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New Inter-Island Travel Rules

As of the 21st of June, the PCR test is being replaced by a rapid antigen test (TRAg) which must be carried out up to 48 hours before embarking on an inter-island trip, either by sea or air.  The test is mandatory for both outbound and return journeys, as per the new rules issued on the 18th of June 2021, by the Regional Secretary for Health and Civil Protection.

As of the 21st of June, the following rules apply for inter-island travel:

RULE 01
When planning your trip to Madeira and Porto Santo, it is important to know the regulations in force in the Region, within the scope of COVID-19 prevention and containment.

RULE 02
You must register and complete the epidemiological survey at  www.madeirasafe.com

RULE 03
All passengers who intend to travel to Porto Santo (by air or sea) must have a rapid antigen test, with a negative result, carried out within the last 48 hours.

To benefit from a free trial, you can use one of the posts (pharmacies, clinics and laboratories) that adhere to the protocol with the Regional Government.

See:  https://www.madeira.gov.pt/srs/GovernoRegional/OGoverno/Secretarias/Structure/SRS/ctl/Read/mid/6652/InformacaoId/100932/UnidadeOrganicaId/9

When scheduling your test, you will have to provide proof of purchase for the trip to Porto Santo.

Under no circumstances will self-tests be accepted.

Exceptions to testing:
– Children up to eleven years of age;
RULE 04

The presentation of the rapid negative antigen test, within 48 hours, is mandatory for both journeys, whether by air or sea.

RULE 05 – GREEN CORRIDOR – 

Passengers holding a vaccination certificate (document that proves complete vaccination) and/or proof of COVID-19 recovery for up to 180 days, are eligible for direct entry into Porto Santo and Madeira, without the need for testing. The mentioned documents must be submitted on the madeirsafe.com platform at the time of registration.

RULE 06

All passengers during their stay must comply with the guidelines issued by the Regional Health Authority.

If you have symptoms or doubts, call the SRS 24 Madeira 800 24 24 20 line

As a complement to this registration process, direct articulation with health authorities is available, through the Public Health Emergency Support Office and through the following email:  saudepublica.drs@madeira.gov.pt

Samantha Gannon

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