Covid-19 in Portugal: the situation in the Azores

(Updated 22 July)

Now, in the Azores, we have 444 active cases. 5 of 9 Islands of the Azores are with population immunity.
In São Miguel, Ponta Delgada is at the High-Risk level. And Terceira island is also on the same level. Restaurants are open until 10pm.

Ribeira Grande and Vila Franca are the counties that are in Medium High-Risk level. Restaurants are open until 10pm.
Povoação and Nordeste as well as the remaining counties of the 7 other islands in the Azores are at Very Low Risk level.

For travelers who don’t need to do a covid testneither to travel between the islands of the Azores, they need to have:

Digital certificate of VACCINATION (14 days after full vaccination) or digital certificate of RECOVERY (valid up to 180 days after recovery). See all about the COVID-19 EU DIGITAL CERTIFICATE.

Certificates can be used in all EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

The Regional Government of the Azores estimates that around 70% of the population in the archipelago will be vaccinated against Covid-19 until 31st of July. At the moment, 48% of azoreans have complete vaccination.

For UK travelers who want to visit the Azores this summer, there are new rules that apply from July 19. British who leave Portugal and other countries on the amber list with full vaccinations will no longer need to comply with mandatory quarantine in the UK.

Germany has already removed Portugal from the “red list” for traveling. Thus, travelers who are vaccinated or recovered from covid-19, traveling to Portugal, will not be forced to comply with quarantine when they return to Germany.

For travelers who do not have a digital certificate of Vaccination or Recovery and travel to the Azores, the following rules apply:

– All travellers coming to the Azores with a RT-PCR test done maximum 72h before the flight will receive a 35 euros voucher to use in our islands. You can use them at Futurismo to see whales and dolphins free in the Atlantic!
– If you do not have a RT-PCR test result before coming, the test will be done at arrival for free. You will need to be in lockdown until the results which should come maximum 24h after the test.
– If you stay on any island of the Azores for seven or more daysyou have to do a test on the 6th day after the first one, which is paid by the Government if you stay on the islands that long. And filling the online form Mysafeazores is mandatory before the flight.

Passengers can also do the test upon arrival but will not receive a voucher and will have to stay isolated until the results.

Note: The vouchers are active already. Find out how to join this initiative of the Regional Government of the Azores. Futurismo has these vouchers!

Note: 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.

The Azores have been elected Europe safest destination 2021 by European Best Destinations, as well as the best whale and dolphin watching spot. The Azores archipelago was also labelled with Safe Travels Stamp by World Travel & Tourism Council. And Ponta Delgada’s airport has been distinguished in March by the Airports Council Internationalas one of the airports with best hygiene measures and best airport by size, and region under 2 million passengers.

In Futurismo, our store in the marina of Ponta Delgada is open everyday, in São Miguel island and you already can book a trip to see whales and dolphins for the next few days. For now, we are operating whale watching in São Miguel and also swimming with dolphins for groups of friends or families. Land tours are being resumed for small groups.

In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about the situation of Covid-19 in the Azores. We will weekly update this post with new active, confirmed and recovered cases in the nine islands of the Azores. If you plan to travel to the Azores, find out what the recommendations on Covid-19 are and all the information about flights to and from the Azores. Follow all the updates here!

Covid-19 data in the Azores

  • Active Cases: 444
  • Deaths: 35
  • Fun fact: Corvo is the first island to have all its population vaccinated!

Covid-19: I want to travel to the Azores, what should I do?

(updated and complete information according to communications from the Government of the Azores, azores covid19 https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/)

There are daily flights from Lisbon and Porto, new direct flights to come in May (Paris, Frankfurt, London, Toronto, Boston, Oakland,…). The UK put Portugal, included the archipelagos Azores and Madeira, in their yellow list for traveling because of “the preoccupation about others variants of covid 19, such as the Indian variant.

For travelers who do not have a digital certificate and travel to the Azores, the following rules apply to travel to the Azores:

For those staying 7 days or more, there is a second test 6 days after your first one.  Note that the first PCR test result needs to show your identification, the name of the laboratory where you took the test, the name of the methodology RT-PCR, date of realization and the negative result.

If you want to travel from São Miguel to other islands, you need a PCR test 72h maximum before departure. 

What are we doing at Futurismo and what are the next steps?

Currently, we are operating our Whale Watching & Swimming with Dolphins tours from Ponta Delgada harbor in small groups and in Pico Island. Our Full-Day & Half-Day Land Tours are also working with limited capacity, fulfilling all safety and hygiene procedures in two islands (São Miguel and Pico). In São Miguel island, we also opened our Center of Activity in Sete Cidades Lake, offering kayak, stand-up paddle and bike tours.

At Futurismo, we have an Internal Health & Safety Procedures Manual, assuring comfort to everyone involved. We are also certified with the Clean & Safe stamp of approval from the Tourism Board of Portugal and follow the Safety Protocols and Guidelines by Adventure Travel Trade Association.

We have adopted measures to restrict and decrease the use of several equipments in order to increase physical distance, always preserving emotions.

We are preparing new offers and products and also experimenting all our tours in order to see what can be improved. Our priority is to provide security to all those who choose Futurismo. We are 100% prepared to receive you!

What are the safety rules when traveling to the Azores?

  • Mandatory use of mask during flights and other public transportation;
  • Mandatory use of a mask in all infrastructures, such as in public services, commercial and industrial infrastructures, restaurants, schools, museums, libraries, among others;
  • Mandatory use of a mask in spaces with a larger number of people than normal, spaces that end up having a significant number of people making physical distance measures hard to fulfill;
  • Limitation of groups in public areas and in restaurants;
  • Maintain the distance recommended by the competent authorities, which, as of today, is 2 meters. You can follow the updates at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt.
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