The Portuguese authorities have announced that vaccination and recovery certificates issued by third countries will now be recognized under conditions of reciprocity, provided certain requirements are met.
According to a press release from the Portuguese government, vaccination certificates for permanent residents of a third country will be recognized as long as the document indicates that the holder has been immunized against the disease with one of the vaccines approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Accordingly, this means that only third-country nationals who have been fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) will be allowed entry, TheSchengen.com reports.
Apart from the vaccination certificate, people coming from a third country can also enter Portugal by presenting a certificate of recovery.
The government noted that “all citizens who wish to travel to Portugal by air, with the exception of children under 12 years of age, must present a digital EU Covid certificate, vaccination or recovery certificate issued by third countries whose validity has now been recognized.”
As such, in line with the new rules, those with a valid vaccination or recovery certificate arriving in Portugal from a third country will not be required to take a pre-departure test. In addition, they will also be exempted from testing requirements upon arrival as well as from self-isolation measures.
However, everyone is still advised to check whether a quarantine-free entry applies to the country they are traveling from.
In addition, the Portuguese authorities have also confirmed that in order for the certificate of vaccination to be recognized and recovered upon entry, both must include specific information about its holder.
The vaccination certificate must include the following information about its holder:
Name and Surname Date of Birth Issuer Body Target Disease: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants) Name of the COVID-19 vaccine Vaccine manufacturer Number of vaccine doses Date(s) of vaccination Vaccine given
Moreover, the recovery certificate must include the information in the first four points, as well as:
The date of the first positive test result The country in which the diagnostic test was performed At the time of validity of the certificate
In contrast, those who are unable to provide one of the above certificates must submit a negative test result that is taken within 72 or 48 hours prior to their arrival in Portugal.
Authorities have confirmed that airlines will only allow boarding for those whose destination or stop is in mainland Portugal provided they hold an EU Digital COVID-19 certificate or a certificate issued by a duly recognized third country.
Previously, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) revealed that the COVID-19 situation has improved significantly in Portugal. Based on figures released on September 16, the country has recorded fewer than 50 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 residents, and the test positivity rate has been four percent or more in the past 14 days.
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