Travelers arriving in Madeira are no longer required to present valid COVID-19 travel documents because the archipelago has already canceled its entry procedures.
“There are no entry restrictions for travelers at the airports, ports and marinas of the Madeira Autonomous Region,” a statement from the Madeira Regional Tourism Board read.
This means that all travelers, regardless of their country of origin, can enter the Autonomous Region of Madeira without having to present a valid vaccination or test certificate upon arrival, TheSchengen.com reports.
However, authorities have noted that everyone is still advised to check in before they arrive.
“All passengers are advised to complete the regional health authority’s epidemiological survey on the Madeira Safe digital platform,” the authorities added.
Although Madeira has scrapped its entry rules, the region is still maintaining public COVID-19 measures.
Madeira’s official travel website states that the use of face masks remains mandatory in open and closed areas. This requirement applies to everyone over the age of six.
Additionally, everyone is still required to present a vaccination or refund certificate upon arrival at bars, restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, theaters, and other events.
Authorities noted that unvaccinated and unwell people can also access these places by submitting a negative rapid antigen test result.
Rapid antigen tests remain valid for seven days when you are in Madeira. This means that travelers who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus do not need to be tested multiple times a week in order to be allowed entry to various public places and events.
Differently from Madeira, mainland Portugal continues to maintain COVID-19 entry rules. Those who wish to travel from Madeira and Porto Santo to Portugal should be prepared to undergo the measures.
According to the official Portuguese travel website Visit Portugal, travelers who are allowed to enter the country for non-essential purposes must present a valid vaccination or refund certificate or a negative test result taken recently.
Portugal accepts only vaccination certificates that prove that the holder has completed the initial immunization with one of the recognized doses of the vaccine during the last 270 doses. Those who received a booster dose could also enter the country.
Recovery certificates are also accepted as long as the holder has recovered from the virus within the past 180 days. For a negative COVID-19 test, Portuguese authorities have clarified that PCR tests must be performed within 72 hours, and a rapid antigen test must be performed within 24 hours prior to arrival in order to be identified.