Madeira has been widely praised for its handling of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and has been named one of the safest destinations for 2021 by European Best Destinations
Madeira offers one free PCR Covid-19 test per visitor, to be taken on arrival or departure (results in 12 hours) and discounted rates for any further tests required.
The procedure to request the free of charge Covid-19 test (PCR or antigen test) before returning to the country of origin is:
- Passenger registers on madeirasafe.com;
- Passenger submits the PCR test, with a negative result, performed at country of origin;
- Health authorities in Madeira validate the test presented;
- After validation, an automatic questionnaire asks if the passenger needs a Covid-19, and, if so, what type of test;
- Passenger is also questioned about return date to country of origin;
- Madeirasafe.com generates an automatic test reservation, considering the passenger’s return date;
- A message with the schedule is sent to the passenger (by email);
- The appointment is scheduled for Dr. Nélio Mendonça central Hospital;
- The passenger receives, in his e-mail, an official document, with the result of the test.
Madeira is working towards a fully vaccinated tourism sector before summer.
The green corridor already existed at Madeira airport for those who arrive with a negative PCR test done within 72 hours. Alternatively, visitors can take a free test at the airport on arrival. One free PCR test per visitor is offered, to be taken on arrival or departure, with results in 24 hours. There are also discounts on offer for any further tests required, with PCR tests from €90 and antigen tests from €18.
Now Madeira is also receiving tourists vaccinated and recovered from Covid-19 (with proof up to 90 days of validity) who want to enjoy the region, with testing for these cohorts no longer required.
Covid-19 cases in Madeira have decreased significantly in recent months, with an average of 32 new cases in the last 7 days. 27.1% of the population has received their first dose of the vaccine and 8.8% have received both doses. Tourism professionals will be vaccinated by the end of May.
Curfew hours in Madeira have now been reduced and are from 11pm until 5am. Restaurants will be open for dinner until 10pm.
Madeira has worked closely with SGS, the world’s leading certification company to ensure safe practice across the destination and minimise risk regarding Covid-19. The certification process is available to all companies in the tourism sector.