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IATA International air travel information

In connection with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, IATA have published a list of travel restriction in various countries which may affect your travel arrangements. If any new travel restrictions will be imposed, IATA ensures the list is updated accordingly.

 

Official travel Advice with restrictions to Portugal from the following countries

 

Flights to and from Portugal

The schedule of the arrival and departure of international flights at Portuguese airports can be found from the websites of the airports concerned  (live updates) as follows:

Lisbon

Faro

Porto

Madeira

Travel to and from Portugal Effective 1st August 2020

Travel within Portuguese territory / Border restriction
There are no specific restrictions on mobility within the Portuguese territory or to cross land borders, but social distancing rules and the use of face masks should always be observed.

Trips to the Azores and Madeira Islands
Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours before embarkation or they will be able to take it upon arrival. More information at www.visitmadeira.pt and Madeira safe to discover

Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained;
3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
If the stay is longer than seven days, on the 6th day from the date SARS-CoV-2 first test was performed, the passenger must contact the health services of the county where is staying so that a second test can be performed.
More information at https://covid19.azores.gov.pt

 

Flights to and from the European Union and Schengen Area
The resumption of air routes with the countries of the European Union, as well as in the Schengen Area, is dependent on border restrictions and on the evolution of the epidemiological situation worldwide. Therefore, before making a trip, it is important to consult the alerts and restrictions provided by foreign and border services, whether in the country where the trip starts as in Portugal (www.sef.pt).

At the European Union website – https://reopen.europa.eu – you can find information on each country about borders, available means of transport, travel restrictions, health and public safety measures, as well as other practical information for travellers.

To know which are the travel regulations all around the world, check the map at the IATA Travel Centre.

Flights to and from Portugal
Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed to:
– European Union countries;
– Schengen Associated Countries – Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland – and the United Kingdom;
– Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
It is not necessary to present the COVID-19 Test on these flights, unless the destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

Flights between Portugal and other destinations will only be permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure time. This test is not asked in Portugal for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.
“Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:
– citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
– citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
– third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory, with the airline being the subject of a fine.

The Portuguese airports (Lisboa, Porto, Faro, Ponta Delgada e Funchal) have implemented several initiatives in order to keep staff and passengers safer. A body temperature measurement system was implemented on arrival. Passengers will be asked to fill out a form from the Portuguese Health Authorities to be traced if they have been exposed to a case of COVID-19 on board.
More information at https://www.ana.pt/en/passenger-guide/what-you-need-to-know/covid-19

 

 


FOREIGN AFFAIRS, NATIONAL DEFENCE, INTERNAL ADMINISTRATION, HEALTH AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND HOUSING

Offices of the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Ministers

National Defence and Internal Administration, of the Minister of Health and the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing

Order No. 7595-A / 2020  – 29th July 2020

Summary: Definition of measures applicable to air traffic to and from Portugal.

In the context of the epidemiological situation caused by the SARS -CoV -2 virus and the exceptional measures adopted to deal with the disease COVID -19, the ban was determined until April 17 2020, of air traffic to and from Portugal of all flights to and from countries that do not belong to the European Union, with certain exceptions, through Order No. 3427 -A / 2020, published in Diário da República, 2nd series, no. 55, supplement, of 18 March 2020, extended successively until 11:59 pm on July 31, taking into account the assessment of the epidemiological situation

Portugal and the European Union and the guidelines of the European Commission.

Despite the progress made, there remains a need to extend the measures air traffic restrictions, providing for new guidelines, taking into account Recommendation (EU) 2020/912, of the Council, of June 30, 2020, on the temporary restriction of non-travel indispensable for the EU and the possible lifting of such a restriction.

Thus, in the conjugated terms of paragraph 1 of article 18, paragraph 1 of article 19, paragraph 1 of article 27 and article 29 of Decree -Law no. 169 -B / 2019, of December 3, of paragraph 2 of article 33 of the

Law no. 27/2006, of 3 July, and no. 1 of Order no. 819/2020, of 15 January, of the Minister Infrastructure and Housing, published in the Diário da República, 2nd series, no. 14, of 21 January 2020, the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, the Minister of National Defence, the Minister for Home Affairs, the Minister for Health and the Minister for Infrastructure and Housing determine the following:

1 – Authorize air traffic to and from Portugal for all flights to and from the countries that make up the European Union, the countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) and the United Kingdom under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement between the Union European Union and the United Kingdom.

2 – Authorize flights to and from countries whose epidemiological situation is in accordance with Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 of 30 June 2020, concerning links with Portugal and included in the list attached to this order, which is part of integral.

3 – Authorize air traffic to and from Portugal for all flights to and from countries that are not members of the European Union or that are not countries associated with Schengen, exclusively for essential travel, without prejudice to the provisions of paragraphs previous ones.

4 – For the purposes of the preceding paragraph, essential trips are considered, under the terms referred to in Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 of 30 June 2020, namely those intended to allow transit or entry to or exit from Portugal of:

a. Citizens of the European Union, nationals of States associated with Space Schengen and members of their families, pursuant to Directive 2004/38 / EC, of ​​the Parliament and of the Council, and third-country nationals legally resident in a Member State of the Union European;

b. Third-country nationals travelling for professional, study, meeting reasons family, for health or humanitarian reasons.

5 – Authorize flights to support the return of national citizens or authorization holders residency in Portugal, as well as of a humanitarian nature, which have been recognized by the competent services of the governmental area of ​​foreign affairs and by the authorities competent in the field of civil aviation, as well as flights intended to allow return to the respective countries of foreign citizens who are in Portugal, provided that such flights are promoted by the competent authorities of such countries, subject to request and agreement and respect for the principle of reciprocity.

6 – Passengers on flights referred to in paragraph 3, with the exception of transit passengers who do not oblige to abandon airport facilities, they must present, before boarding, proof of laboratory test (RT -PCR) for screening for SARS -CoV -2 infection, with negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to the moment of departure, without which will not be able to board.

7 – National citizens and foreign citizens with legal residence in the territory nationals and their families, as well as diplomatic personnel placed in Portugal, who are passengers on flights pursuant to paragraphs 3 or 5, who, exceptionally, do not carry proof of laboratory testing for SARS -CoV -2 infection, with negative result, under the terms of the previous number, upon arrival in national territory, are sent, by the competent authorities, to carry out the said test at their own expense, in its own location inside the airport in service provided by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S. A., through health professionals qualified for this purpose, this service being able to be subcontracted.

8 – Citizens who refuse to perform the test upon arrival in national territory, in terms of the previous number, are immediately notified by the Aliens and Borders Service to carry out the same within 48 hours, at their own expense, and that they may incur in the crimes of disobedience and spread of contagious disease, being this notification informed health authorities and the area’s territorially competent security force of your residence.

9 – Airlines that allow national or foreign citizens to board, without the test referred to in paragraph 6, they fail to comply with the duties set out in paragraph i) of article 2 of Decree -Law no. 37 -A / 2020, of July 15, and are the subject of an administrative offense as provided for in paragraph 2 of article 3 of the same diploma.

10 – The application of the fines provided for in the preceding paragraph, in the embarkation of national citizens and foreign citizens with legal residence in national territory without the test referred to in paragraph 6 on flights originating in Portuguese-speaking African countries and in flights to support the return of nationals or holders of residence permits in Portugal or of a humanitarian nature.

11 – Passengers referred to in paragraphs 7 and 8 must remain in the residence or accommodation indicated by them until notification of the negative result, under penalty of incurring a crime spread of contagious disease.

12 – Foreign citizens who embark without the test referred to in paragraph 6, or whose transit requires them to abandon airport facilities, must be refused entry to the territory national law, the company being the subject of the administrative offense provided for in article 3 of Decree -Law no. 37 -A / 2020, of July 15th.

13 – The health measures applicable to the countries referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 are reassessed in depending on the decisions taken by the respective countries.

14 – The interdictions resulting from this order are not applicable to aircraft of State and the Armed Forces, to aircraft that integrate or will integrate the Device Rural Fire Fighting Special, to flights for the exclusive transportation of cargo and mail, from medical emergency and technical scales for non-commercial purposes.

15 – The Ministers of Internal Administration and Health may adopt, through a joint order, specific health control measures that are necessary in depending on the origin of the flights, taking into account Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 of 30 June 2020, and the assessment of the epidemiological situation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

16 – The present order takes effect as of 00:00 on August 1, 2020 and until 11:59 pm on August 15, 2020.

July 29, 2020. – The Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Augusto Ernesto

Santos 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.

ATTACHMENT

List of countries referred to in paragraph 2

1 – Australia.

2 – Canada.

3 – China.

4 – South Korea.

5 – Georgia.

6 – Japan.

7 – Morocco.

8 – New Zealand.

9 – Rwanda.

10 – Thailand.

11 – Tunisia.

12 – Uruguay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News report of Council of Ministers decision concerning air flights to Portugal 30th July 2020 Read report in english here.

COUNCIL OF MINISTERS REVISED ENTRY RESTRICTIONS TO PORTUGAL

Regular connections to and from Portugal – so far limited to the countries of the European Union, the Schengen area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) and the United Kingdom – will be extended to a further 12 countries with a positive epidemiological framework. These are Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Flights to and from other destinations will be permitted only for essential (business, health, humanitarian or family) travel, so far limited to flights from and to Portuguese-speaking countries and the USA. Passengers are required to submit a negative covid-19 test, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure, which is the responsibility of the airline, fined in case of non-compliance. The exceptions are citizens who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

If the test is not carried out, passengers face two different consequences: in the case of foreign citizens, they will be refused entry into Portugal and the airline they traveled with will be subject to an administrative offense in case of non-compliance.

If passengers have Portuguese nationality or residence in Portugal, in the case of humanitarian flights or flights originating in Portuguese speaking African countries, passengers have 48 hours to do a test, either at the airport or in a laboratory, at the cost of the passenger. If they do not, they incur the crime of disobedience. The place of residence will be communicated to the authorities to verify the performance of the test and, in turn, “failure to perform the test incurs the assumptions of the crime of spreading a contagious disease”, said the minister.

The Government justified this 48 hour deadline given by the Government taking into account that in countries of origin there may be difficulties in guaranteeing the performance of tests.

Which countries can I travel to or from?

According to the order signed this Thursday, air traffic with the countries that make up the European Union, the countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) and the United Kingdom remains open. Passengers on these flights only need to follow the general rules of the countries.

If you register a body temperature of 38 degrees or higher, you will be immediately directed to the health support structures that exist at national airports, said the minister.

And outside the European Union?

The Government now has 12 countries outside the EU and the Schengen Area that may have regular air connections to and from Portugal, as they present a positive epidemiological picture, according to the list in the recommendation of the Council of the European Union. They are:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • China
  • South Korea
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

All other countries will only have trips that are considered essential. Until now, the authorization for essential travel was limited to flights originating in and to Portuguese-speaking countries and the USA.

What are essential trips?

According to the Government, essential trips are those that allow transit, entry or exit from Portugal to nationals of the European Union or countries associated with the Schengen Area, as well as their family members and foreigners legally resident in a Union country. European Union.

In addition to these, trips made for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons are considered essential

Source Publico

Flights to and from other destinations will be permitted only for essential travel. Authorization for essential travel was limited, until now, to flights from and to Portuguese-speaking countries and the US.

Essential journeys are considered to be those that permit the transit through, entry into or exit from Portugal of citizens of the EU or of countries associated with the Schengen Area and their family members, and of foreigners legally resident in an EU Member State, as well as those that are carried out for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.

Passengers are still required to submit a negative screening test for SARS-CoV-2, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Only those passengers who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities are excluded.

National and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and diplomatic staff accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present that proof, will have to be tested on arrival, in facilities within the airport, and at their own expense. If they refuse to take the test on arrival, they will incur in the crimes of disobedience and the spread of contagious disease, and will be notified immediately by SEF to take the test, at their own expense, within 48 hours, and the health authorities and the security force territorially competent for their area of residence will be informed of this notification.

Regarding foreign citizens, all passengers who board without having been tested will be refused entry into national territory, and the airline will be subject to an administrative offence in the event of non-compliance.

This order, in force between 00h00 on Saturday and 23h59 on August 15, is part of the set of decisions that have been taken by the Government to address the epidemiological situation and the risk of spreading the new coronavirus.

 

 

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Informal Translation into English for information purposes only

Order No. 6948-A / 2020

Publication: Diário da República no. 129/2020, 1st Supplement, Series II of 2020-07-06

 Issuer: Infrastructure and Housing – Office of the Assistant Secretary of State and Communications

Diploma Type:Dispatch

Part: C – Government and direct and indirect State administration

Number: 6948-A / 2020

Pages: 357- (2) to 357- (3)

 PDF version: Download

Original Portuguese version here

 

SUMMARY

Determines temperature control and tests for COVID-19 at airports

 

TEXT

Order No. 6948-A / 2020

Summary: Determines the performance of temperature control and tests to COVID-19 at airports.

Conducting temperature control and testing of COVID-19 at airports

The epidemiological situation has evolved differently in several countries and the measures related to air traffic and the circulation and control of passengers at airports have been adapted to this evolution, according to the risk analysis of the origin of flights and measures taken by the European Union.

Order No. 6756-C / 2020, of 30 June, signed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, National Defense and Home Affairs and by the Assistant Secretary of State and Communications, determined in its paragraph 5, the the obligation for passengers on flights originating in Portuguese-speaking countries or the United States (referred to in paragraph 3 of that Order) to submit tests to COVID-19 with a negative result, upon departure, under penalty of being refused entry into national territory.

In addition, it determined in its paragraph 6, that «National citizens and foreign citizens with legal residence in national territory who, exceptionally, do not have proof of the COVID-19 test, with a negative result, pursuant to paragraph 5 , are immediately forwarded by the competent security authorities to carry out the said test at their own expense. ”

It is therefore important to ensure that Portuguese airports ensure the logistical conditions, the segregation of passenger flows and the availability of the testing service on arrival, preventing the entry and circulation of untested passengers from risky countries or at-risk regions in Portugal epidemiological – countries that are periodically defined by the Directorate-General for Health – in order to minimize the risk of new outbreaks of contagion in Portugal.

In addition, regardless of the mandatory testing at departure, it is important to maintain temperature control for passengers arriving in Portugal, as a means of general prevention, complementary for those who carried out the test and primary for passengers on flights from countries where the analysis epidemiological risk did not determine the requirement for testing at the outset.

Thus, I determine the following:

1 – ANA, SA, at the Portuguese international airports that it manages, must continue to carry out infrared temperature screening for all passengers arriving in Portugal.

2 – Passengers who are detected with a relevant fever, as defined by the Directorate-General for Health, should be immediately directed to a dedicated and private space, where they will be subjected to a second fever screening. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subjected to a molecular test RT-PCR to COVID-19 on site or the INEM will be called. Monitoring of infrared fever control and the second screening – carried out by qualified health professionals – will be the responsibility of ANA, SA, which may subcontract the service.

3 – Passengers detected with fever or subjected to the RT-PCR molecular test to COVID-19 under the terms of the previous number may leave the airport, after providing the contact details and will remain confined to their home destinations, until they receive the negative results of the RT-PCR molecular test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

4 – Airlines that operate from sources that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health and those that operate from Portuguese-speaking countries and the United States, as established in paragraph 5 of Joint Order No. 6756-C / 2020, of 30 June, non-Portuguese passengers or non-residents of Portugal, destined for Portugal, who do not present proof of carrying out a RT-PCR molecular test with negative result to COVID-19, in the 72 hours before the flight.

5 – If, despite the prohibition provided for in the previous paragraph, passengers are shipped without proof of having performed the RT-PCR molecular test with a negative result, they will be subjected to the RT-PCR molecular test on arrival in Portugal, at their own expense, companies must notify all passengers that – with the exception of the Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – entry into Portugal will not be authorized without submission to the RT-PCR molecular test. In addition, the companies concerned, immediately after check-in, must inform the airport of arrival, of the number of passengers who boarded without proof of completion of the RT-PCR molecular test.

6 – Passengers traveling without a RT-PCR molecular test will be immediately subjected to tests at the airport and – except if they are Portuguese or foreign citizens residing in Portugal – cannot enter Portugal if they refuse to do so, supporting the company that o carried the cost of returning to the country of origin on the first flight.

7 – The tests referred to in the previous number will be carried out and made available by ANA, SA, through qualified health professionals, and this service may be subcontracted, and people should wait for the results of the tests confined in their residence destinations, making available the data of contact, following the rules of the Directorate-General for Health.

8 – Companies that violate the prohibition of not boarding passengers that are not Portuguese or residing in Portugal, without tests with negative results will be subject to a fine, which will be instituted under the legal terms, in the amount of 1000 (euro), per passenger without test molecular RT-PCR. Urgent and urgent cases, duly substantiated, may be excused. The infraction will be communicated to ANAC, which will instruct the respective infraction process and apply the fines and assess the exceptional circumstances that may be mitigating. The proceeds of the fines will be allocated to the reimbursement of costs that ANA, SA may incur in carrying out tests on arrival and temperature control. For this purpose, ANA, SA, will present the respective costs to ANAC on a monthly basis, which will make the payment within fifteen days.

9 – This Order applies to Portuguese airports managed by ANA, SA, with the exception of Madeira and Azores airports, and comes into force as of 00:00 on July 4, with the testing service arriving at airports be made available as soon as possible and no later than 8 July.

July 3, 2020. – The Assistant Secretary of State and Communications, Alberto Afonso Souto de Miranda.

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Portugal’s Borders with Spain Update 1st July 2020

The border between Portugal and Spain was fully opened as at 00.01 hrs on 1st July and no restrictions are in place.

 

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