Since the start of the pandemic, the archipelago of Madeira has been considered one of the safest destinations in Europe and has been widely praised for its handling of the Covid-19 crisis. It has recently been named one of the safest destinations for 2021 by European Best Destinations.
Despite currently being on the UK’s red list due to being part of Portugal (although it is geographically over 1,000km. from the mainland), there is no evidence of the Brazilian strain in the destination and cases are dropping significantly. For example, in the last 7 days there has been an average of 54 new cases and 87 recovered per day. Moreover, 22,641 members of the population have been vaccinated so far and the target is to immunise 60-70% of the population by the end of the year.
Madeira has worked closely with SGS, the world’s leading certification company to ensure safe practice across the destination and minimise risk in regard to Covid-19. The certification process is available to all companies in the tourism sector and to date, there are currently 57 certified or audited companies in the process of certification.
New ‘Green Corridor’ Conditions:
The green corridor already existed at Madeira airport for those who arrive with a negative PCR test done within 72 hours. Now Madeira is also receiving tourists vaccinated and recovered from Covid-19 (with proof up to 90 days of validity) who want to enjoy the region, with testing for these cohorts no longer required.
This decision represents a vote of confidence in this new phase the world is going through, in addition to encouraging visits to the destination to stimulate economic activity, while maintaining Madeira as a safe destination.
To be eligible, tourists who fall under these new conditions must prove their status through one of two documents.
Proof of Covid-19 recovery in the last 90 days, validated by the respective country of origin, stating the name, date of birth, health number, type and date of the test and explicit mention of ‘recovered’.
The official vaccination certificate for each country is accepted which includes the date of the two doses taken and respect for the immunisation period according to instructions for each vaccine.