Travel to the Azores

TRAVELLING WITH COVID19 DIGITAL CERTIFICATE OF VACCINATION OR RECOVERY

All passengers traveling to the Azores from mainland Portugal or Madeira, who are holders of the valid EU COVID Digital VACCINATION Certificate, that is, 14 days after the date of full vaccination, do not need to undergo screening tests to infection by SARS-CoV-2.

All passengers traveling to the Azores from abroad (international flights) must present, at the time of departure, proof of laboratory performance of the nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN) or rapid antigen test (TRAg) for screening for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result, carried out within 72 or 48 hours prior to boarding, respectively, with the airlines being responsible for verifying the existence of the aforementioned test at the time of departure.

In the case of the Digital Certificate of RECOVERY, these are valid for 180 days after recovery.


TRAVEL WITH COVID19 TEST DIGITAL CERTIFICATE

All passengers can travel to the Azores, coming from mainland Portugal or Madeira, being holders of the Digital TEST Certificate.

All passengers traveling to the Azores from abroad (international flights) must present, at the time of departure, proof of laboratory performance of the nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN) or rapid antigen test (TRAg) for screening for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result, carried out within 72 or 48 hours prior to boarding, respectively, with the airlines being responsible for verifying the existence of the aforementioned test at the time of departure.

If your result is negative, you must request the issuance of the Green Digital Test Certificate through the SNS24 portal, http://sns24.gov.pt, or, in the case of foreign citizens, through your national health authority.

Before your trip, you must also register your trip, together with the certificate, on the MySafeAzores platform (http://mysafeazores.com) for the anticipated validation of the submitted documentation.

Children aged 12 and under can travel without a certificate or test.


TRAVEL WITHOUT THE COVID19 EU DIGITAL CERTIFICATE

All passengers traveling to the Azores from abroad (international flights) must present, at the time of departure, proof of laboratory performance of the nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN) or rapid antigen test (TRAg) for screening for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result, carried out within 72 or 48 hours prior to boarding, respectively, with the airlines being responsible for verifying the existence of the aforementioned test at the time of departure.

Passengers who intend to travel to the Azores from Mainland Portugal or Madeira, without COVID19 Digital Certificate, by air or sea, are required to carry out a test upon arrival in the island of final destination, unless:

  1. Present proof of a certificate issued by an accredited laboratory, nationally or internationally, attesting to the performance of a screening test to SARS-CoV-2, carried out by the RT-PCR methodology, within 72 hours before the departure of the flight or departure of the vessel.
  2. Present proof of carrying out a nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN) or rapid antigen test (TRAg) to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection, with a negative result, performed within 72 hours or 48 hours prior to that time of boarding.

If you take the test before your trip, with a negative result, you must register your trip on the My Safe Azores platform (https://mysafeazores.com) to allow faster control on arrival in the Azores.

When coming from Mainland Portugal or Madeira, the following are exceptions to the test on arrival:

  1. Passengers who present the valid COVID Digital Vaccination Certificate from the European Union, or the International Vaccination Certificate from the World Health Organization, as of July 1, 2021;
  2. Passengers who present proof, in digital or paper format, of a valid COVID European Union digital certificate of testing;
  3. Passengers who present the valid EU COVID Digital Recovery Certificate, as of July 1, 2021, or declaration of high surveillance clinic and isolation measures issued by the public health service relating to SARS-CoV-2, whose validity period is one hundred and eighty days;
  4. Passengers who present proof of carrying out a nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN) or rapid antigen test (TRAg) to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection, with a negative result, carried out within the previous 72 hours or 48 hours at the time of boarding;
  5. Passengers aged twelve or under;
  6. Health professionals on duty for the transfer or evacuation of patients and who have up-to-date periodic professional screening, in accordance with the technical standard of the Regional Health Authority in force at the time;
  7. Passengers with disease duly proven by a medical statement attesting to anatomical and/or clinical incompatibility for the performance of the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test, through the collection of biological material through the nasopharynx, in which case passengers must previously submit to their visit, at least five working days in advance, to the aforementioned declaration to the Regional Health Authority for validation, without prejudice to carrying out a serological test on arrival in the Autonomous Region of the Azores;
  8. Airline crews that do not travel from the "air" side to the "land" side, in the terminological sense in use at national airports, as well as those traveling on service outside the Autonomous Region of the Azores and returning without having left of the aircraft.

Important informations:

  1. If you perform the test in advance, the test report carried out before the departure of the flight must contain the following information:
    1. Passenger identification;
    2. Name of the accredited laboratory where the test was carried out, with mention of the respective certification;
    3. Reference to the use of the RT-PCR methodology;
    4. 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;
    5. Date of testing;
    6. Test result as "negative".
  2. You must present the exam result at check-in in digital or physical format, excluding SMS format.