Madeira authorities revealed through their latest update that requirements for COVID-19 testing at airports and ports have ended.
However, it has been clarified that only certain categories of travelers will be exempted from this entry rule, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to data provided by Madeira’s official travel portal, the Madeira Regional Tourist Board, the requirement to submit a rapid antigen test or be tested upon arrival at Madeira airports does not apply to individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 illness within the past 90 days.
In addition, people who have been fully vaccinated against the virus with one of the approved vaccines are also excluded from the test rule.
The vaccination certificate is valid for entry into Madeira as long as the document proves that the holder has been vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen, Sinovac, Sputnik V and Sinopharm.
Travelers who have received only the first vaccine dose in two-dose vaccination plans and who have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days also do not need to provide pre-entry testing or be tested upon arrival in Madeira.
However, everyone must still complete a passenger locator form, regardless of their vaccination status. The form must be completed within 48 hours prior to arrival.
Unlike vaccinated and recovered travelers, people who have not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 must submit a negative test taken prior to entry or be tested on arrival in order to be admitted into Madeira.
Passengers who take a rapid antigen test within 48 hours prior to boarding can be immediately directed to their destination in Madeira.
“All passengers who, upon disembarking at the airports of the Madeira Autonomous Region from any territory outside the Autonomous Region of Madeira, take a negative rapid antigen test for COVID-19, performed within 48 hours prior to boarding, at laboratories approved by the authorities National or international, they can proceed to their destination,” the Madeira Regional Tourism Board said in a statement.
On the other hand, those who have not taken the test in their home country need to take a test when they arrive at the airport. The test at the airport is free.
“All passengers, whether Portuguese nationals or foreigners, who have scheduled flights to the Madeira Autonomous Region can take Rapid Antigen Tests (TRAg), free of charge, in several cities in the country,” the Madeira Regional Tourism Board added.
Aside from the above measures, everyone must also follow local COVID-19 rules while in Madeira, such as maintaining social distance and wearing face masks.
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