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Portugal holidays: FCO issues update for UK travellers as Portugal air bridges expected

“If you are travelling to Madeira or Porto Santo you will be subject to health screening on arrival and 14-days’ mandatory quarantine in a hotel,” explained the FCO.

“If you are resident in Madeira or Porto Santo and you can show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, carried out 72 hours prior to arrival, you will be allowed to quarantine in your own accommodation. Complete and submit this form 24-48 hours before you arrive in the archipelago.

“If you are travelling to the Azores, you will be required to:

– show proof of a negative COVID-19 test which was carried out in the last 72 hours. If you are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test locally 6 days after the date of the first test, or

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– take a test on arrival and await the results within a maximum of 48 hours in voluntary quarantine. If you are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test after 6 days, or

– agree to 14 days’ voluntary quarantine during which you will be required to be tested for COVID-19.

“If you cannot fulfil the entry requirements, you will be required to return to your country of origin.”

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The update from the FCO also covers travel around the Lisbon area.

“Travel to Lisbon airport is permitted,” states the authority.

“There are rail and bus links to Lisbon city centre from most parts of the country. Taxis are operating.

“If you are coming to Lisbon by train, check availability and buy your ticket in advance online from CP, the Portuguese railway company.” 

These are operated by British Airways, TAP Air Portugal, WizzAir, Ryanair and easyJet.

Travellers in Portugal must remember the use of non-surgical masks is mandatory in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, beauty salons, schools, public services, at the airport, in taxis and on public transport.

Services now resuming, subject to strict measures on social distancing and hygiene, include: local shops, large stores and shopping centres, restaurants, cafés and bars (last orders at 11pm), museums, art galleries, monuments and buildings of historical interest, cinemas, theatres and auditoria, hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, bingo halls and casinos.

Under plans to implement “air bridges,” Portugal, Greece and Spain are among the countries that the Government could reach agreements with soon individually, without having to discuss it with the European Union.

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