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News from afpop - Friday June 4th Update

Michael Reeve - 04-06-2021

News from afpop - Friday June 4th Update

Included in this briefing: 1. State of Calamity, 2. New phases, 3. Who stays behind? 4. Flights to Portugal, 5. UK adds Portugal to the amber list, 6. Reopen Europe website, 7. The islands, 8. Covid across Portugal, 9. Office visits, 10. Reminder to UK citizens - Residency in Portugal


As mentioned last week, the State of Calamity is to remain in place until 23h59 on 13th of June.
 
On the 2nd of June, the Council of Ministers approved a resolution that defines new stages in the de-confinement strategy. One of the criteria to be considered for the evaluation of the epidemiological situation continues to be the risk matrix for the transmission of the virus and the level of incidence.
 
The new phases apply to municipalities depending on their epidemiological situation, namely those whose incidence level is more than 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the 14-day cumulative assessment.
 
The government has announced the next 2 phases of the deconfinement, starting on July 14th and July 28th as follows:
 
From June 14th:
  • Telework 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);
  • Commerce 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;
  • Taxis and TVDE passengers only allowed in the rear seats;
  • Sports events allowed with audience - at training levels and amateur sports - with marked places and rules defined by the DGS:
  • Inside sports venues, allowed with 33% of the capacity;
  • Outside sports venues, with capacity and rules to be defined by the DGS;
 
From June 28th:
  • Sports events at professional or similar levels, with rules to be defined by the DGS;
  • Citizen Shops open without prior appointment;
  • Public transport without restriction of capacity;
  • Taxis and TVDE passengers only allowed in the rear seats;
 Who stays behind?
The level 2 rules of April 19th, apply to the municipalities of Golegã and Odemira
 
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.
Passengers must present proof of a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time, except for children who have not reached 24 months of age.
 
Countries with an incidence rate equal to or greater than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants;  Brazil, India and South Africa:
 
- 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. Since last Friday, Lithuania, Sweden and Cyprus were removed from this list.
 
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 intended to allow the return to Portugal of nationals or foreign citizens holding a residence permit in Portugal and flights intended to allow the return to their countries of foreign citizens who are in Portugal, provided that they are promoted by the competent authorities of those countries.
 
On all flights, passengers must present proof of a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time, with the exception of children who have not reached 24 months of age.
 
Before travelling to Portugal, visitors from the UK should ensure they have more than six months validity left on their passports.
 
UK adds Portugal to the amber list:
The UK government announced that Portugal now belongs to the countries on their amber list. All changes to the lists will come into effect at 04h00 on Tuesday 8th of June.
The decision to move Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) to the amber list follows increased concern in the spread of variants of coronavirus, including a mutation of the Delta variant.
People returning to the UK require proof of a negative test, taken within 72 hours before the transport on which they will arrive in the UK departs. Those returning from amber countries must also book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 travel test for when they return to the UK.
 
This is what you must do if you have been in an amber country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England (you must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated):
 
 On arrival in England you must:
  • quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days
  • take a COVID-19 test on day 2 and day 8 
Children aged 4 and under do not need to take the day 2 or day 8 test.
You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme. If the result is negative, you can end your quarantine.
You cannot take your Test to Release test until you have been in England for 5 full days.
The scheme is voluntary and applies to those quarantining in England only.
You cannot take part in the scheme if you have been in or through a country or territory on the red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England. When you arrive in England you need to follow the rules for the highest risk country or territory that you have been in or passed through in the previous 10 days. That can include transit stops.
 
On the above links with information for England, you can also find further information on travelling and quarantine for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
 
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.
  
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 across Portugal: 
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. 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.
 
If you were living in Portugal before 31st of December 2020 but were unable to get the EU Residency Certificate, you can still send your request for that by email to SEF. The deadline for this is also the end of June. This procedure is explained in our Brexit Summary fact sheet FS/24 which can be downloaded from our website or requested from the afpop office

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