“Superhost” recognition by AIRBNB

PT: Graças ao histórico de feedback dos nossos hóspedes, a Seasun Vacation Rentals é agora considerada um “Superhost” pela AIRBNB – “O programa Superhost celebra e premeia os anfitriões mais bem avaliados e experientes do Airbnb.”- Muito obrigado!!! Continuaremos a fazer o nosso melhor para vós!

EN: Thanks to the historical feedback of our guests, Seasun Vacation Rentals is now considered a “Superhost” by AIRBNB – “The Superhost program celebrates and rewards Airbnb’s top-rated and most experienced hosts.” – Thank you very much!!! We will keep doing our best for you!

NL: Dankzij de historische feedback van onze gasten wordt Seasun Vacation Rentals nu door AIRBNB beschouwd als een “Superhost” – “Het Superhost-programma viert en beloont de best beoordeelde en meest ervaren hosts van Airbnb.” doen ons best voor je!

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COVID Rules update July 1, 2022

As of July 1, 2022, passengers entering national territory (including Azores and Madeira) are no longer required to present proof of carrying out a test to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result or to present a COVID-EU digital certificate or vaccination or recovery certificate issued by third countries, accepted or recognized in Portugal. Measures in force may be reviewed in accordance to the evolution of the pandemic.

GENERAL RULES IN MAINLAND PORTUGAL

Mandatory mask: in public transports, taxis and similar passenger transports; Access and visits to care and nursing homes and health facilities.

General behavior guidelines: Social distancing; Frequent hand washing; Respiratory etiquette.

Please review these two main sources of information for the latest COVID-rules in Portugal

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office (click here)

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police (click here)

“Premier Host” recognition by VRBO

PT: Graças ao histórico de feedback dos nossos hóspedes, a Seasun Vacation Rentals é agora considerada um “Premier Host” pela VRBO – um “programa somente para convidados que reconhece proprietários e gerentes que sempre oferecem ótimas experiências aos viajantes”- Muito obrigado!!! Continuaremos a fazer o nosso melhor para vós!

EN: Thanks to the historical feedback of our guests, Seasun Vacation Rentals is now considered a “Premier Host” by VRBO – an “invite-only program that recognizes owners and managers who consistently deliver great traveler experiences.” – Thank you very much!!! We will keep doing our best for you!

NL: Dankzij historische feedback van onze gasten wordt Seasun Vacation Rentals nu door VRBO beschouwd als een “Premier Host” – een “alleen op uitnodiging programma dat eigenaren en managers erkent die consequent geweldige ervaringen aan reizigers leveren” – Heel erg bedankt!!! We blijven ons best voor je doen!

Monte Gordo: Bandeira Azul e Qualidade de Ouro – Blue Flag Beach and Gold Quality

Com tem vindo sendo tradição há várias décadas, em 2022, a praia de Monte Gordo continua com a Bandeira Azul (atribuída pela Associação Bandeira Azul da Europa) e a designação de “Qualidade de Ouro” atribuída pela Quercus (Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza).

ENGLISH:

Keeping the tradition over the last few decades, in 2022, Monte Gordo Beach continues with the Blue Flag (awarded by the Blue Flag Association of Europe) and the designation of “Gold Quality” awarded by Quercus (Portuguese Association for the Conservation of Nature).

Links:

Bandeira Azul / Blue Flag

Qualidade de Ouro / Gold Quality

Portugal is World’s 4th Safest Country

The latest rank Global Peace Index (GPI) elaborated by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), ranks Portugal as the 4th safest country in the world.

The GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness and covers 99.7% of the world’s population, using 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators from highly respected sources, and measures the state of peace across three domains:

– the level of Societal Safety and Security,

– the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict,

– and the degree of Militarisation.

For more details about the rank use this link:

COVID Rules update May 6, 2022

This Friday, May 6, 2022, the Portuguese Government reduced Covid-related restrictions again.

Rules that Remain for traveling:

All passengers are authorized to enter national territory, regardless of their origin or purpose of travel. Mandatory to present at border control:

– A valid vaccination EU Digital COVID Certificate (with a complete vaccination schedule or with a complete vaccination schedule and a vaccine booster)

– Or a valid test or recovery EU Digital COVID Certificate,

– Or a valid vaccination certificate (with a complete vaccination schedule or a vaccine booster) or recovery certificate issued by a third country, under reciprocal conditions

– Or a negative RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) – 72h before boarding, or

– Or a negative Laboratorial Rapid Antigen Test- 24h before boarding

Accepted vaccination certificates issued by third countries under reciprocal conditions: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Benin, Cabo Verde, Colombia, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malasya, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), Uruguay, The Vatican.

GENERAL RULES IN MAINLAND PORTUGAL

Mandatory mask: in public transports, taxis and similar passenger transports; Access and visits to care and nursing homes and health facilities.

General behavior guidelines: Social distancing; Frequent hand washing; Respiratory etiquette.

Please review these two main sources of information for the latest COVID-rules in Portugal

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office (click here)

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police (click here)

Vamus – the Bus app for the Algarve

The bus system in the Algarve region has been updated so that now you can not only check the routes and schedules online but also buy tickets and then use your smartphone to scan the ticket on the bus (just like we already do with airline tickets). The brand new App is called “Vamus Algarve” (let’s go Algarve).

Here is the link to the website (the “Vila Real de Santo Antonio” schedules stop in Monte Gordo):

https://vamusalgarve.pt/#/pt/vamus%20algarve/schedules

And here is a picture of the App in google store:

Check these routes (bus goes both ways):

96 Monte Gordo – Vila Real Sto. António

66 Albufeira – Vila Real de Sto. António;

67 Faro – Vila Real de Sto. António.

32 Azinhal – Vila Real de Sto. António

34 Balurcos de Cima – Vila Real de Sto. António

43 Carrapateira – Vila Real de Sto. António

73 Sta. Justa – Vila Real de Sto. António (por Bentos)

119 Sta. Justa – Vila Real de Sto. António (por Soudes)

COVID Rules update February 19, 2022

This Friday, February 18, 2022, the Portuguese Government reduced Covid-related restrictions again. For example:

  • Canada has been again added to the list of countries allowed for non-essential travel to Portugal (e.g. tourism).
  • Mandatory mask in closed spaces remains in effect, e.g. public transportation (with very few exceptions, like restaurants);
  • Access without restriction to events, bars and clubs and other public spaces/services.
  • The obligation to present a certificate or test was eliminated, except at border control, where the restrictions are maintained.
  • Mandatory negative test or recovery certificate, except for those who have already been vaccinated with a booster dose of the vaccine for at least 14 days, only when visiting care and nursing homes and health facilities.

Here is a link to the new law (in Portuguese; English link below as well):

Portuguese (original text): click here

English translation: click here

Please review these two main sources of information for the latest COVID-rules in Portugal

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office (click here)

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police (click here)

COVID Rules update Dec. 21, 2021

This Tuesday night (December 21) the Portuguese Government decided to extend the precautionary period from December 25 to January 10 due to the increasing number of Omicron COVID-19 cases despite the relatively low number of hospitalizations and deaths. For example: International travel remains allowed (except from a few southern African countries); Pretty much everything but Bars and Discos remain open; Remote work is advised for those professions that can be done remotely; A negative Covid test is required to access indoors restaurants (but not cafes). Read more details here:

These are the main sources of information for the latest COVID-rules in Portugal

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office:

https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police:

https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/covid-19/faqs/#1596230859073-a1cdfe6a-4ada

COVID Rules update Nov. 25, 2021

We would like to inform you that this Thursday night (Nov. 25, 2021) the Portuguese Government announced stronger precautionary measures to be implemented starting on December 1 due to the winter wave that has been increasing in recent weeks. In addition the Government also announced that schools, bars, and discos will be closed during the week of January 2 to 9, 2022 (and teleworking mandatory during said week for all feasible occupations) – this precautionary measure is being implemented because this first week of January was very bad in 2021 due to the New Year and Christmas gatherings and lack of vaccination. 

Briefly, the main rules starting on December 1 are:

– Travel from the EU, UK, USA, Canada, Schengen Associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), and several other countries (see list) remains allowed for all purposes, however, as before, you need to show a negative RT-PCR Test done 72 hours before boarding or a negative Rapid Antigen Test done 48 hours before boarding. Which you also need to show for check-in at the lodging establishment. The test result must include: – type of test taken; – passenger name (as per passport); – date of birth; – clear identification of the laboratory including the certification; – the date and time the sample was collected and the explicit negative test result; SMS is not a valid format.

– All passengers need to fill a Passenger Locator Card (individually) before departure to Portugal or on board at https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card

– Use of face masks is mandatory in all indoor settings (including public transportation, taxis, etc.)- Vaccination certificate (or negative test) required to access hotels, lodging, restaurants (indoors), events with marked places, and gyms.

– Mandatory negative test (even for vaccinated people) to access large events without market seats, improvised venues, and sport events, as well as when visiting people in care facilities and patients in health facilities.

– From January 2 to 9, 2022, clubs (bars and discos) will be closed and teleworking is mandatory for occupations that are feasible to adopt. During this week schools will also be closed (that is, Christmas vacation for students has been extended one week). 
Here is a news article in English:https://www.portugalresident.com/back-to-calamity-portugal-braces-for-new-measures/

Here is the announcement from the Portuguese Government:https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/medidas-de-controlo-da-pandemia-1-de-dezembro-de-2021/


Here is Portuguese Government announcement translated to English using google translate: https://covid19estamoson-gov-pt.translate.goog/medidas-de-controlo-da-pandemia-1-de-dezembro-de-2021/?_x_tr_sl=pt&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-US&_x_tr_pto=nui

For your information, the “state of calamity” is one level below the “state of emergency” (and three levels below “martial law”, the highest level). The Portuguese government reinforced that it is not expecting lock-downs to be imposed again because the fully vaccinated rate is above 87% for the entire population.

These are the main sources of information for the latest COVID-rules in Portugal

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office:

https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police:

https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/covid-19/faqs/#1596230859073-a1cdfe6a-4ada