The Government announced this Wednesday that passengers from Brazil and the United Kingdom who arrive in Portugal are no longer subject to quarantine since dawn today, as part of the fight against the covid-19 pandemic.
“As part of the measures to combat the COVID-19 disease pandemic applied to air traffic, the Government determined that passengers on flights originating in Brazil and the United Kingdom are no longer subject to a period of prophylactic isolation on arrival in Portugal”, reads a note from the Ministry of Internal Administration released today.
“According to the new order, non-essential travel to and from the US will continue to be allowed, as well as non-essential travel to and from Brazil,” the note adds.
The text distributed to the press also states that “with the exception of the two countries mentioned, the Member States of the European Union and countries associated with the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom and the countries and administrative regions whose epidemiological situation is in accordance with the Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 of the Council of June 30, 2020 — whose list now no longer includes Israel, Macedonia, Montenegro, Lebanon and Kosovo — only essential travel to other third countries is allowed.”
All citizens wishing to travel to Portugal by air, except for children under 12 years old, must present the EU Covid Digital Certificate, or, alternatively, proof of carrying out a molecular laboratory test by RT-PCR or rapid test of antigen with a negative result, performed within 72 or 48 hours prior to departure, respectively.
The measures now announced “are in force between 00:00 on September 1st and 23:59 on September 16, 2021, and may be revised at any time, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation”, reads the communiqué from press.
Non-essential travel allowed to and from the United States and Brazil
Non-essential travel to and from the United States of America and Brazil is permitted from 00:00 today until September 16, according to an order published today in Diário da República.
The diploma approves the lists of countries and international sporting competitions to which the rules on air traffic, airports, land, sea and river borders apply, in the context of the epidemiological situation caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the declaration of contingency situation throughout the continental national territory.
The diploma maintains the permission for travel “for any reason” to Portugal to travelers with a European Union covid-19 digital certificate of vaccination or recovery, who are exempt from complying with prophylactic isolation.
The Ministries of Foreign Affairs, National Defence, Internal Administration, Health and Infrastructure and Housing, through the dispatch, determine the mandatory confinement of citizens entering national territory from South Africa, India and Nepal.
The order also defines the list of international professional sporting competitions – such as football, tennis or motorsport – for the purpose of waiving the obligation of mandatory confinement upon arrival on the continent, regardless of origin.
Australia and Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are on the list of countries, territorial authorities and administrative regions whose epidemiological situation allows for the authorization of air traffic to and from mainland Portugal, for non-essential travel, but “subject to confirmation of reciprocity”.
In the diploma, the governors emphasize that the new rules, which take effect from 00:00 today until 23:59 on September 16, “may be updated according to the evolution of the epidemiological situation, by order of the Minister of State and for Foreign Affairs, the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Internal Administration, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing.