Portuguese travel rules

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We’ve had questions about the rules for travelling to Portugal and its islands so here is a summary.

the Azores

If you are travelling to Portugal from the UK, you will be subject to health screening on arrival at mainland airports and ports. Your temperature will be checked and if it is 38ºc or over or you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to the health authorities at the airport. You may be required to take a COVID-19 test and to self-isolate at your accommodation until the test results are known.

But the rules in mainland Portugal are not the same for travellers to the islands.

If you are going to Madeira or the small island of Porto Santo (a ferry ride from Madeira) you will need to complete a travel survey 12-48 hours before departure and upload proof of your negative COVID-19 test, carried out 72 hours before departure.

And even you arrive you will be subject to health screening. If you have not uploaded your COVID-19 test result, you will be asked to show it at the airport. If you do not have proof of a COVID-19 test, you will have to take a test at the airport and self-isolate at your accommodation until the results are known. This will take about 12 hours.

If you are travelling to the Azores, you will also need to complete a health form 72 hours before you travel. After you have completed the form, you will receive a code for presentation to the health authorities on arrival. If you have not completed the form online, you will be asked to fill in a paper form at the airport.

Everyone will then be subject to a health screening and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test carried out 72 hours before departure or totake a test on arrival and self-isolate at your accommodation until the results are known

If you are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test locally 6 days after the first test.

Finally and very importantly, if you have tested positive for coronavirus your travel insurance must cover the cost of repatriation to UK

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