The European Commission presented, last week, the proposal for a digital certificate that proves Covid-19 vaccination, testing or recovery. The document will act as a 'green pass' for the free movement of citizens of the European Union. Meanwhile, Madeira is already doing something similar.
Since last month, the archipelago of Madeira has been accepting tourists vaccinated or who have antibodies against the new coronavirus. The news was advanced today by SputnikNews Brasil, stating that in this way, travelers armed with proof of vaccination against Covid-19 (respecting the immunization window that varies between different vaccines) or medical document, are free to enter Madeira. past 90 days, certifying that they have recovered from the disease.
According to the same news from SputnikNews, the documents must be issued by the health authorities of the country of origin and must be digitized in the MadeiraSafe application, through which the authorities of the Autonomous Region of Madeira monitor the health status of visitors. This authentication in the App gives access to the green corridor and avoids wasting time, making the process faster for the tourist.
Nuno Vale, executive director of the Madeira Promotion Association, tells SputnikNews Brasil that he welcomes the approval of a single document for the EU, scheduled for the European summer, starting in June.
"The Green Digital Certificate will serve as proof of vaccination, testing or recovery, with the aim of removing restrictions on free movement instituted in the Member States, such as testing or quarantine requirements. Therefore, when it is in full operation, it will undoubtedly be , an added value for tourists to enter Madeira, since it will standardize and facilitate measures already implemented by the Regional Government of Madeira ", justifies Nuno Vale.
In practice, according to the same source of information that diariOnline South Region had access to, currently, the autonomous region, which includes the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, can only receive tourists vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 from a restricted and selected list of countries. In addition to the 27 EU members, flights from Schengen Area members (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland), Australia, China, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Macau are authorized.
As the archipelago must follow the same rules established by the Portuguese government, flights from Brazil are suspended from January 29 until at least March 31, as well as those from the United Kingdom, due to the emergence of new variants of SARS -CoV-2 discovered in both countries.
Asked by SputnikNews Brasil if there is any forecast of accepting the traffic of Brazilian tourists or if this is a decision that depends on mainland Portugal, Nuno Vale points out that, in Madeira, vaccinated people, as well as all those who have access to the green corridor , are benefited regardless of their origin or nationality.
"Madeira does not place restrictions on the entry of Brazilian citizens or of any other nationality, as long as they comply with the stipulated rules. What happens is that, as they are unable to enter Portugal, then they are also unable to get here", he explains.
Elected in November 2020 for the sixth consecutive year as the Best Island Destination in the World by the World Travel Awards, considered the Oscar for tourism, Madeira was a pioneer in the creation of a document of good practices (COVID Safe Tourism). Even before the vaccination came into effect, the Madeiran government had already chosen to assume the burden of carrying out tests on all travelers who arrived at Madeira airport without the PCR test carried out in the last 72 hours prior to boarding.
The report points out that an international certification process in the management of biological risks was also launched by the Madeira Promotion Association for all tour operators, so that not only were all sanitary hygiene rules ensured, but also duly certified by an entity with an international reputation.
Tourism Secretary recognizes importance of the Brazilian market
We continue with the SputnikNews Brasil report, recalling that even in December, during the Seventh Virtual Meeting of the Crisis Committee of the World Tourism Organization, the Secretary of State for Tourism, Rita Marques, had said she estimated that "very soon" Portugal could to make conditions for the entry of Brazilian tourists more flexible, highlighting that it is a "very important" market.
It happened that the suspension of flights between Portugal and Brazil was the dominant situation, causing damage not only to the tourist market but also to residents who need to travel from one country to another. Last Saturday (20), in an interview with Dinheiro Vivo, Rita Marques mentioned the Brazilian market, which has "double-digit growth rates", as one of the alternatives to the British market.
However, despite reaffirming that Portugal hopes to receive visitors from the United Kingdom again from 17 May, a date that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stipulated as an initial forecast for the British to be able to make international trips, Rita Marques did not set a deadline for the Portuguese government accepts Brazilians on regular flights.
"We have privileged relations with Brazil, but that does not allow us to resume flights at the speed we wanted. We need some patience, because we are not yet able to welcome those who want to visit us," said Rita Marques to Dinheiro Vivo.
To access the full report from SputnikNews Brasil, click here.