Algarve Newsletter #14
Algarve Tourism Bureau - News - August 2020
01. Algarve is on UK's green list

Portugal, including Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores, is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

From 4am on 22 August, Portugal was added to the list of countries where self-isolation on return to the UK is not required. You will still need to provide your journey and contact details before you travel. See guidance on entering or returning to the UK.

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02. Algarve is ready to roll out the ‘greens carpet’

After months on the ‘red carpet’, the Algarve is ready to roll out the ‘greens carpet’ and greet UK golfers returning to the region’s famous fairways with open arms following the lifting of quarantine travel restrictions to Portugal after the Covid-19 lockdown.

Players heading to the Algarve over the coming months are guaranteed a warm welcome and outstanding golf on courses in optimum condition at what is one of the best times of year to play.

Playing golf in the Algarve has never been safer, with each golf venue following strict public health guidelines, golf courses, hotels and tourist businesses widely approved by the Portuguese authorities’ ‘Clean and Safe’ accreditation and Portugal approved as a ‘Safe Travels’ destination by the World Travel Tourism Council.

The sun-drenched Portuguese golfing hotspot, with 43 fabulous courses along the coastline, has been a firm favourite with golfers across the UK and Europe for the last five decades – and was voted the world’s favourite golf destination 2020 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

A spokesperson for the Algarve Tourism said: “Everyone has worked extremely hard to make Portugal and the Algarve one of the safest places to visit in Europe, and we’re thrilled to be able to welcome UK golfers back after so many months away.

“While some things in the world may have changed after the Covid-19 lockdown, we can reassure golfers that our courses remain as good as ever and our message is clear - put months of lockdown and quarantine behind you and enjoy some of Europe’s top-ranked courses in a part of the world that is a golfing paradise.” 

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03. UK & European connections to Faro

Airlines like EasyJet, Wizzair, Ryanair and British Airways are flying to Faro from UK airports, see more info » 

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04. Miguel Oliveira’s win relaunches the championship for an exciting season finale at Algarve’s Portimão Circuit

What. A. Race. In a dramatic red-flagged BMW M Grand Prix of Styria, Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) got the better of Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) at the famous final corner, on the final lap, to win his first MotoGP™ race in the 900th premier class contest. A stunning victory for Oliveira who hands Portugal and Tech 3 their first premier class wins, in his 150th Grand Prix.

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05. No quarantine upon Arrival

No quarantine will be imposed for travellers arriving in Faro: Portugal’s foreign minister Augusto Santos Silva stressed that “to tourists who come by air, Portugal will not impose a quarantine”, instead focusing on “minimal health controls” to keep travellers and locals safe - those arriving in the Algarve are welcome in the country right now.

06.COVID TEST - Passengers traveling to Portugal/Algarve


Countries that are part of the European Union, associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) and the United Kingdom.

Countries whose epidemiological situation is in accordance with the recommendations regarding air connections with Portugal, namely Canada.



All passengers (including Portuguese citizens and residents of Portugal) on flights from countries that are not part of the European Union, or that are not countries associated with the Schengen Area or from the United Kingdom or Canada, must present proof of RT-PCR testing for COVID-19, with a negative result, performed within 72 hours prior to the time of departure, or they will be denied boarding.

For example the United Stated of America and Brazil. 


NOTE: The test must be a molecular RT-PCR test and rapid tests are not acceptable.



Passengers transferring in Portugal with a connecting flight outside of national territory are exempt from presenting the test as long as the connecting flight takes place on the same calendar day and they do not leave the boarding area within the airport;

Passengers of Portuguese nationality and passengers with legal residence in Portugal, on flights originating in African Portuguese speaking countries or any origin in a third country on repatriation or humanitarian flight:

Will be allowed to board without proof of testing, however they will be tested upon arrival at the Portuguese airport, at their own expense, and must wait for the results at their residence (for reference, the test costs 100 €).


Portuguese national / resident in Portugal traveling from New York to Lisbon-Faro: Must present test to board

Foreign national traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon-Faro: Must present test to board

Foreign national traveling Sao Paulo – Lisbon – Madrid: No test required

07. Reliable, transparent and regular information about the Algarve
  • The Algarve region has 223 active cases (for a total of 1028 since March 8th)
  • 22,6 is the number of new cases in the period of the last 14 days per 100.000 inhabitant (weeks 33&34)
  • 12,1 is the number of new cases in the period Week-on-week per 100.000 inhabitant (week 34)
  • 0,05% is the percentage of active cases per 100.000 inhabitant
  • 788 have recovered - 77% of the total cases
  • Total of 17 deaths associated to covid-19 since the beginning of the outbreak.
  • 4 hospitalizations 0 in ICU.
  • The region has an area of 5.000 square kilometres/1.930 square miles and about 200km/125mi of coastline, which facilitates physical distancing.
  • More than 13% of the Algarve’s population has been already tested to coronavirus (total pop. 438.406).
  • Portugal has performed 1.896.675 tests up to now, around 18% of the total Portuguese population, corresponding to 186.091tests/1M inhabitant ahead of countries, like Spain (182k/1M), Italy (133k/1M) Germany (121/1M), France(91K/1M) Croatia (37k/1M) and Greece (82k/1M) and Turkey with (76K/1M).

    (Update info 23d August 2020)

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08. Check our companies with the “Clean & Safe” stamp

Hotels and resorts, local accommodation, travel agencies and touristic companies, golfs, restaurants and rent-a-car services in the Algarve, comply with the “Clean & Safe” stamp created by Turismo de Portugal to ensure safety in destination businesses for staff, guests and locals:

  • Hotels & resorts – 441
  • Local accommodation – 3101
  • Golf courses – 36
  • Restaurants - 359
  • Rent-a-car – 29
  • Travel agencies – 304
  • Touristic activities companies – 362

 Check in the link all our members with the stamp:


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