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News from afpop - Friday 31st of July 2020

Michael Reeve - 11-08-2020

News from afpop - Friday 31st of July 2020

Included in this briefing: 1. Lisbon Metropolitan Area, 2. Flights to Portugal, 3. Links to other countries, 4. Pre travel form, 5. Interactive Covid map, 6. Bars and nightclubs, 7. Restaurants and similar, 8. Beach apps, 9. Madeira --As nossas desculpas por este artigo não ter tradução --

Included in this briefing:
1.            Lisbon Metropolitan Area
2.            Flights to Portugal
3.            Links to other countries
4.            Pre travel form
5.            Interactive Covid map
6.            Bars and nightclubs
7.            Restaurants and similar
8.            Beach apps
9.            Madeira

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. 

I’ve not updated you for a little while, which in some ways is good news because it means that there have been no significant changes to the regulations and guidelines in place across the country. The council of ministers did meet yesterday and have issued some new guidelines which come into force at midnight tonight (Friday) and remain in force until midnight on the 14th August.

As is normal with these communiques from the government, they are wide ranging and cover several subjects, many of which aren’t of interest or consequence to most Members, such as information on schools or tax payments for businesses etc. We don’t include these things in these briefings, as the authorities responsible will communicate the changes to those people who need to know about them. However if Members do need clarification on these matters they can of course always contact the team in the office and we will always do what we can to answer your questions.

So, what was announced yesterday that is likely to affect you? Well, in truth not too much has changed, but there are some points of interest and some clarifications we can highlight for you.

First of all, the 19 councils that had been declared to be in a state of calamity previously have now improved and are once again in line with the restrictions in place for the greater Lisbon Metropolitan area (AML), with greater restrictions on the numbers of people that can gather socially, that being 10 as opposed to 20 as it remains in the rest of the country.

Flights TO Portugal: There is some clarity here, but essentially the situation remains as it was in the last update, in that Portugal citizens and legal residents (which I will refer to as PCLR) may travel back to Portugal from any point of origin without the need to provide a negative Covid test before they board the plane. However, those PCLR who return to Portugal from countries not on the exempt list (details below) WILL be required to present a negative Covid test (no longer than 72 hours old) at departure check-in, should that be completely impossible they must undertake a Covid test at their own expense when they arrive in Portugal.

People arriving in Portugal from anywhere will pass through the general temperature control scanners and anyone who indicates a higher temperature than 38ºC will also be required to take a Covid test at the airport. Be warned that a refusal to take a test constitutes an offence and will result in prosecution.

Those people arriving from Portuguese speaking African countries, where it is deemed difficult to obtain a Covid test, will be allowed to enter Portugal, but must take a test on arrival here.

The list of exempt countries is: All EU countries, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, UK, Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Links to other countries information: The information in these links is taken from their official websites and sets out the advice and regulations that they have in place for people travelling to Portugal.
UK: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal
Dutch: https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/documenten/vragen-en-antwoorden/reisadvies-portugal?bclid=IwAR18gXMic1b8sfpFv_ZCEU7InCqYzFOMBYuPQFuvkp7d2CoFmVw0v3o6FP4
German: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/aussenpolitik/laender/portugal-node/portugalsicherheit/210900?fbclid=IwAR3AdNwKk4DBz7tLV_B8bf-yqnhLpOQDtF4MtXdDkJo566e7akgiuUnNX4U#content_0
USA: https://pt.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Swedish: https://www.swedenabroad.se/sv/om-utlandet-f%C3%B6r-svenska-medborgare/portugal/
Belgian: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/nl
French: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/conseils-par-pays-destination/portugal/
Danish: https://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/portugal/
Norwegian: https://www.regjeringen.no/no/tema/utenrikssaker/reiseinformasjon/velg-land/reiseinfo_portugal/id2414892/
Swiss: https://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/de/home/vertretungen-und-reisehinweise/portugal/reisehinweise-fuerportugal.html

Pre travel form: If you are travelling to another country it is advisable to fill out the Covid declarations (if applicable) before you go. We advise that you download them and simply keep them with your other travel documents. For UK https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

Interactive Covid map: You may find the information in this website interesting https://qap.ecdc.europa.eu/public/extensions/COVID-19/COVID-19.html

In Portugal
Bars and nightclubs: These may open but only as cafés and pastelarias, with the same restrictions as all cafés. Dance floors may not be used for that purpose, but may have tables and chairs for additional seating and bars can use outside areas as open-air extensions. Customers may enter establishments up to midnight, but all establishments must close at 01:00. However, in the Lisbon Metropolitan area they must close at 8pm.
Restaurants and similar: Customers may enter establishments up to midnight, but all establishments must close at 01:00
Beach apps: We remind you of the two mobile phone apps for beaches ‘InfoPraia’, and ‘Posso ir’, which you can use to check the beach capacity before you set off. The ‘Posso ir‘ (Can I go?) app also includes the locations and occupancy levels of supermarkets, pharmacies and restaurants near you.
Madeira: From 1st August it will be mandatory to wear face masks in public at all times. The following link takes you to the Madeira government website, where you can find all information relating to the island restrictions and regulations: 
https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19

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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