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



2019 Travel & Hospitality Awards nomination

Pelo segundo ano consecutivo, a Seasun Vacation Rentals foi nomeada para os “Travel & Hospitality Awards” – Muito Obrigado! Continuaremos a fazer o nosso melhor para vos proporcionar uma excelente estadia em Monte Gordo!

TH awards 2018Mais info: https://thawards.com/

ENGLISH: For the second year in a row, Seasun Vacation Rentals has been nominated for the “Travel & Hospitality Awards” – Many Thanks! We will continue to do our best to offer you an excellent stay in Monte Gordo!

Portugal – the “California of Europe”

O diário Espanhol “Marca” afirma que Portugal está cada vez a ser reconhecido como a “California da Europa” devido à segurança e tranquilidade relativamente a outros destinos Europeus, realça as praias do Algarve e Alentejo,  assim como o charme de Lisboa, e menciona que muitos famosos passam férias em Portugal e acabam por comprar casa.

Link: http://www.marca.com/tiramillas/lujo/2017/06/06/593686a6468aeb54158b4619.html

The Spanish newspaper “Marca” states that Portugal is increasingly recognized as the “California of Europe” due to its safety and tranquility relatively to other European destinations, along with the great beaches in Algarve and Alentejo as well as the charm of Lisbon. It also recalls that several famous people are spending holidays and buying houses in Portugal.

Tourist Guide for Monte Gordo and surroundings

The city hall of Vila Real de Santo Antonio (to which Monte Gordo village makes part of) has published a tourist guide for the county in English. You can download it here:

http://cms.cm-vrsa.pt.vf-host.com/upload_files/client_id_1/website_id_1/Concelho/Turismo/GuiaTuristicoIngles.pdf

Note that the tourist office in Monte Gordo is about 2 min walk from Seasun apartments. Namely it is located on a small white and blue 1 floor house on the East side of the Casino. Here is the address (Monte Gordo location) and hours of operation:

http://www.cm-vrsa.pt/pt/menu/671/tourist-office.aspx

And here is a link to touristic information on the City hall’s website (check the agenda for events):

http://www.cm-vrsa.pt/pt/menu/638/visit-vrsa—english.aspx

World Travel Awards – Algarve

***** Versão Portuguesa *****

A World Travel Awards atribui todos os anos os denominados Óscares do Turismo. Este ano Portugal arrecadou 24  destas distinções, entre as quais o Algarve foi distinguido como o melhor destino europeu de praia pela quarta vez (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016). Para mais detalhes clique aqui.

***** English Version *****

Every year the World Travel Awards gives the Tourism Oscars. This year Portugal won 24, including Algarve as the best European beach destination for the 4th time (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016). For more details, click here.