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Portugal to Remove Testing Requirement for Vaccinated Travellers

Portuguese authorities have confirmed that the country will abolish the requirement to submit a negative COVID-19 test result before arrival.

The government confirmed such a decision earlier this week, according to a report.

The government announced the new convenient entry rules that will become effective soon, and said pre-entry tests will no longer be required of travelers with a valid digital EU COVID-19 certificate or other recognized proof of vaccination already for travel.

This indicates that not only travelers from the European Union and the Schengen area but also travelers from third countries whose vaccination certificates are recognized in Portugal will be exempted from the test requirements. However, the government and the ministry responsible have not disclosed more data regarding third-country nationals.

Authorities have not set any specific date for when the testing rule will be dropped. However, as the current entry requirements that will remain in effect in the country until February 9, it is believed that the test requirements will be waived over the coming days.

Currently, Portugal requires all travelers to submit a rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours or a PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to their arrival. The test requirement applies to everyone, even those who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus.

Portugal’s decision to abolish the test requirement follows the recommendation of the European Union Commission. The Committee advised all Member States to establish a coordinated approach in order to facilitate travel for those who have already been fully vaccinated or have received an additional dose of vaccine.

World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that Portugal has reported 352,306 new cases in the past seven days.

As for vaccination rates, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reveals that 93.8 percent of the total adult population in Portugal have completed their primary vaccination. In addition, 62.3 percent had already received a booster dose.

Apart from Portugal, several other countries have also decided to ease entry restrictions.

Greece has announced that travelers with a COVID certificate from the European Union will no longer be required to take the test. The government confirmed the decision.

Denmark has also lifted all travel restrictions. Authorities announced that they will no longer require vaccination certificates when entering bars, restaurants and other venues. The requirement to keep the mask has also been lifted.

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