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Portugal holidays have faced changing travel rules over the past month as the destination was added then removed from the UK travel corridor list. Currently, anyone returning to Britain from mainland Portugal has to quarantine for 14 days. Portugal’s autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores in the mid-Atlantic are exempt from this rule.
However, not only can those in England not carry out any non-essential travel right now while lockdown is in place until early December, but Portugal has its own restrictions in place.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) updated the latest travel advice for the country yesterday.
Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’ hence many anti-coronavirus operations are being implemented.
“Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. Additional restrictions are in force in 121 municipalities.
Key nationwide measures include:
– a ban on the sale of alcohol at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets
– a ban on drinking alcohol in public places, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal
– the closure of restaurants at 1am and a limit of six on group bookings
– a limit of four on the number of people gathering in cafés within 300m of schools and food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit
– a limit of five on the number of people gathering in public place
“Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities,” detailed the FCDO.
“You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc.
“You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.”
There are also strict rules in place regarding staying at home.
The FCDO stated: “From November 9 until 11:59pm on November 23, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows:
– On weekdays from 11pm to 5am
– On weekends from 1pm to 5am You can only leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
Outside these times there is a requirement to remain at home, apart for a few exceptional reasons such as going to the airport or going shopping, as necessary.
Madeira may have made it onto the UK’s travel corridor list but it hasn’t escaped strict national restrictions.
“The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity,” said the FCDO.
Restrictions are in place to limit the spread of the virus:
– shops and services close at 11pm, with the exception of pharmacies, bakeries, healthcare providers, service stations and funeral agencies
– bar and pubs close at midnight
– nightclubs are closed
– restaurants close at 11pm and group bookings are limited to five
Similarly, there is a regional state of alert in the Azores.
“The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity,” stated the FCDO. “The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency.
“Restrictions are in place throughout the archipelago:
– nightclubs are closed
– bars and pubs close at 10pm
– between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel.
“You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential.”
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