Travel to the Azores
Passengers who intend to travel to the territory of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, by air or sea, and who come from areas considered by the World Health Organization as areas of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV virus -2, are required to carry out a test upon arrival at the island of final destination, unless they present proof, in digital or paper format, of a certificate issued by an accredited laboratory, nationally or internationally, attesting to the performance of a screening test to SARS -CoV-2, performed by the RT-PCR methodology, within 72 hours before the departure of the flight or the departure of the vessel.
All tests carried out during trips to the Azores in one of the agreed laboratories are paid for by the Regional Government of the Azores. After scheduling your test, you must report to the laboratory at the indicated time and day, following the information given.
You can check the list of agreed laboratories here: https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=8824
Extending the stay in any of the islands of the archipelago for seven or more days, or for thirteen or more days, the embarked person must, on the sixth and twelfth days, respectively, from the date of the SARS screening test. -CoV-2, contact the health authority of the municipality where you reside or are staying, with the objective of carrying out a new SARS-CoV-2 screening test, to be promoted by the local health authority, whose result is for you communicated by the means assumed by that entity.
Any citizen present on an island in the Azores, where there is no private laboratory, can undergo a test by the Regional Health Service to return to the country of origin, having to pay a user fee of €65. The time between collection and obtaining the result, by email, can take between 24 to 48 hours, depending on the day of the week on which the collection is required. On islands with private laboratories (Faial, Terceira and S. Miguel), you should go to one of them.
Exceptions to the mandatory presentation of the test:
- Passengers aged twelve or under
(You can check other exceptions here: https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=8908)
GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION
If you carry out the test in advance, the test report carried out up to 72 hours before the departure of the flight must contain the following information:
- Identification of the passenger;
- Name of the accredited laboratory where the test was carried out, with mention of the respective certification;
- Reference to the use of the RT-PCR methodology;
- Reference to the sample of “nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab”, “nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal exudate”, “respiratory sample” or “respiratory exudate”, in the technical meanings recognized by the Regional Health Authority in accordance with the World Health Organization;
- Date of testing;
- Test result as "negative".
If your result is negative, you can travel and must register your trip on the My Safe Azores platform (https://mysafeazores.com) to allow faster and more efficient control on arrival in the Azores.
You must present the exam result at the time of check-in in digital or physical format, excluding the SMS format.
Extending the stay in any of the islands of the archipelago for seven or more days, or for thirteen or more days, the embarked person must, on the sixth and twelfth days, respectively, from the date of the SARS-CoV-2 screening test, contact the health authority of the municipality where you reside or are staying, with the objective of carrying out a new SARS-CoV-2 screening test, to be promoted by the local health authority, whose result is communicated to you by the means assumed by that entity.
The Autonomous Region of the Azores will assume all charges resulting from accommodation and meals for passengers disembarked in the Region, for compliance with mandatory confinement derived from POSITIVE result to SARS-CoV-2 and prophylactic isolation as a result of close contact with a POSITIVE SARS-CoV-2 case, when determined by the Health Authority.
During the month of June the Azores will have an increase in the number of vaccines against Covid-19, which will have as a priority to close the process on the islands without a hospital, and community immunity for the archipelago is expected in July (according to scientific data, is reached with 70% or more of the inoculated population).
44% of Azoreans have already taken at least one dose of the covid-19 vaccine. The schedule for accelerating the process of vaccination on islands without a hospital is the following:
- 6 th to 8 th June - Santa Maria Island
- 9 th to 10 th June - Flores Island
- 11 th to 13 th June - Graciosa Island
- 14 th to 16 th June - São Jorge Island
- 17 th to 20 th June - Pico Island