IMPORTANT: From 01 January entry to the Azores is restricted to UK residents travelling for essential purposes only.
The Azores received recently the distinction "Coronavirus Safest Destination" from the European Best Destination Organisation, based on health security measures in the tourism sector and its related activities, the low number of cases and security in the local health service.
All arrivals into the Azores are required to fill in a declaration form - the form can be completed within 72 hours of departure or on arrival. A further declaration is required for inter-island travel.
In addition to this online documentation, all travellers are required to undertake a PCR swab test in the UK, within 72 hours of departure. The result document must state the passenger identity, the laboratory where it was performed, the date of the test and the NEGATIVE result and be presented at check-in an on arrival. If you choose to complete the declaration form prior to departure, the negative test result should be uploaded to your file.
Furthermore, if staying in the Azores for seven or more days, on the 6th day after the date of the SARS-CoV-2 screening test, passengers must contact the health authority of the municipal area in which they are staying, with a view to conducting a new SARS-CoV-2 screening test.
In the case of an inter-island trip departing from Sao Miguel to one of the other islands, you must perform the COVID19 test, using the RT-PCR methodology, up to 72 hours before departure and only with a negative result you can travel. This test can be booked locally.
Please also ensure that you are familiar with the new rules for travel within Europe from 01 January 2021. A synopsis of the changes can be found in our dedicated blog.
Measures being carried out at Azores airports:
- Reinforced cleaning with hospital-level disinfectants
- On-going cleaning teams in various areas
- Disinfection using advanced technology UV equipment
- Increase of hand sanitisers at all points of the terminals
- Signage and disclosure of the use of a mask on the terminal
- Body temperature measurement camera system in coordination with health entities