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Quarantine Reinforced – Revised Version

Last updated on 26th June 2020

Source: “Jornal da Madeira”

My apologies to everyone for the confusion caused, here are the revised conditions.

The Regional Government of Madeira has announced its intention of extending the island’s ‘State of Calamity’ until the 31st of July 2020 to ensure that the island and its inhabitants remain protected.

In a press statement The Regional Government, at a plenary hearing on the 18th of June, decided to declare a ‘State of Calamity’ in view of the epidemiological situation of Covid-19 across the  Autonomous Region of Madeira with effect from 00:00 hours on the 1st of July 2020 until 23:59 hours on the 31st of July 2020. This measure has been taken in order to contain the pandemic and prevent the contagion and spread of the disease.” This decision means that travellers disembarking at either of the airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira must comply with the following rules.

The need to present , on arrival, a Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (PCR), with a negative test result, carried out up to 72 hours before departure from their country of origin.

Alternatively, the test must be carried out on arrival in Madeira, but individuals must remain in isolation in their respective home or hotel establishment, until the result of that test is obtained.

Alternatively, carry out voluntary isolation, for a period of 14 days, at your home or at the hotel where you are staying, and if the accommodation is less than 14 days, the confinement will have the duration of the accommodation period.

Alternatively, return to the destination of origin or any other destination outside the Autonomous Region of Madeira….

The resolution published today includes some exceptions. These comprise patients undergoing treatment; children up to 11 years of age; people domiciled in Madeira or Porto Santo, moving between the two islands, people who have departed from Airports in the Autonomous Region and whose return takes place within a maximum period of 72 hours and people who travel at least once a week. However, the latter will be required, to undertake a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test every two weeks.

The resolution states that PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 “is certified by national authorities and recommended by international health authorities, the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO)” and that “the financial charges for the hotel where the traveller is staying are the responsibility of the traveller.”

Those failing to comply with the new rulings will be prosecuted under the crime of ‘disobedience.’

Samantha Gannon

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