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News from afpop - Friday October 1st 2021 - Update

Michael Reeve - 04-10-2021

News from afpop - Friday October 1st 2021 - Update

Included in this briefing: 1. Situation of Alert from 1st of October 2. Masks 3. Travel to Portugal 4. The islands 5. Travelling to England 6. Free testing ended 7. afpop Office appointments

 

Good afternoon and after a short break with family I wanted to thank my excellent team here in the afpop office for continuing these briefings to you all. After a few weeks of having not too much to say about restrictions, we are now starting to see more complicated updates again, particularly in relation to travel. As we’ve seen over recent weeks these restrictions can change quite quickly and are often quite complicated. Of course we will do our best as always to make sure that you are kept up to date, but I suggest that any travel arrangements you make for the next few weeks include a visit to the government website for the country that you are visiting. There is a link in this mailing to Worldwide travel requirements and I advise anyone who is travelling to make sure they look on the relevant government website to make sure that they are up to date.
 
Without further ado, let’s get into what’s changed or is changing over the next few days.
 
Situation of Alert from 1st of October
“Situation of Alert” (Situação de Alerta) throughout the mainland will remain until 23h59 on October 31st 2021. You can find the details of the deconfinement in our previous mailing: https://www.afpop.com/en/afpop-latest-news-1?aid=145&bx=1
 
Masks
Mandatory use of masks will remain in: 
  • Public transport (including air transport)
  • Retirement homes
  • Hospitals and health care centres
  • Theatres, cinemas and at events
  • Commercial establishments and shopping centres with an area greater than 400 m2
  • Loja do Cidadão
  • Sports venues
  • Schools and day care establishments with the exception of outdoor recreational spaces
  • Any other places as determined by the DGS
 It is mandatory for staff in bars, night clubs, restaurants and similar to wear masks, as well as in commercial and service establishments where physical contact with the customer is unavoidable.
Please note that the obligation to wear a mask only applies to people over the age of 10 and that the DGS recommends still wearing masks whenever the appropriate ‘safe distance’ cannot be maintained.
 
Travel to Portugal
With the new Resolution (nº 135-A/2021) there are some minor changes to the general rules for entering into Portugal mainland, for instance the acceptance of vaccination certificates from some non-EU countries. Please find general info below, however as I said earlier these rules can change quickly and you should contact the airline you are travelling with and check the government website.
 
Passengers entering or transiting Portugal mainland by air must present: 
  • An EU Digital COVID Certificate or qualifying non-EU certificates (see rules below) or proof of a negative RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) taken no more than 72h before boarding, or a Rapid Antigen Test (TRAg) taken no more than 48h before boarding
  • Children under 12 do not need to present test.
  • All passengers arriving by air need to complete an on-line Passenger Locator Card (individually) before departure to Portugal and print the confirmation. The form can be found here https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card
Presenting a valid recovery/vaccination EU Digital COVID Certificate, or a valid non-EU equivalent, exempts passengers from the requirement to quarantine upon arrival.
It also exempts passengers coming from a country on the “only essential travel” list from presenting an essential reason for entering Portugal.
 
Acceptance conditions for non-EU certificates:
The acceptance of these certificates is based on reciprocity, meaning, Portugal only accepts certificates from countries that in turn accept the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
 
The vaccination certificate must show a complete and valid vaccination, with a COVID-19 vaccine authorised by the EU. Vaccination is considered valid after 14 days and the certificate must include the necessary details determined by law, which are; the holders name and DOB, name of vaccine, manufacturer, serial numbers, total of shots, date of vaccination stating the date of the last administrated dose, the entity and country that issued the certificate.
 
Entering Portugal by land
There are no restrictions when entering by land, UNLESS you are arriving from a country where test or isolation is specifically required.
 
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 mainland 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
 
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

Travelling to England
From 4am Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England will change from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single Red List of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status. We will not go into the red list rules in this mailing, as Portugal is not on that list.
 
If you arrive in England before 4 October, you must follow the current rules. This means you must book and take any COVID-19 tests you need and follow the quarantine rules that are in place at the time you arrive in England.
 
Travel from the rest of the world if you are fully vaccinated
The vaccination rules can be found on the website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#new-rules :
From 4th October if you are fully vaccinated:
Before you travel to England you must:
  • book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England
  • complete an on-line passenger locator form – any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in England
  • take the pre-booked COVID-19 test on or before day 2 after you arrive in England
 
and you will NO LONGER need to:
  • take a pre-departure test
  • take an day 8 COVID-19 test
  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days after you arrive in England
 
You must be able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) with a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body that includes, as a minimum:
  • forename and surname(s)
  • date of birth
  • vaccine brand and manufacturer
  • date of vaccination for every dose
  • country or territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer
If your document from a public health body does not include all of these, you must follow the non-vaccinated rules. If not, you may be denied boarding. The EU Digital COVID Certificate issued in Portugal complies with these requirements.
 
If you are fully vaccinated in Europe, you will need to show an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC), showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA or Swissmedic-approved vaccine.
 
From 4am Monday 4 October, if you are NOT fully vaccinated under the vaccinated rules:
Before you travel to England you must:
After you arrive in England you must:
  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on day 8
 You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.
 
Free testing ended
Since July 7th, rapid antigen testing (TRAg) for COVID-19 has been reimbursed at 100% for Portuguese residents. The temporary regime lasted until the end of September and the tests now must be paid for and the prices of the tests are at the discretion of each pharmacy.
Lisbon Câmara will however continue to support the tests for the time being. You will find more information on their website: https://www.lisboa.pt/lisboaprotege/saude
 
afpop Office visits
I am delighted to inform Members that from Monday 4th October, you are now welcome in the afpop office without prior appointment. Members can of course still make an appointment if there is a specific staff member or subject that you want to discuss, by 282 458 509 e-mailing info@afpop.com. Please remember it is still necessary 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.
 
Michael R Reeve
CEO
afpop – Making Life Better

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