Confusion over Madeira entry requirements

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

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal

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

10 thoughts on “Confusion over Madeira entry requirements”

  1. This has caused a lot of confusion. It was a mistake made by a civil servant in the UK government and published in the travel advice website for Portugal and Madeira on gov.uk.
    It has been correct this afternoon (9 January) at about 2.30pm.
    So, there have been changes to the original guidance.

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  2. I noticed the info on the uk governmeby website was incorrect for travel to Madeira. I used the feedback button to point this out and it seems to have worked as it has been corrected.

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    • My wife and I came to Madeira from Gatwick on Wednesday morning. We are both triple jabbed. We were not asked for evidence of a Covid test within 48 hours of our flight either at Gatwick or Madeira airports. This is just as well as we haddened had one.

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  3. Just on a related matter, the Jet2 website states that in order to enter a restaurant in Madeira, you should have a negative Covid test within the last 7 days plus a Covid vaccination certificate.
    The Madeira information to tourists also says that it recommends the test and certificate are available.
    Do people really need these things to get in a Madeiran restaurant?

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  4. … I wish this site would give up with the Copy blog Nonsense ,, It’s just comes across as Childish and Immature and also Desperate !! and it’s really Annoying …

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    • Intellectual theft is generally annoying, if not plain criminal Russell. It happens a lot in these days of easy “cut and paste”. I am aware of at least three that have copied the design and content of this one, two of them using straightforward Google translate without any thought to what nonsense they are publishing. Can be quite profitable if you can get all your friends to click on the Google ads.

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  5. The travel requirements for entry to Madeira and return to the UK can be found by clicking on the link in the orange box above ⬆️. The only correction needed is that either a Lateral Flow Test or PCR is required to be pre-booked for Day2 upon return.

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