2848 passengers fined at Portuguese airports for arriving without a negative test

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs

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A total of 2848 passengers were fined, between December 1 and last Sunday, for trying to enter Portugal through air borders without a negative test for SARS-CoV-2, the Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI) indicated today.

According to the MAI, during the same period, 41 airlines were also fined for boarding these passengers without a negative test.

In an assessment of this measure to control cases of Covid-19, MAI told the Lusa agency that, between December 1 and last Sunday (January 30), the PSP and SEF inspected 1.994.511 passengers and 18.701 flights, which resulted in in 2848 offences.

Since December 1, 2021, all passengers arriving in Portugal by air are required to present a negative test or a recovery certificate upon disembarkation.

Passengers on domestic flights, children under 12 years of age and crews are exempt from the obligation of testing, PCR or rapid.

Airlines that carry passengers without a negative test incur a fine of between 20.000 and 40.000 euros per passenger and travelers are also subject to an administrative offence, between 300 and 800 euros, for not presenting a test on arrival.

The MAI adds that the 2370 infractions include eight foreigners who were refused entry into the country because they did not present a test on arrival, since only Portuguese citizens, foreigners residing in Portugal, are allowed to take the test at the airport. and diplomatic personnel.

MAI data also show that, in the same period, 2.887 diagnostic tests were carried out at airports for passengers who entered the country without this document.

At land borders, also since December 1st, citizens of countries outside the European Union and EU countries considered to be at red or dark red risk need a negative test or a recovery certificate.

Citizens from EU countries considered to be at low or moderate risk must have a vaccination, test or recovery certificate to enter Portugal.

The GNR and the Foreigners and Borders Service carried out 10 random inspections at land borders until January 21.121th to ensure tests for Covid-19, according to the MAI.

Within the scope of these operations, 124.462 inspections were carried out on light and goods vehicles, motorcycles, trains, buses, which gave rise to 42 administrative offense notices for lack of a test or recovery certificate.

The MAI also mentions that 562 diagnostic tests were carried out at land borders.

Control at the border areas will last until 9 February.

The respiratory disease Covid-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in several countries.

A new variant, Ómicron, considered worrying and very contagious by the World Health Organization (WHO), was detected in Southern Africa and since the South African health authorities gave the alert, on 24 November, infections have been reported in more than 110 countries, being dominant in Portugal.