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Passengers Receive Covid Rules Leaflets

Passengers disembarking in Portugal’s airports will now receive an information leaflet advising them of all the rules that are to be followed during their stay, such as mandatory mask wearing, curfew hours and the maximum capacity of bars, restaurants, terraces as well as advising that local municipality rules can change on a weekly basis. 

In a statement, the Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI) confirmed that the information is available in Portuguese and English, and that the leaflets also list rules such as the prohibition of alcohol consumption in public spaces, the hours of shows, restaurants and others commercial establishments, as well as the need to observe social distancing rules and hygiene etiquette. 

Since the 17th of May, passengers on flights originating from countries that are part of the European Union, countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) and the United Kingdom, with an SARS-CoV infection incidence rate -2 less than 500 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days, can travel to Portugal on holiday.  However, as a condition of travel, passengers must present a negative Rt-PCR laboratory test result carried out within 72 hours prior to departure.

Passengers on flights originating from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases / 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days can only make essential trips, and have to fulfill, after entering mainland Portugal, a period of prophylactic isolation of 14 days, at home or in a location indicated by health authorities. This list includes South Africa, Brazil, India, Cyprus, Croatia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden. Essential journeys are considered to be those intended to allow the transit or entry into Portugal of citizens traveling for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.

However, this measure does not apply to passengers who have only transferred from one flight to another in one of these countries. 

Interestingly, Diário de Noticias is running a quick poll asking  ‘with the resurgence of UK tourists, what measures should be taken?’  At the top of the list at 49% is ‘fines for those who do not wear a mask.’

I think the message is clear!

Samantha Gannon

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