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, and/or from the island of São Miguel to the other eight islands, without a COVID19 Digital Certificate, 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 or the departure of the vessel.

All tests carried out during trips to the Azores in one of the agreed laboratories are paid for by the Regional Government of the Azores. After scheduling your test, you must report to the laboratory at the indicated time and day, following the information given.

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

 

  • For visitors staying for 7 or more days in the Azores without the Covid’s Digital Green Certificate 

Visitors that plan to spend 7 or more days in the Azores will be required to take a SARS- CoV2 RT-PCR test on the 6th day of their stay. Visitors should contact the health authority of the municipality in which they will be staying to find out more information about where their test will be administered. Simple and easy to follow instructions will be provided to each visitor upon their initial arrival at the airport, so there is no need to worry that you won’t know what to do next! The cost of the sixth-day test is covered by the Azores Government. 

 

  • Traveling from Madeira or Mainland Portugal to the Azores

The same rules for travel to the Azores from Mainland Portugal or Madeira apply, but one difference is that if you don't own the COVID'S DIGITAL GREEN CERTIFICATE19, you can take a SARS-CoV 2 RT-PCR test for free when these are your specific origins. Click here to find out which approved and certified labs partnered with the Azores Government for this matter. 

 

  • 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. 

 

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.
  • If the stay is longer than seven days, on the 6th and 12th day from the date SARS-CoV-2 first test was performed, the passenger must contact the health services of the county where is staying so that a second test can be performed.
  • All passengers need to fill a Questionnaire at https://mysafeazores.com. 

 

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.

 

  • 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,
    Immunity declaration (for those who already had COVID-19, for example), or
    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 take the 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 Union, Schengen Associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), Albania, Australia, China, South Korea, United States of America, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Republic of Northern Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan

LIMITED - Brazil, 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, or
  • Need to comply with quarantine of 14 days after arrival in Portugal;
  • Children under 12 don’t need to take the 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

Passengers from the UK (Essential and non-essential travel) 

  • Comply with 14 days of prophylactic isolation on arrival in Portugal, or
    Have complete vaccination for 14 days.
  • Children and young people that are yet to complete 18 years old at the time of their departure flight are exempt from quarantine as long as they travel accompanied by their parents, parent or responsible adult that are fully vaccinated/immunised as per EU directives 
    * Children under 12 years old are exempt of testing requirements
    * Young people from 12 to 18 years old must comply with testing requirements
  • All passengers must complete the Passenger Locator Card (individually) , prior to departure to Portugal or on board, available at: https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card
  • Passengers required to undergo prophylactic isolation must register at https://travel.sef.pt



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

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