Portugal to lift most of its COVID-19 restrictions

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The Portuguese Council of Ministers has announced that the country will soon relax some of its national restrictions related to COVID-19.

According to the latest press release issued by the Government of Portugal, upon entry into force of the new amended rules, citizens of the country, as well as travelers visiting Portugal, will no longer be required to present a negative test result when attend major events.

In addition, the requirement to present a vaccination or recovery certificate when visiting bars, restaurants and other public places will also be removed, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.

Apart from the above, the authorities revealed that there will no longer be capacity limitations of people allowed in an area at the same times.

The proposed easing measures must now be approved by the President of Portugal to come into effect.

Commenting on the proposed easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Minister of State Mariana Vieira da Silva said the new relaxed rules would help the country‘s citizens and travelers return to normal life.

Additionally, she revealed that the government plans to lift all remaining restrictions by mid-March.

Portuguese authorities are believed to have offered to ease COVID-19 restrictions as the country does not have a high number of hospitalizations.

Figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that Portugal recorded 122,966 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the last seven days.

Regarding vaccination rates, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that as of February 19, a total of 23,179,590 doses of vaccine have been administered in Portugal. It further reveals that 94.0% have already completed their primary vaccination and that 70.0% have received an additional dose of vaccine.

Even though the requirement to present a digital certificate when visiting different places will be removed, the authorities explained that travelers who wish to visit the country are still required to respect this entry rule.

Currently, Portugal requires all incoming travelers to prove that they have recovered, tested or been vaccinated against COVID-19 disease.

Portugal recognizes recovery certificates as long as the document proves that the holder has tested positive within the last 180 days.

On the other hand, vaccination certificates are only accepted if it appears from the document that the holder has carried out the primary vaccination within the last nine months (270 days). Those who were vaccinated more than nine months ago must receive an additional dose of vaccine for their pass to be considered valid when they arrive in Portugal.

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