The Portuguese government decided to lift the restrictions (air and sea) imposed on tourists fromUnited Kingdom, European Union or Schengen countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland). As of today, travelers can take all kinds of trips to Portugal, provided the countries have had fewer than 500 new cases per 100,000 residents in the last 14 days.
South Africa, Brazil, India, and in the European Union, Cyprus, Croatia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden are among the countries that are still on the list of restrictions imposed by Portugal, because they are countries “with an equal incidence rate or more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last.” 14 days ”.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI), travelers from these countries “can only take essential trips and must fulfill, after entering the Portuguese mainland, a preventive isolation period of 14 days, at home or in the place indicated by the health authorities.”
On Friday, the Cabinet also presented countries that have the incidence of SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, which is less than 500 cases per 100,000 people in the last 14 days and who, as of Monday, “can do it.” All kinds of trips to Portugal, including non-essential trips. “
Consequently, the press note specifies that “passengers from European Union member countries, countries associated with the Schengen area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) and the United Kingdom” stop fulfilling preventive isolation and can render flights unnecessary.
The press release states that “essential trips are taken into account, that is, those designed to allow the transit or entry of Portugal for citizens traveling for professional reasons, for studies, family reunification, or for health or humanitarian reasons.”
This Cabinet decision, as the MAI statement explains, is applicable “between 00:00 on May 17, 2021 and 23:59 on May 30, 2021”, taking into account the context of the epidemiological situation caused by SARS-CoV-2 that is subject to For periodic evaluations.
“Restrictive measures apply to air traffic as well as boarding and disembarking operations and permits for passenger and cruise ship crews at national ports on continental territory,” the MAI press release states.
The restrictions dictate that “all citizens intending to travel to Portugal by air (except for children under 24 months old) must provide evidence of laboratory test (RT-PCR) to detect SARS-CoV-2 infection, with a negative result. Executed in 72 hours before the moment of the ride. “
Another measure is that “airlines should only allow passengers to board flights with a destination or stopover on mainland Portugal by presenting a negative test result at the time of departure”.
The document warns: “Airlines bear an offense punishable by a fine of 500 to 2000 euros for each passenger who ascends without providing evidence of an RT-PCR test, with a negative result, which is performed within 72 hours prior to boarding time.”
The MAI warns that “air traffic restriction measures are also applied to the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers and crews of cruise ships in ports located on mainland Portugal.”