The obligation to comply with the 14-day quarantine also applies to nationals entering the national territory – by air, land or sea – who have left six other countries in Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe) in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Portugal A statement issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI) issued this morning.
MAI explains the measures applied to air traffic that came into effect at midnight, when mainland Portugal entered a catastrophic state due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, a level that will remain until March 20, 2022.
It further adds that essential and non-essential travel is still permitted for travelers from EU member states, countries associated with the Schengen area, Brazil, the USA, the UK, and countries and administrative regions with an epidemiological situation on the recommendation of the European Union, whose list now includes Indonesia, including Jordan and Namibia. Singapore and Ukraine.
From other countries, non-essential travel is also permitted for vaccinated or recovered travelers. Otherwise, only essential trips are allowed, that is, those intended to allow citizens to transit or enter Portugal for professional reasons, for study, for family reunification, for health reasons or for humanitarian reasons, he adds.
Airlines must only allow passengers to board flights with a destination or stopover in mainland Portugal upon presentation of a negative SARS-CoV2 test result, at the time of departure, for which they may be subject to an administrative offense punishable by a fine of 20,000 to 40,000. Euros per passenger and passenger in an administrative offense with a fine of 300 to 800 euros.
These measures are effective from now until 23:59 on January 9, 2022.
Mainland Portugal is in a catastrophic situation for the second time this year, having been at this higher level of disaster response, enshrined in the Basic Civil Protection Act, between May 1 and September 30.
To respond to the exacerbation of the Covid-19 epidemic in mainland Portugal, new rules came into effect today, such as the promotion of the use of masks, testing and digital certificates, as well as new rules for entering Portugal by air, sea and air. wild frontier.
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