Portugal holidays currently require Britons to quarantine for 14 days on their return. The country’s absence from UK’s “safe” list of countries Britons can travel to has caused an uproar. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) existing travel advice is: “From July 4, Madeira and the Azores are exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.
“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
“However, the requirement to self-isolate on return to the UK from Portugal, including Madeira and the Azores, remains in place.”
This week Visit Portugal has issued its own advice to anyone entering the country.
All passengers entering Portugal must hand in their Passenger Locator Cards (PLC) which are provided by airlines during the flight.
Thermal screening will be in place for all at airports as mainland Portugal tries to crack down on coronavirus entering the country.
It’s compulsory to wear face masks at all times and social distancing is required.
As for those heading to the Azores Islands all passengers that disembark on the islands of São Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, Faial and Pico island, should fill in a declaration that must be completed and signed.
Travellers will need to provide proof they have tested negatively for coronavirus within 72 hours of their departure.
Alternatively, they can take a test on arrival and remain in isolation until the results are received.
For Madeira Islands, passengers must complete the required health questionnaire.
Thermal screenings are in place for all passengers on arrival.
In the airports, social distancing and mask-wearing are compulsory.
Face masks are also a must on public transport.
Travellers risk a fine between €120 (£108) – €350 (£316) if they fail to comply.
As of August 1, wearing a mask in public at all times is compulsory on the island of Madeira as per an announcement delivered by the local government.
Visit Portugal added: “For the peace of mind of visitors, Portugal has now extended an updated travel insurance, provided by RNA Seguros de Assistência, S.A., covering health expenses, repatriation, cancellation or disruption of travel originated by Covid-19, easily subscribed by email.
“Additionally as an international visitor to Portugal you may download the Portugal Health Passport (www.portugalhealthpassport.com), an unofficial passport that gives you access to a special offer from private healthcare providers in the country in case you need healthcare services during your stay.
“This includes urgent care and preventive medicine services for fixed prices via the largest private health providers in the country.
“You may also be tested for Covid-19 shortly after arrival, before departure or at any time during your stay in one of the hospitals and clinics included in the Portugal Health Passport initiative with personalized support in your language.
“The results for the tests may be obtained in 72 hours or less.”
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