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Portugal Extends Ban on Flights from Brazil, South Africa & Nepal

Portugal continues to ban non-essential travel such as tourism from South Africa, Brazil and Nepal, and travelers from these trips can only visit the country for essential purposes, reports.

In a press release published on the government’s official website, travelers from South Africa, Brazil and Nepal must undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, either at home or at a place designated by Portuguese health authorities.

“The government has decided that travelers from South Africa, Brazil, India and Nepal will still be able to make essential flights only,” the press release read.

And the World Health Organization showed, during the past 24 hours, that 618 people died in Brazil due to complications from the Corona virus, and there are 27,804 positive cases. About 138 deaths and 12,222 positive cases were reported in South Africa, and 20 deaths and 1,728 positive cases were reported in Nepal.

Similar restrictions are being imposed on travelers from the UK, who must be subject to quarantine restrictions upon arrival in the country. Those who provide proof of vaccination certificates that the holder has been vaccinated with one of the EMA approved vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen) at least 14 days prior to arrival are exempt from the quarantine requirement.

However, travelers from many countries and administrative regions – such as Albania, the United States of America, Lebanon, the Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia and Taiwan – whose epidemiological situation is considered safe in line with Council (EU) Recommendation 2020/912 On June 30, 2020, are allowed to enter Portugal for non-discriminatory travel. the necessary.

On the other hand, Portugal is facing similar restrictions from Germany, which recently imposed a travel ban from Portugal due to the recent spike in COVID-19 delta cases.

However, that law has been criticized by the European Union, which insists that Germany must align testing and quarantine requirements with the European Union, hoping to facilitate travel this summer by easing restrictions in all EU member states.

According to the latest restrictions put in place by the German authorities, Portuguese travelers must undergo a 14-day quarantine and submit a completed registration form before arrival. In addition, no more than 72 hours of negative PCR COVID-19 testing is required, which is evidence of complete vaccination indicating that 14 days have passed since the carrier received the last shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. A refund certificate can also be presented which cannot be older than six months but must be older than 28 days upon arrival.

According to the latest data from the World Health Organization, Portugal has reported two deaths linked to complications from COVID-19 and 902 new positive cases in the past 24 hours.

As of June 28, Our World in Data revealed that 8.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Portugal, while 72.8 million doses have been given in Germany.

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