Covid-19: Vaccination certificates issued by recognized third countries for air travel

announced the government

Vaccination and recovery certificates issued by third countries are now recognized for air travel, with a negative test and quarantine no longer required when applicable depending on their origin, the Government announced today.

“As part of the measures to combat the Covid-19 disease pandemic applied to air traffic, the Government determined that vaccination and recovery certificates issued by third countries will be recognised, under reciprocal conditions and provided that certain requirements are met. , whose respective holders have been administered vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (Janssen, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer)', he says in a note to the media.

In these cases, the Government clarifies, "it is no longer required to present a test with a negative result at the time of boarding or entry into national territory of citizens from these countries, who are also exempt from complying with quarantine when it is applicable due to of their origin'.

With the exception of the Member States of the European Union and countries associated with the Schengen Area, Brazil, the United States, the United Kingdom and countries and administrative regions whose epidemiological situation is in accordance with Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 of the Council, of 30 June 2020 – whose list now includes Uruguay and excludes Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Japan and Serbia – only essential travel to and from other third countries is allowed, says the Government.

Essential journeys are, in particular, those intended to allow citizens to transit or enter Portugal for professional, study, family reunion reasons, for health reasons or for humanitarian reasons.

"All citizens wishing to travel to Portugal by air, except children under 12, must present the EU Covid Digital Certificate or vaccination or recovery certificate issued by third countries and whose validity is now recognised", he says in note.

Alternatively, they must present proof of having performed a molecular laboratory test by RT-PCR or rapid antigen test with a negative result, carried out within 72 or 48 hours prior to the time of shipment, respectively.

For this purpose, only rapid antigen tests that are on the common list for screening for the Covid-19 disease approved by the European Union Health Safety Committee are allowed, and the proof must indicate, obligatorily, the identification of the citizen, the type and name test date, manufacturer, date, time and place (including country) of collection, test result, issuing authority and authentication number.

Passengers whose tests or proof do not comply with the aforementioned requirements must undergo a new test upon entry into mainland territory, at their own expense, waiting in a proper place, inside the airport, until the result is notified, stresses the Government.

He also recalls that airlines should only allow passengers to board flights with destination or stopover in mainland Portugal upon presentation, at the time of departure, of the EU Covid Digital Certificate or certificate issued by a duly recognized third country, or a certificate issued by a duly recognized third country. negative test result, under penalty of incurring an administrative offense punishable by a fine of 500 to 2.000 euros per passenger.

The approved measures are equally applicable to the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers and crew of cruise ships in ports located in mainland national territory.

These measures are in force until 23:59 on September 30, 2021, and may be revised at any time depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation.