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COVID-19 Update: Travel Restrictions Relieved

If ever there was a time to travel to Madeira, this is it. Madeira is “one of the safest destinations for 2021” – European Best Destinations; the islands have one of the lowest COVID-19 active cases in Europe; COVID-19 vaccine: around 40% of the population, including tourism professionals.


Are there any travel restrictions to Madeira?


Whoever wants to visit Madeira and Porto Santo (including inter-island travel) must comply with the following measures:


1. Tests


— A negative PCR test carried out 72 hours before boarding the plane. It is free at the various centres under protocol with the Regional Government. There are 73 centres for testing (CLICK HERE).


— Covid-19 PCR test on arrival at the airport. Here, you must go to your hotel and stay there until you get the result (between 6 and 12 hours). (Note: This test is free. If you paid for a PCR test to enter the islands, you could use it before departure, for example, if your country of origin requires it on your return).


Do you have to quarantine in Madeira? Do I have to quarantine if I go to Madeira? This is a frequently asked question. If you present a positive PCR test result, you must comply with mandatory confinement for 10 days, in a health establishment, at home or in a hotel establishment, upon the decision of the competent health authorities.

Can I still travel to Madeira if I tested positive? The answer is NO!

2. Passport or vaccination certificate. 


The document must have your ID details and those related to the vaccination, i.e., the two doses, except Janssen (single dose).


3. Recovered document.


In case you have had Covid-19 within the last 90 days, you must present a document with:

a) the type of test. 

b) The date you recovered. 

c) The word “Recovered”. 

 If you recovered over 90 days ago, we apply the number 1 of this text. 


Madeira safe to Discover application


Travellers to Madeira must register on the Madeira Safe To Discover APP (CLICK HERE) before flying.

Please note: The government will keep the green corridor at the airport for vaccinated, tested, and recovered persons for the next five months. 


Other COVID-19 travel restrictions:



Tourist transport capacity


  • 100% of the capacity

According to JORAM – Resolution No. 511/2021 of 31 May 2021 No. 36 a) motor vehicles may only carry up to 2/3 of their maximum capacity. On June/14, the Regional Government repealed the resolution.




From 1:00 am until 5:00 am (from today, June 15th).




The mandatory use of a face mask, as from 6 years of age, except:

  • Persons with disabilities.
  • Sports practice, recreational sports activities in forest areas and recommended hikes.
  • Beaches.




· Restaurants, bars and similar close at midnight.

· 2/3 of the capacity: tables indoor up to six people, and tables outdoor up to 10.

· People can only consume if seated.


Venues and spectacles


Over 100 people require:

  • Rapid test, including children. 
  • Entrance control. 
  • Social distancing.
  • Alcoholic beverages not allowed.


For more info, CLICK HERE!


Lux Madeira Sanitary seals and measures


Lux Madeira holds the “Clean & Safe” stamp of Turismo de Portugal, the European Tourism Covid-19 Safety Seal and the “Safe Travels” stamp of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). 

These seals:

  • Certify that we follow hygiene and safety rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Mean that Lux Madeira is a reliable company, on a National, European and Worldwide level.
  • Recognize our team’s commitment to ensuring the best sanitary practices, restoring confidence to our customers, employees, and families.


Other information


  • Lux Madeira has a contingency plan and a flowchart with the procedures in case of a suspect;
  • Our employees took part in a 4-hour training session on basic infection prevention and control measures, internal protocol and procedures in case of suspected infection;
  • The measurements in the contingency plan don’t affect the recommendations and information issued by the General Directorate of Health (DGS) and the Regional Directorate of Health (DRS);
  • We try to work with partners who have opted for the same measures.


Don’t forget to keep


  • Social distancing (2 metres). Avoid the crowds!
  • Frequent hand hygiene.
  • Respiratory etiquette.


We will try to update this post whenever necessary and according to how the situation develops.


I hope to see you soon in Madeira!


Clean & Safe



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