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Mandatory Quarantine Replaced by Testing From July

The mandatory quarantine for passengers disembarking in Madeira will be eliminated from the 1st of July providing they present or undertake a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test on arrival, stated the Regional Government today.

As of July, all passengers disembarking in Madeira must either present a negative PCR test, taken in the last 72 hours before disembarkation, or undertake a PCR test at arrival, the cost of which is paid by the passenger.  It was also agreed that as of June, all passengers who present a negative  PCR test, are exempt from “any prophylactic isolation.” However, they are subject to health authority monitoring via a phone app or regular contact with a health authority representative. Alternatively, all passengers who arrive at Madeira or Porto Santo airports without a PCR test during this time will be placed in immediate quarantine.

The plan stipulates that the established rulings will remain in place until the end of May, with mandatory quarantine in hotels or prophylactic isolation in the passenger’s residence, providing the latter presents a negative test performed in the last 72 hours.

Concluding the President of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque, said that “the result of the test carried out on arrival will determine the passenger’s situation.  If the test is negative, you can go on your way. If you are positive, you will undergo the respective treatment.”

The President of the Regional Government explained that discussions between themselves,  hoteliers and tourism agents had centred around two assumptions: that the epidemiological situation in the region will remain controlled and residual and that there will be no changes in the evolution of the pandemic in the archipelago. The overall plan is a “gradual reopening, where we have the mechanisms to control and monitor the situation to ensure that the island remains safe for everyone.”

These measures are part of the action plan for the normalisation of air connections to the Madeira archipelago. Currently, there are two weekly flights to Madeira, and a maximum of 100 passengers can disembark.

Samantha Gannon

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Madeira Weekly