COVID Rules update December 21

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 November 25

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



Latest COVID-related travel rules (Links to Portuguese Government)

In October 2021 Portugal has reduced significantly its rules related to Covid-19 and the economy is now fully open, though some precautionary rules still apply (e.g. face mask indoors or in large public gatherings). If you are looking for the latest information about travel rules and COVID-19 requirements per country of origin, these are two essential sources of information 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

Algarve wins again: 2021 Europe’s Leading Beach Destination

The Algarve won the 2021 Europe’s Leading Beach Destination award attributed by the World Travel Awards. This is the 3rd consecutive year that Algarve wins such “oscar of tourism”. Algarve has won 8 times this award so far.

Link: https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-europes-leading-beach-destination-2021

Nearby Golf course ranked Best in Portugal

The nearby golf course of “Monte Rei” ranks 1st in Portugal by “Today’s Golfer“, while “Quinta de Cima e Ria” course ranks 7th. Both are located about 20 minutes by car from our apartments (approx. 14km or 9 miles). Come visit and combine the green with our endless white sand beach!

Here is a link to a media article:

COVID: Portugal has highest Vaccinated rate in the World. October 1 is “Freedom Day”!

Portugal has fully vaccinated 84% of its 10.3 million population, thus surpassing every country in the World on this measure. The average among the 27 EU countries is 61.6%, in Canada is 69.8%, in the UK is 65.3%, while in the USA is 54.2%.

Consequently the Government announced today that will lift pretty much all restrictions by October 1 – e.g. Discos, Bars, Restaurants, etc., will now be allowed to operate at full capacity, after dealing with restrictions over the last 19 months. However, indoors access will be granted solely to individuals with a Vaccination Certificate – approved by EU, which includes certificates issued by most non-EU countries as long as those individuals were vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) – or a negative Covid test (e.g. self-rapid test). The Portuguese Government will disclose more specifics by October 1.

You can read more details from these 3 sources:

https://www.euronews.com/2021/09/23/portugal-has-the-highest-covid-19-vaccination-rate-in-the-world

AVISO COVID: Certificado Digital ou teste para check-in (Covid tests or EU Vaccine Certificate required at check-in)

(FYI: English translation below Portuguese text)

O Governo Português deliberou esta quinta-feira, 8 de Julho de 2021, a necessidade de doravante apresentar o Certificado Digital (2 doses da vacina) ou um teste COVID negativo no acto do check-in em Hotéis e Alojamento Local em todo o território continental. Os tipos de teste aprovados são os seguintes:

  • Testes rápidos de antigénio (TRAg), na modalidade de autoteste, no check-in e com a supervisão dos responsáveis do Alojamento Local ou Hotel;

ou

  • Testes rápidos de antigénio (TRAg), na modalidade de autoteste, realizado em farmácia até 24 horas antes do check-in;

ou

  • Testes rápidos de antigénio (TRAg), verificado por entidade certificada, realizado nas 48 horas anteriores ao check-in;

ou

  • Testes de amplificação de ácidos nucleicos (TAAN), conhecido por PCR, realizado nas 72 horas anteriores ao check-in.

Artigo relacionado:

https://www.dinheirovivo.pt/geral/saiba-os-testes-que-pode-apresentar-para-entrar-nos-hoteis-e-restaurantes-13919339.html

ENGLISH TEXT:

The Portuguese Government deliberated this Thursday, July 8, 2021, the requirement to present the European Digital Certificate (2 doses of vaccine) or a negative COVID test at check-in in Hotels and Local Accommodation throughout the territory continental. The approved test types are as follows:

-Rapid antigen tests (TRAg), in the form of self-test (autotest), at check-in and under the supervision of those responsible for the Local Accommodation or Hotel;

or

-Rapid antigen tests (TRAg), in the form of self-test, carried out in a pharmacy up to 24 hours before check-in;

or

-Rapid antigen tests (TRAg), verified by a certified entity, carried out within 48 hours prior to check-in;

or

-Nucleic acid amplification tests (TAAN), known as PCR, performed within 72 hours prior to check-in.

550 Flamingos born in natural reserve near Monte Gordo

This June/July there were about 550 newly born flamingos in the Natural Reserve of Castro Marim and Vila Real de Santo Antonio, located about 2km north of Seasun’s apartments. Here is the video:

Here is a link to an article in English:

https://www.portugalresident.com/hundreds-of-flamingos-hatch-in-algarve-a-first-for-portugal/

Here is an article in Portuguese about it (you can use google translate for your language):

Website of the Natural Reserve: https://natural.pt/protected-areas/reserva-natural-sapal-castro-marim-vila-real-sto-antonio?locale=en

COVID-19 e Regras nas Praias (Beach Rules)

(ENGLISH TRANSLATION BELOW)

Com vontade de ir para a Praia? Leia este resumo das regras.

Não cumprir as regras estabelecidas nas praias este ano pode dar multa de 100 a 500 euros aos banhistas.

Deveres dos banhistas:

a) Cumprir as normas e orientações emitidas pela Direção-Geral da Saúde (DGS) em matéria de etiqueta respiratória;

b) Assegurar o distanciamento físico de segurança entre utentes no acesso e na utilização da praia e no banho no mar ou no rio – e aqui o diploma inclui disposições como ser obrigatório distância de três metros entre chapéus, no máximo cinco pessoas por toldo ou o facto de ser obrigatório usar calçado na utilização de instalações ou duches.

c) Proceder à higienização frequente das mãos;

d) Usar máscara até chegar ao areal sempre que o distanciamento físico recomendado pelas autoridades de saúde se mostre impraticável;

e) Evitar o acesso a zonas identificadas com ocupação elevada ou plena;

f) Cumprir as determinações das autoridades competentes;

g) Depositar os resíduos gerados nos locais destinados a esse efeito.

Fonte / Source:

https://sol.sapo.pt/artigo/734957/tr-s-metros-entre-chapeus-e-raquetes-so-com-praia-com-pouca-gente-saiba-quais-sao-as-regras-nas-praias-e-o-que-da-multa?

ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

Ready to go to Beach in Portugal? Read this summary of the rules.

Failure to comply with the rules laid down on the beaches this year could lead to a 100 to 500 euro fine for swimmers.

Individual’s Duties at the Beach:

a) Comply with the norms and guidelines issued by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) in terms of respiratory etiquette;
b) Ensure the physical safety distance between users when accessing and using the beach and when bathing in the sea or in the river – and here the diploma includes provisions such as mandatory a distance of three meters between hats, a maximum of five people per awning or the fact that it is mandatory to wear shoes when using facilities or showers.
c) Proceed with frequent hand hygiene;
d) Wear a mask until you reach the beach whenever the physical distance recommended by the health authorities proves to be impractical;
e) Avoid access to areas identified with high or full occupation;
f) Comply with the determinations of the competent authorities;
g) Deposit the waste generated in the places destined for that purpose.

May 17 Portugal opens to UK and most EU tourists

The Portuguese Government has announced that on Monday (May 17) Portugal will allow entry to tourists from UK and EU countries with “less than 500 cases of infections per 100,000 people”, but “passengers must show a negative coronavirus (PCR) test on arrival” and done at most 72 hours prior to traveling. More details in links below.

News Source:

https://news.yahoo.com/portugal-allow-eu-uk-tourists-114237783.html

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