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News from afpop - Friday 11th of June 2021 update

Michael Reeve - 11-06-2021

News from afpop - Friday 11th of June 2021 update

Included in this briefing: State of Calamity date From 28th June Who stays behind? Alert list Flights to Portugal PCR/Rapid Antigen tests Reopen Europe website The islands Covid Green Certificate Covid across Portugal The afpop Office reopens by appointment Reminder to UK citizens Residency in PortugalI hope you are all well and keeping safe. As always if English or German are not your first language and you need clarification on any of the information included in this mailing, please contact the afpop office to ask for assistance.

First things first, the State of Calamity is to remain in place until 23h59 on 27th of June, although it’s probably safe to say that it will in fact continue until the end of August, when the next phase of deconfinement is scheduled to end. The new rules, which have already come into force are:

For the whole country except Lisbon, Braga, Odemira and Vale de Cambra, the following rules came into force:
 

  • Telework is now only recommended when the activity allows;
  • Restaurants, cafes and pastelarias (with current capacity rules) can allow people to enter until 00h00 and must close at 01h00;
  • Cultural facilities open until midnight for entrance purposes and closing at 01h00; (reduction of capacity to max. 50% in order to guarantee a space between every spectator)
  • Shops may be open with the respective licenced opening hours;
  • Public transport in which there are only seated places, full capacity; other public transport, 2/3 of the capacity;
  • Sports events allowed with audience - at training levels and amateur sports - with marked seating and rules defined by the DGS:
  • Inside sports venues, allowed with 33% of the capacity;
  • Outside sports venues, with capacity and rules as defined by the DGS;

From June 28th, which will extend until the end of August:
  • Sports events at professional or similar levels, rules to be defined by the DGS;
  • Citizen Shops open without prior appointment;
  • Public transport without restriction of capacity;

Who stays behind?
As mentioned the municipalities of Lisbon, Braga, Odemira and Vale de Cambra do not advance to the next phase, with restrictions remaining as they currently are.

Who is on the ALERT list?
The municipalities of Albufeira, Alcanena, Arruda dos Vinhos, Cascais, Loulé, Paredes de Coura, Santarém, Sertã, Sesimbra and Sintra are all on the alert list as being close to the acceptable limits of infections. They do move forward into the next phase of deconfinement, but will be reassessed each week and may revert to an earlier phase if their infection rates continue to rise.

More information can be found on https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/

Flights to Portugal:
Flights to and from Portugal are allowed for:
Non-essential travels from the countries of the European Union, from Schengen Associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland) and from the UK.

Countries with an incidence rate equal to or greater than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; Brazil, India, South Africa and Nepal.
 
  • Only “essential travel” is allowed;
  • Must present proof of a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time;
  • It is compulsory to comply with a prophylactic isolation period of 14 days
  • Register with SEF before entering the country at https://travel.sef.pt
  • The list of countries is determined by governmental document, reviewed every 15 days and whenever necessary according to the pandemic evolution.

Flights to and from other countries (which are not members of the European Union or which are not countries associated with the Schengen Area or the UK) for "essential travel" only;

Flights from Australia, China, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau are not suspended but are subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

PCR and Antigen tests:
On all flights to Portugal, passengers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test, carried out within 72 hours before boarding time, or a negative Rapid Antigen (TRAg) test carried out within 24 hours of travelling, with the exception of children under 2 years of age. It is important to note that the TRAg test must be from the “Common list of Rapid Antigen Tests” within the EU. These are identified by the ‘CE’ classification.

Reopen Europe:
The restrictions in force across the EU 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.

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://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/

Covid passport:
We have checked today and there is still no confirmation of the details for the so-called ‘Green Certificate’ for vaccinated people, other than it will be coming into force in July. The health centres are expecting news in the next few days and we will of course update Members as soon as we have information about it.

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.

Office visits:
I am pleased to announce that we will open the office to Members, by appointment, from Monday 14th of June. Please contact the office to book on 282 458 509 or info@afpop.com Please remember to wear a mask and at arrival we will measure your temperature and ask you to sanitize your hands.

Reminder to UK citizens – Residency in Portugal:
If you are a UK citizen with Residency in Portugal before 31st of December 2020 and you have not yet applied for the new biometric Residency Card (that states you are protected under the Withdrawal Agreement) you still have until the end of June to do so on https://brexit.sef.pt/en  The Portal will close on the 1st of July.
 
For those who already did this application, we can tell you that SEF will notify you on how to schedule an appointment very soon and appointments should start at the end of June.

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