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Positive Progress in Portugal

15th May 2020 - 2:30pm

Susana Cordosa (Director Visit Portugal Ireland)

Susana Cordosa (Director Visit Portugal Ireland)


Susana Cordosa (Director Visit Portugal, Ireland) hosted a very informative and positive media webinar highlighting the steps Portugal is addressing to exit lockdown and welcome the Irish back to one of our favourite year-round destinations.


Outlook for 2020 & 2021

Dept. of Foreign Affairs (Ire) still advises against non-essential travel, so until this is lifted all Portugal can do is keep the tour operators updated and stay in close contact. Portugal is currently informing Irish tour operators of their plans for the 2021 programmes. It is still early days in terms of how people will react or when people will begin to travel.


Looking forward, greater demand for villas and apartments is expected in the initial period post Covid-19 given this offers limited contact with others. Second cities and close contact to nature will be more appealing as they are less crowded/built-up.


It is not expected that travel between Ireland and Portugal will resume until July at least, with (hopefully) 60% of flights back running in September. While Portugal will initially be focusing on domestic tourism, there remains a focus on attracting the Irish to Portugal. There is no plan as of yet to implement self-isolation when people arrive in Portugal.


The current situation

Portugal has 25,700+ cases and was impacted to a lesser extent than many other European countries. The Algarve is the second least affected Portugese region. The lockdown started in Portugal on 18 March with the state of emergency lifted on 2 May. The country has a 3-stage roadmap to ease restrictions with conditions reviewed fortnightly.


Portugal has also created a "Clean & Safe" stamp of approval for tourist companies compliant with hygiene and cleaning requirements for the prevention and control of Covid-19. This self-declared stamp provides reassurance to travellers, is valid for one year and is subject to audit. There has been considerable uptake with 2,400 stamped as of early May. 


All Portuguese airports have implemented body temperature checks. This allows some fluidity in circulation, reducing inconvenience for travellers.Hygiene etiquette and social distancing, mandatory use of masks indoors (public transport, retail stores, services etc.) and max. capacity  of 5 per 100m2 applies at all times.


From 4 May, small businesses e.g. hairdressers by appointment (< 200sqm), bookstores, golf courses and tennis/paddle facilities can open. 18 May will see the opening of stores


June - Culture & Lifestyle

Museums, monuments, cinemas, zoos, restaurants and cafes will all be open. Numbers will be regulated and specific opening hours will be in place. Beaches will open in June. Bathing season is to open on 1 June with rules including: max. number of people per beach, bathers must reserve a space at the beach and sea, unsupervised beaches will remain closed and there will be specific opening and closing times.


June - Hotels

Hotels (80%) are currently closed which is due to fall in demand rather than government restrictions. They will have certain protocols including employees to wear masks and subject to temperature checks. No spa services are permitted. Only people sharing a room can use a lift together.

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Susana Cordosa (Director Visit Portugal Ireland)
Portugal has also created a ‘Clean & Safe’ stamp
Can’t wait to breathe in that sea air and feel the sand between my toes

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