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Portugal Now Allows Non-Essential Travel From Additional 5 Third Countries

The Portuguese government has announced that travelers from five other third countries – Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe – can now enter Portugal for travel purposes.

“The government has agreed to amend the rules applicable to air traffic within the scope of measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, to expand the possibility of carrying out non-essential flights to our country for travelers from Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe,” the Portuguese government said in a statement.

Such a statement indicates that the non-essential travel ban previously imposed on these countries has been officially rescinded. However, although travelers from these areas are no longer subject to the entry ban, they still need to follow additional entry rules, reports.

The current entry rules explained on Portugal’s official travel website make it clear that the country currently only accepts vaccination and refund cards issued by an EU/Schengen area country or by third country authorities that have a reciprocal agreement with Portugal.

Portugal has a list of third countries whose vaccination and recovery certificates are recognized under conditions of reciprocity. However, of all the five countries mentioned above, only Cape Verde is a part. This means that Cape Verdean citizens can now enter Portugal without restrictions as long as they hold one of the certificates.

On the other hand, the situation is not the same for travelers from Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and Sao Tome and Principe because these countries do not have a mutual agreement with Portugal.

According to the government, travelers from these four regions need to undergo pre-arrival testing even if they have been vaccinated or have recovered from the virus in order to be allowed entry.

Passengers who do not have an EU Covid-19 digital certificate or other certification recognized by law must provide, at the time of departure, evidence of having performed a nucleic acid amplification test or a rapid antigen test, performed within 72 or 24 hours before From the time of departure,” the government confirmed.

The rules explained by Portugal’s official travel website have caused confusion among travelers as Portuguese authorities continue to require vaccinated and repatriated travelers from several third countries to meet additional measures.

As Portugal continues to apply restrictions based on travelers’ country of origin rather than vaccination and recovery status, some rules remain unclear. The authorities have not yet made an official statement regarding the restrictions imposed on them.

Differently from mainland Portugal, Madeira has already lifted COVID-19 restrictions for incoming travelers. Passengers arriving in Madeira are no longer required to present a certificate of vaccination, recovery or testing upon arrival. They just need to log them in.

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