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Madeira Extends Current COVID-19 Restrictions Until March 15

The Portuguese autonomous region of Madeira has decided to extend the current COVID-19 rules and “state of emergency” for another two weeks until March 15.

The decision was announced by the region’s official travel website, according to which the rules that were imposed on February 1 will continue to apply. According to these rules, travelers do not need to be tested on arrival, but vaccination or recovery certificates remain mandatory for those coming from third countries.

“COVID-19 testing at airports and seaports/ports has ended, but travelers will be required to present a completed certificate of vaccination, with three doses of the vaccine; an incomplete vaccination certificate (one or two doses of the vaccine) and a certificate of recovery within 180 days or a certificate of refund valid for a period of time. Up to 180 days,” the updated COVID-19 Travel Amidst Guide reads on the website.

However, travelers to the area should be aware of current local travel rules, reports.

Those who wish to attend public and private sector activities, such as restaurants, gyms, bars, clubs, cultural events, sports activities, nightlife activities, casinos and other similar activities, must have a certificate of vaccination against the Corona virus.

Certification, however, is not required in order to get to places such as public transport, pharmacies, clinics, gas stations and places of worship, as well as in places that provide medical services, animal medical services, postal services and social security, etc.

Travelers who show symptoms of the virus should get tested. Those that test negative are obliged to isolate for five days. After that, they can return to normal activities without having to take another test.

According to Portugal’s general entry rules, travelers from EU and EEA countries can enter its territory if they hold a digital EU COVID passport, which proves that they have either been vaccinated against COVID-19, have recovered from it or have tested negative. virus before their arrival in Portugal.

However, for vaccination certificates to be valid, travelers must have been vaccinated with one of the following vaccines: BioNTech, Novavax, Moderna, AstraZeneca (all versions), Janssen, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covaxin.

Currently, those eligible to enter Portugal from third countries for non-essential purposes are travelers from Brazil, Canada, the USA and the United Kingdom, as well as from Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, China, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Rwanda, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Uruguay , and the administrative regions of Macau and Hong Kong, provided that they allow Portuguese nationals to enter their territories.

To be eligible to enter Portugal, travelers from these third countries are required to present a certificate of vaccination that meets the above conditions.

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