Portugal's Madeira Will Waive COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Vaccinated Travelers
Madeira, an idyllic Portuguese archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean, is waiving COVID-19 testing requirements for vaccinated travelers, describing the decision as a "vote of confidence in this new phase the world is going through."
Madeira, which is courting digital nomads, is also exempting anyone who can prove they've recovered from COVID-19, and is working to ensure its own residents receive vaccinations.
Madeira — closer to the African coast than it is to Portugal — said it has already vaccinated more than 22,000 local residents and expects to have immunized 60 to 70% of its population by the end of the year.
According to official government data, Madeira has reported fewer than 7,500 confirmed cases and 64 deaths. Anyone traveling to Madeira is currently required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their flight, or to test on arrival and quarantine until those results become available.
U.S. citizens without EU residency are still banned from travel to Portugal.