Starting July1st, Madeira and Porto Santo, Portugal, will be open to international travelers. To ensure security for both visitors and residents, all people traveling to the Atlantic islandswill have to either present a negative test done within 72 hours prior to departure or be tested upon arrival, without any costs - Covid-19 tests on arrival will be paid for by the Madeira Government.
The Madeira Islands are focused on being a Covid-safe destination and are working with SGS, the world leader in certification, to ensure good practices across the destination to minimize risk in the wake of Covid-19.
Madeira was a pioneer in developing a good practices documentto deal with Covid-19. These measures will provide comfort to those who travel and it is ultimately for the wellbeing of all.
These three initiatives, to cover testing costs, partner with SGS in certification and develop a good practices document, form the destination’s plan to ensure a safe vacation for all visitors.
- The Portuguese island of Madeirahad very few cases of Covid-19 and acted quickly to control the virus on the archipelago (Portugal has been praised for its rapid response).
- It is an island in the south Atlantic, with numerous villas and private estates for rent, making Madeira a safe vacation option.
- A 1-stop destination with a sub-tropical climate and year-round warmth. Even when the summer season is over, the sun continues to shine in Madeira.
- Madeira has a modern airport, well equipped to welcome private jets.
- Madeira is sparsely-populated outside the capital of Funchal, with some of the Europe’s most striking landscapes, classified as a World Natural Heritage site in December 1999.
- A rural, safe, and relaxing destination, with excellent healthcare facilities.
- Recently referred to as Europe’s adventure capitalwith numerous world-class outdoor pursuits, from canyoning to trail running – perfect for those who have increased their fitness levels during lockdown.
- Porto Santo, the stunning beach island off Madeira, only two and half hour away by ferry, was the first beach in Europe to officially reopen after Covid-19 and has the added benefit of therapeutic sands – with scientifically proven properties to ease all manner of ailments. There are currently no restrictions to travel between the two islands.
- Outstanding accommodation and outdoor restaurant options, with Funchal having a charming and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
- At present, Madeira has registered ninety (90) positive cases of COVID-19, sixty-seven (67) recovered cases, and no deaths.
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About the Madeira Archipelago
Considered The Best Island Destination in the World (World Travel Awards), Madeira is a small Portuguese paradise located amid the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean. Of volcanic origin, its privileged location provides a mild climate and sea with pleasant temperatures all year round, in addition to unique scenery of mountains, valleys and cliffs, all covered by the exuberant Laurissilva vegetation, named Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The archipelago is formed by a set of islands, the main and only inhabited being Madeira and Porto Santo. There are excellent options for spas, historic monuments and great hotels and restaurants, where you can sample local cuisine and award-winning Madeira wines.
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