Entry of Brazilian tourists in Portugal, which has been blocked since March 2020, is again approved. The decision was published in the newspaper Diário da República and takes effect on Wednesday (1).
The document is valid until September 16, “it can be revised at any time, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation”, and it cancels the previous government’s decision, which extended the ban on non-essential travel from Brazil until the end of September. .
Despite the effect of the measure, as of late morning, local time, the Portuguese government had not commented or provided further details about the change. In a note sent to a sheetThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that “from now on, travelers from Brazil are no longer subject to the quarantine obligation.” In recent months, anyone traveling from Brazil to Portugal – without a valid European health permit – has been subject to mandatory confinement for 14 days after arriving in the country.
The ministry did not respond to questions about mandatory and Get to know the vaccine, subjects not indicated by the dispatcher issuing the flights.
Under the rules currently in place, anyone traveling from Brazil to Portugal must submit a negative Covid-19 test before boarding the plane. The governments of the two countries are working on an agreement to recognize vaccines. without agreement, Brazilians have difficulty obtaining the so-called European digital certificate, also known as a health passport or COVID passport.
Like other countries, Portugal joined the An electronic document certifying one of the three optionsFull immunization against Covid-19, recovery from illness for less than six months, or a recent negative laboratory test result for the virus.
Digital certification is increasingly being used as a condition of access to establishments and services, such as the interior space of restaurants and participation in classes in gyms.
Even without the bilateral agreement, it is possible for people who have been vaccinated in Brazil to obtain the Portuguese digital certificate. But the path is bureaucratic. Portugal accepts, for the document, only vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency: Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen and AstraZeneca. In the case of AstraZeneca, Covishield, a version of the fortifying agent produced in India and much of which has been applied in Brazil, is still not acceptable. The Coronavac, widely used in Brazil and already approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), also off the authorized list.
Even for those vaccinated in Brazil with approved immunizing agents, there is still a bureaucratic path to follow, as it is necessary to request validation from the Portuguese health authorities. So far, only those with a user number – the NHS registration identification, the National Health Service – can request the certificate. In practice, this requirement means that the issuance of the document is practically limited to Portuguese citizens, citizens of other EU countries and legal residents of the country.
In addition to Portugal, three other countries have recently made the entry of Brazilian tourists more flexible. FranceAnd Germany and Spain They accept travelers departing from Brazil as long as they have a full COVID vaccination schedule. The first two accept only immunizations approved by the European Regulatory Agency; The Spanish government also accepts Coronavac, which is produced by the Butantan company in Brazil.
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