EU: Digital Green Pass to “kick start” tourism

EU logo with vaccines indicating a  green pass scheme

… by end of June

The Times today leads with a report that European leaders in Brussels have pledged that a “Digital Green Pass” vaccination passport scheme will be open to British travellers in time to save the summer holidays.

A proposal for a “digital green pass” will be put forward by the European ............  ...read more

Strong winds postpone President’s visit

Forecast causes rescheduling

According to SIC Notícias, the visit of the President of the Republic to Madeira planned for today has been postponed.

According to a source from the Presidency of the Republic, “the wind conditions foreseen in Madeira, forced the postponement of the trip to Madeira, and the trip to the Azores ............  ...read more

Cyprus re-opens tourism from May

Sunset in Cyprus

… but UK government travel restrictions will still be in force.

Various sources report that Cyprus is the first country to announce that it will re-open tourism from the 1st of May – but only to tourists that can prove they have been fully vaccinated.

The Cypriot government said those who had both Covid jabs could travel there without restrictions from 1 ............  ...read more

All over-80’s vaccinated by mid-March

JM headline that all over-80's will be vaccinated by mid-March

More vaccines arrive this month

JM leads with the headline that by the middle of this month, all Madeirans over 80 years of age will have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The goal is presented to the newspaper by the regional ............  ...read more

Nuclear waste ship – intrigue!

Intercepted ship well off course?

Following up on a post last night about the nuclear waste ship that was intercepted by the Portuguese Navy patrol boat off Santa Cruise yesterday, the blog’s resident nautical expert has been in touch, which merits an update.

Jaime is of the opinion that rather than “sea trials”  ( ............  ...read more

No relaxation of restrictions for Easter

DSG and restrictions feature on the cover of JM

President to visit Madeira

JM leads with a report that the population of Funchal are opposed to a relaxation of the current restrictions over the Easter period.

According to an opinion poll carried out by Intercampus between the 19th and 28th of February, two-thirds of the people from Funchal are opposed to any easing of restrictions ............  ...read more

Nuclear waste vessel intercepted

… and escorted away from Madeira.

The Diario reports that this afternoon the Portuguese Navy ‘Douro’ patrol boat, currently serving a spell of duty in Madeira, intercepted the nuclear waste transport ship ‘Pacific Heron’ when it was sailing along the south coast of Madeira, off Santa Cruz – an area where it was ............  ...read more

Vaccination of teachers to start soon

depending on the number received from AstraZeneca

Miguel Albuquerque, president of the Regional Government, said this morning that the vaccination for teachers in schools in the Region is coming soon.

During the visit to the Macaronesian Forest Center, installed in Quinta do Santo da Serra, the minister revealed that vaccination to this risk group ............  ...read more

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