Portugal mentioned on Saturday it was extending till Might 16 flight restrictions that cease non-essential journey from nations with excessive coronavirus incidence charges, together with Brazil and India — a brand new addition to the checklist. Travellers from nations the place 500 or extra instances per 100,000 individuals have been reported over a 14-day interval — which additionally embody South Africa, France and the Netherlands, amongst others — can solely enter Portugal if they’ve a legitimate purpose, comparable to for work or healthcare, the federal government mentioned. They have to then quarantine for 14 days.
Individuals from nations the place the incidence charge is 150 or extra COVID-19 instances per 100,000 inhabitants, comparable to next-door Spain and Germany, may journey by aircraft to Portugal just for important causes. They must current proof of a unfavourable COVID-19 take a look at taken inside 72 hours of departure for Portugal. These and not using a take a look at must take one upon arrival and anticipate the outcome on the airport.
The extension of air journey restrictions got here on the identical day most of Portugal moved to the ultimate part of a gradual easing of guidelines imposed in January to sort out what was then the world’s worst COVID-19 surge. As infections dropped sharply, lockdown restrictions began to be eased in mid-March. Colleges, eating places and cafes, purchasing malls, museums and different non-essential providers have since reopened, however beneath strict guidelines to cut back contagion threat.
Portugal’s 1,200-km-long land border with Spain additionally reopened on Saturday after greater than three months of restrictions and border checks.
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