Madeira has recently welcomed its addition to the safe travel list, calling the decision “mutually beneficial” to both the UK and local travel industry. The COVID-19 situation in Madeira is under control as per officials. In the past month there has been a 73 per cent decrease in active cases and there are only 72 active cases (20 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days, versus 97 cases per 100,000 in the UK), which remains one of the lowest rates in Europe.
Porto Santo does not have any active cases at the moment. There are no registered cases of the Delta variant in the destination. Furthermore, more than one third of the population has been fully vaccinated. Only a 3.5-hour direct flight from the UK, Madeira is served by a number of airlines. The green corridor already existed at Madeira airport for those who arrive with a negative PCR test done within 72 hours. Alternatively, visitors can take a free test at the airport on arrival. One free PCR test per visitor is offered, to be taken on arrival or departure, with results in six- to 12-hours.
Eduardo Jesus, Regional Secretary for Tourism and Culture, Madeira said that the UK government’s decision is aligned with Madeira’s reality as the destination really deserves to be added to the green list. He mentioned that the recognition for all the efforts has been made to become a safe destination. He stated that the Madeira government is committed to keep up the level of security, whilst guaranteeing the best experience for those who visit the venue.
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