The autonomous Atlantic region of Portugal, Madeira, has removed all Covid-19 entry restrictions for overseas tourists, as per local authorities.
The decision means that travelers will no longer need to submit a vaccine certificate or a negative Covid-19 test -in the case of the unvaccinated- to enter the island.
The new regulation covers international travel to Madeira and Porto Santo, as well as inter-island travel.
“There are no restrictions on the entry of travelers at the airports, ports, and marinas of the Autonomous Region of Madeira,” Madeira official website reads.
The government does recommend registering at Madeira Safe for general purposes.
“The data which is entered on this platform is used solely for the collection of general information on passengers, therefore, for this purpose, it is not necessary to upload the certificates or obtain the respective QR Codes.”
Visitors should be aware that, while Madeira has lifted its entry requirements, mainland Portugal is yet to followed suit.
Therefore, travelers transiting through Portugal must still need to hold a vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative PCR test performed within 72 or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours prior to departure to Portugal.
Travelers from the EU and EEA countries still need to produce an EU Digital Covid Passport to be allowed entry to the mainland.
Although domestic Covid-19 restrictions have been gradually phased out in both mainland Portugal and Madeira, there are still a few in place.
For instance, wearing a face covering in both indoor and outdoor settings is still required for everyone aged 6 and up in Madeira.
Additionally, those willing to engage in public and private sector activities such as restaurants, gyms, bars and clubs, cultural events, sporting events and casinos must hold a vaccination certificate.
In case travelers are unable to produce any of those, a negative rapid antigen test result will suffice. These tests have a seven-day validity period.
Between March 1-7 Madeira reported 4,456 new cases in its weekly report, (1,164 more than during the previous seven days,) and five deaths (one more than the week before).