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Portugal Has Fined Over 3,000 Passengers & Tens of Airlines for Failing to Meet COVID-19 Entry Rules

The Portuguese Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI) has revealed that hundreds of passengers and dozens of airlines have been fined over the past two months while attempting to travel to Portugal without submitting a negative COVID-19 test result.

The Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa, announced earlier last year that since December 1, all travelers who wish to enter the territory of Portugal, especially those coming from highly affected areas, will have to be tested for the virus.

The authorities required all foreigners to undergo a rapid antigen within 48 hours or a PCR test within 72 hours prior to entry with the assurance that the testing process must be completed in laboratory conditions.

However, not everyone adhered to this entry rule. Data from the MIA shows that from December 1 through February 6, authorities have fined more than 3,200 incoming travelers who fail to provide a negative test result upon entry, reports.

During the same period, the authorities fined 41 air travel companies for carrying passengers who did not comply with the country’s entry rules.

To ensure everyone was following entry requirements upon arrival in Portugal, MIA revealed that more than 1,191,100 passengers and more than 2,500 airlines were screened by the Foreigners and Border Service (SEF) and the Public Security Police (PSP) from December through early February.

During these checks, the responsible authorities were able to discover a total of 3,273 violations.

It was clarified that passengers who failed to pass the required test received a fine of between €300 and €800, while airlines that carried passengers without a valid negative COVID-19 test result were fined between €20,000 and €40,000 per passenger.

The pre-test requirements when traveling to Portugal apply to all persons over 12 years of age.

Portuguese authorities confirmed earlier this month that the country would scrap the requirement to submit a negative COVID-19 test result before arrival. The government said pre-entry tests will no longer be required for travelers with a valid COVID-19 digital certificate or other state-recognized equivalent document to travel.

The decision to scrap the test requirement follows the EU Commission’s recommendation to create a coordinated approach to facilitate travel for those who have already completed their vaccination status as well as for those who have received an additional dose of vaccine.

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