Algarve Newsletter #23
Algarve Tourism Bureau - News - November 2020
01. THE ALGARVE IS LEADING BEACH DESTINATION 2020 FOR THE 7th TIME

The Algarve is once again distinguished as the “Leading Beach Destination in Europe”, in the 2020 edition of the World Travel Awards.

This is the seventh time that the destination wins the nomination from leaders of the tourism and travel industry from around the world who vote to reward the best tourism offer at a global level.

The Algarve was one of the first European regions to open its beaches in 2020, guaranteeing all safety conditions. “Strengthening the security of the destination and regaining the confidence of tourists has been our priority since the beginning of the pandemic”, explains João Fernandes, Algarve Tourism President. “There was a great mobilization and a joint effort by the whole region in this regard, which proved to be essential to consolidate and transmit an image of confidence. Receiving this international distinction thus validates all that work and proves that the destination can adapt to new circumstances, without altering the quality and authenticity of experiences for tourists.”

The beauty and diversity of the beaches in the Algarve, the year-round sunshine and the perfect conditions for water sports are the characteristics most valued by visitors. In addition, the region boasts 87 blue flag beaches; 48 beaches with the necessary accessibility for people with disabilities; the implementation of good environmental practices with regard to the cleaning and preservation of the beaches and the availability of good quality infrastructures and support services.

It is a combination of all these attributes, that has led to the Algarve being distinguished, over the last few years, as “Leading Beach Destination in Europe”. This has enabled Turismo do Algarve to capitalize on the loyalty of priority strategic markets, and to diversify into other new markets. “More than just a beach destination our complementary offer is very rich and diverse - ranging from golf, nautical tourism and nature tourism, to culture and gastronomy in the region. In this way, we have managed to allow tourists to discover a series of other experiences and end up being surprised by a destination that proves to be unique and genuine”, reveals João Fernandes.

World Travel Awards


02. EASYJET LAUNCHES NEW ROUTE TO FARO FROM AMSTERDAM

Following the decision of the Netherlands government to include the Algarve in its list of safe destinations, EasyJet will start a new winter route connecting Faro to Amsterdam form December 19 on a weekly frequency. By Christmas time (from December 22 to December 29), the frequency will be increased to twice a week.

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03. PORTUGAL IS ON SWITZERLAND TRAVEL CORRIDOR

Swiss authorities decided on 28 October to lift restrictions on the entry of people from Portugal. Nationals or travellers from these countries will no longer have to go through a 10-day quarantine upon arrival.

Swiss Federal Office of Public Health


04. THE ALGARVE IS GIVING ITS FIRST STEPS ON REMOTE WORK OFFER

New times, new ways of working is the motto for “Hilton Home Office”, the concept created by Hilton Vilamoura that transforms the hotel room in a workspace and offers the possibility to clients to enjoy their time off under Algarve’s winter sun.

On the east side of the Algarve, Workation @ Robinson is the new proposal from Robinson Club Quinta da Ria, where hotel rooms can also be converted into home office areas. The offer is aimed primarily at working long-term guests who work on the move and at the same time want to take advantage of the pleasant holiday atmosphere.

Partners like TUI developed the TUI Workation concept combining work and holidays: working in an inspiring environment, in a well-equipped workplace where people can enjoy the relaxed holiday feeling after a productive working day. In the Algarve, employees of seven different Dutch and Belgian companies are staying at hotel TUI BLUE Falésia in Olhos d'Agua.


05. NEW SIGNAGE AT VIA ALGARVIANA WALKING ROUTE

Sectors 9 and 10 from Great Route 13 – Via Algarviana - have new signage in situ and now its again possible to hike these beautiful paths crossing Messines, Silves and Monchique in the inlands.

Via Algarviana


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06. RELIABLE, TRANSPARENT AND REGULAR INFORMATION ABOUT THE ALGARVE
  • The region has 215 active cases for 100.000 inhabitants
  • 0,21% is the percentage of active cases per 100.000 inhabitants
  • 84,1 is week on week rate of new cases by 100.000 inhabitants in Algarve (week 44)
  • 1867 have recovered from a total of 2838 cases since March
  • 28 hospitalizations, 3 in ICU
  • Total of 28 deaths associated to covid-19 since the beginning of the outbreak
  • More than 18,5% of the Algarve’s population has been already tested to coronavirus (total pop. 438.406).
  • Portugal has performed 3.453.094 tests up to now, around 34% of the total Portuguese population, corresponding to 338.988 tests/1M inhabitants, ahead of countries like Italy (266k/1M) Germany (260K/1M), France(253K/1M) Croatia (125k/1M), Turkey (168K/1M) and Greece (172k/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 November 1st 2020)


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07. UK & EUROPEAN CONNECTIONS TO FARO

Travelling to Faro is possible through the many direct flights from major european cities. See updated available flights here Aeroporto de Faro

 


08. 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.


09. 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


10. OUR COMPANIES WITH CLEAN & SAFE LABEL

 

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” seal created by Turismo de Portugal to ensure safety in destination businesses for staff, guests and locals:

 

Hotels & resorts – 442

Local accommodation – 3184

Golf courses – 36

Restaurants - 347

Rent-a-car – 29

Travel agencies – 307

Touristic activities companies – 376

 

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


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