Madeira has broadened its tourist arrival policy: those tourists who present proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 within 90 days, will be allowed to arrive on the island. Up to this point, authorities in Madeira were letting in only those individuals who had tested negative for Covid-19.
“The decision represents a vote of confidence in the new phase that the world is living, in addition to encouraging visits to the island and be a stimulus to economic activity, while keeping the destination safe,” announced Madeira Tourism.
To be eligible, arriving tourists must prove their current health status through one of two documents: proof of vaccination, or proof of having recovered from the viral infection less than 90 days ago. Documents must be submitted here before the trip starts.
“The passport or vaccination certificate must be validated by the respective country of origin and must include the name, date of birth, health number, type and date of the test and vaccines, with date of the two shots taken, and respect for the immunization period,” states Madeira Tourism.
In the case of passengers who have been infected with Covid-19 and subsequently recovered, they must present a document, valid for 90 days, proving their recent health history. Such document should specify the type of test, the date when it was performed and the word ‘recovered’.
If the document indicates that the tourist has recovered for more than 90 days, the document holder will be subject to normal conditions, which include retesting and compulsory confinement while awaiting the result of the test. The tests performed at the International Airport and in the approved clinics continue to be free of charge.
All tourists, however, should respect the rules in force, such as the mandatory use of mask from 6 years and social distance of at least two meters between people. Crowds should be avoided at all costs.