COVID SAFE TOURISM

COVID SAFE TOURISM
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The Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM) was a pioneer in the whole Portugal, in developing a good practices document to deal with Covid-19 - COVID SAFE TOURISM (english version), resulting from the involvement of the entire tourism sector along with the launch of a certification process that will reassure consumer confidence and hence promote Madeira as a safe tourism location for all visitors.

Consolidating the work carried out, the Regional Government of Madeira (GRM) opted for testing all travellers, upon arrival in the Region.  This measure allows all visitors to be sure that, in addition to finding a population monitored by the health authorities, those who entered were duly analysed, thereby promoting a high security environment and generating significant levels of confidence.
 
The government will pay for all costs of the tests upon arrival to Madeira Islands, to prevent any extra costs for travellers. However, these tests can be avoided if passengers present a PCR test with a negative result, carried out in the last 72 hours prior to departure.
 
The testing process is carried out by the Regional Health Authority, with the collaboration of ANA – Airports of Portugal, and strives for the highest speed with least inconvenience for travellers. 
 
Due to the epidemiological evolution, travel between Madeira and Porto Santo Islands, is subject to control. Therefore passengers disembarking at Porto Santo Airport, who do not have a PCR screening test for SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result, carried out up to 72 hours prior to boarding, have to perform a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival, to be promoted by the health authority, thus remaining in isolation in the respective home or hotel establishment where he is lodging, until a negative test result is obtained.
​Passengers boarding at the Funchal Port with Porto Santo Island as destination, should present the PCR screening test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, with a negative result, carried out within a maximum period of 72 hours prior to departure, as stated in the Resolution nº 116/2021(portuguese version).
 
Travellers should schedule the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, by registering on the website www.madeirasafe.com or at the Emergency and Public Health Unit, with a minimum of 4 days in advance (96 hours), via the following e-mail: saudepublica.drs@madeira.gov.pt.
Taking the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 infection does not incur any charges for the traveller.
 
The provisions of the previous paragraph include the following exceptions:
 
a) Children up to eleven years of age;
b) Travellers who are residents of Porto Santo Island and are returning to the island within seven days, as they will perfom the PCR test on the 5th day after arrival, thus guaranteeing their prophylactic isolation until then;
c) Travellers who present a medical document, issued in the last 90 days, certifying that they have recovered from COVID-19 disease, or a document certifying that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
 
The Regional Government of Madeira, through the Regional Secretariat for Tourism and Culture, and Madeira Promotion Bureau are working side by side with all stakeholders to relaunch the Destination. Our teams are always available to share information. 
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