Information to visitors (COVID 19)
LAST UPDATE: 13 July (6pm)
Given the state of calamity currently in force, the authorities continue to request the confinement of the population, as much as possible, so as to contain the spread of COVID-19, despite the situation being controlled.
Madeira and Porto Santo will reopen to tourism on the 1st July date when the mandatory quarantine will be eliminated.
In the case of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, entry into the territory via airports is restricted.
This measure ensures all visitors that not only the locals are virus free, but all those who enter will be scanned, thus promoting a highly secure and reassuring environment.
Madeira details Standardization Plan for Air Accessibility
The Government of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM) has defined, in relation to the Standardization Plan for Air Accessibility, to be in force as of July 1, with regard to travelers to the airports of Madeira and Porto Santo:
1. Filling out and submitting the epidemiological survey
Survey available at : https://madeirasafe.com
Survey available at : https://madeirasafe.com
All passengers must complete the Regional Health Authority’s (IASAÚDE) form.
The form should be filled in previously to the trip, between 48 and 12 hours before departure.
The survey is available at the Regional Health Authority’s website and, will also be accessible through airlines’ websites that so consent.
Alternatively, the completion of the survey, on paper, may occur on arrival at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
2. Thermal Screening
All passengers landed at airports in Autonomous Region of Madeira are subject to thermal screening, even if they carry a negative test for COVID-19 disease, carried out within 72 hours prior to embarkation, in laboratories certified by national or international authorities.
3. COVID-19 disease test
• All passengers on flights from abroad, who carry a negative PCR test for COVID-19 disease, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure, in laboratories certified by national or international authorities, upon disembarkation, may proceed to their destination, upon presentation of the respective report, which can also be submitted in advance, together with the epidemiological survey, at www.madeirasafe.com;
• Passengers disembarked at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, who have not performed a PCR test for COVID-19 disease, will do so at the airport, upon arrival, with a maximum period of 1 hour estimated for the completion of the inherent process. After performing the PCR test, passengers will proceed to their destination, where they must wait for the result, in confinement, and will be informed of the result within an estimated period of 12 hours.
• In exceptional cases of refusal to perform the test on arrival, passengers will have to comply with voluntary isolation, for a period of 14 days, at their home or at the hotel where they are staying, and if the accommodation is less than 14 days, the confinement will have the duration of the accommodation period. Or, still, return to the destination of origin or any other destination outside the territory of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, complying, until the time of the flight, isolation at home or in the hotel where they are staying. In these cases, accommodation costs will be charged to the traveller.
Criteria for submission to the SARS CoV2 test in childhood and pre-adolescence:
• Children from 12 years old, subject to prior decision by the Health Authorities;
• Children with suspect criteria for COVID 19 disease;
• Children whose family members or companions are suspected cases;
• Other situations validated by the Health Authorities.
All passengers will be monitored through an APP (mobile application) "Madeira Safe to Discover" of the Regional Health Authority, of voluntary, but recommended use, or by telephone contact.
5. Positive test result for COVID-19 disease
Mandatory confinement, if necessary compulsively, for a period of 14 days, in a health establishment, in the respective home or in an accommodation establishment, by decision of the competent health authorities:
a) For patients with COVID-19 and those infected with SARS-CoV-2;
b) For citizens for whom the health authority or other health professionals have determined active surveillance.
The Government of the Autonomous Region of Madeira collaborates with all Diplomatic Authorities and Operators involved.
All charges related to repatriation operations must be covered by passengers’ travel insurance.
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.
For further information, please consult the Government Council Resolution No. 484/2020 (portuguese version)
Travellers between Madeira and Porto Santo are currently free from any control by Health authorities.
We advise that contacts be made with the respective airlines, tour operators, or travel agents to adjust returns.
Ports and Marinas
The ports and marinas of the Autonomous Region of Madeira are open to all types of vessels, except for cruise ships. Thus, embarkation and disembarkation presupposes the following:
• Upon arrival in marinas and ports, all boat/ yacht passengers and crew are subject to thermal screening;
• Upon arrival or prior to arrival to the Autonomous Region of Madeira, passengers and crew are also obliged to proceed with the individual traveller's registration, accessible online at https://madeirasafe.com;
• All passengers and crew are obliged to present a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2, performed in laboratories certified by national / international authorities, 72 hours prior to departure from the last port, or perform a PCR test upon arrival in Madeira Islands, carried out by the Regional Health Authority. If the test is performed upon arrival in Madeira Islands, passengers and crew have to remain onboard the vessel until the test results are communicated and are only allowed to disembark, if a negative test result has been obtained;
• A PCR test is not obligatory if passengers and crew have been navigating for over 14 days and as long as there are no symptoms characteristic of COVID-19 and/or fever;
The resumption of cruise activity should happen in a second phase, depending on the international understanding and on when the companies resume their operations and the ports, of the routes through which they pass, are all with safe procedures and the pandemic is controlled;
For further information, please consult the Government Council Resolution No. 509/2020 (portuguese version)
Madeira was the first region in Portugal to implement a "Contingency Plan for Emerging Infections: Coronavirus", presented on 03 February 2020, a document that is subject to continuous updates.
Link (download): Plano de Contingência para Infeções Emergentes: COVID-19 da RAM (Contingency Plan for Emerging Infections: Coronavirus - COVID 19 in Madeira Islands) - portuguese version
Please consult the poster with health recommendations regarding Coronavirus - COVID 19: https://covidmadeira.pt/
For more information, browse the IASAÚDE microsite for regular updates at : https://covidmadeira.pt/
Health and Prevention recommendations (COVID 19) - Official video - portuguese version