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Portugal Announces New COVID-19 Measures – Imposes Testing Rules Even for Vaccinated Travellers

Due to the deteriorating situation of COVID-19 and the increase in cases recorded in Portugal, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced that the country will introduce new measures aimed at keeping the spread of the virus under control.

Speaking at a press conference at the end of the cabinet meeting, Costa said that from December 1, Portugal will adopt new measures that will apply to everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, reports.

To avoid any increase in cases, the Portuguese prime minister revealed that once the new measures come into effect, every passenger will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result before boarding the plane. This new rule was imposed to prevent the spread of the virus and protect public health.

The obligation to test negative will apply to everyone, even those who have been fully immunized against the virus.

Furthermore, Costa announced that travelers will also be required to submit a negative coronavirus test or one of the other certifications that fall under the COVID-19 digital card in order to allow them access to various events, bars, restaurants, accommodations and gyms, among other things, while on vacation. in Portugal.

With the exception of re-entering the entry rules for incoming travelers, the Portuguese authorities have also decided to tighten other rules targeting the country’s citizens. However, travelers arriving in the country are required to follow the same rules as Portuguese nationals.

To control the spread of COVID-19 after the festivities, Costa announced that from January 2 through January 9, 2022, everyone is required to work remotely.

“Whenever possible, it is recommended to work remotely to avoid excessive communication that may exacerbate the pandemic situation,” Costa said at the press conference.

In addition, the same order revealed that clubs will be closed during the same period, from January 2 until January 9, while from December 1, only those who submit a negative COVID-19 test result will be allowed to enter the clubs, even if they have completed the special vaccination process their.

Regardless of all the above rules, the Portuguese authorities have decided to reintroduce the mandatory use of masks. This means that all people will now be required to wear a mask when entering indoor spaces.

Besides the new rules, the requirement to hold a valid COVID-19 digital certificate will also be mandatory.

According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), Portugal has recorded 1,130,091 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. While, during the past seven days, the country reported only 17,409 new cases.

According to vaccination rates, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that Portugal remains one of the EU countries with the highest vaccination rates. So far, 81.5 percent of the total population in Portugal has been fully immunized against the virus.

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