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Covid rule changes announced for Portugal and Croatia – latest travel updates

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Entry restrictions for British visitors to Portugal have been relaxed to allow unvaccinated travelers with a negative test result to enter the country without quarantine.

The new rules went into effect on Wednesday in an unexpected move. Passengers will still need to complete a locate form and various test facilities will remain at airports for arrivals.

A statement from the Portuguese tourist office said: “Visit Portugal can confirm that UK visitors to mainland Portugal now only need to present a negative PCR test or antigen / lateral flow test upon entry, and do not need to be fully immunized.

“Visitors must prove that they have taken their PCR test up to 72 hours before their departure for Portugal, or that they have taken an antigen test up to 48 hours before departure.

PCR or antigen test certificates must contain an ID or passport number of the passenger; the type and name of the test; maker; the date, time and place (including country) of collection; test result; the issuing authority and the authentication number.

Passengers should have their documents checked by airline staff before boarding a flight to Portugal.

The Portuguese island destinations of Madeira and the Azores have different entry rules.

Madeira

  • RT-PCR test – 72 hours before boarding, or
    Vaccination certificate (2 shots 14 days before entering PT) or,
    Declaration of immunity (for those who have already had COVID-19, for example), or
    a valid EU digital COVID certificate.
  • Perform a free test on arrival and wait for the result in isolation (between 12 to 24 hours for the result), or
  • Carry out voluntary isolation, for a period of 14 days, at home or in hotel accommodation.
  • Children under 12 do not need to be tested.
  • Passengers must register at https://madeirasafe.com. More information at www.visitmadeira.pt

Azores

  • RT-PCR test – 72 hours before boarding, or
    Declaration of immunity (for those who have already had COVID-19, for example), or
    a valid EU digital COVID certificate
  • Passengers can take a free test on arrival and wait for the result in prophylactic isolation (between 12 and 24 hours for the result).
  • Children under 12 do not need to be tested.
  • Passengers without a valid EU COVID Vaccination or Recovery Digital Certificate: If the stay lasts longer than seven days, on the 6th day from the date the first SARS-CoV-2 test was performed, the passenger must contact the health services of the county where you are staying so that a second test can be done.
  • All passengers must complete the questionnaire at https://mysafeazores.com, with the exception of holders of EU COVID digital vaccination or recovery certificates.
    More information at www.visitazores.com


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NHS Covid vaccine certificates, in paper and digital form, will be accepted in all Portuguese territories.

Meanwhile, Croatia has followed Austria’s lead and implemented an expiration date on the validity of vaccinations.

Travelers are only considered immune for 270 days (approximately nine months) after receiving a second vaccine.

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