‘Madeira reopens safely and with confidence’ – A message released by Regional Secretary for Tourism, Eduardo Jesus
The Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM) has decided to resume its tourism activity on the 1st of July, when mandatory quarantine is abolished.
The recovery will be carried out safely with a view to recovering the confidence of all: travelers, workers in the sector and the population in general.
The path taken by RAM, in the pandemic combat, placed it, due to the measures adopted and the results obtained, in an extraordinarily favourable situation, not only because of the extremely small number of positive cases (90) but also because there was never any active contamination and no deaths relating to COVID-19.
RAM was a pioneer, in Portugal, in the creation of a Good Practice document (https://www.madeira.gov.pt//Portals/31/Users/081/37/337/20200518%20SRTC%20COVID%20SAFE % 20TOURISM.pdf ), resulting from the involvement of the entire tourism sector and the option for the Certification of Destination in matters of health security, reinforcing the position assumed before all those who intend to visit the islands of Madeira or Porto Santo.
Consolidating the work done, the Regional Government of Madeira (GRM) opted to carry out tests, on all travelers, upon arrival in RAM. This measure allows all visitors to be sure that, in addition to finding a population without the presence of the virus, all those who enter are duly analysed, thus promoting a highly secure and expressive environment with high confidence.
In order not to result in any extra cost for visitors, the GRM decided to assume all the costs related to the performance of the tests on arrival at the RAM, which can, however, be avoided if the passenger chooses to present a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test with a negative result, carried out in the last 72 hours before arrival.
The whole process of carrying out the tests on arrival in the RAM is being prepared by the Regional Health Authority, with the collaboration of ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, and seeks the greatest speed and the least inconvenience for travellers. The details of this same procedure will be known in due course.
In addition, during the month of June, mandatory quarantine can already be avoided by travellers who present anegative PCR test carried out in the last 72 hours at the time of disembarkation, with no restriction on their movement throughout the region.
The epidemiological evolution inherent to COVID-19 will be taken into account in the development of the reopening plan defined for the RAM.
It should be noted that travel between the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo is exempt from any control of the health status of the respective travelers.
The Regional Government of Madeira, through the Regional Secretariat for Tourism and Culture, and the Madeira Promotion Association, are working together in affirming partnerships with all stakeholders, and it is our desire to continue to count on you, always maintaining a direct and open channel for sharing knowledge and experience, affirming the permanent availability of our teams.
Eduardo Jesus – Regional Secretary
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