COVID-19 Update (October 15th 2021): Travel Restrictions Relieved

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If ever there was a time to travel to Madeira, this is it. But there are COVID-19 travel restrictions you need to know before you go.

According to the European Best Destinations, Madeira is “one of the safest destinations for 2021”; The islands have one of the lowest COVID-19 active cases in Europe; Around 83% of the population, including tourism professionals, are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Are there any travel restrictions to Madeira?

Whoever wants to visit Madeira and Porto Santo (including inter-island travel) must:

  • Register on the Madeira Safe To Discover APP HERE, before arrival. Once you have filled in all the information, you’ll get a QR code that will be scanned at Funchal airport. It also has resources on how to get a second negative test for the return.
  •  Please note: Passengers disembarking in Madeira by air or sea: Rapid antigen testing at airports, ports and marinas comes into force from 1 November 2021. Until then, all passengers must comply with one of the following three measures:


1. PCR Test

— 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. Check the list of the 73 centres for testing HERE. Otherwise, you have to take one at the airport, upon arrival, and isolate until the results are back between 6 and 12 hours.

Return – if your country requires a test to return, you can book via Madeira Safe app. The test is scheduled automatically, and the invitation is sent to your email. (Note: Madeira offers one free test. If you paid for a PCR test to enter the islands, then the return test is free).

“Do you have to quarantine in Madeira?”, or, “do I have to quarantine if I go to Madeira?” are frequently asked questions. 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.

Other COVID-19 travel restrictions:

Tourist transport

  • 100% of the capacity
  • Face masks must be worn by all passengers

End of curfew on October 15th (00:00)

Face masks:

Indoor use of mask compulsory, except:

  • Persons with disabilities
  • Children under 5 years old

Outdoor use of mask not compulsory, except:

  • When social distancing is not possible.


  • End of limited capacity on tables, but distancing between tables are still in place.

Venues and spectacles

Over 100 people indoors or 500 people outdoors require:

  • Rapid test, including children
  • Entrance control
  • Social distancing

Nightclubs open on October 15th (00:00):

  • Entrance control: Passport or vaccination certificate OR Recovered document
  • Social distancing

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

Lux Madeira measures against COVID-19

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