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News from afpop - Friday May 7th update

Michael Reeve - 07-05-2021

News from afpop - Friday May 7th update

Included in this briefing: 1. Opening today, 2. March 15th restrictions, 3. Portimão Vaccinations for over 60s, 4. Vaccinations for over 65s, 5. Vaccination certificates, 6. Fiscal representative for UK non-residents, 7. Flights to Portugal, 8. Reopen Europe website, 9. Office reopening, 10. Vilamoura Boat Show, 11. The islands, 12. Covid across Portugal.

As promised the government has made a further assessment of the state of infections across the country after a week of re-entering the Public Calamity status, with almost all of the country now allowed to reopen in what is called ‘Stage 4’ deconfinement. Notably in the Algarve, Portimão and Aljezur have now joined the rest of the Algarve and are now allowed to open shops, restaurants and cafés etc.
 
A word of caution however, that although the government has not made reference this time to returning to a State of Emergency, there is still that possibility if the situation deteriorates and they believe that the rules are not being adhered to. I remind you that last week the president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said “the virus has not disappeared, the pandemic is not over and we must do everything to avoid a setback.” He asked us all to use “common sense, prudence, precaution and discipline in the 4th phase of Desconfinamento”.
 
The rules announced on the 1st May are therefore in force across the whole country, with some exceptions highlighted below. As the government will reassess the situation next week, I will contact you all again with any news.
 
A reminder of what is open from the today.

  • Restaurants, cafes and pastelarias (6 per table inside/10 on terraces) until 22h30
  • Stores and shopping centres may open until 21h00 on weekdays and 19h00 on weekends
  • All sports centres and gyms, which may now resume group classes
  • All outdoor physical activity
  • Major outdoor and indoor events with reduced attendance (according to DGS rules)
  • Cultural events until 22h30
  • Weddings and baptisms with 50% of the limit capacity
  • The land border with Spain is open without border controls
 
Who stays at March 15th level restrictions?
 
Odemira parishes of São Teotónio and Longueira/Almograve
 
Please note that the rest of Odemira concelho is with the rest of the country in Stage 4.
More information can be found on https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/
 

Vaccinations for over 60s in Portimão:
A reminder for those over 60 years of age in the PORTIMÃO concelho who have not been vaccinated that they can call the Municipal 24 Protection line, on the 24 hour number 808 282 112, where they will be assisted in registering for their vaccine at the Portimão Vaccination Centre.
 
The number will be busy but keep trying and have your Utente Number (number from the health centre) and NIF (Portuguese Fiscal Number), in order to be registered. You can ask to speak English if that is easier for you and you will receive a call later to tell you the date and time for your vaccination.
 
Vaccinations for over 65s across the country:
Those people who are over 65 years of age and have not yet been vaccinated, can now make an appointment themselves via the Health Ministry website on the link https://covid19.min-saude.pt/pedido-de-agendamento/. Enter your date of birth, click ‘Validar’ and follow the instructions on the subsequent pages, where you also choose the date. The health service will then contact you by SMS to inform you of the time for your vaccination.
 
Vaccinations can also now be booked at Espaços de Cidadão, for those who are not comfortable with booking on-line or who have any difficulty with the on-line system.
 
Vaccination certificates:
At the moment there is no news about how to obtain a vaccination certificate in Portugal, but as soon as we have that information we will inform Members.
 
Fiscal representatives for UK property owners:
The Portuguese government has now extended the deadline for those UK citizens who own property in Portugal but who are resident in the UK to appoint a fiscal representative in Portugal until 30 June 2022.
 
For new applications for fiscal numbers and self-employed activities as well as changes of address to a UK address, it is obligatory to present a fiscal representative.
 
Please note this is only for non-residents. People who are resident in Portugal are not obliged to appoint a Fiscal Representative.
 
Flights to Portugal:
The situation on flights appears to remain unchanged and still at the moment for countries outside the EU/Schengen areas, a trip to Portugal must be for a genuine reason, one of which is for foreign residents to return to their homes in Portugal. A negative Covid test taken with 72 hours of boarding must be produced and passengers must have completed this form https://travel.sef.pt/Forms/Form.aspx prior to boarding also.
 
Reopen Europe:
As Europe begins to reopen, the restrictions in force will vary from country to country. In this link: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/ you can find information on each country for those who will be travelling across the continent, including quarantine and testing requirements.
 
Office reopening:
The ‘teletrabalho’ system is to continue until 16th May and will then be reassessed. In keeping with my intention of complying with the government restrictions, the afpop team will continue to work from home during that period. I hope that from the 16th May when the current restrictions will be reviewed, we will once again be able to welcome Members to the office, initially by appointment only.
 
Vilamoura Boat Show:
As Stage 4 deconfinement continues, the organisers of the Vilamoura Boat Show are releasing more information about what you can expect to see at the event and also details of the Golf Tournament that is being held on June 5th at the Dom Pedro Old Course. You can find out more information on the website www.vilamouraboatshow.fil.pt, which is in Portuguese but does translate to other languages when using Google. 
 
Anyone who might wish to be an exhibitor at the event can still register and you should contact Paulo Jorge, whose details are also included on the website.
 
The islands: The links below will take you to the Covid pages for the islands.
Madeira: https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19
Azores: https://portal.azores.gov.pt/en/web/comunicacao/news-detail?id=2621765
Covid across Portugal: 
In this link you can see the current infection situation in Portugal. The website is in Portuguese and you can select the latest report each time it is updated by the government. In this link https://covid19.min-saude.pt/relatorio-de-vacinacao/  you can find the current status of the vaccination programme in Portugal
As promised the government has made a further assessment of the state of infections across the country after a week of re-entering the Public Calamity status, with almost all of the country now allowed to reopen in what is called ‘Stage 4’ deconfinement. Notably in the Algarve, Portimão and Aljezur have now joined the rest of the Algarve and are now allowed to open shops, restaurants and cafés etc.
 
A word of caution however, that although the government has not made reference this time to returning to a State of Emergency, there is still that possibility if the situation deteriorates and they believe that the rules are not being adhered to. I remind you that last week the president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said “the virus has not disappeared, the pandemic is not over and we must do everything to avoid a setback.” He asked us all to use “common sense, prudence, precaution and discipline in the 4th phase of Desconfinamento”.
 
The rules announced on the 1st May are therefore in force across the whole country, with some exceptions highlighted below. As the government will reassess the situation next week, I will contact you all again with any news.
 
A reminder of what is open from the today.
  • Restaurants, cafes and pastelarias (6 per table inside/10 on terraces) until 22h30
  • Stores and shopping centres may open until 21h00 on weekdays and 19h00 on weekends
  • All sports centres and gyms, which may now resume group classes
  • All outdoor physical activity
  • Major outdoor and indoor events with reduced attendance (according to DGS rules)
  • Cultural events until 22h30
  • Weddings and baptisms with 50% of the limit capacity
  • The land border with Spain is open without border controls
 
Who stays at March 15th level restrictions?
 
Odemira parishes of São Teotónio and Longueira/Almograve
 
Please note that the rest of Odemira concelho is with the rest of the country in Stage 4.
More information can be found on https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/
 

Vaccinations for over 60s in Portimão:
A reminder for those over 60 years of age in the PORTIMÃO concelho who have not been vaccinated that they can call the Municipal 24 Protection line, on the 24 hour number 808 282 112, where they will be assisted in registering for their vaccine at the Portimão Vaccination Centre.
 
The number will be busy but keep trying and have your Utente Number (number from the health centre) and NIF (Portuguese Fiscal Number), in order to be registered. You can ask to speak English if that is easier for you and you will receive a call later to tell you the date and time for your vaccination.
 
Vaccinations for over 65s across the country:
Those people who are over 65 years of age and have not yet been vaccinated, can now make an appointment themselves via the Health Ministry website on the link https://covid19.min-saude.pt/pedido-de-agendamento/. Enter your date of birth, click ‘Validar’ and follow the instructions on the subsequent pages, where you also choose the date. The health service will then contact you by SMS to inform you of the time for your vaccination.
 
Vaccinations can also now be booked at Espaços de Cidadão, for those who are not comfortable with booking on-line or who have any difficulty with the on-line system.
 
Vaccination certificates:
At the moment there is no news about how to obtain a vaccination certificate in Portugal, but as soon as we have that information we will inform Members.
 
Fiscal representatives for UK property owners:
The Portuguese government has now extended the deadline for those UK citizens who own property in Portugal but who are resident in the UK to appoint a fiscal representative in Portugal until 30 June 2022.
 
For new applications for fiscal numbers and self-employed activities as well as changes of address to a UK address, it is obligatory to present a fiscal representative.
 
Please note this is only for non-residents. People who are resident in Portugal are not obliged to appoint a Fiscal Representative.
 
Flights to Portugal:
The situation on flights appears to remain unchanged and still at the moment for countries outside the EU/Schengen areas, a trip to Portugal must be for a genuine reason, one of which is for foreign residents to return to their homes in Portugal. A negative Covid test taken with 72 hours of boarding must be produced and passengers must have completed this form https://travel.sef.pt/Forms/Form.aspx prior to boarding also.
 
Reopen Europe:
As Europe begins to reopen, the restrictions in force will vary from country to country. In this link: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/ you can find information on each country for those who will be travelling across the continent, including quarantine and testing requirements.
 
Office reopening:
The ‘teletrabalho’ system is to continue until 16th May and will then be reassessed. In keeping with my intention of complying with the government restrictions, the afpop team will continue to work from home during that period. I hope that from the 16th May when the current restrictions will be reviewed, we will once again be able to welcome Members to the office, initially by appointment only.
 
Vilamoura Boat Show:
As Stage 4 deconfinement continues, the organisers of the Vilamoura Boat Show are releasing more information about what you can expect to see at the event and also details of the Golf Tournament that is being held on June 5th at the Dom Pedro Old Course. You can find out more information on the website www.vilamouraboatshow.fil.pt, which is in Portuguese but does translate to other languages when using Google. 
 
Anyone who might wish to be an exhibitor at the event can still register and you should contact Paulo Jorge, whose details are also included on the website.
 
The islands: The links below will take you to the Covid pages for the islands.
Madeira: https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19
Azores: https://portal.azores.gov.pt/en/web/comunicacao/news-detail?id=2621765
Covid across Portugal: 
In this link you can see the current infection situation in Portugal. The website is in Portuguese and you can select the latest report each time it is updated by the government. In this link https://covid19.min-saude.pt/relatorio-de-vacinacao/  you can find the current status of the vaccination programme in Portugal
 

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