Travel Wisely; Covid-19 Measurements for Madeira from July 1 2020

Madeira and Porto Santo will reopen to tourism on the 1st of July.

From 1 July 2020, the date on which compulsory quarantine is lifted, Madeira will welcome tourists to the island again. Madeira is proud of its results, achieved by resolute action after the emergence of the virus. The island was closed and anyone who did arrive had to spend 14 days in quarantine. As a result, the island has so far only had 90 Covid-19 infections and no deaths. This makes Madeira one of the safest places at the moment. In order to keep this as much as possible, the regional government has taken a set of security measures, so that both tourists and Madeirians can continue to feel safe.

In this post we will discuss various points that are important for tourists to know before they come to Madeira:

Flying to Madeira

Madeira details Standardization Plan for Air Accessibility

The Government of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM) has defined, in relation to the Standardization Plan for Air Accessibility, to be in force as of July 1, with regard to travelers to the airports of Madeira and Porto Santo:

  1. Filling out and submitting the epidemiological survey. http://apps.iasaude.pt/s-alerta/questionarios/viagem/questionario.cfm?l=EN (in english) or in other languages: http://apps.iasaude.pt/s-alerta/questionarios/viagem/. All passengers must complete the Regional Health Authority’s (IASAÚDE) form. The form should be filled in previously to the trip, between 48 and 12 hours before departure. The survey is available at the Regional Health Authority’s website and, will also be accessible through airlines’ websites that so consent. Alternatively, the completion of the survey, on paper, may occur on arrival at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
  2. Thermal Screening All passengers landed at airports in Autonomous Region of Madeira are subject to thermal screening, even if they carry a negative test for COVID-19 disease, carried out within 72 hours prior to landing, in laboratories certified by national or international authorities.
  3. COVID-19 disease test. Passengers landing at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira with a negative test for COVID-19 disease, carried out within 72 hours prior landing time, in laboratories certified by national and international authorities, upon landing, proceed to their destination, upon presentation of the corresponding report which can also be submitted, in advance, together with the inquiry referred to in point 1. Passengers landing at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira who have not tested for COVID-19 disease, will do so at the respective airport, upon arrival, with an estimated maximum period of 1 hour to complete the inherent process. After carrying out the aforementioned test, the passenger will proceed to their destination, being exempted from mandatory confinement, respecting the rules of social distance, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and health safety. The test result will be reported to the passenger within the next 12 hours.
  4. Monitoring. All passengers will be monitored through an APP (mobile application) of the Regional Health Authority, of voluntary, but recommended use, or by telephone contact.
  5. Positive test result for COVID-19 disease. The passenger will be directed to a designated hotel and cohabitants (direct contacts) will be subject to mandatory confinement. The Government of the Autonomous Region of Madeira will assume the respective costs of treatment, accommodation and meals, at the designated hotel unit. After 7 days, the passenger will be subjected to a new test for COVID-19 disease, for decision by the Regional Health Authority. If the disease manifests itself during the stay, the respective hotel will not close and must comply with the guidelines issued by the Regional Health Authority.
  6. Repatriation. The Government of the Autonomous Region of Madeira collaborates with all Diplomatic Authorities and Operators involved. All charges related to repatriation operations must be covered by passengers’ travel insurance.

Safety measures in Madeira

Download the official Protocol, version 18.05.2020 (34 pages, in Portuguese)

Measurements described in this protocol:

  1. Reopening of tourism activity
  2. Trip to Madeira
    1. Evidence of health condition – at the time of boarding
    2. On the aircraft
    3. On arrival (airport)
    4. Transfers and Tourist Transport
    5. In the accommodation (hotel)
    6. Operational areas
    7. Local Accommodation, Rural Tourism and other accommodation
    8. Congresses & Incentives
    9. Touristic Activities
    10. Tourist Information Offices
    11. Travel Agencies
    12. Public areas
    13. Pools and public beaches
    14. Ports & Marinas
    15. Events of tourism animation
    16. Museums / Cultural centres / Monuments

Clean & Safe certificate for tourism

All tours of which the partners comply with the Clean & Safe measures are marked with the Clean & Safe logo and added to the Clean & Safe Category on our website. Each tour describes what the partner will do to comply with these guidelines.

Also our tour packages are completely Clean & Safe.
All our tours are subject to flexible payment terms and can be canceled free of charge in the event of new corona restrictions.

VIP Madeira cooperates with many local partners and can’t wait to welcome you back to Madeira.

 

a few examples of tours that cary the clean & safe label

Clean & Safe Tours

2½ hrs
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
8 hrs, Full Day
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Full Day
Daily, On request

Comments

Josephine Raine
June 5, 2020
Thank you for the information
Bryan
June 5, 2020
Yes very useful information,still hoping to visit in September !
Elaine
June 5, 2020
A point I have noticed that will be impossible is: 1. Flying no 6; Repatriation - All charges related to the repatriation operations must be Covered by the passengers’ travel insurance. Obviously I don’t know about other Countries but in the UK the insurance companies have already stated that they will not be covering anyone with regard to the Covid19 virus. So how Is it possible that will infected passengers be repatriated, I don’t think there would be many if any that could cover that charge by themselves.
VIP Madeira
June 6, 2020
Dear Elaine, not all countries and it´s insurance companies have the same policies. Of course, if you want to travel, you will have to educate yourselves about the rules in the country where you travel to and also the rules in your own country. I can imagine with what is going on in the UK at this moment, travelling in July will be too soon.
June 6, 2020
WHY IS THERE NO OFFICIAL PROTOCOL IN ENGLISH?
VIP Madeira
June 6, 2020
Dear Susan, At this moment the government only issued the Portuguese version on its website: https://www.madeira.gov.pt/srtc/GovernoRegional/OGoverno/Secretarias/Structure/SRTC/ctl/Read/mid/8530/InformacaoId/55363/UnidadeOrganicaId/28. It is possible to copy the text in a translation app. Our suggestion is to use DeepL (https://www.deepl.com/translator)
Harry Johnston OBE
June 7, 2020
All sounds good in theory, but doesn't sound like any kind of holiday one might recognise.
VIP Madeira
June 8, 2020
Maybe from UK not at this moment, considering what is going on there. But from other European locations not much of a problem.
Saskia
June 13, 2020
Is jullie bekend of (en zo ja welke) Nederlandse reisverzekering voldoet aan de 6e voorwaarde? En hoe wordt dat gecontroleerd?
VIP Madeira
June 13, 2020
Beste Saskia. Als je een reis boekt via een reisorganisatie is de reisorganisatie verplicht om de repatriëring te regelen. Normaal is repatriëring ook een belangrijk onderdeel van je reisverzekering. We weten echter niet of er Nederlandse verzekeringsmaatschappijen zijn die de repatriëring in geval van corona niet (meer) dekken.
Saskia
June 14, 2020
Dank je, dan zit je dus inderdaad (zoals ik al vermoedde) vast aan een hele dure en oninteressante pakketreis. Met oude boekingen wordt repatriëring vaak nog wel verzekerd, maar met boekingen vanaf medio maart niet meer. Verzekeraar schuilt zich achter het feit dat zij alleen onvoorziene gevallen dekt en dat repatriëring tijdens Corona tijd niet meer als onvoorzien wordt gekwalificeerd. Als reiziger kun je weten dat deze kans er is.... in ons geval zal dat een groot probleem worden, onze oorspronkelijke reis (naar ander land) is geannuleerd waardoor we alleen nog kunnen boeken tijdens Corona tijd. Met gezin van 5 is een 3 weekse vakantie naar Madeira helaas niet haalbaar (overigens net als heel veel andere bestemmingen). Je kunt natuurlijk zelf het risico nemen, vandaar mijn vraag hoe er bij inkomst op wordt gecontroleerd. Lijkt me nl lastig om alle voorwaarden te gaan controleren. Als iemand trouwens tips heeft.....graag!

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