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Sharp increase in new infections: Portugal tightened corona measures! The current situation

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Portugal is not yet a corona risk area for the Robert Koch Institute. And the Portuguese authorities are working to keep it that way. Due to the increasing number of Covid 19 cases, tightened measures have been in place for the whole country again since September 15. So far these have been limited to the greater Lisbon area. The Foreign Office writes about Portugal that the country is “meanwhile from COVID-19 more affected and has recently experienced a moderately increasing number of new infections ”. The regional focus is the greater Lisbon area, followed by the north. The infection situation had recently already led some European countries to put Portugal on the list of risk countries. There are currently 20,229 active cases in the country; With 780 new infections according to official information from the authorities, Portugal recorded the highest increase since April 10 (as of September 18).

Currently, German tourists do not have to be quarantined when they return after a holiday in Portugal. In order to be able to ensure contact tracing, passengers arriving by air in the south-western European country must use a “Passenger Locator” form to provide information on the destination and accessibility during their stay, among other things. In addition, body temperature is measured at the airport by infrared cameras. If this exceeds 38 degrees, travelers must expect further examinations and quarantine.

The Covid 19 cases in Portugal at a glance

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Current corona measures in Portugal

The tightened measures in Portugal include loud Authority information:

  • A maximum of ten people can meet
  • Commercial establishments must not open before 10 a.m. (exceptions: cafes, pastry shops, hairdressing salons and fitness studios)
  • The commercial facilities must be between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. (when exactly, the individual municipalities decide)
  • In the catering areas of shopping malls, the number of people per group is limited to a maximum of 4
  • The 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 establishment 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.

Violations can result in a fine of up to 500 euros for individuals.

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).

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 in the event of luggage theft in Portugal is guaranteed – 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: EUR 65.20 per person

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. Anyone who currently decides to travel to Portugal not only has to expect a very dynamic infection situation, but also that the RKI could put the country or the metropolitan regions on the list of risk areas. ” Nuno Alves, Editorial Director TRAVELBOOK

Note: The video was recorded on July 21, 2020 on Praia da Árvore beach in the north of Portugal.