Portugal implements more stringent accommodation and food requirements

Portugal is implementing stricter requirements for travelers amid rising numbers of COVID-19 cases.

According to Reuters, visitors will be required to present proof of a recent negative test result, vaccination certificate, or proof of recovery from the coronavirus when checking in at their hotel or Airbnb from Saturday July 10. Cabinet Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva said hotels will be able to provide rapid COVID-19 tests for guests upon arrival. In addition, children under 12 accompanied by a parent or guardian are exempt.

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Portugal reopened to US travelers last month and currently requires visitors to show proof of a negative RT-PCR (nucleic acid amplification or similar NAAT test) performed within 72 hours of departure or ‘a rapid antigen test carried out 48 hours before departure. Children under 12 are also exempt in this case. Travelers must also complete a passenger locator card before departure or on board.

Dining in restaurants will also become more complicated starting July 10, when negative test results, vaccination certificates or proof of recovery will be required to eat indoors in restaurants in as many as 60 municipalities at the top. risk, including places like Lisbon and Porto on Friday evenings and During the weekend.

Customers and businesses that violate these new requirements could be fined up to € 500 ($ 593) and € 10,000 ($ 11,868), respectively.

In addition to new requirements for hotel guests and diners, a nighttime curfew already in place in 45 municipalities will be extended to 15 more municipalities in July, as authorities aim to slow the spread and keep residents safe. residents and visitors in the midst of the pandemic.

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