COVID SAFE TOURISM

COVID SAFE TOURISM
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The Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM) was a pioneer in the whole Portugal, in developing a good practices document to deal with Covid-19 - COVID SAFE TOURISM (english version), resulting from the involvement of the entire tourism sector along with the launch of a certification process that will reassure consumer confidence and hence promote Madeira as a safe tourism location for all visitors.

 

Consolidating the work carried out, the Regional Government of Madeira (GRM) opted for testing all travellers, upon arrival in the Region.  This measure allows all visitors to be sure that, in addition to finding a population monitored by the health authorities, those who entered were duly analysed, thereby promoting a high security environment and generating significant levels of confidence.
 
The government will pay for all costs of the tests upon arrival to Madeira Islands, to prevent any extra costs for travellers. However, these tests can be avoided if passengers present a TRAg test with a negative result, carried out in the last 48 hours prior to departure.
 
The testing process is carried out by the Regional Health Authority, with the collaboration of ANA – Airports of Portugal, and strives for the highest speed with least inconvenience for travellers. 
 

All passengers who, upon disembarking at the airports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira from any territory out of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, carry a negative TRAg test for COVID-19, carried out within 48 hours prior to boarding, in laboratories certified by national or international authorities, can proceed to their destination.

All passengers who disembark at the ports and marinas of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, from any territory outside the Region, may proceed to their destination upon the presentation of proof of TRAg screening tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection, with a negative result, carried out within the maximum period of  48 hours, prior to embarkmentunless you are in possession of a PCR test performed within a maximum period of 72 hours prior to embarkment.

On the otherhand, passengers who have not undergone TRAg testing at their location of origin will do so upon arrival at the airport, for free, then proceed to their destination, thus having to fully comply with the surveillance and self-reporting of symptoms, as well as the COVID-19 preventive measures, until a negative test result is obtained.

Travelling between Madeira and Porto Santo islands is currently subject to control, in that passengers who disembark at Porto Santo Airport, on a flight from Madeira Airport, or vice versa, as well as passengers who board at the Funchal Port bound for Porto Santo Island, or vice versa, should present a vaccination certificate against COVID-19, or a TRAg screening test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, carried out within a maximum period of 7 days prior to boarding, unless passengers are in the situations described below, or they are in possession of a negative PCR screening test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, carried out within a maximum period of 7 days prior to boarding.
 
Exceptions to the presentation of a test:
a) Children up to eleven years of age;
b) Passengers holding a European Union Digital Covid Certificate;
c) Travellers in possession of a medical document certifying that the holder has recovered from the COVID-19 disease when disembarking in the territory of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, issued in the last 90 days;
d) Travellers with a document certifying that the holder was vaccinated with only one dose (in two-dose vaccination schemes), having respected the activation period of the immune system as provided for in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC), in the case of patients recovered from SARS CoV-2 infection (more than 90 days of the recovery date) or diagnosed with the infection after taking the first dose of vaccine;
 
The TRAg test for SARS-CoV-2 can be undertaken in pharmacies, laboratories, clinics and collection stations that adhere to the massive testing campaign by the Regional Government, without any charges for travellers, according to information laid down in Resolution No. 1208/2021 (portuguese version).
Taking the TRAg test for SARS-CoV-2 infection does not incur any charges for the traveller.

​Recommend all travelers disembarking in the Archipelago of Madeira and those traveling between islands (Madeira and Porto Santo), whether by air or sea, to register on the website www.madeirasafe.com.

The Regional Government of Madeira, through the Regional Secretariat for Tourism and Culture, and Madeira Promotion Bureau are working side by side with all stakeholders to relaunch the Destination. Our teams are always available to share information. 
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