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 within 72 hours of travel. In addition to this online documentation, all travellers are required to either:
Option 1: Undertake a PCR test in the UK, within 72 hours of departure, and upload the negative test results to the aforementioned declaration form. The result document must state the passenger identity, the laboratory where it was performed, the date of the test and the NEGATIVE result.
Option 2: Agree to undertake a PCR test on the arrival into the Azores. In this instance, 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 on arrival, 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.