Unless you consider it truly essential to visit some Portuguese beaches in the following weeks, coming to Portugal - as an American citizen - is only possible if there is actual essential reason for now. Individuals wanting to travel for tourism will still have to wait a while to see if the current rules (see the legislation) ease for Americans coming to Portugal. If you hold a Portuguese passport, you can travel now.
Portugal was a neutral nation in World War II. But, as one of the only open and non-combatant cities in Europe during the war, the streets of Lisbon became the "The Capital of Espionage” In a spy-based proxy cold war. This fascinating chapter of the long history of Lisbon was the focus of Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945 by Neill Lochery.
European leaders see the rapid growth of Covid-19 infections in the United States as a reason to close Europe to American travel. The banned list will be revisited every 2 weeks.
As temperatures are rising in the warm Portuguese sun, the second phase of re-opening in Portugal is underway. If the first phase - began on May 4th - allowed small shops, hairdressers, and libraries to open, two weeks later and with no significant increase of infected cases, this next phase will authorize restaurants, cafés, schools, and museums to serve the public as well. This is a challenging period since locals like to enjoy the summer weather outdoors at restaurants and beaches, but now with social distancing. However, people are well aware that there are still precautions to take and that they will look at the Summer of 2020 as a “different one.”
Today, Portugal starts to emerge from hibernation. It is a long road, but one that saved lives. Stores slowly reopen, public transport is running, and new roles are in place to help keep people safe. The year 2019 was a record one for tourism and Portugal is now the third most tourism-dependent country in Europe.
“The Focus is to Promote the Island of Madeira as a Covid Safe Tourism Destination”
On this day in 1974 the people of Portugal took the future in their own hands and earned their freedom. It called for tremendous sacrifices and courage. And it highlighted the nature oof the national character. We take this day, and in the sprit of April 25, 1974, to rededicate this site to the people of Portugal. We will share with you their struggles, and their efforts to welcome you again to our wonderful country. We will update you on new initiatives, changes, and ideas. We will share honest perspectives of what is going on, and how you can plan to experience Portugal again soon. Please follow and share our content, and stand with Portugal. It will be there for you!
Madeira has launched a new phase of their “Stay Home Now. Dream Online. Visit Us Later!” campaign. Reaching out to those who have remained at home for the time being and offering them a little escape. The outreach focuses on “online dreaming,” helping travelers to explore the destination through 20 special experiences on the island, that can be accessed through digital platforms. The message is that Madeira awaits, the beautiful island in the Atlantic looks forward to welcoming visitors old and new.
Portugal sits on the Western edge of Europe, and has had humans living in its valleys and shores for 400,000 years. From the prehistoric to Art Deco, Portugal has all kinds of monuments to explore. The Roman and Moors both ruled ancient Portugal for centuries – their touch is unmistaken. But what about other ancient people who came, and saw, and conquered? Their presence is a bit harder to find, but excavations and discoveries in recent decades have cast more light on the ancient invaders of Portugal.
Times change, wills change, You change your being, you change your trust; Everyone is made up of change, Always taking on new qualities.