Portugal reopens border with Spain

Border reopens today

Old map showing border between Spain and Portugal

EuroNews reports that Portugal will reopen its border with Spain today as it eases its coronavirus measures two days ahead of schedule. Border controls have been in effect since January.

Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced the country would be moving onto the “next phase of deflation” on 1 May, after a council of ministers met to discuss the state of the pandemic. Effective May 1, the land border with Spain will reopen for regular traffic. In addition, permissible hours of operation for restaurants and other catering establishments will be extended until 22:30 daily; gyms will be allowed to reopen. The attendance limit at private celebrations such as weddings and baptisms will be increased from 25 to 50 percent of the venue’s capacity.

As reported in a previous post the state of emergency, which has been in force since November, has been downgraded to a “calamity situation”, a legal framework that will still allow the authorities to maintain certain restrictions still in force, such as the closure of bars and nightclubs, and the call for people to stay at home and telework whenever possible.

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: previous updates can be found on an earlier post.

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