This document contains the latest information about the protocols, preventative measures and changes adopted in the Azores in response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Sunvil discovered the Azores in 1990 and since then we have been one of the leading promoters of responsible tourism, to this enchanting archipelago of nine emerald green islands. We have selected properties full of charm, authenticity and character. Our desire is that you have a personal and enriching holiday experience.
Since lockdown was announced, and before, we have been closely monitoring government guidance, regional policies and have maintained a continuous dialogue with our colleagues in the Azores. Below we have highlighted the facts and guidelines relating to accommodation, shops and services. It is important to note that guidelines are being updated daily and you should contact us should you have any specific questions or concerns.
This document was updated on Tuesday 21st July.
Click here to read the press release from Turismo de Portugal, dated 29 June: 'Portugal is open"
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 Azores on the islands of São Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, Faial and Pico are required to fill in a declaration form that must be completed and signed, following one of three options:
Option 1: Submit proof, on paper, of a document issued by a national or international laboratory, carried out by the RT-PCR methodology, within 72 hours before the departure of the airport flight of origin, where the passenger's identification is stated, the laboratory where it was performed, the date of the test and the NEGATIVE result.
Option 2: Perform the screening test for the SARS-CoV-2, by collecting biological samples on arrival. Health authority professionals at the airport will collect biological samples to conduct the SARS-CoV-2 test. After that, the visitor must remain in isolation at their booked accommodation until notification of their results. If staying on São Miguel and Terceira, the maximum await is 12 hours and, on Santa Maria, Faial and Pico, no longer than 48 hours.
On the first and second options, 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.
Option 3: Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, isolation.
In cases where the SARS-CoV-2 virus test result is POSITIVE, the local health authority will determine and communicate the procedures to be followed.
Inter-Island connections: Inter-island travel by air or sea does not require the prior authorisation from the Regional Health Authority. However, visitors must communicate this intention, on arrival, to the Health Authority, by completing declaration for this purpose. If a SARS-CoV-2 screening test is conducted upon arrival in the region, visitors are allowed to travel to another island, after a NEGATIVE result. On arrival at the final destination island, visitors must contact the Health Authority for that municipal area on the 6th day, after the initial test, in order to conduct a new SARS-CoV-2 screening test.
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 sanitizers 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.
For more information please access: Passenger Guide