Portugal announced Saturday that it is extending until next March 1 the suspension of all commercial or private flights to or from Brazil and the United Kingdom, a measure taken in January due to the coronavirus pandemic situation and the new variants detected.
The decision is in line with the dates when the new extension of Portugal’s state of emergency will be in effect, between February 15 and March 1, reported EFE.
During this period, only humanitarian flights will be allowed to repatriate Portuguese citizens and their families, as well as residents in Portugal.
These citizens are required to present a negative PCR performed within 72 hours prior to boarding and to keep 14 days of quarantine upon arrival in Portugal.
Humanitarian flights are also allowed to embark nationals or residents of the European Union or of States associated to the Schengen Area, as well as their families, exclusively for repatriation.
They must also present a negative PCR prior to boarding and, upon arrival in Portugal, they must make a mandatory stopover at the airport location determined for this purpose.
Likewise, the flight restrictions decreed two weeks ago for countries of the European Union or associated to the Schengen area will be maintained until March 1.
These include the requirement, in addition to a negative PCR, of a 14-day quarantine for those arriving from countries where the incidence of coronavirus exceeds 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.