Travel to the Azores
TRAVELLING WITH A DIGITAL COVID19 TEST CERTIFICATE
From 1 July 2021, all passengers who have a Digital COVID19 Test Certificate issued by a health authority of an EU country can travel to or within Azores.
For the issuance of your Digital COVID19 Test Certificate within 72 hours before travelling, you can get tested in a network of laboratories with an agreement with the Regional Government of Azores throughout the country. All tests made for travels to Azores in one of those laboratories are paid by the Regional Government of Azores. After scheduling your test, you should appear at the laboratory at the time and date established and follow the information that was given to you.
If you tested negative, you must request your Digital Green Certificate on the SNS24 portal, http://sns24.gov.pt, or with your national health authority, in the case of foreign citizens. Before you travel, you should also register your travel and certificate on the platform MySafeAzores (http://mysafeazores.com) for early validation of submitted documentation.
Note: Children with 12 years or younger can travel without having to show any certificate or test result
TRAVELLING WITH DIGITAL COVID19 VACCINATION OR RECOVERY CERTIFICATE
From 1 July 2021, all passengers who travel to or within Azores and who have a valid EU Digital COVID19 Vaccination Certificate, i.e., 14 days after complete vaccination, issued by a health authority of a European country do not need to get tested for SARS-CoV-2.
Portuguese citizens can request their Digital VACCINATION OR RECOVERY Certificate on the SNS24 portal, http://sns24.gov.pt. Foreign citizens should contact their national health authority for more information.
The Digital RECOVERY Certificate is valid for 180 days after recovery.
TRAVELLING WITHOUT THE EU DIGITAL COVID19 CERTIFICATE
Passengers who want to travel, by air or by sea, to Azores or from the Island of São Miguel to any of the other eight islands without a Digital COVID19 Certificate, or passengers who come from any area of active community transmission or with active SARS-CoV-2 transmission chains, as defined by the World Health Organisation, must get tested when they get to their final destination, unless they present proof, issued by a national or international accredited laboratory, that they did an RT-PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours before flight or ship departure.
All tests made for travels to Azores in one of those laboratories are paid by the Regional Government of Azores. After scheduling your test, you should appear at the laboratory at the time and date established and follow the information that was given to you.
People who are exempt from presenting a test result when travelling:
- Passengers with twelve years or less.
- Healthcare professionals who are transferring or evacuating patients and who have their professional periodic screening up to date, according to the technical standard of the Regional Health Authority in force at that date.
- Passengers who have any illness proved by a medical declaration that attests any anatomical and/or clinical impossibility to perform the SARS-CoV-2 test via the collection of biological material from the nasopharynx; these passengers will have to send such declaration to the Regional Health Authority for validation within five business days before their travel, without prejudice to performing a serologic test when they arrive in the Autonomous Region of Azores.
- Airline crews who do not go from «airside» to «landside», as in the terminology used in airports, as well as those who travel to outside the Autonomous Region of Azores and return without ever leaving the airplane.
- Passengers who travel from any island considered to have a lower transmission risk and that while travelling to their final destination land on any airport of the islands classified as having a higher transmission risk, provided they do not move from «airside» to «landside», as in the terminology used in airports.
- Where the stay in any island of the archipelago extends for seven days or more, the passenger must call the health authority of the municipality where they live or are staying on the sixth day after they got tested for SARS-CoV-2 to perform another SARS-CoV-2 test, which is promoted by the local health authority and whose result will be communicated as defined by such authority.
- When you perform the test beforehand, the report of your test made within 72 hours before flight departure must state the following:
- Passenger identification;
- Name of the laboratory where the test was made and reference to respective certification;
- Reference to the use of RT-PCR;
- Reference to “nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab sample”, “nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal exudate”, “respiratory sample”, or “respiratory exudate”, according to the technical definitions recognized by the Regional Health Authority and the World Health Organisation;
- Test date;
- «Negative» test result.
- You must show your digital or paper test result when checking in (SMS is not valid).
If you tested positive, do not go to the airport, and contact the health authorities of your residence area.
If you tested negative, you should register your travel with the platform My Safe Azores (https://mysafeazores.com) for a swifter control at arrival.