Prime Minister believes Madeira should be treated differently

Costa calls for return to UK “green list”

Prime Minister arriving in Madeira this morning

Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa arrived in Madeira this morning (pictured) and told local journalists that he considers it legitimate that Madeira wants to differentiate itself from the rest of the country so that it can return to the UK’s ‘green list’.

He said that “in objective terms, in both the so-called delta variant (previously known as the Indian variant) or this Nepalese mutation, the United Kingdom has many more cases than most countries, including Portugal”. The prime minister said that “it cannot be the coldness of the numbers that dictates this decision” and says that he has maintained an “open channel” to talk to the British government.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister recalled that the European Union has been trying to get the UK to adhere to the digital certificate. It is necessary to distinguish the individual situation, allowing those who have already been vaccinated, infected or even tested negative to travel.

Costa also indicated the need for stability in tourism, something that is not possible with the constant changes in these lists.

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.

7 thoughts on “Prime Minister believes Madeira should be treated differently”

  1. Isabel Nóbrega, a Madeiran, has initiated a petition to get Madeira shifted back to “Green” status. You can find it here, currently awaiting moderation:–

    Once it goes live it will need 10,000 signatures. Whether it has an impact or not I do not know, but it may be worth the effort so please can everyone keep checking it and get as many friends as possible to sign

  2. Whether it is justifiable or not, I can’t see the UK government changing their minds to be honest. The UK government wants to make the statement ‘Don’t holiday abroad this summer’.
    The Portuguese government could have said NO to hosting the Champions league final in order to keep things stable for thir tourism industry but they took a big risk which unfortunately has gone against them.

  3. The UK has already put a hold on the petition, claiming they need to check it meets their standards!!!!!?????
    Basically they don not want any criticism

    • They do that with ALL petitions when they get 5 signatures. It is then checked that it is not something stupid or nasty then it is opened up. You need to keep checking just as I said above.

  4. I was under the impression that only a British Citizen is eligible to present a petition to the UK Government.
    If Isobel is one their should be no problem.


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