Madeira extends current COVID-19 restrictions until March 15

The Portuguese autonomous region of Madeira has decided to extend its existing COVID-19 rules and the “contingency state” two more weeks until March 15.

The decision was announced by the region’s official travel site, according to which the rules imposed on February 1 will continue to apply. According to these rules, travelers do not need to be tested on arrival, but vaccination or recovery certificates remain mandatory for arrivals from third countries.

COVID-19 testing at airports and ports/marinas has ended, but travelers will need to present a full vaccination certificate, with three doses of the vaccine; Incomplete vaccination certificate (1 or 2 doses of vaccine) and a certificate of recovery less than 180 days old or a certificate of recovery valid for up to 180 daysreads an updated COVID-19 travel guide on the website.

However, travelers to the region should be aware of existing national travel rules, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

Persons wishing to participate in public and private sector activities, such as restaurants, gyms, bars and clubs, cultural events, sports activities, nightlife, casinos and other similar activities, must hold a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

The certificate, however, is not required to gain access to places such as public transport, pharmacies, clinics, petrol stations and places of worship, as well as places that offer medical services, animal medical services, postal and social security services, etc.

Travelers who show symptoms of the virus should test it. Those who test negative are forced to self-isolate for five days. After that, they can resume their normal activities without needing to perform another test.

According to Portugal’s general entry rules, travelers from EU and EEA countries can enter its territory if they hold an EU digital COVID passport, which proves that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, recovered from it or tested negative for the virus before arriving in Portugal.

However, for vaccination certificates to be valid, travelers must have been vaccinated with one of the following vaccines: BioNTech, Novavax, Moderna, AstraZeneca (all versions), Janssen, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covaxin.

Currently, travelers from Brazil, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, as well as Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru , China and Qatar are eligible to enter Portugal from third countries for non-essential purposes. , Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Rwanda, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Uruguay and the administrative regions of Macao and Hong Kong, provided that they also allow Portuguese citizens to enter their territory.

To be able to enter Portugal, travelers from these third countries are required to present a vaccination certificate that meets the conditions mentioned above.

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