COVID-19 & Testing Information

COVID-19 & Testing Information

COVID-19 INFORMATION – Portugal

With thanks to visitportugal.com

For the latest updates and situation on COVID-19 preventative measures and regulations in Portugal please check the Visit Portugal site which details the most up to date situation with the latest measures and regulations which may be in place at the time of your visit.

Please click here to be taken to the Visit Portugal website (in English) – Cliquez ici pour être redirigé vers le site Web de Visit Portugal (en Français) –  Bitte klicken Sie hier, um zur Website von Visit Portugal zu gelangen (auf Deutsch) – haga clic aquí para ir al sitio web de Visit Portugal (en Español)

UPDATE – ON THE 8TH JULY 2021 THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS ANNOUNCED THAT IN ORDER TO GAIN ACCESS TO ANY TOURIST ACCOMODATION, INCLUDING INDEPENDENT SELF-CATERING UNITS, ALL GUESTS MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF A EU/UK VACCINE PASSPORT OR A NEGATIVE COVID TEST AS FOLLOWS :-

  • PCR test, carried out within 72 hours prior to submission;
  • Antigen test with laboratory report, carried out within 48 hours prior to its submission;
  • Rapid antigen test using the self-test method, carried out within the 24 hours prior to submission in the presence of a health or pharmaceutical professional who certifies its performance and result;
  • Rapid self-test antigen test carried out on the spot, at the door of the establishment to be visited, under the supervision of the persons in charge of these premises.

WE WILL BE REQUESTING YOUR COOPERATION IN REGARD TO CONFIRMING ONE OF THE ABOVE FOR EACH OF YOUR GUESTS AGED 12 AND OVER.  THANK YOU!

For details on where to locate required PCR-RT and antigen tests please visit the Visit Portugal site here

Administratively Portugal is divided in to 308 ‘Municipalities’ and it is possible that COVID-19 prevention measures may be changed by the Government from time to time, this tends to be done by defining the Municipality areas concerned.  Both Villa Quina and Villa Susana are in the SILVES Municipality area..

Both Villa Quina and Villa Susana hold the ‘Clean and Safe’ mark from the Portuguese Tourist Authority.

SUSPECTED CASES

Preventive steps and reducing risk of transmission: For residents and those travellers returning to Portugal from the affected areas, who show symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, during or after the trip, before attending a health clinic, they should call 808 24 24 24 (SNS24), informing them about their health condition and health history. following the guidelines that may be indicated

Should all suspected infections be tested?:        People with a suspected infection, that is, who have symptoms such as fever, persistent cough or aggravated chronic cough, and difficulty breathing, should be tested. Those with the presence of these symptoms, people should call the free telephone line SNS 24 (808 24 24 24), which will refer cases. Try calling the SNS 24 line 808 24 24 24 OPTION 9 for English (the first option you hear)

FACE COVERING (‘máscara’)

Face coverings are required, with the risk of substantial fines for non-compliance, in essentially all situations where people will gather in any numbers inside a building or on public transport and also outdoors when social distancing can´t be secured, for examples in shopping areas   Internal use includes all shops and any public transport, plus all government/official buildings.  You are advised to carry a face covering with you at all times.  You very, very rarely see any person in a public area without a mask on in Portugal.  Medical exemption from wearing a mask is not common in Portugal, please check with a local medical practitioner for Portuguese regulation in this regard