Information to Professionals (COVID 19)
LAST UPDATE: 17 September (6pm)
Madeira Islands have already
reopened to Tourism
Given the state of calamity currently in force, the authorities recommend the confinement of the population, as to contain the spread of COVID-19, despite the situation being controlled.
Madeira and Porto Santo Islands are reopened to tourism since 1st July last, date when the mandatory quarantine was 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.
On August 1, the mandatory use of a community mask, to protect against the COVID-19 disease, was determined in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, in public spaces or areas, of access, during the period of stay, or of public use or similar, with the following exceptions:
a) Children up to 5 years old, determined in the Resolution 623/2020 (portuguese version);
b) Incapacitated persons (who present difficulty in putting/removing the mask without assistance);
c) During sports practice;
d) Beaches, bathing areas and complexes and as well as sea access points, with the exception to the sanitary facilities where the use of a mask is mandatory, complying with the specific regulations previously approved by the Regional Government to carry out these activities, namely that determined in the annex to Resolution 358/2020; (portuguese version)
e) During any physical and/or leisure activity which requires physical strain;
f) Recreational and sporting activities in forest areas and along the recommended walking routes, complying with the rules of social distancing and the specific regulations previously approved by the Regional Government to carry out these activities, namely those featured in annexes IV and V of Resolution 282/2020. (portuguese version)
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 boarding.
The survey is available at the Regional Health Authority’s website and, will also be accessible through airlines’ websites that so consent.
This digital file (survey) must be completed by each passenger and not as a group or family, except for dependents up to 12 years of age, in this case, the respective registration must be made by one of the accompanying adults.
After completing the registration, the passenger receives an e-mail notification with information regarding their access codes (password) and should also obtain the respective QR code, to be presented upon arrival at the Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport, to the Regional Health Authorities .
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. 551/2020 (portuguese version)
Travellers between Madeira and Porto Santo are currently free from any control by Health authorities.
Travellers on diverted flights from Madeira Airport to Porto Santo Airport should remain in mandatory isolation at the airport until boarding, by air, to Madeira.
a) Travellers who wish to stay in Porto Santo or travel to Madeira, by sea, should perform a PCR test at Porto Santo Airport, by a team appointed by the Municipal Health Authority;
b) The travellers referred to in the previous point, should remain in mandatory isolation until obtaining the results of the PCR tests;
c) Travellers who proceed by air from Porto Santo Airport to Funchal Airport, should be identified and the identifications reported to the Health Authority present at Madeira Airport who will then assess, according to the criteria that are defined, on the exemption of the test if a negative PCR is presented, the verification of exceptions or the determination of performing the PCR test.
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.
Madeira 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 from the whole 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.
To download the above study please click here
To download the above study please click here
We also request your collaboration on promoting and raising public awareness concerning the information materials made available on the IASAÚDE website, namely the official health recommendations campaign informative document both in portuguese and english language.
We also recommend browsing the Circular Informativa 57 de 28-02-2020 do IASAÚDE (IASAÚDE's Information Newsletter no. 57 of 28-02-2020) - available only in portuguese, which contains all procedures for prevention, control and surveillance in workplaces.
Also consult the IASAÚDE microsite, where all information regarding this topic is periodically updated: https://covidmadeira.pt/