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Travel to Portugal: Covid-19, easing of restrictions, health pass ... What you need to know to go there in September

2021-09-16T15:21:25.634Z

Good news for tourism: in this return, Portugal is further easing health restrictions and the vaccination of the population is in full swing. wearing a mask is no longer compulsory outdoors. Overview of measures to visit the country which provides for a virtual return to ...



Portugal, one of the favorite European destinations for the French in summer and year round, is widely open to French and foreign visitors, vaccinated or not. And for good reason, in mid-September, the Lusitanian state adds up the good news on the front of the Covid-19 epidemic: the decline in the number of daily cases has been continuous since the end of July, while the vaccination campaign at his best. As of September 15, more than 80% of the 10 million inhabitants were fully vaccinated, in line with the authorities' target. Result, the country, gradually loosens the sanitary grip and the measures taken at the start of the summer season.

When the threshold of 85% of people vaccinated is reached, the government plans a further reduction in health measures, with the end of the limits on the occupation of restaurants, shops and cultural spaces or the reopening of bars and nightclubs.

"

Thanks to the success of the vaccination, we are a few weeks away from being able to bring this pandemic under control,

" Prime Minister Antonio Costa declared on September 8.

A strong symbol, wearing a mask is no longer mandatory outdoors since September 13.

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On arrival in Portugal: vaccine, tests ...

What formalities for the French?

The conditions of access to mainland Portugal are not the same as for the Azores and Madeira.

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The country remains widely open to foreign travelers from the Schengen area, including the French.

Anyone can enter Portugal, whatever the reason, subject to presenting a European health certificate attesting:

  • complete vaccination.

    The country accepts vaccines recognized by the EU.

    He considers that one is vaccinated 14 days after the second dose, or after a single injection for people who have had a history of Covid-19


    OR

  • immunity demonstrated by a positive test carried out more than 11 days and less than 180 days ago


    OR

  • a negative result from a test less than 72 hours old or a rapid antigenic test less than 48 hours old (no self-test)

When arriving by plane

, presentation of the health pass is compulsory for French travelers.

Children under 12 are exempt.

All passengers must complete the Passenger Location Card, before departure for Portugal or on board.

Finally, the temperature of the passengers is monitored by thermal camera at all the country's airports.

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Madeira and the Azores impose the same conditions for the vaccine and immunity for those over 12, also. For the unvaccinated, on the other hand, the Portuguese archipelagos only recognize negative PCR tests (less than 72 hours). The temperature of each traveler is also recorded on arrival. In Madeira, newcomers must also complete an online form (epidemiological survey) via the madeirasafe.com platform. In the Azores, a declaration must be completed on arrival. The unvaccinated must also undergo new tests on site on the 6th day if the stay exceeds 7 days.

When arriving by car,

Portugal mainly controls arrivals by plane.

If you come by car, the border is reopened with Spain, which asks land tourists to have their health pass.

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Restaurants, beaches, curfew ... What is the situation there?

Portugal entered phase 2 of the relaxation of health restrictions at the end of August.

Since September 13, wearing a mask is mandatory outdoors only in the event of gatherings and when the social distancing of two meters cannot be respected.

Restaurants, cafes and pastry shops open until 2 am and must not accept groups of more than 8 people inside, 15 people on the terrace.

There is no longer a curfew.

The discotheques remain closed and the popular festivals suspended.

The third and final phase of easing, set for October 1, provides for the end of the gauges for restaurants and shows.

The discos will reopen with a health pass.

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To reassure tourists, Portugal is highlighting the Clean & Safe label, launched last year, which benefits more than 22,000 tourist establishments.

It guarantees

"compliance with health rules

,

"

says Jean-Pierre Pinheiro, director of the Portuguese Tourist Office in France.

In the Madeira archipelago, wearing a mask is compulsory on public roads (from 6 years old) and alcohol consumption is prohibited.

In the Azores, wearing a mask is compulsory on public roads for people over 10 years old when social distancing of 2 meters is not possible.

On return to France: test necessary if you have not been vaccinated

For the return to France, a PCR or antigen test of less than 24 hours is mandatory for unvaccinated 12 years of age or over.

Please note, these tests are not free in Portugal: you will find the details of the prices in this article.

See also

- Covid-19: Portugal reopens its border with Spain

Source: lefigaro

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