before entry into Canada.
 

Accepted COVID-19 vaccines in Canada

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
     

Passengers who have recovered from COVID-19 still need a complete series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or combination of accepted vaccines. If they’ve only had one dose of an admitted vaccine other than Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), passengers don’t qualify as fully vaccinated.

 

1.2. Passengers must submit the vaccination certificate on the ArriveCAN application before boarding their flight.

 

1.3. Passengers must keep in their possession a copy of the vaccination certificate in paper or electronic format, in English, French, or in a certified translation for sharing with border services, when requested.

 

1.4. Fully vaccinated passengers must also:

  • Submit a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before flight departure or submit a positive test result between 14 and 180 days before flight departure. Antigenic tests are not accepted.
  • Take a COVID-19 test upon arrival, if requested.
  • Have a valid quarantine plan in case the border services deem quarantine necessary.
  • Wear a mask during air travel.
  • Be asymptomatic.
  • Follow any additional guidance recommended by health authorities, including wearing a mask in public for 14 days and keeping a contact list.

 

1.5. If proof of vaccination does not meet all of the requirements, it will be considered invalid, and passengers will be required to:

  • Stay at a government-authorized hotel to await the results of their arrival test before continuing to their place of quarantine.
  • Complete a quarantine period of at least 14 days.
  • Complete a second test on day 8 of the quarantine.


 

2. Mandatory information that passengers must provide


2.1. All passengers five years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must submit proof of a COVID-19 test result, performed by one of the accepted methodologies, within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada.

Tests accepted: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing, and WGS.

 

2.1.1. The documentation of the negative laboratory COVID-19 test result must include the following data elements:

  1. the person’s name and date of birth;
  2. the name and civic address of the laboratory that administered the test;
  3. the date the specimen was collected, and the test method used; and
  4. the test result.

 

If passengers have a connecting flight:

  • the test must be conducted within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time of the last direct flight to Canada;
  • passenger may need to schedule the test in the transit city.

 

If passengers has already had COVID-19 and recovered

If now symptom-free, passengers can provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test, instead of a negative one.
This test result will also exempt passengers from the requirement for an arrival test, and from a Day-8 test for those required to quarantine.

  • The test must have been conducted at least 14 and no more than 180 days before the passengers’ initial scheduled departure time of the flight;
  • The proof of the positive result must be from an accepted type of molecular test.
     

All passengers must:

  • provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test;
  • keep proof of the test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day they enter Canada.
     

Fully vaccinated passengers still have to provide a pre-entry test result.

  • Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.


 

2.2. When entering Canada, passengers five years of age and older will be required to take a COVID-19 test before exiting the airport, unless directed to use a home test kit. Passengers will also get a kit to use on Day-8 of their mandatory quarantine.

There is no fee for the arrival test.

 

Arrival testing for vaccinated passengers

If passengers qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption, they may be exempt from arrival testing. However, they may be selected for mandatory randomized arrival testing.

 

Arrival testing for unvaccinated passengers

International passengers arriving in Toronto, as well as those connecting to other locations within the Province of Ontario, must perform a COVID-19 screening test upon arrival at Toronto Pearson International Airport, at the testing centers located on the arrivals levels of Terminals 1 and 3.

For a quicker testing experience upon arrival in Toronto, passengers must pre-register before they arrive in Toronto at portal.switchhealth.ca. Passengers should use the same e-mail address they used for their ArriveCAN account.

 

Day-8 test

Fully vaccinated passengers arriving to Canada, who meet all the criteria, no longer need to take a Day-8 test.
 

All passengers will receive calls from a live agent or automated system, and they may also be visited at their place of quarantine by a screening officer to verify compliance.
 

Negative results for the Day-8 test: Passengers can only leave their place of quarantine if they receive a negative result from their Day-8 test AND they have completed their mandatory 14-day quarantine.
 

Positive results on your test: Passengers must isolate themselves from others immediately for a period of 10 days that begins from the time they took the test with positive results (i.e., date/time of specimen collection). A government representative will call them to provide them with additional instructions.
 

Passengers are under a legal obligation to take the arrival and Day-8 tests. Failure to comply with the requirements of the Quarantine Act and emergency orders made under this Act is an offense and could lead to fines of up to $750,000 or imprisonment. If passengers do not take the tests, they may also be transferred to a designated quarantine facility.
 

You can find more information here.


 

2.3. All passengers traveling to Canada, regardless of nationality or citizenship, must, before boarding a flight to the country, submit their travel details, contact information, vaccination information, pre-entry test results, and quarantine plan digitally through the ArriveCAN mobile application, available at the Apple App Store and Google Play, or the website, within 72 hours before their arrival to Canada.
 

Passengers who do not submit the required information through ArriveCAN may be denied boarding.
 

Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons registered under the Indian Act and foreign nationals eligible to enter Canada under another entry exemption (such as foreign work, study, compassionate grounds) will not be denied boarding or entry, but they:

  • won't be eligible for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption;
  • may face additional delays for public health questioning;
  • may be subject to fines or enforcement action.

 

All passengers arriving in Canada, unless exempt from this requirement, must also continue to submit COVID-19-related information, including a COVID-19 symptom self-assessment, electronically daily throughout the quarantine period.

 

For more information, or if you require assistance, visit Canada.ca/ArriveCAN.
 

2.4. Before boarding an aircraft for a flight to Canada, all passengers must complete a health check by submitting a questionnaire and consent forms.

2.4.1. Every passenger must confirm to the airline that they understand they may be subject to measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 defined by the federal, provincial, or territorial governments on arrival at their destination.

2.4.2. A competent adult may provide the confirmations on behalf of a person who does not have the ability or competence to do so.

2.4.3. Passengers may be liable to a monetary penalty, up to $5,000, if they provide answers concerning the health check or confirmations that they know to be false or misleading.

 

Do not forget that to enter Canada, you must present a valid visa exemption. Therefore, you must apply for a Travel Authorization at least 72 hours before your departure. You can do it electronically here.



3. Restrictions and prevention measures applied by the authorities


3.1. Only passengers under these conditions can enter Canada:

  • Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate uploaded in ArriveCAN showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna, or Pfizer-BioNTech. A combination of vaccines is accepted.
  • Nationals of Canada.
  • Dual nationals of Canada with a Special Authorization approval email.
  • Permanent residents of Canada and their immediate family members.
  • Persons registered under the Canada’s Indian Act with the Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) or the Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS).
  • Passengers with a Canadian Refugee Travel Document or a Single Journey Document for Resettlement to Canada.
  • Immediate family members of nationals of Canada, of permanent residents of Canada and of persons registered under Canada’s Indian Act. They must stay for at least 15 days and have a quarantine plan. Staying for less than 15 days is allowed if they have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
  • Extended family members of nationals of Canada, of permanent residents of Canada and of persons registered under Canada’s Indian Act. They must stay for at least 15 days, have a quarantine plan, and have a written authorization issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Staying for less than 15 days is allowed if they have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.
  • Passengers with an authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
  • Passengers with a letter of authorization from the Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage (PCH).
  • Passengers arriving directly from the USA and traveling on an essential purpose.
  • Passengers with a study permit or a post-graduation work permit, issued by Canada. They must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory. They must travel to attend their study.
  • Passengers with an application for permanent residence. They must have a written notice issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Members of the Canadian forces traveling on duty, and their immediate family members.

 

3.2. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.
This does not apply to:

  • Passengers younger than 5 years;
  • Passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at least 15 days and at most 180 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.

 

3.3. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days. This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival, and their accompanying children younger than 12 years.

 

3.4. Passengers are subject to a COVID-19 molecular test on day 1 and day 8 after arrival. This does not apply to:

  • Passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at least 15 days and at most 180 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada;
  • Residents of Point Roberts in Washington in the USA entering Canada to return to their place of residence;
  • Passengers who are members of the Canadian Forces or a visiting force traveling on duty;
  • The COVID-19 molecular test on day 8 after arrival does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.

 

3.5. Passengers may not be permitted to board if:

  • they exhibit a fever and a cough or a fever and breathing difficulties unless they provide a medical certificate attesting that their symptoms are not related to COVID-19;
  • they have, or suspect that they have, COVID-19;
  • they have been denied permission to board an aircraft in the previous 14 days for a medical reason related to COVID-19;
  • in the case of a flight departing in Canada, they are the subject of a mandatory quarantine order resulting from recent travel or as a result of a local or provincial public health order.

3.5.1. If passengers knowingly provide any false or misleading information about their health, they may be subject to a monetary penalty, up to $5,000.

 

3.6. Passengers aged 2 years old or older must always wear a face mask or cover during the boarding process, in-flight, when exiting the aircraft, and when directed to do so by a gate agent, airport security screening personnel, or a crew member, and when traveling through Canadian airports. Check which masks or facial covers are accepted and allowed by the Canadian authorities here.

  • Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering.
  • Between the ages of 2 and 5 years, children are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering at the time of boarding, during flight, and while disembarking, so long as the child can tolerate it. Children of these ages (or their parents/guardians) must be able to demonstrate they have a mask in their possession when boarding the aircraft, even if the child cannot tolerate wearing it at that time.
  • Children six and older must wear a non-medical mask or face covering when traveling unless their parent or guardian has a medical certificate.

 

3.7. Passengers must arrive at Calgary (YYC), Edmonton (YEG), Halifax (YHZ), Montreal (YUL), Ottawa (YOW), Quebec (YQB), Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR), or Winnipeg (YWG).

 

This information is summarized and constantly updated, not exempting the full reading of the Official Entities' website here.

Please be advised that it is the passenger's sole responsibility to verify the necessary documentation and/or requirements and current COVID-19 restrictions in all countries of the itinerary, effective on the date of travel.

Click here for the full guide & source.

 

 

Entering the US from a trip to the Azores, Portugal.

 

  • Entering the US

Testing to All Travelers:  Before boarding a flight to the United States, you are required to show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 1 day before travel.

Children under 2 years old do not need to test. There is also an option for people who have documented recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Learn more about these requirements.

For the full list of requirements and exemptions, please review the language in the Order.


Passengers arriving in New York State must complete the "Traveler Health Form" at https://forms.ny.gov/s3/Welcome-to-New-York-State-Traveler-Health-Form .


Passengers are subject to COVID-19 measures set by the state/territory of their final destination. More information can be found at 

www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html .

 

 

TRAVELLING TO THE AZORES SUM UP 

ALLOWED (Essential and non-essential travel)

  • RT-PCR Test - 72h before boarding, or
    Rapid Antigen Test - 48h before boarding (according to the European Commission list based on the Council Recommendation of 21 January 2021), or
    Immunity declaration (for those who already had COVID-19, for example), and
    a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate 
  • Passengers may perform a free test on arrival and wait for the result in prophylactic isolation (between 12 to 24 hours for the result).
  • Children aged 12 and under can travel without a certificate or test.
  • All passengers need to fill Questionnaire at https://mysafeazores.com, with exception of EU Digital COVID Certificate of vaccination or recovery holders.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All of the information above changes quickly, so make sure you check for current COVID-19 numbers and data regarding any new legislation on the official website here



 

Cascata do Sol, Madeira Island, Portugal.

MADEIRA 

 

  • Covid’s Vaccination Certificate 

Passengers holding a vaccination certificate (a document that proves complete vaccination) and/or proof of COVID-19 recovery for up to 180 days, are eligible for direct entry into the Autonomous Region of Madeira, without the need for testing. The mentioned documents must be submitted on this platform at the time of registration.

*Funchal airport in Madeira Island accepts the American CDC card.

 

  • Domestic or international travel to Madeira without Covid’s Vaccination Certificate 

Visitors heading to Madeira must present proof of a negative RT-PCR test for SARS- CoV2 made within 72 hours prior to arrival, in digital or papel format as long as issued by a certified national or international laboratory. 

Click here to find out which are the exceptions to this rule. 

Passengers heading to Madeira Airports must complete the registration in the “Madeira Safe to Discover” page in the 12 to 48 hours prior to departure. If this is not done before the flight, passagens will be required to do it at the airport at www.madeirasafe.com, through QR Codes or by providing information to the designated staff.   

All passengers who intend to travel to Porto Santo (by air or sea) must have a rapid antigen test, with a negative result, carried out within the last 48 hours.

To benefit from a free trial, you can use one of the posts (pharmacies, clinics and laboratories) that adhere to the protocol with the Regional Government.

When scheduling your test, you will have to provide proof of purchase for the trip to Porto Santo. Under no circumstances will self-tests be accepted.

Click here to read more about it.

 

 

  • Leaving Madeira

If you’re heading to another destination who requires a NEGATIVE Covid-19 test for entrance, in Madeira there are 8 certified labs that can perform RT-PCR tests for this purpose, at your own expense. 

 

 

TRAVELLING TO MADEIRA SUM UP

ALLOWED (Essential and non-essential travel)

  • RT-PCR Test - 72h before boarding, or
    Rapid Antigen Test - 48h before boarding, or
    Vaccination certificate (2 shots 14 days prior to entrance in PT) or,
    Immunity declaration (for those who already had COVID-19, for example), or
    a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate.
  • Perform a free test on arrival, or
  • Perform voluntary isolation, for a period of 10 days, at home or in hotel accommodation.
  • Children under 12 don’t need to present tests.
  • Passengers need to register at https://madeirasafe.com

IMPORTANT NOTE: This information is summed up and does not discharge the reading of the official website. 

 

 

Belem Tower, Lisbon, Portugal.

MAINLAND PORTUGAL

From December 1st

        • A mandatory negative test for all flights arriving in Portugal, even for those who have a digital vaccination certificate, regardless of the point of origin of the flight or the passenger's nationality.
        • RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) - 72h before boarding, or
          Rapid Antigen Test - 48h before boarding.

          A valid EU Digital COVID Certificate, or
          a valid recovery certificate issued by a third country, under reciprocal conditions: Albania, Andorra, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Monaco, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, The Vatican.
        • Children under 12 do not need to present tests.
        • All passengers need to fill a Passenger Locator Card (individually) before departure to Portugal or on board at https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card

IMPORTANT NOTE: This information is summed up and does not discharge the reading of the official website

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