Algarve Newsletter #16
Algarve Tourism Bureau - News - September 2020
01. ALGARVE WELCOMES LANDMARK EUROPEAN TOUR PRO-AM IN BUILD-UP TO CLEAN & SAFE PORTUGAL MASTERS

The Algarve – one of Europe’s finest golf holiday destinations – just celebrated the hosting of the first pro-am on the European Tour since the full resumption of the 2020 Race to Dubai, with a controlled pilot event at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

With a reduced field of 48 amateurs across 24 teams consisting of two amateurs and one professional, the European Tour has worked closely with partners Turismo de Portugal to trial the return of the popular Wednesday pro-am concept.

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02. COETZEE CROWNED PORTUGAL MASTERS CHAMPION

The South African George Coetzee secured his fifth European Tour title - and his first on European soil - after producing a short game masterclass to hold off the chasing pack and win the 2020 Portugal Masters by two shots. The 34-year-old ignited his round at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course where the competition took place in the Algarve last week.

The European Tour’s Golf for Good initiative continued this week with two local charities - Existir and APEXA – and EDGA (formerly the European Disabled Golf Association) sharing €50,000, with the European Tour and partner Vilamoura World pledging €25,000 apiece.

George Coetzee quotes: "That was the next step for me really (winning on European soil). I have always had a list of things I wanted to achieve in my career as a golfer and originally, I never thought I would get as far as winning on the European Tour, so ticking that box a while back was really nice. Then I started to realise that I was a bit comfortable playing back home and I needed to go to the next step and win away from home. Some of the events I target are the Qatar Masters and the Portugal Masters because I tend to play really well in those countries and the golf courses really suit me. I was very nervous playing this course and knowing that there are booby traps around the corner every now and then, so stepping on to 18 and hitting the best drive I hit all week, I was shocked! I told my caddie, I can’t believe I just did that, and my preparation mentally kind of paid off as well."


03. TURISMO DE PORTUGAL TO LAUNCH “TOURIST CLEAN & SAFE KIT”

Turismo de Portugal will launch another product to reinforce the confidence of tourists visiting the country, facilitating and promoting compliance with health preventive measures for the dissemination of Covid-19 - The Tourist Clean & Safe kit.

To be distributed to tourists arriving in the country, each 'kit' will contain two“ Portuguese Mask ”, CITEVE level 3 certification masks, which meet the safety criteria for the general population and are 100% biodegradable (100% cotton ), thus reducing the impact on the environment, an alcohol gel pack, protection advice and a 'QR Code' to access the website www.portugalcleanandsafe.com where it is possible to check companies with Clean & Safe certification. This platform will also include a registration system for tourists interested in receiving information sent by Turismo de Portugal, as well as having access to a set of information to support tourists in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The kit is a joint initiative of Turismo de Portugal, ANA Aeroportos and the Regional Tourism Promotion Agencies (Algarve, Lisbon, Alentejo and Ribatejo, Centro, Porto and Norte and Azores).

 

 


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04. F1 PORTUGAL HEINEKEN GRAND PRIX TICKETS

After 24 years of absence, the premier motorsport category returns to Portugal, and the tickets for the 50.000 fans to attend the event are almost sold out. Rush to get the last tickets to F1 Portugal Heineken Grand Prix next October 23 – 25 and Moto GP Grand Prix in November 20-22, see more info » 


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05. PETISCO ROUTE RETURNS FOR ITS 10TH EDITION

The “Petisco Route” is taking place again for its 10th edition in more than 200 restaurants in the region. From September 11 to October11, the route reconnects the Algarve gastronomy with regional “petiscos” and sweets to be tasted for prices between 2 and 3 euros, with drinks. 

This year’s edition will also include a “Chef’s route” offering the possibility of tasting dishes made by some of the most renowned chefs in the region, based on local flavours. 

Inspired by local products and the traditions of the region it celebrates Algarve’s gastronomy and invites to visit the Algarve revitalizing local restaurants and boosting the economy. 


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06. 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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07. 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.


08. COVID TEST - Passengers traveling to Portugal/Algarve

COVID TEST IS NOT NEEDED IF YOU ARE TRAVELING FROM:

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.

MANDATORY COVID TEST, WITH A NEGATIVE RESULT, IN ORDER TO BOARD IS NEEDED FOR: 

 

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.

 

EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE OF MANDATORY PRESENTATION OF NEGATIVE TEST RESULTS BEFORE BOARDING:

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 €).

 Examples:

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


09. Reliable, transparent and regular information about the Algarve
  • The region has 273 active cases (for a total of 1234 since March 8th)
  • 0,062% is the percentage of active cases per 100.000 inhabitants
  • 15,0 is week on week rate of new cases by 100.000 inhabitants in Algarve (Week 36)
  • 943 have recovered – 76,4% of the total cases
  • 6 hospitalizations
  • 2 hospitalizations in ICU
  • 18 deaths associated to covid-19 since the beginning of the outbreak
  • More than 16% of the Algarve’s population has been already tested to coronavirus (total pop. 438.406).
  • Portugal has performed 2.267.663 tests up to now, around 22% of the total Portuguese population,  corresponding to 222.527 tests/1M inhabitants, ahead of countries like Italy (157k/1M) Germany (160K/1M), France(153K/1M) Croatia (54k/1M), Turkey (100K/1M) and Greece (108k/1M).
  • The region has an area of 5.000 square kilometres/1.930 square miles and about 200km/125mi of coastline, which facilitates physical distancing.
  • Although August is the high season, where the Algarve triples in population, not only from guests at hotels, but from second residences both form Portuguese nationals and from foreigners, which are in superior number of beds the official ones, there was no significant increase in the number of cases at the destination.

    (Update info September 13th 2020)

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10. 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 – 3147

  • Golf courses – 36

  • Restaurants - 336

  • Rent-a-car – 29

  • Travel agencies – 337

  • Touristic activities companies – 365

 Check in the link all our members with the stamp:
www.algarvepromotion.pt/en/associadosSubList2.aspx?cleansafe=1

 


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