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News from afpop - Friday September 3rd 2021 - Update

Michael Reeve - 03-09-2021

News from afpop - Friday September 3rd 2021 - Update

Included in this briefing: 1. Travel to Portugal 2. The Islands 3. COVID cases across the world 4. EU Digital COVID Certificate issued in Portugal 5. COVID tests 6. Reopening of public offices 7. Annual Golf Tournament 8. afpop Office appointments I 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. 
 
As the deconfinement continues we are expecting to have more news in the next briefings to you, but for now an update on travel restrictions and a reminder about our Golf Tournament this month and office visits are the themes of the week.
 
So, without further ado:
 
Travel to Portugal
In the new travel law (Despacho n.º 8652-C/2021) the Government determined that passengers on flights originating in Brazil and the United Kingdom are no longer subject to a period of isolation on arrival in Portugal.
 
Also non-essential travel to and from the US will continue to be allowed, as well as non-essential travel to and from Brazil.
 
The group of countries where travel to and from Portugal in reliant on reciprocity agreement are: Albania, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, People's Republic of China, Serbia, Singapore, Ukraine.
Special Administrative Regions
1 - Hong Kong
2 - Macau
Territorial entities and authorities not recognised as countries by at least one Member State
1 - Taiwan
 
Passengers entering or transiting Portugal must present:

  • Proof of a negative RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) - 72h before boarding, or Rapid Antigen Test (TRAg) - 48h before boarding, or EU Digital COVID Certificate 
  • Children under 12 do not need to present test.
  • All passengers need to complete a Passenger Locator Card (individually) before departure to Portugal at https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card and print the confirmation
 
Provisions for passengers from the UK:
  • All travellers to mainland Portugal are required to show a negative COVID-19 test (RT-PCR taken within 72 hours of departure or Rapid Antigen (TRAg) test taken 48 hours prior to departure);
  • Passengers with EU Digital COVID Certificate do not need to have a COVID-19 test prior to travel if they are legal Residents in Portugal (unless the airline requires it as a condition of boarding their aircraft);
  • Children under 12 years old are exempt of testing requirements;
  • Young people from 12 to 18 years old must comply with testing requirements;
 
Travelers who must isolate:
The list of countries from where passengers on flights and citizens traveling by land, sea or river must isolate for 14 days after entering continental Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities, is India, Nepal, and South Africa. People that need to isolate, must register before entering the country at https://travel.sef.pt
Citizens (Residents in Portugal) who are holders of the EU Digital COVID Certificate of Vaccination or Recovery no longer have to isolate on arrival.
 
These measures are in force between 00h00 on September 1st and 23h59 on September 16, 2021, and may be revised at any time, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation.
 
Travel requirements Worldwide: https://www.algarvepromotion.pt/preview.aspx?pageID=4058&ver=19302
 
The islands
The links below will take you to the pages with COVID restrictions for the islands:
Madeira: https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19
Azores: https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt
COVID cases across the world 
In this link https://covid19.min-saude.pt/relatorio-de-situacao 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.
 
COVID Cases in Europe: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/cases-2019-ncov-eueea
COVID Cases Worldwide:
 https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/geographical-distribution-2019-ncov-cases
 
EU Digital COVID Certificate issued in Portugal
A reminder that we have a fact sheet with detailed information about the EU Digital COVID Certificate and how to apply for it online or download the SNS 24 app, which is available on our website or from the afpop office info@afpop.com
 
COVID tests
The Ministry of Health has extended the initiative of free Rapid Antigen (TRAg) tests until the 30th of September. Residents in Portugal are entitled to a maximum of 4 tests per month, but please note that people with a certificate of vaccination or recovery and also children under 12 years old, are excluded. A list of the participating farmácias and laboratories can be found in the afpop Fact Sheet 27 (English) which is available on the afpop website or from the office info@afpop.com
 
Reopening of public offices:
You may have seen articles in the media about the reopening of Public Services without prior appointment, from 1st of September. Unfortunately this will not apply for all matters relating to each entity, for example IMT does not accept processes for exchanging a foreign driving license (that must always be done online), Social Security is only receiving payments and delivery of documents. We therefore advise Members to contact the services in advance in order to confirm that the matter you wish to address can be done in person and without prior appointment. The public offices that should now be open for people without prior appointment are: Finanças, Loja do Cidadão, IMT, Segurança Social, Conservatórias, Espaço Cidadão.
 
Annual Golf Tournament
A reminder that this year’s annual golf tournament, in partnership with our Alliance Partners MEDAL Insurance, will be held at Penina Golf course on Wednesday 15th September. More information can be found in the August UPDATE magazine. To register please e-mail the afpop office on info@afpop.com or call 282 458 509 to reserve your place.
 
afpop Office visits
A reminder that Members may make an appointment to visit the afpop office by calling or e-mailing on 282 458 509 or info@afpop.com. Remember to wear a mask and at arrival we will measure your temperature and ask you to sanitise your hands.
 
Until next time as always my best wishes to you all and please continue to stay safe, particularly in the high temperatures expected over the next few days.
 

Michael R Reeve
CEO
afpop – Making Life Better
 

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