News from afpop - Friday October 8th update
Michael Reeve - 08-10-2021
News from afpop - Friday October 8th update
Included in this briefing: 1. Travel to Portugal 2. DGS updates on prophylactic isolation 3. Booster vaccination - 3rd dose 4. afpop Office appointments
As the situation in Portugal continues to stabilise, one of the main topics of conversation now continues to be travel to and from Portugal. This seems to be something that is in a constant state of flux and obviously causes quite a lot of concern amongst Members, either for their own travel or for that of family who might want to visit them. In view of that we’ll continue to keep the briefings up to date on latest travel requirements, but this week there is also some news about the booster vaccines in Portugal.
Travel to Portugal
An updated travel law (Despacho nº 9573-A/2021) was approved. These measures are in force until 23h59 on October 31st, 2021, and as always may be revised at any time, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation.
Non-essential travel from countries belonging to the European Union, countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland), USA, Brazil and UK will continue to be allowed.
The group of countries where travel to and from Portugal in reliant on reciprocity agreement are: Saudi Arabia, Australia, Canada, Chile, South Korea, Jordan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, People's Republic of China, Rwanda, Singapore, Ukraine, Uruguay.
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 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, Target disease or agent: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants), 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.
Travel requirements Worldwide: https://www.algarvepromotion.pt/preview.aspx?pageID=4058&ver=19302
DGS updates on prophylactic isolation
Fortunately and as expected vaccination against COVID-19 has reduced the risk of serious illness and death, thereby changing the government’s assessment of high risk people. Only people who do not have the completed vaccination schedule or who, being vaccinated, are close to a cohabitant who is a positive case of COVID-19, as well as those who work in care homes, prisons and receptions centres etc are now considered to be ‘High Risk’.
In this updated regulation the scope of prophylactic isolation are redefined, which ends after obtaining a negative result performed on the 10th day after the last exposure to the confirmed case of COVID-19. The Health Authority can however order 14-day prophylactic isolation in extreme cases.
The Regulation reinforces that the complete vaccine scheme offers protection against COVID-19, “even in the face of the circulation of new variants, such as the Delta variant”.
The risk rating depends on:
a) exposure level
b) immunity status (complete or recovered COVID-19 vaccination in the last 180 days)
For more detailed information please request the factsheet (FS27) from the afpop office or download it directly from our website www.afpop.com
Booster vaccination – 3rd dose
The 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was approved on 4th of October, by the European Medicines Agency for people over the age of 18 after six months of the second dose, to increase the antibodies. Portugal has decided to vaccinate only those over 65. The date set for this to begin is October 11th and is expected to be completed by the end of December 2021. According to DGS booster vaccinations will begin in nursing homes and for people over 80 years of age, and then, for decreasing ages down to 65 years old. As the processes of vaccination against the flu and the booster vaccination against COVID-19 will take place simultaneously, there will have to be a gap of 14 days between them. That is, a person vaccinated against the flu, and who is eligible for a booster against COVID-19, will have to wait at least 14 days. As soon as DGS publish the regulations regarding the booster dose we will, as always, update Members.
afpop Office appointments
A reminder that Members are now welcome in the afpop office without prior appointment. Of course you can still make an appointment if there is a specific staff member or subject that you want to discuss. 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
afpop – Making Life Better