Land and sea travel

Sea Travel

 

UPDATE 31st May 2021

Order No. 5418-C / 2021

Summary: Extends permission for embarkation, disembarkation and licenses for the land of passengers and crews of cruise ships in ports located in mainland Portugal, with the exception of passengers whose origin or destination are countries for which only essential voyages are permitted .

1 – Extend the terms of paragraphs 2 to 7 of Dispatch no. 4957-B / 2021, of 14 May, published in the Diário da República, 2nd series, no. 94, 2nd supplement, of May 14, 2021. (see below update 15th May) 

2 – The present order takes effect from 00:00 hours on May 31, 2021 and until 23:59 hours on June 14, 2021.

 

UPDATE 15th May 2021

Order No. 4957-B / 2021

Publication: Diário da República no. 94/2021, 2nd Supplement, Series II of 2021-05-14

 Issuer: National Defence, Home Affairs, Health and Infrastructure and Housing – Offices of the Ministers of National Defence and Home Affairs, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing

 Diploma Type: Dispatch

 Part: C – Government and direct and indirect administration of the State

 Number: 4957-B / 2021

 Pages: 732- (5) to 732- (6)

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SUMMARY

It allows the embarkation, disembarkation and licenses for the landing of passengers and crews of cruise ships in ports located in mainland Portugal, with the exception of passengers whose origin or destination are countries for which only essential voyages are allowed

TEXT

Order No. 4957-B / 2021

Summary: Permits the embarkation, disembarkation and licenses for cruise passengers ‘and crews’ landing in ports located in mainland Portugal, with the exception of passengers whose origin or destination are countries for which only essential journeys are allowed.

The Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Internal Administration, the Minister of Health and the Deputy Secretary of State and Communications determined the prohibition of disembarkation and licenses for the landing of passengers and crews of cruise ships in national ports, through Order no. 5520-B / 2020, of May 14, published in the Diário da República, 2nd series, no. 94, 2nd supplement, of May 14, 2020, as of 00:00 hours of the day May 14, 2020 and until 00:00 hours on June 15, 2020.

This interdiction has been extended by successive orders from members of the Government of the governmental areas of national defence, internal administration, health and infrastructure and housing.

The aforementioned ban, as well as the subsequent extensions, were justified as measures to contain the possible contagion lines, in order to control the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 disease, and the epidemiological situation, both in Portugal and in most other countries, it is beginning to show signs of some control.

Through Order No. 4473-B / 2021, of 30 April, it was understood that it is necessary to authorize the docking of cruise ships in national ports for supply, maintenance and waiting (“in lay-up”), without being subject to the constraints previously applicable, maintaining, however, the disembarkation and land permits for passengers and crew.

However, cruise lines have developed contingency plans with the implementation of testing passengers, as well as the crew, which has allowed for some resumption of activity.

Thus, in the combined terms of paragraph 1 of article 18, paragraph 1 of article 19, paragraph 1 of article 27 and paragraph 1 of article 29, all of Decree-Law no. 169-B / 2019, of 3 December, in its current wording, and no. 5 of article 27 of the regime attached to the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 45-C / 2021, of April 30, in the wording conferred by Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 59-B / 2021, of May 14, the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Internal Administration, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing determine:

1 – Extend the term of Order No. 4473-B / 2021, from April 30, until 11:59 pm on May 16, 2021.

2 – Allow the embarkation, disembarkation and licenses for the landing of passengers and crews of cruise ships in ports located in mainland Portugal, with the exception of passengers whose origin or destination are countries for which only essential voyages are permitted, in the terms of paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 23 of the regime attached to the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 45-C / 2021, of 30 April, in the wording conferred by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 59- B / 2021, of May 14.

3 – For the purposes of the preceding paragraph, essential journeys are considered to be those that are carried out for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.

4 – Allow the embarkation, disembarkation and land licenses provided for in paragraph 1 exclusively upon presentation of proof of carrying out a molecular test by RT-PCR to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result, carried out in the previous 72 hours at the time of embarkation or disembarkation, as the case may be.

5 – The provisions of the preceding paragraph are not applicable to children who have not yet reached 24 months of age.

6 – Apply, with the necessary adaptations, the provisions of paragraphs 1 to 3 of article 25 of the regime annexed to the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 45-C / 2021, of April 30, in the wording conferred by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 59-B / 2021, of 14 May, to passengers and crew members who permanently disembark at ports located in mainland Portugal.

7 – The security forces and the SEF shall inspect the provisions of this order, with the identification data of passengers and crew members to which the provisions of the preceding paragraph apply, transmitted, as soon as possible, to the health authorities for compliance with the provisions of paragraph b) of no. 1 of article 3 of the regime attached to the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 45-C / 2021, of April 30, in its current wording.

8 – The present order enters into force on the day following that of its publication.

9 – The provisions of paragraphs 2 to 7 of the present order take effect from 00:00 hours on May 17, 2021 and until 23:59 hours on May 30, 2021.

May 14, 2021. – The Minister of National Defence, João Titterington Gomes Cravinho. – The Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Arménio do Nascimento Cabrita. – The Minister of Health, Marta Alexandra Fartura Braga Feared by Almeida Simões. – The Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno de Oliveira Santos.

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Article 27 Resolution of Council of Ministers – State of Calamity 45-C/2021 dated 30th April valid until 23.59 hrs 16th May 2021

Measures applicable to land and river borders

1 – Citizens who enter the national territory by land or river, coming from the countries included in the list provided for in paragraph 4 of article 25, must comply with a period of prophylactic isolation of 14 days, at home or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

2 – The provisions of the previous number are still applicable to citizens who, regardless of origin, have left South Africa, Brazil or India, in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Portugal.

3 – For the purposes of this article, mobile controls are instituted for vehicles for the collective transport of passengers, motorhomes and light vehicles, in order to inform citizens of the duties to which they are subject.

4 – The security forces and the SEF shall inspect the provisions of the preceding paragraphs, with the identification data of the citizens covered by this article being transmitted, as soon as possible, to the health authorities for compliance with the provisions of paragraph b). of article 3, citizens are responsible for completing the form on the travel.sef.pt platform.

Land Border with Spain

The land border with Spain is now open for all traffic. However with regards to the situation in some countries regarding the high levels of Covid-19 infections, people arriving from some countries will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival.

They are also required to complete the locator form and deliver to a SEF office within 72 hours of arrival in the country, which you can find here. https://travel.sef.pt/Forms/Form.aspx

People who arrive from the following countries are required to quarantine for 14 days at a place of their choosing or one chosen by the SEF.

Order 4473-D/2021 valid until 23.59 hrs 16th May 2021 states:

1 – To approve, in annex i to this order, which is an integral part, the list of third countries and, as well, of European countries with an incidence rate equal to or greater than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, drawn up based on information provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, from which only essential trips are permitted and whose passengers on flights and citizens traveling by land or river must comply, after entering mainland Portugal, a period of prophylactic isolation of 14 days, at home or in a location indicated by health authorities.

Annex i – South Africa, Brazil and India. (List updated 29th May 2021)

 

Driving from Portugal through Spain and France to the UK

Spain’s state of alarm ended on May 9th, and while curfews and border closures will be abolished in most regions, there are still some restrictions in place. Read on to find out what the new rules will be in your region.

The use of masks will still be required in all regions.

Valencia

  • The borders of Valencia will reopen
  • A curfew will remain in place from midnight until 6am
  • Up to 10 people will be able to meet at a time
  • Bars and restaurants can stay open until 10pm with a 75 percent capacity, however, the government is currently revising the rules to hopefully allow them to open later.

Catalonia

Many of Catalonia’s rules will change from May 9th and will be in place until at least May 23rd. These include:

  • The borders of the region will reopen
  • The curfew will be abolished
  • Social gatherings will still be limited to six people
  • Bars and restaurants will be allowed to open until 11pm
  • Groups of people cannot eat or drink in public unless they are at a restaurant
  • Shops can open until 10pm
  • Civil ceremonies cannot surpass 500 attendees indoors or 1,000 attendees outdoors
  • Places of worship will be capped at 50 percent capacity

Andalusia

The de-escalation of restrictions in Andalusia will happen in three phases. The first phase will last until May 31st, the second phase from June 1st to June 21st and then after June 21st they hope to introduce a normalisation phase.

  • The borders of the region will reopen
  • Curfew will be abolished
  • Bars and restaurants will be allowed to open until midnight
  • Eight people are allowed per table inside and 10 people per table outside
  • Any municipality with over 5,000 inhabitants with a Covid-19 incidence greater than 1,000 will still have to close its borders. In these areas, only essential shops will be allowed to open.
  • Bars with music and nightclubs will be allowed to open until 2am
  • Celebrations can now happen with 300 people indoors and 500 people outdoors

Madrid

Minister of Justice Enrique López has explained that there will be no curfew in Madrid, “although the only thing you’re allowed to do after midnight is walk,” he said.

  • The border closure around the region will be lifted
  • Bars and restaurants can open from 6am – midnight and cannot admit clients after 11pm with a 50 percent capacity indoors and 75 percent on the terraces
  • Bar service remains closed
  • Four can sit at tables indoors and six outdoors
  • Cultural venues such as cinemas and theatres can open until midnight with a capacity of 75 percent
  • Gyms are reduced to 50 percent capacity and can operate from 6am – 11pm

Balearic Islands

The new restrictions in the Balearics will remain in place until at least May 23rd.

  • If people enter the Balearics from other regions in Spain or if they have left the Balearics for more than 72 hours, they still need a negative PCR or antigen test.
  • A curfew will remain in place from 11pm – 6am
  • The interiors of bars and restaurants remain closed, however they can now open every day between 6am – 10.30pm.
  • A maximum of six people can meet in private or public
  • Cultural venues can operate at 50 percent

Murcia

  • Borders of the region will reopen
  • No curfew, but non-essential activity will close between midnight and 6am
  • Six people can meet in private and in public
  • Bars and restaurants have to close by midnight, with an interior capacity of 30 percent, but full capacity on the terraces.
  • Six people can sit at tables indoors and outdoors
  • Weddings and communions are allowed to take place with a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

Basque Country:

  • Reopen the borders of the region
  • Abolish the curfew, however, they have stressed that people should restrict their mobility between 11pm and 6pm.
  • Bars and restaurants and cultural activities can stay open until 10pm but they are capped at 50 percent capacity.
  • Four people can sit at a table and consuming anything at the bar is not allowed.

Galicia

  • Curfew is abolished
  • Borders of the region will reopen, but the borders of any areas within Galicia at a high-risk level will stay closed
  • Bars and cafes can stay open until 11pm and restaurants until 1am
  • The government is also proposing that those who do not live together cannot meet between 1am and 6am in the morning.

Castilla y León

  • Borders of the region will reopen
  • Curfew will be abolished
  • The limitation on family and social gatherings will be abolished
  • 50 percent capacity in shops
  • Bars and restaurants will be allowed to open until midnight, however, the interiors will have to close in those municipalities with a 14-day cumulative incidence rate of 150 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • 1/3 capacity inside restaurants with a maximum of six per table
  • 75 percent capacity for weddings, baptisms, communions and funerals, but 100 percent capacity if they are celebrated in churches.

Castilla La Mancha

So far Castilla-La Mancha has only announced a few rule changes, however, the rest are still to be announced.

  • The region will reopen its borders
  • The curfew will be abolished
  • 10 people will be able to meet at a time

Asturias

  • The borders of the region will reopen
  • No curfew
  • Interiors of bars and restaurants can serve until 11pm with six per table, but the outsides can stay open until 1am
  • Shops can open to 50 percent capacity
  • The borders of localities and neighbourhoods will still close if the incidence rate goes over 325 cases per 100,000 for three consecutive days

Cantabria

  • No curfew
  • Borders of the region will reopen
  • Bars and restaurants can stay open until 10.30pm
  • Masks must be used on restaurant terraces when not eating or drinking and smoking is prohibited.
  • Four people can meet indoors or outdoors
  • Shops can open to 1/3 capacity
  • Cultural venues can open to 50 percent capacity

La Rioja

  • No curfew and no closure of the regional border
  • Bars and restaurants will be able to open until midnight
  • However, Nájera, Calahorra, Arnedo, and Alfaro remain at level 3, which implies more restrictive measures given their epidemiological situation.

Navarra

The following rules will stay in place in Navarra from May 9th until May 20th:

  • The region will lift perimeter closure but will maintain a curfew between 11pm and 6am
  • Up to six people can meet at a time

Extremadura

The borders of Extremadura already reopened on May 7th and on May 8th, the curfew is set at midnight.

  • After May 9th, there won’t be a curfew, but non-essential activities must still stop by midnight.
  • Places in level 1 of alert will maintain a 50 percent capacity inside bars and restaurants and 85 percent on the terrace. Six people per table will be allowed inside and ten inside.
  • Shops will be limited to 75 percent capacity.

Aragón

  • Borders will reopen
  • Curfew will be abolished
  • Opening hours of bars and restaurants will stay the same as they are now – until 2.00pm for places in level 3 and 8pm for those in level 2.
  • All cultural festivals have been suspended until August 31st

Anyone travelling through Spain to France and beyond, before you arrive in France, you’ll need a negative Covid-19 test carried out no more than 72 hours before departure. This must be a PCR test, not one of the rapid-result antigen tests.

You will also need a completed travel certificate from the French authorities – the ‘Attestation’ – explaining the reason for travelling through the country. Like in Spain these are specific such as for work, medical appointments or imperative family-related responsibilities. Be prepared to show proof of your reason to travel as well.

For general information about the curfew in France go to this site. https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19

You must also complete a sworn health declaration, which you can find at the French Interior website here

There are different forms for those 11 years old and over and those under.

There is currently a curfew in France running from 7pm to 6am. If you intend to drive within these times then you will need to complete a Travel Exemption Certificate stating your reasons for travelling outside curfew hours.

You can find and download the certificate at the French Interior website here

It’s only available in French, but if you want something in English you can download the TousAntiCovid app on your phone and present this to the authorities instead. Failure to have a filled-out form, or breaking curfew for a non-authorised reason, can result in a €135 fine.

Shops, apart from large malls, are open in France, so you’ll be able to stop and buy food for your journey, however restaurants and cafés remain closed so if you want something more substantial, you’ll have to get a takeaway.

Some hotels remain open, so if you need to stop overnight along the way, this will be possible.

Masks are compulsory in all indoor public spaces in France, as well as in the street for 400 towns, which includes all of the larger French cities.

When you arrive at the ports, you may find limited ferry availability. P&O Ferries are currently running services between Dover and Calais, check their Twitter page for updates on schedules. Brittany Ferries are only running one weekly service between Cherbourg and Portsmouth for essential passenger travel and freight only. They will have an expanded timetable from the 6th June 2021. Before arrival in the UK you must fill out a passenger locator form here

You must also buy a travel testing package costing £210. This pays for you to get a Covid-19 test on day two and eight of quarantining. The test package must be booked before you start your journey. Full details can be found here

When you arrive at the UK border, you’ll be asked to show another negative PCR test, no older than three days and when you finally reach your destination, you’ll need to quarantine for a total of 10 days. For the moment, neither Spain nor France are on the UK’s ‘red list’ so you can quarantine at home.