The proximity of the Portuguese country offers us a wide variety of spectacular places to visit. But what do we need to know to travel to Portugal from Spain?
The situation is aggravated in the neighboring country due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant, the majority strain in the country. So much so that Portugal is in «Situation of calamity»Extended until July 25, according to Resolution of the Council of Ministers.
Thus, to control the spread of Covid-19, the Portuguese government has decided to require a negative PCR to the Spaniards who cross the border as of this weekend. A restrictive measure that mainly impacts the border towns, since there are many neighbors who for work or leisure reasons move between the two countries on a daily basis and for a couple of hours.
However, this restriction does not affect travelers who pass to the neighboring country by road, although they do want to spend the night must carry the ‘EU COVID Digital Certificate’ that accredits vaccination against Covid-19, having past illness O have a negative PCR in possession in the last hours.
Right now, at least 90 municipalities, including Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Braga, Cascais or Albufeira, are in high risk situation, for which the curfew from 23.00 hours. Also, on Fridays from 7:00 p.m. and on weekends Negative test or vaccination certificate is required to eat indoors of the restaurants. The under 12 years accompanied by a parent or guardian are exempt from the obligation of negative test.
But what are the accepted tests for restaurants and hotels?
- PCR performed in the previous 72 h
- Antigens within 48 hours, carried out by a certified entity
- Antigens in self-test mode within 24 hours, carried out in the presence of a healthcare professional or pharmacy
- Antigens in self-test mode, carried out on the spot, upon entry, under the supervision of the person in charge of the establishment in question.
However, in the event that someone occurs to contravene any of these measures, the Portuguese Government has established a table of fines, ranging from 1,000 to 10,000 euros for premises owners and from 100 to 500 euros for ordinary citizens.