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Portugal’s Azores Now Obliges Travellers to Present Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test Results

Travelers planning a trip to Portugal’s autonomous region of the Azores will have to take a COVID-19 test before departure, as the region’s authorities now enforce this requirement, just like mainland Portugal.

According to Azores Airlines, until January 9, 2022, all passengers 12 years of age or older on international flights to or in transit through the Azores Autonomous Region must present to the airline, prior to boarding, proof of negative COVID-19 test results. .

Only PCR and antigen tests are accepted for entry into the area. While the first can be taken in 72 hours before arriving in the Azores, the second must be taken within the last 48 hours.

“Until January 9, 2022, providing proof of vaccination does not exempt from the requirement to provide evidence of a negative test result,” Azores Airlines explains in a guidebook regarding travel to the region amid COVID-19.

Those who were infected in the past with the Corona virus and recovered from it by forming antibodies are also exempted. Children under the age of 12, regardless of their country of departure, are exempt from the obligation, reports.

At the same time, the pre-travel test requirement does not apply to those who have been vaccinated and recovered and who have arrived in the region from mainland Portugal or Madeira. However, they are required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival, within 24 hours, once in the Azores.

Untreated and unvaccinated travelers under the age of 12 are also exempt from the requirement to be tested for COVID-19 on arrival. Those who show a negative test before departure are also exempt from the obligation to test on arrival.

The document relating to test results, either before departure or upon arrival, must be in either Portuguese or English, and contain the following information

Passenger identification The name of the laboratory where the test was performed with an indication of the methodology (PCR or antigen) and the date of the test negative result

Portuguese authorities have warned a commitment to pre-departure testing to enter Portugal at the end of November amid the discovery of the Omicron virus in South Africa. Since December 1, the obligation to test negative applies to all arrivals, even those who have been fully immunized against the virus.

All passengers heading to mainland Portugal and the Azores region must comply with the rules on mask wearing, physical distancing and respiratory hygiene set by the regional health authority.

>> Portugal introduces new changes to the Golden Visa Program, effective January 1

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