The aim is to prevent the population from gathering for All Saints’ Day.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'gotoportugal_eu-large-mobile-banner-2','ezslot_10',843,'0','0'])); In addition to this national “confinement”, since last Friday and until October 29 (this can be extended), the inhabitants of the municipalities of Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira (northern Portugal) have the duty to stay at home following the many cases of covid-19. Source: (minute 1 and 2min37). Everyone will have to wear masks (yes, masks are useful to contain the virus, as long as the entire population is equipped), and tests should be carried out on all suspected cases to isolate positive cases from the rest of the population. The result will be delivered in 12 hours. All these figures show that the situation is worsening day by day since the beginning of September and that we have beaten (as I had expected during the last update) the record for the number of active cases of the May 15 (24,065). 10 sensational wines from Portugal. Soon, you will also receive our Traveling In Portugal brochure, which will offer you the best suggestions in Portuguese territory. I’ll put here the same text so that you can easily access all the information: All those who wish to discover this little Portuguese paradise must: Complete and send an epidemiological questionnaire between 48 and 12 hours before departure. As of this writing, the second wave is in a downward phase regarding new cases and active cases, but the number of deaths has remained stable since November 11 (we reached the peak, but the curve is not not yet descending). In mid-April, many foreign newspapers praised the treatment of the crisis in Portugal. that comply with all the safety standards recommended by Portuguese public health experts. If you test positive on arrival, you might be required to isolate. Currently (23/11), there are 2,260 people hospitalized, including 491 in intensive care. Six days after the first test (carried out in your country or after your arrival at Azores), you will have to do a new test with the covid-19 (free trial). The Portuguese government has already warned on several occasions that Portugal does not have the means to carry out such strict containment as between the months of March and April. Portugal Economic Outlook October 27, 2020 The economy should have recovered somewhat in Q3, although the fallout from the pandemic continued to weigh on activity. As during the Spanish flu (100 years ago), it is probably during this second wave that things will go off the rails … Let’s just hope that the population understands the seriousness of the situation and that we continue, or start to some, to respect social distancing, to avoid family reunions, parties …. 4. In addition to this health crisis, if you hesitate to follow the instructions and think about your work or your company, because this will be prolonged, then we will face a crisis never seen before! This was the very positive news conveyed by António Pina, president of AMAL – the intermunicipal community of the Algarve – at today’s bi-monthly press conference on the virus situation. After the announcement of the measures to be applied during the state of emergency (see below what I wrote on Friday March, 20) the Portuguese government published a decree this Sunday with all the new rules of life in Portugal. Between 12/14 and 12/20 (7 days) there were an average of 3,625 new covid-19 cases per day (3,953 at the last update of 12/07) and the average number of deaths per day is 82 (77 in the last update 07/12). Recalling its Resolution 563 (1974), Recommendation 740 (1974), and Resolutions 593 (1975) and 601 (1975), on the situation in Portugal ; 2. There is one exception: if all the occupants live together, Telework compulsory, whenever functions allow. Between 10/26 and 11/1 (7 days) there were an average of 3,665 new covid-19 cases per day, 2,134 people hospitalized and the average number of deaths per day is 33. I do not advise anyone to visit Portugal before the 15th of June. Yesterday, April 30, the Portuguese Prime Minister presented new rules of life that will start on May 4. When the pandemic peak is reached and states start to soften the rules of life, we will have to control the virus so that a second wave doesn’t come a few weeks later and we have to be in social distancing again (which would be disastrous in terms of health but also for the economy of each country). You might feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can be contagious without symptoms and can spread the virus to others. All passengers will be monitored using a mobile app (voluntarily) or by telephone. Source. The 191 municipalities must respect the measures taken at the start of the state of emergency until at least November 23: Between 08/11 and 11/15 (7 days) there were on average 5,425 new covid-19 cases per day (4,998 the previous week), 2,785 people hospitalized (+ 404) and the average number of deaths per day is 69 (50 the week before). Let’s do everything we can to make this event a distant memory! 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There are many people who have decided to stay in Portugal, because the situation is better (when I wrote these lines) than in other countries, or because they do not wish to drive for many hours (often more than 16 hours driving) to reach their home country, to cross Spain in the current situation, or even to leave their motorhome in Portugal. While waiting to enter a company, bank, etc., a minimum space of one metre must be left between each person. This means that if you come from a country like Brazil or USA, you will need to have a test proving negative for covid-19. All of these rules also apply to travellers arriving at Azores by boat (sailboat, cruise ships, etc.). The President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, yesterday announced to the country, in a televised message, the extension of the state of emergency until May 2 (probably the last extension). Available data shows that industrial production returned to growth in August after declining in July. As soon as there is something new, I will tell you (in this article and by email) so you can schedule your holidays. This rule does not apply to people working in the health sector, security forces, politicians and magistrates. If you travel, take the following steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19: Get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before traveling back to the United States. The economy of Portugal is ranked 42nd in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report for 2017–2018.. All shops, bars and restaurants in these 121 municipalities must close before 11 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends. My goal is to show you what’s really going on in Portugal. Cultural facilities in the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António (VRSA) earn the “Clean & Safe” seal of Turismo de Portugal. Once things get better, all you need to do is book your airline tickets, hotels, car rental and activities. During those 5 days, to leave your municipality of residence, you will need a statement from your employer. News. Positive message from Turismo Centro de Portugal (tourism promotion entity for Central Portugal region): As a nurse said: applauding hospital staff every night is good, but following instructions is better! In my opinion, in addition to limiting the number of people present in each location (restaurants, hotels, etc.) Personal opinion: with the pandemic peaking late (which is perfect for not overwhelming hospitals), the health crisis can last for many months. Click here to see the 121 municipalities concerned: Remember, to save lives we only have 2 weapons at our disposal: wearing a mask and social distancing! There was a decrease of 380 people hospitalised and 89 people in intensive care. This means that if you are on a deserted street, you don’t have to wear a mask. Have tested covid-19 with a negative result up to 72 hours before arriving in the Azores. Shopping centres will close, but the supermarkets that are there will remain open. People over 70 should stay at home as long as possible and leave only when absolutely necessary (buying food, solving health problems, going to the bank, post office, insurance company or taking the pet to the street). Even though the whole population seems to be staying at home, the reality is different. CDC is not responsible for Section 508 compliance (accessibility) on other federal or private website. Currently, there are less than 1000 people with coronavirus in Portuguese hospitals. As of this Friday, businesses (shopping centres, street stores, etc.) If you must travel, talk to your doctor ahead of travel, especially if you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Check with your destination's Office of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Health or the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Country Information page for details about entry requirements and restrictions for arriving travelers. Rules to follow for those visiting Portugal: For everyone who comes to visit Portugal (these rules are also valid for those who live in Portugal), know that it is mandatory to wear a mask in all closed places (restaurants, shopping centres, shops, museums, etc.) • Whoever fails to comply with these rules will be punished with fines ranging from 100 to 500 euros (people) or from 1000 to 5000 euros (companies). Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Find out more about When to Delay Travel. Forbidden to disembark passengers from cruise ships. This is undoubtedly a way of empowering the population and not “oppressing” us. I know that we were told from the beginning that this virus is just a flu, but the consequences will be much worse than the seasonal flu…. It was only 46 years ago (1974) that a coup d’état organised by the Portuguese army overthrew the dictatorship that has lasted since the 1930s. If you are flying, you will be asked to fill in a form with your contact details to be contacted in case a passenger is infected with covid-19. To compare, visit and check the total number of cases per million inhabitants and the number of tests per million inhabitants. These municipalities, which represent 70% of the Portuguese population, will have restrictions close to confinement from November 4: Information: these measures will be reassessed every two weeks. CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential international travel to Portugal. Everyone else can leave their homes, but they must have a valid justification. In early May, I will update this article again, with the new rules of life (opening of certain stores, end of the state of emergency, etc.). To prevent this from happening, the government has established a 15-day phased opening plan and new rules for people. The Portuguese government is in conversations with the British government for an exception to what was announced: that everyone arriving to the United Kingdom after June 8 will have to be quarantined for 14 days. The seriousness of the situation was understood by the vast majority of the Portuguese population, but some still do not want to understand the danger of their actions…. Once at the hotel, you will not be able to leave the municipality until November 3. Source. Could anyone advise me of the current Corona-virus situation there now and does anyone know of any future plans of how this situation will be handled. If you do not have an urgent reason, I do not recommend visiting Portugal in the coming days. These numbers are very good news, because during the 31 days many Portuguese were on holidays all over the country and many came from abroad to discover the wonders of Portugal. Since the last update of this article (May 29, 2020), there have been 148 deaths (1517 in total), which represents an average of 8.7 deaths per day (that average was 14.48 on May 29). If you live in one of these countries, you are less likely to have covid in Portugal than in your country of residence. From July 1 onwards, when you get out of the plane, you’ll have to do a COVID-19 test and wait for the results for around 1 hour. This is very important since there is a strong presence of the Portuguese community and thousands of British residents travel to Portugal every year and with this announcement they may change their plans. Chances are that prices will go up a bit, the closer you are to the holiday period, but that way you won’t have that money blocked. Portugal has extended the period in which the borders will be closed with Spain (until June 15), but they continue to be open (on the Portuguese side) for the transport of goods, transborder workers and all those who have their main residence in Portugal or those with Portuguese nationality. Of the 121 that were on curfew, 7 came out (Moimenta da Beira, Tabuaço, São João da Pesqueira, Mesão Frio, Pinhel, Tondela e Batalha), but 77 new municipalities were added. Source: Leave their motorhome in Portugal and return by plane. I believe that if we don’t know our origins we don’t truly know ourselves. If the numbers for your country are much better, then I suggest you stay at home. Therefore, it will be prohibited to leave the municipality of residence, except to go to work or for health reasons. After you travel, take the following steps to protect others from getting sick for 14 days after travel: Take these actions to protect others from getting sick: See CDC's After You Travel page for more information. If that happens, everyone who visited Portugal will be able to return home, as long as they have their main residence in their country of origin. Information: if you have already booked your stay in Portugal and if it is planned from July onwards, you do not need to cancel, because there are strong chances (I would say 90%) that you can come and discover Portugal. More ventilators for Portugal The Portugal News 14:09 22-Dec-20 First floating wind farm in Europe is now fully operational Climate Action Programme 13:33 22-Dec-20 Out of the south: Why Italy and Portugal should lead on climate change, health security, and multilateralism European Council on Foreign Relations 12:49 22-Dec-20 Remember, our actions can kill or save lives. Let me tell you about an example of bad behaviour that was news in Portugal during Easter: as you probably know, Portugal is a country with religious (Catholic) traditions deeply rooted in society, especially in Northern Portugal and, during Easter, one of the traditions is to gather family, friends and neighbours at home to welcome the priest who carries Christ on the cross. The result will be delivered in 12 hours. European countries are working on bilateral agreements so that, between July and August, citizens of the European Union will already be able to travel and go on holiday to neighbouring countries. If Portugal had the same number of inhabitants as France, for example, the number of deaths would be around 840. The other measure which has an impact on everyday life and the wearing of a compulsory mask for at least 3 months in public spaces (street, etc.). Currently, Portugal has 174 cases per million inhabitants, which ranks it 10th out of 27 countries in the European Union. Closed land borders between Portugal and Spain (except for goods and border services) – if you live abroad, you can leave Portugal and return home. To avoid any problems, the traveller is advised to have travel insurance that covers repatriation, if necessary. Some European countries do very few tests, which reduces the number of official cases and others do not hesitate to hide more than 1200 dead (like Spain) for several days to try to attract competitions such as the Football Champions League that will take place in Lisbon in this summer. In fact, the real miracle was the Portuguese politicians (government and president) who had the courage to take restrictive measures when there were still few people infected with covid-19 and all the political parties that approved the measures, forgetting their personal interests for the first time. I would like not to have to write this article, but instead talk about the wonders of Portugal or give you travel advices, but we are experiencing a dramatic situation (which my generation and my parents’ never knew), which makes it impossible to continue our lives as if nothing is happening…. Recalling its Resolution 563 (1974) and its Recommendation 740 (1974), on the situation in Portugal ; 2. During this period, the traveller does not need to be confined, but must respect social distancing and the use of a mask (rules valid after 12 o’clock). If you have a passport, identity card, Portuguese driving license or certificate of residence in Portugal with an expiration date ending on March 9, 2020, do not renew them. Closure of all schools, universities, museums, bars (after 9 pm) and nightclubs. You can do this on the terraces, restaurants. In one of my last messages, I advised you not to visit Portugal before June 15. To have real figures on the number of active cases, you would have to test the entire population, or at least all of them with symptoms, which no country in the world is doing. Looking at the number of deaths in France (2606 – at the time I wrote these lines), we can say that the situation in Portugal is much better, except that the health crisis started much earlier in France (first case of covid-19 on January 23) than in Portugal (first case on March 1). Between 30/11 and 06/12 (7 days) there were on average 3,953 new covid-19 cases per day (5,585 during the last update of 23/11) and the average number of deaths per day is 77 (74 in the last update 23/11). There are 439 people hospitalised (-50 compared to June 30) and 62 people in intensive care (-9 people compared to June 30). Currently (07/12), there are 3,367 people hospitalized, including 513 in intensive care. Ban on alcohol consumption on the streets. As Portugal has already passed the peak of the second wave, the Portuguese government has decided to “give a gift” to the Portuguese population for Christmas and New Years weekends. To comply with this rule, at the entrance of each beach, there will be traffic lights or flags to inform whether the beach can accommodate people (green or yellow) or if the maximum capacity has already been reached (red). These numbers show that the pandemic is under control and, above all, that the deconfinement has not caused a sharp increase in the number of patients who need hospitalisation.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'gotoportugal_eu-portrait-2','ezslot_21',855,'0','0']));eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'gotoportugal_eu-portrait-2','ezslot_22',855,'0','1'])); Currently, there are an average of 300 new cases of people infected by the virus (this average was 249.8 on May 29), 90% of which are located in the region of Lisbon and Tagus Valley. Fonte. Until the end of June, the only way to reach Portugal is by plane or boat.eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'gotoportugal_eu-sky-1','ezslot_23',856,'0','0'])); It will not be necessary to be quarantined (see below, the exceptions for the archipelagos of Madeira and Azores) and know that you can move freely throughout the country. In public transportation, the number of seats will be reduced in order to respect social distancing. If things continue in the right path, starting in May, Portugal will start opening many local services and shops to get the economy going. The problem is that hospitals can no longer function properly, many surgeries are delayed, patients are no longer treated on time, which causes many deaths indirectly caused by the pandemic. I will make an update as soon as we know the new rules. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Currently, war medicine is being practised! Around 2.5 million British nationals visited Portugal in 2019. Portugal is world-renowned for decriminalising all illegal drugs back in 2001 and, thus, massively changing the legal situation of cannabis. If the result is negative, you’ll be able to enter the archipelago of Madeira and visit this paradise with no restrictions (respecting the new security standards). “We have a situation that is not as comfortable as the one I would like for us to have going in to the Christmas season and New Year’s Eve. Important information: I know that the situation in Portugal is not as dramatic as in some European countries like Belgium, France and Spain, but it is still a situation that Portugal has never known since the beginning of the pandemic. In restaurants, the tables are spaced from each other and you can remove your mask only when sitting at the table. In the meantime, here are the main directives for the state of emergency: Apart from these measures, the Portuguese government created a site: to answer all the questions the Portuguese may have. We are fast approaching the record of hospitalizations in the first wave (1,302 to April 16).eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'gotoportugal_eu-leader-2','ezslot_11',845,'0','0'])); The problem is, today we are far from the peak of this second wave and we do not have the containment to help lower the numbers. If you get sick with COVID-19 or test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 while abroad, you might not be permitted to return to the United States until you can end isolation. At the time I wrote these lines, Portugal is presented by some foreign newspapers as one of the worst European examples, just behind Sweden, which never had a strict confinement. Calling numbers so far “extraordinary, very good”, Pine said: “One thing is certain: no one is free from any phenomenon, but what we can’t do is create situations of alarmism. Some people, including priests, had the “great idea” of maintaining the tradition, some on the street, others in nursing homes, forgetting safety rules like social isolation. Here are the 15 countries from which travellers can visit the European Union, including Portugal without taking the covid-19 test:eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'gotoportugal_eu-netboard-1','ezslot_18',853,'0','0'])); Canada, Algeria, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Georgia, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Information: At the moment, we have just exceeded 1000 coronavirus deaths (1007) and over 1647 people recovered, out of a total of 25 351 confirmed cases. You can start the reservation, but unlike the accommodation, you will have to pay immediately and ask for a refund 48 hours before your arrival. The Portuguese government has decided to toughen the measures for New Year’s Eve (measures that had been lightened a few days ago by the same government), because after reaching the peak of the second wave, the pandemic does not weaken. Situation in Portugal Parliamentary Assembly The Assembly 1. To access the beaches this summer, social distance must be respected. If you intend to visit Portugal by car, know that you can do so from July 1 onwards, when Spain opens its borders. If you want to visit Portugal, but are afraid of the coronavirus, I invite you to compare several parameters, such as the number of deaths per million inhabitants, the number of deaths per day and the number of people hospitalised. The tears form little by little, until they run down my face…. Since the last update of this article (July 21), there have been 91 deaths (1788 since the beginning of the pandemic), which represents an average of 2.94 deaths per day (5.8 on July 21). As you can see, the Portuguese are looking forward to welcoming you again and for you to discover our beautiful country in complete safety. For once, I will advise you to make your reservations only a few days before your departure. Some examples of essential travel may include traveling for humanitarian aid work, medical reasons, or family emergencies. Information: if we take only the last 5 days, the average of new cases is 2,158. State of Emergency in force until 7 January, with specific measures for Christmas and New Year.] For live information, I suggest you download the “Info Praia” app on your Android or IOS smartphone (application in Portuguese or English).eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'gotoportugal_eu-leader-3','ezslot_12',851,'0','0'])); Information: the touristy places (museums, monuments, etc. These figures make the week that has just ended the worst week since the start of the pandemic! The figures above show that the pandemic in Portugal is under control (at the time I made this update) and that Portugal is one of the safest countries in the world, even if some media want to portray us in another way…. Information: If you live abroad and visit Portugal during these dates, you can move from one municipality to another to get to your hotel. To try to slow the evolution of the pandemic, the Portuguese government has put in place new rules, valid since October 15: In addition to these new rules, the majority of the rules of September 15 remain in force:, Travelers should avoid all travel to Portugal. These are also places where it can be hard to social distance. Restaurants or similar can welcome customers until midnight and must close at 1 am. document type: crest. For more information on your visit to Portugal this summer, you can read the June 15 update below. The big problem with Portugal is that we do not have the means to help businesses or the population like other countries do …. Prohibit meetings of more than 10 people in public spaces, with fines of up to 350 euros and imprisonment of 1 year. In this delicate situation, and so that the situation does not become even more complicated, I suggest you remain calm, choose the best solution for your situation and above all, follow the instructions of the Portuguese authorities. There are 83,942 active covid-19 cases, 172,919 people who have recovered and 3,897 people who have died since the start of the pandemic. Do not wait until there are thousands of dead to realise the problem. Established in 1977, it is the only Portuguese newspaper on the net that covers all the major news about Portugal, Algarve and Lisbon in the English language. As expected, the state of emergency has been renewed in Portugal for 15 days (until December 8) because of the pandemic which is worsening day by day. Know that you can travel between the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo without having to repeat the covid-19 test.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'gotoportugal_eu-narrow-sky-2','ezslot_17',852,'0','0'])); This information comes from Madeira Tourism. Airports, bus stations, train stations, and rest stops are all places travelers can be exposed to the virus. Since then, the country has been in a State Of Calamity, and then to the State of Contingency. There are 489 hospitalised people (+48 compared to June 23) and 71 people in intensive care (-1 person compared to June 23). Do not travel if your test result is positive; immediately isolate yourself, and follow public health recommendations. 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