PCR tests in Madeira

Where to get a PCR test in Madeira

Person undertaking a PCR test

Right now it looks like international travel from the UK will cease to be illegal in mid-May, and it looks like some sort of tests, quite likely PCR tests, will be required to return to from any destination. This is quite likely to be the case for some months.

If it is only a lateral flow test that is required upon return, visitors will be able to bring one with them – as everybody in England is entitled to two each week from April 9. The lateral flow kits, which can provide results in around 30 minutes, will be available for free at testing sites, pharmacies, and through the post. In Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said on April 6: “We do intend to move to a situation where lateral flow tests are available twice a week on a universally accessible basis”.

Alternatively Rapid Antigen tests are now on sale from Pingo Doce Supermarkets in Madeira at a cost of €4.99.

Sky News has a in-depth report on the different tests that are available here.

More likely, if the requirement is for a PCR test (costing typically €125) visitors can source these from the following establishments:

Caminho da Achada, n.º 20 A
9000-208 Funchal
Ph.: (+351) 291 751 393 (extension – 2)
e-mail: mt.fisioclinic@gmail.com​
(Atlântico Medical Center) 
Rua Câmara Pestana n.º 32
9000-043 Funchal
Ph.: (+351) 291 640 112
e-mail: [email protected]

Schedule: Monday to Friday: 9am – 8pm
Saturdays: 9am – 2pm

R. Dos Murças n.º 42
9000-058 Funchal
Ph.: (+351) 291 207 676e-mail: [email protected]
 Schedule: Monday to Sunday: 8am – 9pm
(Santa Luzia Clinic)
Rua da Torrinha, nº5
9054-516 Funchal
Ph.: (+351) 291 200 000
e-mail: [email protected]

Rua 5 de Outubro, 115 e 116
9000-216 Funchal
Ph.: (+351) 291 700 000
e-mail: [email protected]

Schedule: Monday to Friday: 8am – 6pm
(Madeira´s Private Hospital – HPA Group)
Avenida Mário Soares, nº143
9000-783 Funchal
Ph.: (+351) 291 003 300
e-mail (COVID-19 tests): [email protected]
e-mail:[email protected]

Schedule: 24/7
Rua João de Deus n.º 12C
9050-027 Funchal
Ph.: (+351) 291 229 003
e-mail: [email protected]

Schedule: Monday to Friday: 9am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 1pm

Rua do Bom Jesus, 18, 1.º Andar
9050-028 Funchal
Ph.:(+351) 291 143 454
e-mail: [email protected]

Schedule: Monday to Friday: 9am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 1pm

Requirements for arriving in Madeira

At present, those who land at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, can enter via the “green corridor” provided they present a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery from COVID-19, emitted up to 90 days, or a negative PCR test. Exact details, as published by the tourist authorities in Madeira are below:

Vaccination/Recovered COVID-19 Patients 

Exceptions to the submission of a PCR test for COVID-19 or undergoing testing upon arrival at airports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira include: 

• Passengers with a medical document certifying that the bearer is recovered from COVID-19 disease upon disembarking in the territory of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, issued in the last 90 days;

• Passenger with a document certifying that he/she was vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the recommended plan and has respected the activation period of the immune system as foreseen in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC). 

Testing for COVID-19

All passengers who, when disembarking, carry a negative PCR test for COVID-19, carried out within 72 hours prior to boarding, in laboratories certified by national or international authorities, can proceed to their destination. Passengers who have not undergone PCR testing at their location of origin will do so upon arrival at the airport, then proceed to their destination where they must wait for an estimated period of 12 hours in confinement, to receive the result.

Travellers who disembark at airports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, arriving from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa, who are not bearers of a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result, have to undergo testing for COVID-19 infection using a PCR test, and while waiting for the result, remain in prophylactic isolation at a hotel establishment appointed by the Regional Government for this purpose.

Children are exempt from testing in childhood and pre-adolescence, with exception to:
• Children from 12 years old, upon decision by the Health Authorities;
• Children with probable criteria for COVID-19 disease;
• Children whose family members or companions are probable cases;
• Other situations validated by the Health Authorities. 

Travel from mainland Portugal

All passengers, whether Portuguese or foreign citizens, with trips scheduled for the Autonomous Region of Madeira, can perform PCR COVID-19 tests, without any charge, in several cities in the country. Currently, there are 45 sample collection stations for testing.

Residents of Madeira

All travellers residing in the territory of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, as well as all Madeiran emigrants, their families, and students attending higher education establishments or in Mobility Programs, arriving at Madeira and Porto Santo airports, on flights coming from any territory outside Madeira Islands, are required to perform a second PCR test to screen for SARS-CoV-2, between the fifth and seventh days after the first test has been performed, and must guarantee, in the period between disembarkation and second test, prophylactic isolation at home as well as full compliance with the surveillance and self-reporting of symptoms and COVID-19 prevention measures.
Travellers/tourists, who are not residents, who travel to Madeira Islands on a leisure/tourism basis are exempt from this procedure.

Prior to arriving in Madeira

All passengers must complete the mandatory epidemiological survey, provided by the Regional Health Authority, on the digital platform madeirasafe.com. The completion can be done in 12 – 48 hours prior to boarding and must be done, individually, by each passenger, except for dependents up to 12 years old, whose registration must be included in the survey of one of the accompanying adults.  After completing the registration, the passenger receives a notification, via e-mail, with his access code for the madeirasafe.com platform. The passenger should login to his madeirasafe.com account where he/she will find the respective QR Code, to be presented upon arrival at Madeira Airport. The PCR test result can also be submitted in advance on the platform.

COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found on an earlier post.

Vaccinations in Madeira: updates can be found on an earlier post.

7 thoughts on “PCR tests in Madeira”

  1. The Telegraph reports that the government plans to provide people with free lateral flow tests to take on holiday to use when they have to carry out pre-departure tests within 72 hours of their return flight.

  2. Attention, ask for the price before testing! We made an appointment for the PCR test at the Mais Clinic this week and paid €90, but people who made the appointment via their hotel had to pay €125!

  3. *note to Admin, I wonder if that table could be kept somewhere permanently in a section of the menu bar? Otherwise it will get pushed down the blog and out of sight. Maybe a “Covid” section where any info relating to Covid and Madeira could be easily found. Just an idea.

    • Excellent idea Maurice – we hope to resume our twice yearly visits to Madeira as soon as possible and information such as this is invaluable.

  4. A PCR test for 125 euro???
    When travelling to Madeira twice last year, the charge was 65 euro, not subsidised (because it was my own choice to travel).
    When coming back is was free (thank you taxpayers, incl myself – because it was compulsary by law for re entry in my own country).
    Someone is making a huge profit with 125 euro!
    War profitering! Should be illegal.


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