Travelers from South Africa, Brazil, India, Nepal and the United Kingdom forced into prophylactic isolation in Portugal

Travelers from South Africa, Brazil, India, Nepal and the United Kingdom forced into prophylactic isolation in Portugal

The obligation is set out in a resolution of the Portuguese Council of Ministers enacted on Monday and which came into force at 00:00 on that day and which lasts until 23:59 on 11 July.

The rules are defined for air transport, but they also apply to entry across land, sea or river borders, requiring citizens to fill out a specific form.

“Prophylactic isolation applies equally to passengers on flights with an initial origin in South Africa, Brazil, India or Nepal, who have stopped or transited at other airports, and to passengers on flights with origin, regardless of who presents a passport with an exit record 14 days prior to their arrival in Portugal from South Africa, Brazil, India or Nepal”, the document reads.

Exceptions to isolation are passengers traveling on essential travel and whose duration of stay in Portuguese territory, verified by return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

Travelers to the United Kingdom with proof of vaccination carried out on British soil and who testify to the respective holder’s full immunization schedule, for at least 14 days, with marketing authorization under conditions of a vaccine against Covid-19 Plus, there’s a discount. Officer.

Underlines the text, “the presentation of an EU digital certificate of vaccination or recovery accompanies isolation for quarantine or travel reasons”.

With regard to air traffic to Portugal, dispatch number 6326-A/2021, which has been approved in the same resolution, states that flights to and from the member states of the European Union (EU) as well as Schengen-affiliated countries region (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) and the United Kingdom.

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Passengers on flights from Albania, Australia, South Korea, the United States, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, the Republic of North Macedonia, the People’s Republic of China, Serbia, Taiwan and the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau .

Passengers on flights that are not from EU countries or are connected to the Schengen area are also specifically authorized for essential travel (ie travel for professional, study, family reunion or health or humanitarian reasons.

According to the resolution, passengers on flights intended to allow the return to Portuguese territory of citizens or foreigners holding a residence permit in the country are also authorized to enter Portugal.

Finally, the document specifies the authorization of flights intended to allow the return of foreign nationals to the respective countries who are in Portugal, as long as they are promoted by the competent authorities of those countries.

The resolution emphasizes that all passengers of any nationality, except children who have not reached the age of 12, must, before boarding, produce evidence of laboratory performance of the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (TAAN) or Rapid Test of Antigen. Will have to do (TRAg) for testing for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result, performed within 72 or 48 hours, respectively, before departure.

“Foreign nationals who board without the said test should be refused entry into the national territory”, warns the document, which also states that travel for presentation of an EU Covid digital certificate For reasons SARS infection- testing for CoV-2 is not needed.

“National and foreign nationals with legal residency in the national territory and their family members who are passengers on these flights and who proceed for boarding in breach of the duty to produce evidence of laboratory tests shall be issued by the competent authorities on arrival. are referred to. in the national territory, to conduct the above test at their own expense, waiting till the notification of the negative result”, the text ends.

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