Ambiguous report in the Telegraph.
The Telegraph reports today that the island of Madeira is already welcoming travellers who can provide evidence of vaccination, but may not make it onto the first “green list” announced in the UK. Case numbers are low in Portugal – 30.36 per 100,000 over a seven-day average. The UK, by comparison, is at a similar rate of 22.85 per 100,000. However, the vaccination drive in Portugal lags behind (only 22% have received the first dose), making it unlikely, in the opinion of the newspaper, that mainland Portugal will appear on the ‘green list’ when it is unveiled as early as tomorrow.
The report, however, says that they have high hopes for Madeira, given its low COVID-19 rates and Grant Shapps’ early indication that islands could be judged separately from mainland countries, but then goes on to say: “Alas, this is not expected to be the case initially when the first green list is announced, but with reviews planned for every three weeks, there is time yet”.
“Of all the most popular European holiday destinations, Portugal is looking most likely to feature on the green list, given its strong vaccination drive and low case rate” the article concludes, not entirely consistently?
Thanks to Jaime for the link.
A new tab has been added to the top of each page with a link to resources dealing with COVID-19 in Madeira – this covers the latest government regulations on travel to the island, how to get a PCR test, and many other links that will be useful to people wanting to travel to and from Madeira
COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found on an earlier post
Vaccinations in Madeira: updates can be found on an earlier post.