Portugal’s Madeira to Reopen Borders With Free COVID-19 Tests

Madeira Region to Reopen to International Tourists With Free COVID-19 Tests

We are raring to explore this slice of tropical paradise in Portugal!

Good news: Madeira announced plans to reopen to international visitors from 1 July 2020, along with its sister island in the archipelago, Porto Santo. Porto Santo is the second-largest island of the Autonomous Region of Madeira. 

As of writing, Madeira has recorded 89 recovered cases and no deaths. Moreover, Madeira was the first region in Portugal to implement the Contingency Plan for Emerging Infections: Coronavirus. To promote a highly secure and reassuring environment, travellers landing at the airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira have to present a negative test for COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to their landing time.

Alternatively, the Madeira government will be testing travellers at the respective airports upon arrival. Nevertheless, the Madeira government assures travellers that it will be paying for all COVID-19 testing costs. 

What happens after testing

Upon testing negative, travellers will be exempted from mandatory quarantine and can go on to explore the island. On the contrary, the Madeira government will be directing those who test positive to a designated hotel. In this case, the Madeira government will cover the costs of treatment, accommodations, and meals at the designated hotel unit.

Also read: Iceland to Reopen Borders With Free COVID-19 Tests

What awaits in Madeira

Known as the Pearl of the Atlantic, nature lovers would find themselves right at home in Portugal’s Autonomous Region of Madeira. Relish the lush greenery, sparkling waterfalls, and breathtaking landscapes. What’s more, Madeira is known for scenic hiking trails that lead travellers literally above the clouds. Porto Santo is as beautiful in its own respect, boasting golden sands and crystalline waters.

Moreover, Madeira fulfils all the conditions for the adrenaline rush adventurous travellers seek, from the tops of its mountains to gnarly waves perfect for surfing. Feel free to check out Jardim do Mar and Machico, which are among the best surfing spots in the Hawaii of the Atlantic. After a long day, wind down for a magical evening in Morenos — a charming picnic spot ideal for watching the sun set beyond the surface of the earth. 

While we are eagerly awaiting Madeira to reopen its borders, stay safe! More importantly, let’s continue supporting our frontliners to free our world of this pandemic.

Information extracted from Madeira Regional Tourism Board.

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Jaime Lee
Jaime Lee

Golden hour adventures are Jaime's favourite kind of adventures. She hopes to see all the sunsets in the world one day.


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