All passengers, whether Portuguese or foreign citizens, with trips scheduled for the Autonomous Region of Madeira, can perform PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) COVID-19 tests, without any charge, in several cities in the country. Currently, there are 34 sample collection stations for testing.
When planning your trip to Madeira and Porto Santo, it is important to know the local regulations in force in terms of prevention and containment of COVID-19, namely:
All passengers must complete the mandatory epidemiological survey, provided by the Regional Health Authority, on the digital platform madeirasafe.com. The completion can be done in the 48h to 12h prior to boarding and must be done, individually, by each passenger, except for dependents up to 12 years old, whose registration must be included in the survey of one of the accompanying adults. After completing the registration, the passenger receives a notification, via e-mail, with his access code for the madeirasafe.com platform. The passenger should login to his madeirasafe.com account where he/she will find the respective QR Code, to be presented upon arrival at Madeira Airport. The PCR test result can also be submitted in advance on the platform.
All passengers disembarked at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira are subject to thermal screening, without exceptions.
Testing for COVID-19
All passengers who, when disembarking, carry a negative PCR test for COVID-19, carried out within 72 hours prior to boarding, in laboratories certified by national or international authorities, can proceed to their destination.
On the other-hand, passengers who have not undergone PCR testing at their location of origin will do so upon arrival at the airport, then proceed to their destination where they must wait for an estimated period of 12h, in confinement, to receive the result.
In the exceptional cases of refusal to carry out the test upon arrival, passengers may choose to 1) fulfil voluntary isolation, for a period of 14 days, at their home or at the hotel where they are staying, and if the accommodation is less than 14 days, the confinement will cover the duration of the accommodation period; or 2) return to the destination of origin or any other destination outside the territory of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, isolation at home or in the hotel establishment where he/she is staying. In these cases, the accommodation costs will be borne by the traveller.
- Children are exempt from testing in childhood and pre-adolescence, with exception to:
- Children from 12 years old, upon decision by the Health Authorities;
- Children with probable criteria for COVID-19 disease;
- Children whose family members or companions are probable cases;
- Other situations validated by the Health Authorities.