Published on : Thursday, March 4, 2021
The archipelago of Madeira has been considered one of the safest destinations in Europe since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and has been widely praised for its handling of the global crisis. Madeira has worked closely with SGS, a certification company to ensure safe practice across the destination and minimise risk in regard to COVID-19. The certification process is available to all companies in the tourism sector and to date, there are currently 57 certified or audited companies in the process of certification.
A so-called green corridor already existed at Madeira airport for those who arrive with a negative PCR test done within 72 hours. Now Madeira has started receiving vaccinated tourists and recovered from COVID-19 (with proof up to 90 days of validity) who wants to enjoy the region, with testing for these cohorts no longer required. The decision represents a vote of confidence in the new phase the world is going through, in addition to encouraging visits to the destination to stimulate economic activity, while maintaining Madeira as a safe destination.
Despite currently being on the red list in the U.K., due to being part of Portugal (although it is geographically over 1,000 kilometres from the mainland), there is no evidence of the Brazilian strain in the destination and cases are dropping significantly. In the last seven days there has been an average of 54 new cases and 87 recovered per day. Moreover, 22,641 members of the population have been vaccinated so far and the target is to immunise 60-70 per cent of the population by the end of the year.
To be eligible to arrive at the venue, tourists who fall under the new conditions must prove their status through one of two documents- proof of COVID-19 recovery in the last 90 days, validated by the respective country of origin, stating the name, date of birth, health number, type and date of the test and explicit mention of ‘recovered’. The official vaccination certificate for each country is accepted which includes the date of the two doses taken and respect for the immunisation period according to instructions for each vaccine. Documentation in English is required to be submitted to the official app before the trip is taken.