Madeira ends COVID-19 testing at airports and ports for inbound travelers

Madeira authorities have revealed in their latest update that the COVID-19 testing requirement at airports and ports has ended.

However, it was explained that only certain categories of travelers will be exempt from this entry rule, reports.

According to data provided by Madeira’s official travel portal, Madeira Regional Tourist Board, the obligation to present a rapid antigen test or undergo a test upon arrival at Madeira airports does not apply. does not apply to people who have recovered from COVID-19 illness within the past 90 days.

Additionally, also exempt from the testing rule are people who have been fully vaccinated against the virus with one of the approved vaccines.

A vaccination certificate is valid to enter Madeira as long as the document proves that the holder has been immunized with AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen, Sinovac, Sputnik V and Sinopharm.

Travelers who have only received the first dose of vaccine in two-dose vaccination programs and who have been infected with COVID-19 within the past 90 days also do not need to submit a test. pre-entry or undergo a test upon arrival in Madeira.

Nevertheless, everyone is still required to complete a passenger locator form, regardless of their vaccination status. The form must be completed within 48 hours before arrival.

Unlike travelers who have been vaccinated and recovered, people who have not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 disease must present a negative test taken before entry or be tested on arrival in order to be allowed entry to Madeira.

Travelers who take a rapid antigen test within 48 hours before boarding can immediately travel to their destination in Madeira.

“All passengers who, when disembarking at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira from any territory outside the Autonomous Region of Madeira, carry a rapid negative antigen test for COVID-19, carried out within 48 hours before boarding, in laboratories certified by national or international authorities, can go to their destination”, reads the statement from the Madeira Regional Tourist Board.

On the other hand, those who have not been tested in their country of origin must take a test upon arrival at the airport. The test at the airport is free.

“All passengers, whether Portuguese citizens or foreigners, with planned trips to the Autonomous Region of Madeira, can carry out rapid antigen tests (TRAg), free of charge, in several cities of the country”, Added Madeira Regional Tourist Board.

In addition to the measures mentioned above, everyone must also follow the national COVID-19 rules in Madeira, such as maintaining social distance and wearing face masks.

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