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Portugal to Lift Most of Its COVID-19 Restrictions

Portugal’s Cabinet has announced that the country will soon ease some national restrictions related to the coronavirus.

According to the latest press release from the Government of Portugal, once the new revised rules come into effect, citizens of the country, as well as travelers visiting Portugal, will not be required to provide a negative test result when attending large events.

In addition, the requirement to present a vaccination or refund certificate when attending bars, restaurants and other public places will also be dropped, reports.

Apart from the aforementioned, the authorities revealed that there will be no restrictions on the capacity of people allowed in one area during the same times.

The proposed mitigating measures must now be approved by Portugal’s president for them to enter into force.

Commenting on the proposal to ease COVID-19 restrictions, Secretary of State Mariana Vieira da Silva said the relaxed new rules would help the country’s citizens and travelers return to normal life.

Additionally, she revealed that the government plans to lift all remaining restrictions by mid-March.

It is believed that the Portuguese authorities have suggested easing COVID-19 restrictions because the country is not seeing a large number of hospitalizations.

Figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that Portugal recorded 122,966 new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days.

As for vaccination rates, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that as of February 19, a total of 23,179,590 vaccine doses have been administered in Portugal. It also reveals that 94.0 per cent have already completed the initial vaccination and 70.0 per cent have received an additional vaccine dose.

Although the requirement to present a digital certificate when attending various venues will be dropped, the authorities have made it clear that travelers who wish to visit the country are still required to fulfill this entry rule.

Currently, Portugal requires all incoming travelers to prove that they have recovered, been tested or have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease.

Portugal recognizes return certificates as long as the document proves that the holder has tested positive for the last 180 days.

On the other hand, vaccination certificates are only accepted if the document shows that the holder has completed the initial vaccination within the past nine months (270 days). Those who were vaccinated more than nine months ago need to receive an additional dose of vaccine in order for their entry permit to be considered valid upon arrival in Portugal.

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