Covid-19 Restrictions on Cruising: Portugal
including The Azores, Madeira
Restricted. State of Public Calamity’. Boats already in Portugal, whatever the flag, are permitted to move freely between ports/marinas.
Borders remain closed until at least 14th May but boats in transit may take safe haven at anchor if get permission from harbour in advance, for Force Majeure, refuelling or taking on supplies.
- Portuguese Government communication
- Regional Government of Madeira web page
- UK FCO (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) web page
Other Information Sources
07/05/20: Pleasure boating has been "released" in Portugal. This means that all boats already in Portugal, whatever the flag, are permitted to move freely between ports/marinas. Foreign boats that are sheltering in Portugal waters but have not yet cleared in, will not be able to enter marinas or clear in until the borders open. Foreign boats coming into Portugal are still banned (except in an emergency). At the moment there are no certainties about the date of opening the borders. [Noonsite]
30/04/20: Portuguese government announced the transition to a state of public calamity and the implementation of a three-stage de-escalation plan to gradually ease current confinement and mobility measures. Starting on 4 May, each stage of the plan will last 2 weeks. Progression through the stages will depend on the continued control of the COVID-19 outbreak in Portugal.
The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have announced similar de-escalation measures starting on 4 May. They continue to recommend against all but essential travel to and from the archipelagos until further notice. If you are travelling to these regions you will still be subject to health screening and mandatory quarantine for a period of 14 days. Complete and submit online form 24-48 hours before arrival.
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