The measure is valid from this Thursday, when a new period of 15 days of state of emergency came into force, and will be valid at least until April 15. The land border with Spain it has been closed since the end of January and only cross-border workers and goods transport are allowed, as well as the entry into Portugal of nationals or foreigners residing in the country.
So far, these citizens have not had to undergo any health control measures, but as of today they are required to be quarantined if they come from countries considered to be at high risk. To cross the border, they need to fill out a form with their data, including the address where they will spend the quarantine.
The measure also applies to travelers from the same group of countries arriving by plane. Air traffic with the United Kingdom and Brazil remains suspended and for countries with more than 150 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, only “essential trips” are allowed.
All passengers arriving at airports in Portugal must present, regardless of their origin, the PCR test for the covid-19 with negative result.
In practice, the only two European Union countries from which non-essential travel is permitted are Spain and Ireland.
The land border with Spain, however, will be closed at least during Holy Week, although the Portuguese government has admitted that it could be reopened after the holiday period, a measure that has not yet been officially confirmed.
Portugal, which totals 16,848 deaths and 821,722 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, is in the process of being defined and the Government is meeting this Thursday to decide if it can proceed to the second phase of the reduction starting next Monday. / EFE
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