Algarve Newsletter #18
Algarve Tourism Bureau - News - September 2020
01. VILAMOURA HOSTS SOME OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED EQUESTRIAN EVENTS IN THE WORLD

Vilamoura is once again the stage of the 8th edition of “Vilamoura Champions Tour”, followed by six 2021 Olympic qualifying Grand Prix and finishes with the Nations Cup.

For 7 weeks, from 7 October to 19 November, around 900 horses, 300 riders and more than 30 countries, will be gathered to compete for a total prize of € 1,210,000, by the end of 2021 with the Nations Cup.

Teams from 12 nations are already confirmed: Portugal, Spain, Great Britain (Champion 2016), Ireland, Italy, France (Olympic Champion in title), Germany (Bronze medal in the O.G. 2016), Switzerland, Belgium (European Champions), Argentina, Netherlands and Brazil (Pan American Champions).


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02. BIRWATCHING FESTIVAL – PORTUGAL’S BIGGEST NATURE EVENT IS BACK IN SAGRES

From 2nd to 5th October, Sagres hosts the country’s largest nature event, the Birdwatching & Nature Activities Festival. Alongside the usual fieldtrips, walks and workshops, there will be a variety of online activities to enable people from all over the world to attend talks, workshops and more. Considering the COVID19 pandemic, the Festival’s sites and activities will be adapted to ensure participants’ safety, following health authorities’ recommendations. 


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03. ALGARVE LAUNCHES NEW WALKING GUIDE

For those who appreciate contact with nature and like to venture outdoors, with family or friends, or simply strolling alone, among mountains, woods, dunes, cliffs, lakes and rivers, the new “Guide to Algarve’s Walking Trails“ performs a total of 47 short-distance routes (under 30 km) and sum-ups of 4 long-distance routes (over 30 km) in the region.

It leads to discover the regions nature and heritage, its diverse landscape and strong Mediterranean influences. Whether exploring unpaved paths, cobbled sections or wooden walkways there are many suggestions for hikers and practical advice.

The “Guide to Algarve’s Walking Trails“ can be downloaded here


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04. ANA AIPORTS REINFORCES PROTECTION AND HYGIENE MEASURES

ANA Aeroportos de Portugal has reinforced protection and hygiene measures in its airports, so that passengers feel safer flying. The measures applied in all ANA airports comply with the Contingency Plans, validated by the National Health Department (DGS) and the legal requirements defined by the relevant authorities.

Check here the protective measures taking place.


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05. COVID-19 | PORTUGAL’s UPDATED MEASURES FROM SEPTEMBER 15

On September 15, the Portuguese government revised the public health measures to protect the population. Check here the detailed behaviour measures and guidelines taking place: www.visitportugal.com/en/node/421175 


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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 116 active cases/100.000 inhabitants
  • 0,11% is the percentage of active cases per 100.000
  • 43,1 is week on week rate of new cases by 100.000 inhabitants in Algarve (Week 39)
  • 1054 have recovered
  • Hospitalizations 11 in ICU 4
  • Total of 19 deaths associated to covid-19 since the beginning of the outbreak
  • More than 17% of the Algarve’s population has been already tested to coronavirus (total pop. 438.406).
  • Portugal has performed  2.501.955 tests up to now, around 25% of the total Portuguese population,  corresponding to 245.545tests/1M inhabitants, ahead of countries like Italy (184k/1M) Germany (184K/1M), France(161K/1M) Croatia (72k/1M), Turkey (118K/1M) and Greece (123k/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
  • Faro’s district commission of the National Civil Protection Authority strategic actions for prevention, readiness and response to coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in the Algarve.
  • Areas for population support (ZAP) installed in the 16 municipalities of the Algarve region:
    • 65 structures with capacity for 3390 beds of 3 types (prophylactic isolation, quarantine, social reserve (nursing homes support))
  • Military and hotel units in reserve installed in the 16 municipalities of the Algarve region:
    • 96 structures, with capacity for 1976 beds.
  • Extra-emergency space for hospitalizations at Faro’s Hospital:
    • Sports Hall Sporting Clube Farense (50 beds)
  • Readiness in the eventuality of the need of campaign hospitals:
    • Faro – Sports hall Municipal da Penha
    • Portimão – Portimão Arena
       

(Update info September 27th 2020)


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 – 3161

  • Golf courses – 36

  • Restaurants - 347

  • Rent-a-car – 29

  • Travel agencies – 304

  • Touristic activities companies – 371

 Check in the link all our members with the stamp: ATA members Clean & Safe


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