Passengers from South Africa, Brazil, India, Nepal and the United Kingdom, after entering Portugal, must undergo a period of prophylactic isolation of 14 days, at home or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

The obligation is set out in a resolution of the Portuguese Council of Ministers enacted on Monday and which entered 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, with citizens having to fill in a specific form.

Prophylactic isolation is also applicable to passengers on flights with initial origin in South Africa, Brazil, India or Nepal who have stopped over or transited at other airports, and to passengers on flights, regardless of origin, who present a passport with an exit record from the South Africa, Brazil, India or Nepal in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Portugal”, reads in the document.

The exceptions to isolation are those related to passengers traveling on essential journeys and whose period of stay in Portuguese territory, attested by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

Passengers from the United Kingdom with proof of vaccination carried out on British soil and who certify the respective holder’s complete vaccination schedule, for at least 14 days, with a vaccine against covid-19 with marketing authorization under the terms, are also exempt. officers.

“The presentation of an EU covid digital certificate of vaccination or recovery dispenses with quarantine or isolation for travel reasons”, the text underlines.

In relation to air traffic to Portugal, Dispatch no. 6326-A/2021, also approved in the same resolution, states that flights to and from the member states of the European Union (EU), as well as to countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) and the United Kingdom.

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

Passengers on flights that are not to and/or from EU countries or those associated with the Schengen Area are also authorized exclusively for essential travel (namely travel for professional reasons, study, family reunion or for health or humanitarian reasons.

According to the resolution, passengers on flights intended to allow the return to Portuguese territory of nationals 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 to the respective countries of foreign citizens 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, with the exception of children who have not reached the age of 12, must present, before boarding, a proof of laboratory performance of the nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN) or rapid test of antigen (TRAg) to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result, performed within 72 or 48 hours prior to departure, respectively.

Foreign citizens who board without the said test must be refused entry into national territory”, the document warns that the presentation of the EU covid Digital Certificate does not require the carrying out of tests to detect infection by SARS-CoV-2 for travel reasons.

“National and foreign citizens with legal residence in the national territory and their family members, who are passengers on these flights and who, in violation of the duty to present proof of laboratory testing, proceed to boarding, are referred by the competent authorities upon arrival to national territory, to carry out the aforementioned test at their own expense, there waiting until notification of the negative result”, the text ends.

In Portugal, 17,092 people died and 877,195 cases of infection were confirmed, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health, released today.

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