In the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic and the consequent travel restrictions measures implemented worldwide, the European Commission has issued on 30th June 2020 recommendations to the member states of the European States with regards to air travelling within the European Union/Schengen Area and with third country states, in the direction of lifting the existing restrictions of travelling within member states as well as easing the existing restrictions to selected non-EU countries.
Consequently, the Portuguese Government has issued Decree 3427-A/2020, in which the recommendations of the European Commission for air travel within the European Union/Schengen Area and the United Kingdom have been fully adopted. Additionally, the Decree has also removed the existing air travel restrictions to the following countries: Argelia, Canada, South Korea, Morocco, Tunisia and China, subject, however, to the reciprocity of these countries with flights from Portugal.
The Portuguese Government has also created exceptions for flights coming from Portuguese speaking countries as well as from the United States of America. Passengers from these countries will be allowed in case of essential trips, which include, travellers that are European Union nationals or holders of Residency Permits in Portugal, or the ones for professional, studies, family reunion, health and humanitarian related reasons.
In this respect, such travellers will have to show a negative Covid-19 test carried out in the last 72 hours before departure. Those travelling who are Portuguese Citizens or holders of Residency Permits in Portugal and that did not5 present such test on departure shall be submitted to a Covid-19 test upon arrival and at their own expense.
The policies set forth in the Decree 3427-A/2020 will be in force from 1st to 15th July and will be monitored closely and adapted in accordance to the evaluation of the epidemiologic situation.
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