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

 

  • Covid’s Digital Green Certificate 

As of July 1, 2021, all passengers traveling to or within the Azores, who are holders of the COVID-19 Digital Green Certificate or proof of COVID-19 recovery for up to 180 days, already issued by the health authorities of each European country, do not need to undergo screening tests for the SARS-CoV-2 infection.

 

  • Domestic or international travel to the Azores without Covid’s Digital Green Certificate 

Passengers who intend to travel to the Azores, by air or sea, and who come from areas considered by the World Health Organization as areas of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to carry out a test upon arrival at the island of final destination, unless they present proof of a certificate issued by an accredited laboratory, nationally or internationally, attesting to performance of the screening test to SARS-CoV-2, carried out by the RT-PCR methodology, within 72 hours before the departure of the flight.

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 which 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 
Antigen - 30 EUR
PCR - 90 EUR

R. Padre Ferreira Cabido Nº37, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel

lac@mteresasampaio.pt

+351 296 650 960

 

Germano de Sousa
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
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

 

 

Entering Canada from a trip to the Azores, Portugal.

 

  • Entering Canada

September 7, 2021: Border changes

Effective September 7, foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption can enter Canada for discretionary travel.

Check if you qualify for the exemption

*If you're fully vaccinated and apply for entrance in Canada, make sure you submit your vaccination data at ArriveCan

Click here for the full guide & source.

 

 

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

 

  • Entering the US

Testing Requirements: All airline passengers to the United States, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Travelers must also present an attestation confirming one of the two options is true. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Passengers entering or transiting through the USA must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are: antigen, NAAT, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR or TMA. Passengers' details (e.g., name and date of birth) in the certificate must match those stated in the passport or other travel document; and the test result must specify "negative" or "not detected". If marked "invalid" it is not accepted

This does not apply to:

  • US military personnel;

  • passengers with a medical certificate with a positive COVID-19 test result issued at most 90 days before departure from the first embarkation point; and a letter issued by a health authority stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel. The test result must specify "positive" or "detected", if marked "invalid" it is not accepted.

 

Passengers must complete a disclosure and attestation form before departure. The form can be obtained at:

https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/attachment-a-global-passenger-disclosure-attestation-2021-p.pdf .


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
    Immunity declaration (for those who already had COVID-19, for example), or
    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 under 12 don’t need to take the 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 (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
    Vaccination certificate (2 shots 14 days prior to entrance in PT) or,
    Imunity declaration (for those who already had COVID-19, for example), or
    a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate .
  • Perform free test on arrival and wait the result in prophylactic isolation (between 12 to 24 hours for the result), or
  • Perform voluntary isolation, for a period of 14 days, at home or in a hotel accommodation.
  • Children under 12 don’t need to present test.
  • 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

ALLOWED (Essential and non-essential travel)

Countries of the European UnionSchengen Associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, South Korea, United States of America, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom and special admnistrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao

LIMITED
India, Nepal, and South Africa (Only essential travel)

        • RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) - 72h before boarding, or
          Rapid Antigen Test - 48h before boarding.
        • Need to comply with quarantine of 14 days after arrival in Portugal;
        • Children under 12 don’t need to present test.
        • 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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