The head of Portuguese diplomacy this Wednesday considered a “positive element” for Germany’s decision to lift restrictions on flights to/from Portugal, indicating that it applies the recommendation of the covid-19 digital certificate approved during the Presidency of the European Union (EU) .

In relation to the restrictions raised by Germany, my point of view is that this is a positive element and, as far as we are concerned, we apply the recommendation on internal EU travel that we adopted under our presidency. Since July 1st, we have been using the EU’s covid-19 digital certificate fully and we are following the recommendations that we ourselves approved in the Council.”, said Augusto Santos Silva.

Portugal’s Minister of State and Foreign Affairs was speaking at a joint press conference with his Vatican counterpart, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, secretary for Relations with the States of the Holy See, with whom he met today in Lisbon to analyze bilateral relations and the European and international agenda.

On Monday, Germany’s Robert-Koch Institute for Health Surveillance removed Portugal, as well as the United Kingdom, India, Russia and Nepal, from the list of countries banned from entry into the country due to the high prevalence of the Delta strain of covid- 19, a measure that entered into force today.

Portugal is classified by Germany as an area with “concern variants” regarding the pandemic, namely due to the spread of the Delta strain, which in practice resulted in a travel ban in place since last week, due to the activation of the brake mechanism the European Union to deal with worrying situations.

Under the new rules, Portugal and the other four countries moved to the second level of risk, called “high incidence areas” of the covid-19 variant.

Travelers from areas in this category are not required to be quarantined if they can prove that they are already fully vaccinated, or that they have contracted the disease and have recovered. The rest can have a reduced quarantine of ten days if they test negative after five days.

The German ban on travel from Portugal was the only ban in the EU, after the covid-19 digital certificate came into force on the 1st of this month.

The European Commission had considered that the ban on non-essential travel to Portugal adopted by Germany is not “totally aligned” with what was recommended by Brussels and a source from the community executive told Lusa that it would be analyzed if the measure “is proportional”.

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