uk.gov website misleading
Confusion reigns after a copy blog incorrectly announced that negative tests are now an entry requirement for Madeira. This blog has received a number of requests for clarification. The requirement for a negative test is not the case, as the Autonomous Region has always set different entry requirements to the mainland. Those rules have always been kept up-to-date on the link at the bottom of this page.
At the moment if you access the gov.uk website and request information on arriving in Madeira you will get the following advice when you search on the entry requirements for Madeira from the UK
This is followed by a link to the misleading page below
This is clearly incorrect as it refers to the generic information for entering mainland Portugal and not the Autonomous Region. The advice for arriving in Madeira remains the same
Testing for COVID-19All passengers who, upon disembarking at the airports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira from any territory out of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, carry a negative Rapid Antigen Test (TRAg) for COVID-19, carried out within 48 hours prior to boarding, in laboratories certified by national or international authorities, can proceed to their destination.
On the otherhand, passengers who have not undertaken a Rapid Antigen Test (TRAg) at their location of origin will do so upon arrival at the airport,for free then proceed to their destination, while fully complying with the surveillance and self-reporting of symptoms, as well as the COVID-19 preventive measures, until a negative test result is obtained.https://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)
The .gov.uk advice was later ammended to read:
COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found in an earlier post
Travel latest: requirements for entering and leaving Madeira: is kept up-to-date on a previous post
New restrictions: a detailed updated explanation of the latest regulations can be found here