Madeira set to offer free COVID-19 tests to tourists

Published on : Thursday, May 6, 2021

Madeira has decided to offer one free PCR test at the airport on arrival to each tourist. The test is to be taken on arrival or departure with results in 24 hours. The archipelago of Madeira has been considered one of the safest destinations in Europe ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A green corridor is already in place at Madeira airport for those who arrive with a negative PCR test done within 72 hours, meaning no further testing is needed. The destination is also offering discounts on offer for any further tests required, with PCR tests from €90 and antigen tests from €18. 

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 no longer required. Madeira has worked closely with SGS, a 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.

Nearly 27 per cent of the population in Madeira has received their first dose of the vaccine and 8.8 per cent have received both doses. Tourism professionals are also likely to be vaccinated by the end of May.  Nuno Vale, Director, Madeira Promotion Bureau, said in a statement that in a year of great challenges for the tourism sector, Madeira knew how to tread a path of exception, and are now receiving excellent opportunities ranging from structural work to ongoing promotions.

He mentioned that it has been a massive vote of confidence from visitors and tour operators, which Madeira aims to uphold and continue into the future. He shared that Madeira drew up a pandemic response strategy with concrete measures which were both timely and appropriate and kept the pandemic under control by providing the inhabitants of the region and tourists with security in their activities, whether in work or entertainment.

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