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Safety Begins at The Airport

This week the Regional Government introduced a new set of measures to ensure the protection of Madeira’s resident population, and all those who visit the island.  These measures came into force yesterday, the 27th of November and will remain in effect until 23:59 on the 11th of December. 

During this period, each traveler who disembarks at either airport in the Autonomous Region of Madeira from anywhere outside the Autonomous Region of Madeira has to comply with the following regulations. 

a) Present proof of having performed a PCR test of screening the SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result, as long as it was performed within a maximum period of 72 hours prior to departure;

b) Carry out, with the collection of biological samples on arrival, a PCR test for infection by SARS-CoV-2, to be promoted by the health authority, and remain in isolation, in the respective home or in the hotel establishment where he is staying, until obtaining a negative result from said test;

c) Carry out 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;

d) Return to the destination of origin or any other destination outside the territory of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, isolation at home or in the hotel establishment where you are staying.

There are exceptions for children up to 11 years of age and for people living in Madeira or Porto Santo, who travel between the two islands.

In case the traveller voluntarily refuses to comply with any of the options, as well as in cases in which the isolation is not complied with, “the Regional Health Authority must determine the mandatory confinement, if necessary, for the period of time necessary to complete it, 14 days since from the date of arrival in the Region, in a hotel for this purpose, with the costs related to accommodation being charged to the traveller.”

Samantha Gannon

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