Corona-Lage in Portugal

Infection numbers explode: Portugal – record for corona infections, north now risk area

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In view of the sharp rise in new infections in northern Portugal, it was only a matter of time before the RKI also classifies the region as a corona risk area. This happened on Thursday evening. Officially, the status as a risk area applies from Saturday, October 17th. That means: Anyone traveling to Porto, Braga or Guimarães, for example, has to be in quarantine when they return to Germany.

Like other countries in Europe, Portugal is currently struggling with an exacerbation of the corona crisis. The authorities have therefore declared a disaster. This is connected with further measures (see below).

Table of Contents

  • Which applies to returnees from Lisbon and the north
  • The applicable measures / regulations
  • Current infection situation in Portugal
  • Do I have to be in quarantine if I enter Portugal from Germany?
  • Portugal’s corona insurance for travelers
  • What experiences TRAVELBOOK editors have made on site

Which applies to those returning from Lisbon and the north

Holidaymakers from risk areas such as Lisbon and the north are obliged to go into a 14-day quarantine on their return journey. In addition, there is an obligation to notify the authorities. The Foreign Office writes: “Anyone who has been in a risk area in the 14 days prior to entry must report to the responsible health authority and provide the address.”

In addition, returnees from Lisbon “at the request of the responsible health department or other agency specified by the state either have to prove a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 or take a test within 10 days of entry,” writes the Foreign Office.

For days, new highs for new corona infections

On October 16, the Portuguese authorities reported a high level of new infections for the third day in a row. A total of 2608 new Covid 19 cases were recorded – more than ever since the beginning of the pandemic and another 507 more than the day before. There are currently a total of 37,687 active corona infections in Portugal.

The current situation is critical as the numbers have been rising sharply for weeks. This has already led to stricter measures in the country since September 15. With the declaration of a disaster, the regulations are now tightened again.

Disaster – an overview of the new measures

Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa said that the Covid-19 pandemic has been worsening and worsening across Europe since mid-August. “Unfortunately Portugal is no exception and we can classify the development of the pandemic in our country as a serious development.” That is why the Portuguese eight measures decidedwhich are intended to curb the infection process and apply from October 15 to October 31. TRAVELBOOK summarizes these:

  1. Declaration of the disaster.
  2. No more than five people may gather in public, who do not live in a household; this restriction also applies to commercial facilities and gastronomy (bars and restaurants).
  3. Family celebrations such as weddings or baptisms are limited to a maximum of 50 guests. In addition, “everyone must keep the distance rules and wear face masks”.
  4. Prohibition of all academic celebrations and non-university activities at universities and technical colleges. The events for freshmen are explicitly mentioned.
  5. Increased monitoring of compliance with the rules in public, in commercial facilities and in the catering trade.
  6. Harsher penalties for breaking the rules. The fines can be up to 10,000 euros.
  7. Urgent recommendation to wear mouth and nose protection in public and as soon as other people are nearby as well as recommendation to install the Corona warning app “Stayaway Covid” (Google play | Apple App Store) ..
  8. Submission of a bill that makes wearing a face mask in public and the installation of “Stayaway Covid” in the work, academic environment, the military and the security authorities mandatory.

Further corona measures in Portugal

Stricter measures have been in place since September 15, including:

  • Commercial facilities must not open before 10 a.m. (exceptions: cafes, pastry shops, hairdressing salons and fitness studios)
  • The commercial facilities must close between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. (when exactly, the individual municipalities decide)
  • Consumption of alcohol in public is prohibited
  • No sale of alcoholic beverages at petrol stations
  • After 8 p.m., alcoholic beverages are not sold in any facilities except restaurants
  • no use of public sports facilities

In addition, the use of a Mouth and nose protection Mandatory in public transport and shops, as well as maintaining a minimum distance of two meters in public spaces. Facilities that are important for everyday life, such as supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies, also do not have to adhere to opening times.

The corona measures on the beaches

Rules have also been in effect on the beaches in Portugal since June 6th to minimize the risk of infection. These include:

  • 1.5 meters between people who do not belong to the same household
  • 3 meters distance between parasols
  • Prohibition of sporting activities in groups of more than two people (water sports are excluded)
  • One-way systems: Anyone walking on the beach must use pedestrian corridors

At the same time, a traffic light system shows how full a beach is.

  • Green: relatively empty (1/3)
  • Yellow: halfway occupied (2/3)
  • Red: fully occupied (3/3)

If you want to find out in advance whether a beach in Portugal is overcrowded, you can do so using the “Info Praia” app (Google play | Apple App Store).

Do I have to be in quarantine if I enter Portugal from Germany?

There are currently no restrictions for holidaymakers from Germany when they visit mainland Portugal. That means: Even those who come from a German risk area do not have to be quarantined in Portugal.

In order to be able to ensure contact tracing, passengers entering the south-western European country by air must use a “Passenger Locator” form to provide information on the destination and accessibility during their stay. In addition, body temperature is measured at the airport by infrared cameras. If this exceeds 38 degrees, travelers must expect further examinations and quarantine.

Different regulations apply to the Azores and Madeira: For example, a negative corona test that is not older than 72 hours is required upon entry. If you don’t have a test, you can do it on arrival and must remain in quarantine until the test result.

The corona infection situation in Portugal

The 7-day incidence in Portugal

Almost all of Portugal is currently seeing a rising 7-day incidence, particularly Lisbon and the north. The Foreign Office therefore warns against “unnecessary, tourist trips” to the two regions. The 7-day incidence in Portugal by region at a glance:

  • Portugal as a whole (including the Azores and Madeira): 116.48
  • Greater Lisbon: 110.56
  • North: 171.81
  • Algarve: 44.58

The RKI classifies a country or region as a risk area in a two-stage process: “First, it is determined in which states / regions there were more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days,” says the website of the Robert Koch Institute. In a second step, qualitative criteria are used to determine whether countries / regions that nominally fall below the specified limit value are nevertheless at risk of an increased risk of infection. Criteria are:

  • Infection numbers
  • Type of outbreak (locally limited or extensive)
  • Test capacities and tests carried out per inhabitant
  • measures taken to contain the infection process
  • Reliability of the information

The infection situation in Portugal since the beginning of the pandemic

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Portugal offers corona insurance for travelers

What does the insurance include?

Since Portugal is heavily dependent on tourism, the country now also offers travelers corona insurance for a fee – in cooperation with the company Bónus Seguros. The insurance takes effect in the event of “unforeseen events in connection with Covid-19” and enables refunds in the event of flight cancellations or interruptions, according to the Portuguese or English-language website of Portugal Travel Insurance. However, if you take a closer look at the services included, you will notice that they are kept quite general. For example, support is guaranteed in the event of luggage theft in Portugal – which has nothing to do with Covid-19.

More relevant for holidaymakers are the services listed under “Full coverage in the event of unforeseen situations”. In the event of illness, the insurance offers:

  • Medical and hospital costs covered in Portugal
  • Coverage of aftercare costs in the event of a hospital stay
  • Cover for return travel costs in the event of illness or accident

Corona insurance prices for Portugal

The cost of the insurance depends on the length of stay in Portugal.

  • up to 10 days: 37.20 euros per person
  • 10 to 15 days: 43.20 euros per person
  • 16 to 30 days: 48.20 euros per person
  • 30 to 60 days: 65.20 euros per person

What experiences TRAVELBOOK editors have made on site

Portuguese adhere to corona rules, but …

“During my stay in northern Portugal at the end of July, I was surprised at how disciplined people were when they followed the rules. Many Portuguese even wore mouth and nose protection on the street and adhered to the rules of distance. Visitors also behaved cautiously on the beaches, in supermarkets and shopping centers. But the currently increasing number of infections shows that the virus is spreading regardless. The daily new infections remain at a high level, there are hotspots everywhere in the country – especially in the metropolitan areas. The RKI reacted and after Lisbon also declared the north a risk area, the Foreign Office issued a travel warning.

With the declaration of a disaster, the Portuguese government is now taking another drastic step, which on the one hand should enable faster action, but at the same time means further restrictions in everyday life. The plan to make the installation of the Corona warning app mandatory is viewed critically. Portuguese privacy advocates have already expressed their concerns. “- Nuno Alves, Editorial Director TRAVELBOOK

Corona security measures in Portugal are exemplary

“Unlike in many other places in Germany, many Portuguese, including many young people, wear mouth and nose protection on the street. I did this on my trip to Portugal in September / October and. a. in Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto. It is also exemplary that in every street café I visited, tables and chairs, both inside and outside, were regularly cleaned with disinfectants, as well as salt and sugar shakers, vinegar and oil bottles. In supermarkets, credit card readers are disinfected after each use. In some shops, cash payments are now made contactless using a pay machine. Tourist attractions such as the Elevador de Santa Justa (passenger elevator in the center of Lisbon) or the Torre dos Clérigos (tower / landmark of Porto) are currently only accessible to very small groups, so it is usually long – despite the current low number of visitors Waiting is coming. Strict corona security measures may apply. a. also for visitors to the popular port wine cellars in Vila Nova da Gaia (town across from Porto on the other side of the Douro). For example, only those who take a body temperature measurement at the entrance and have no elevated values ​​have access to the Cálem Port Winery. Despite all the security precautions and measures, Portugal – like many other (European) countries – is struggling with an increasing number of new corona infections. According to media reports, Portugal’s President Marcelo Nuno Duarte Rebelo said that the situation was “very serious”. It may be necessary to think about whether family celebrations could take place at Christmas. ” Gudrun Brandenburg, editor TRAVELBOOK

In the south it is relaxed and empty

“The situation in southern Portugal is currently (October) pretty relaxed. I’m in Aljezur in the Algarve and at least there are hardly any people here right now. Many locals stay at home more, tourists are not so many there. That’s why you don’t meet many, sometimes you have vast landscapes, cliffs and beaches (almost) to yourself. In other cities like Lagos there is a little more going on. And there tend to be a few more people in the supermarkets, but apparently everyone adheres to the mask requirement and the cashiers clean the entire belt every time before you can put your things on. The same goes for restaurants and many cafes. Since the weather is good, we also sit outside a lot. Overall it feels pretty good here. “- Anna Wengel, author TRAVELBOOK