COVID FAQ

TRAVELING TO SPAIN & PORTUGAL & FRANCE & MOROCCO

Updated on September 20, 2021

SPAIN
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1-. Can Americans travel to Spain?

Effective September 6, 2021, U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain on non-essential travel, such as tourism) if they show proof of vaccination.

Additionally, U.S. citizens travelling from the United States to Spain must present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the “SpTH app” in Google Play Store or iTunes App Store for each traveler, regardless of their age.

This applies to U.S. citizens travelling to Spain from the United States, including if they transit through a third country.

U.S. citizens who are travelling to Spain from a country that is not the United States should make sure they follow the guidance published by Spanish authorities on their local Spain Embassy website.

2-. What documents are required to travel to Spain?

A. Certificate of vaccination (at least 14 days from the date of the last vaccination dose). Accepted vaccines: Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Jansen / Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac and Sinopharm. The vaccination certificate must include at least the following information:

  • Name and surname of the holder.
  • Vaccination date, indicating the date of the last dose administered.
  • Type of vaccine administered
  • Number of doses administered / complete regimen
  • Issuing country
  • Identification of the issuing body of the vaccination certificate

B. Travelers who are in any of the exceptional situations and do NOT have a vaccination certificate, must present the diagnostic certificate or the recovery certificate.

B.1. Diagnostic certificate. You must show a negative COVID-19 test result. NAAT (PCR, LAMP, TMA or equivalent) test types are accepted in Spain. You must show a negative result of a NAAT test taken within 72 hours OR an antigen test taken within 48 hours prior to your arrival.

B.2. Recovery certificate (up to 180 days from the date on which the sample was taken).

In any case, the certificates must be written in Spanish, English, French or German. If it is not possible to obtain it in these languages, the supporting document must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish carried out by an official body.

C. Form. In all cases, it is mandatory to fill out the Spain Health Control form (FCS). It must be completed and signed it online before your trip to Spain. You may access the form and sign it through the Spain Travel Healthportal or through the apps for Android or iOS devices.

All passengers arriving in Spain as their final destination must undergo a health check on arrival at the first entry point. This control will include, at least, the temperature measurement, a documentary control and a visual control on the state of the passenger. If you are in transit check the specific rules. Travelers may be subject to denial of entry for public health reasons if, after verification by the correspondent health authorities, the traveler does not comply with the COVID-19 health control requirements established by the Ministry of Health.

Important: In the case of international cruises, a specific form is required to replace the SpTH.

Children under the age of 12 do not have to present any kind of certificate. Between the ages of 12 and 18, they must have a vaccination certificate, i.e. they cannot enter with a certificate of a diagnostic test or a certificate of recovery, apart from the exceptions.

3-. How do I generate a QR Code?

If you travel by air, A form must be completed and signed electronically before your arrival in Spain. You need to generate a QR code 48 hours before your flight to Spain. The QR code will be checked on arrival at the airport. Each traveler needs his own QR code.

The QR code can be generated through the Spain Travel Health portal. You may use their website (https://www.spth.gob.es/) or download the Spain Travel Health App in Google Play or App Store.

Each passenger must fill in a form associated with each trip that is personal and non-transferable. Once you fill out the form on the website, the code will be sent to your email. You must have it printed or on your mobile phone.

Spain Travel Health Portal: https://www.spth.gob.es/

Or download their app:

If you travel by sea, the form will be provided during the trip or upon arrival at the port of destination in Spain or can be filled out through this website: https://spthm.puertos.es/

There is no obligation to present this form when travelling to Spain by land (car or train).

4-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

No, there is no quarantine requirement in Spain.

5-. What are the current restrictions in place?

General measures:

Use of facemasks: Face masks are mandatory in public spaces indoors. Its use is also mandatory on all means of public transport, as well as in private vehicles if the occupants do not live together at the same address. Exceptions are made for children under the age of six and for people with disabilities or respiratory illnesses.

Physical Distancing: All people over the age of six must keep a physical distance of 1.5 meters. Alternatively, a face mask should be worn.

Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events: Outdoor social gatherings are limited to six people. Physical distancing measures must be guaranteed, and maximum precautions must be taken to avoid meetings and overcrowding in indoor places. Regional deviations may apply.

Safety measures for public transportation: The use of a face mask is compulsory on all means of public transport for everyone aged six years or over.

Non-essential (other than medicine and food) shops: OPEN Shops must ensure that disinfection measures and social distancing are applied. Special attention is required in commercial areas and street markets. Restrictions can differ between autonomous regions.

Tourist accommodations: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Occupancy is often limited, especially at the reception and in common areas. In-house catering services must comply with the general disinfection and social distancing measures, as well as restricted opening hours. There may be temporary limitations on the number of guests per table.

Catering establishments: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS In general, social distancing of 1.5 meters at the bar is mandatory, and tables should at least be 1.5 meters apart. For restaurants, limits of persons per table applies and indoor dining is limited, according to the rules in place in different autonomous regions.

Autonomous Regions might require the EU Digital COVID certificate (or equivalent) to access indoor bars and clubs. Checking the regional websites is highly recommended for being updated with the new possible regulations.

Outdoors areas and beaches: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Most beaches are public spaces with free access, but depending on their occupancy levels, local governments may apply measures to ensure social distancing. In some regions, masks are compulsory on the beach for some situations. In protected natural spaces there can be time limits on the use of visitor centers or viewing points.

6-. What are the currently restrictions in place in each region?

Andalusia: Bars and restaurants can open until 2:00 am and only eight people per table will be allowed to sit inside and ten outdoors.

The interiors of bars and restaurants are limited to a 75 % capacity for places in level 1. For places in levels 2 and 3, it is reduced to 50 % capacity. Interiors must close by 1am with no new clients from midnight.

There is 100 % capacity allowed on the terraces. Nightclubs and other nightlife venues can open until 3:30 am in areas that are at Level 1 & 2. Cultural venues can open to 100% capacity for places in level 1, 75% capacity for places in level 2 and 60 % capacity for places in level 3.

Balearic Islands:

Restaurants will have to close at 2:00 am and the number of people per table outdoors is reduced to Twelve outdoors and eight indoors. The capacity for cultural events is also reduced and beaches will be closed between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am.

Clubs are to remain closed. Bars are now allowed to open but only until 2:00 am and all the customers must be seated. No sale of alcohol is allowed after 10:00 pm at stores & gas stations.

Beaches are to remain closed from midnight to 6:00 am.

Basque Country: Bars and restaurants can open until 3:00 am with a maximum capacity limit of 75% indoors, with a maximum of 8 people per table or 12 people per table when sitting outside. Consuming at the bar is not allowed.

You are not allowed to meet with those you don’t live with between midnight and 6:00 am in areas such as parks and beaches.

Nightlife venues can open until 3:00 am, with a limit of occupancy of 50%. Dancing is allowed, but only when wearing a mask.

Canary Islands: Lanzarote, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera are at level 1, Tenerife & Gran Canaria are at level 2, Fuerteventura is at level 3.

The Canary Islands permits the opening of nightclubs on all of the islands if they require a Covid certificate. On Levels 1 & 2 they can open until 4:00 am and Level 3 can open until 3:00 am. Islands at Level 4 must close at 1:00 am.

Beaches in Level 3 must close at 10:00 pm. All other islands may keep their beaches open.

Level 1: Restaurants and bars can open at 100 % capacity on the terraces and 75 % capacity inside. Up to 12 people can meet at a time. Nightlife venues can open to a capacity of 50% until 2:00 am. Dancing is not allowed.

Level 2: Restaurants and bars can open at a 75% capacity limit outside and a 50% capacity limit inside. Six per table are allowed on the terrace and four per table inside. Up to eight people can meet at a time.

Level 3: Bars and restaurants can open outdoor terraces up 75 % capacity and indoors at 40 %. Four are allowed per table if they’ve not been inoculated and six per table if they have. Up to six people can meet at a time. Beaches are parks are closed from 10:00 pm until 6:00 am.

Castilla-La Mancha (Toledo)

Bars and restaurants can stay open until 2:00 am. They can open to 75 % capacity inside and 100 % capacity on the terrace. Eating or drinking at the bar is not allowed and up to 10 can sit at each table.

Nightlife venues can open until 3:00 am to a capacity of 75% inside and 100 % outside. Dancing is not allowed inside and there is no bar service.

Shops have no restrictions and markets can open to 75 % capacity.

Castilla y León (Segovia, Avila, Salamanca)

Starting September 21st there will no longer be any limits on the capacity at Bars and restaurants. Consuming at the bar is allowed and up to 25 can sit per table both inside and out.

The interiors of night clubs are allowed to open with a 50% capacity. Cocktail bars & pubs have a limited capacity of 75% and can only open until 1:30, but outside areas can stay open until their regular closing time.

Cultural venues such as cinemas and theatres can open to 75 % capacity with a distance of 1.5 meters between people.

Shops can open to 75 % capacity.

Catalonia (Barcelona, Girona)

A negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination will be needed to take part in outdoor activities involving more than 500 people.

The interior of bars and restaurants can open to 50% capacity. Up to six people are allowed at tables indoors and to 10 outdoors. Bars and restaurants must close by half-past midnight. Nightclubs are able to open but only until half-past midnight and only in exterior spaces with groups of maximum of 10 people. All clients must be wearing masks and must be registered.

Beaches and parks will be close from half-past midnight until 6:00 am.

Shops and cultural venues can open to 70% capacity.

Galicia (Santiago de Compostela)

Only people that reside together can meet in the hours of 1:00 am – 6:00 am.

Starting September 15th, the local government in Galicia has classified 2 levels of risks and restrictions.

Level 1: Municipalities with low-medium Covid risk: Bars and restaurants may only open to 50 % capacity in the interiors and 75% in the exteriors. All restaurants must be equipped with CO2 meters that constantly measure the air quality & surgical masks are required for all personnel.

For nightlife- Interiors may operate at 50% occupancy and 100 % in the exterior.

Level 2: Municipalities with medium-high Covid risk: Bars and restaurants may only open to 75% occupancy in the interior and 100% occupancy in the exteriors if the restaurant is equipped with a C02 meter. FFP2 masks and weekly covid tests are required for al personnel. Along with the registration of all clients.

For nightlife- The interior must remain close and outdoor spaces can function at 75% capacity.

It is very possible that in the coming weeks a COVID Passport will be necessary to access restaurants and nightlife.

Madrid

Starting September 20th, there are no more restrictions for opening hours in bars and restaurants. They can operate at 75% occupancy in the interior with tables with no more than 6 people and 100% occupancy in the outdoors but with no more than 10 people sitting together.

Nightclubs can stay open until 3:00 am, but must not let in any new guests after 2:00 am. Drinking at the bar is not allowed and neither is dancing indoors.

La Rioja

Level 1: The interiors of bars and restaurants can operate to 75 % capacity with six per table. There is no capacity limit on the terraces. Nightlife venues can open.

Level 2: Bars and restaurants can open to 75 % capacity indoors and 100 percent on the terraces, but must close by 1:00 am. Nightlife venues can open.

Level 3: Bars and restaurants can operate at 50 % capacity indoors and 100 % capacity on the terraces, but must close by midnight. Nightlife venues cannot open.

Valencia region

Restaurants and bars are to close by half-past midnight.

The interiors of bars and restaurants can operate at 50 % capacity, while there is no limit on the terraces. Up to 10 can sit per table both indoors and out. Eating at the bar and smoking are not allowed. They must close by half-past midnight.

All nightlife venues can now open until 3:00 am with tables of up to 8 people in the interior or up to 10 outdoors.

7-. What are the specific rules for entering the Baleric Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza & Formentera)?

All travelers arriving to the Baleric Islands must generate a QR code prior to arrival.

Children 6 & Under are exempt. Travelers arriving from another part of Spain that has over 60 cases per 100.000 inhabitants must also arrive with a negative test or show proof of vaccination. Currently this applies to all of Autonomous Regions of Spain.

The form can be filled out here: https://viajarabaleares.ibsalut.es/formulario/index.xhtml;jsessionid=1SPmal2AHDYVrMDi0kEQMctpfWhhT-_wDOfQ-EpF.scpdpsproxy03v

Travelers that are not fully vaccinated not have been previously diagnosed with COVID-19 must arrive with a negative PCR test done 72 hours before arrival or an Antigen test done 48 hours prior to arrival. Travelers who arrive to the islands without a test must get one done on arrival at an approved center and are subject to a mandatory quarantine until they receive negative test result. You must forward your results to: viajarabaleares.ibsalut.es

Travelers exempt from testing:

  • Travelers who are in transit to another country
  • Travelers who are in transit between two different Baleric island
  • Travelers under the age of 6

8-. Are there any special requirements for entering the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro)?

If you travel from another city within Spain: You must present proof of vaccination or a certificate proving that you have recovered from COVID-19. Travelers without these certifications must travel with a negative test result made in the 72 hours prior to arrival in the Canary Islands.

The tests that are allowed are PCR (RT-PCR for COVID-19), Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA), and Antigen tests that detect SARS-COV-2 antigens with an accuracy of 97% and a sensitivity of over 80% as defined in their supporting documentation.

You don’t have to present a test if you:

  • Children under the age of 12.
  • Are in transit through a port or airport in the Canary Islands but your final destination is in another country or a different region of Spain.
  • Can prove that you have been outside the Canary Islands for less than 72 hours prior to your arrival, regardless of your place of residence.
  • Have an official accredited document that shows that you have been fully vaccinated in the eight months prior to your trip or have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) within the past four months and at least 15 days prior to your trip. The official vaccination document must state which vaccine was received, the number of doses and the date each dose was administered.
  • Can prove with an official medical certificate or public document that you have had and recovered from the disease within the past 6 months.

If you travel between islands:

Movement between the islands is fully reinstated at the moment, with daily connections that allow you to easily get from one island to any other, either by plane or by boat. There are no limitations on travel between islands.

9-. Can I Travel from Spain to Portugal??

By air: All passengers traveling to Portugal from Spain by air must present a negative PCR test 72 hours before boarding or a negative Antigen test 48 hours before boarding. Children 12 & Under are exempt. Passengers must also present a Passenger Locator form.

By land: There are currently no checks along the borders between Spain & Portugal.

10-. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US?

All airline passengers to the United States regardless of vaccination or antibody status, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.

All travelers should have a plan in case they have to extend their stay if they test positive right before leaving Spain. Since COVID testing is required to enter the United States, there have been many instances where travelers who were planning to depart on scheduled flights have tested positive and have had to remain in Spain longer than originally planned. Spanish health authorities will instruct you to isolate/quarantine for a period of time (7 to 10 days minimum) in a local hotel at your own expense. The Embassy or Consulate cannot assist you in getting back to the United States earlier than prescribed by Spanish health authorities or provide monetary assistance for any required extended lodging.

Accepted tests: NAATs, RT-PC, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HDA. Rapid antigen testing is also supported. More information here (in English only).

Some States may require a US entry form (for example, see the New York form here).

There is no mandatory quarantine period is required.

Before travelling, check the specific criteria of the State which you are travelling to:

AlabamaAlaska, ArizonaArkansasCalifornia North CarolinaSouth CarolinaColoradoConnecticutNorth DakotaSouth DakotaDelaware, FloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinois (Chicago), IndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLuisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMíchiganMinnesotaMisisipiMisuriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew Jersey , New YorkNew HampshireNew MexicoOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandTennesseeTexasUtahVermontMontpelierVirginiaWest VirginiaWashingtonWisconsinWyoming.

Specific rules in Hawaii: the PCR test must be performed 72 hours prior to arrival in Hawaii. Failing that, a 10-day quarantine period will be required. More information here (in English only).

Check here the State where you are travelling in order to check the specific travel requirements.

PORTUGAL
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1-. Can Americans travel to Portugal?

Non-essential (i.e. tourist travel) from the United States to mainland Portugal is currently permitted for travelers with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Children under 12 years are exempt.

2-. What documents are required to travel to Portugal from the United States?

There are two documents required to enter Portugal:
  • Negative test results
  • Passenger Locator Card

3-. What type of tests are required to enter Portugal?

Upon arrival, all passengers must present a proof of testing for the screening of SARS-CoV-2, with a negative result for COVID-19:
  • NAAT - Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (RT-PCR, NEAR, TMA, LAMP, HDA, CRISPR, SDA, etc), performed within 72 hours prior to the time of departure.
  • OR
  • An antigen test (TRAg) performed within 48 hours prior to the time of departure. Only Rapid Antigen Tests that are on the list agreed by the European Union Health Committee are allowed. Passengers who present tests that do not comply with the requirements must undergo a new test on arrival, at their own expenses, and must wait at a designated place inside the airport, until the result is notified.

*Children under 12 years are exempt from testing.

** Tests are also not required on internal flights between Lisbon, Porto or Faro

Passengers without a negative test result will be subject to mandatory testing at the airport at their own expense upon arrival, in addition to a mandatory quarantine by Portuguese health authorities. Failure to present a COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival in Portugal is a violation resulting in fines from 300€ to 800€

The following information must be present for the test to be valid:

a) Complete Identification of the Passenger

b) Clear Identification of the laboratory, including the certification

c) Reference to the use of the method used

d) Date and Time of the exam collection

e) Explicit Negative test result

f) Presented in Portuguese, French, English, Spanish and Italian

NOTE: The test result must be presented at check-in, boarding and arrival in digital or paper format. The SMS format is not valid.

4-. What is the Passenger Locator Card?

The Portugal Passenger Locator Card is a new travel screening required for all international travelers who want to travel to Portugal. This locator card is designed to help the Portuguese public health authorities to contact passengers who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Get your Locator Card here: https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card

Once you fill in the required information, the card will be sent to your email.

5-. Are there additional screening procedures in place at the airport on arrival?

Yes, additionally, all passengers arriving to Portugal are subject to mandatory temperature checks and may be required to undergo secondary health screening and/or COVID-19 testing.

6-. Can I travel to Portugal from Spain or any other European Country?

Yes, the control of persons at land borders, between Portugal and Spain, ended on April 30th and the freedom of movement between the two countries was resumed. To enter Portugal, through Spain, it is not necessary to submit a supporting evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test.

7-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

No, unless you are arriving from Brazil, India, Nepal, or South Africa. Passengers arriving from these destinations are subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Also, travelers are not able to board an outbound flight from Portugal to the United States without a negative COVID test. Under the State of Contingency, the Portuguese Government can impose mandatory quarantine for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and individuals deemed by health officials to require special medical observation. Attempting to cross immigration or board a plane with a positive COVID test will result in a 10-day quarantine.

8-. What are the current restrictions in place?

Use of facemasks: The use of face masks is mandatory in public transport, shops and supermarkets, and all other public indoor spaces. It is also recommended in outdoor spaces and workplaces where it is not possible to keep 2 meters distance, and when people are not from the same household. Children under 10 years old are exempted.

Physical Distancing: In public places, physical distance of 10 square meters of area per person and a distance of 2 meters between people is required. For those practicing sport the minimum distancing is 3 meters.

Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events: Events can take place with reduced capacity, following the rules of the General Directorate of Health.

A maximum occupancy of 75% is allowed for both cultural events and religious events and ceremonies.

A negative Covid-19 test is required to participate or access:

Weddings and baptisms with more than 10 people; Cultural and sports events with more than 500 people (indoor) or 1000 people (outdoor); Casinos, bingos, gyms, and thermal and spa facilities. Golf courses are fully operational (more info at www.fpg.pt).

Safety measures for public transportation: Starting from the 23rd of August 2021, there are no occupancy limitations in public transportation, including taxis. The use of face masks remains mandatory inside public transportation, and hygiene measures are recommended.

Non-essential (other than medicine and food) shops: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Shops and shopping centers are open without time restrictions.

No more than 5 people are allowed per 100 square meters. Non-essential stores up to 200 square meters with direct outdoor are also open. All non-essential shops can offer delivery services and provide pick-up points (click and collect).

Tourist accommodations: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS A negative test result is mandatory to stay and overnight in touristic accommodations throughout the continental territory.

The types of tests allowed are:

  • RT-PCR carried out within 72 hours prior to submittal.
  • Antigen test with laboratory report, carried out within 48 hours prior to its submittal.
  • Rapid antigen test using the self-test method, carried out within the 24 hours prior to submittal in the presence of a health or pharmaceutical professional who certifies its performance and result.
  • Rapid self-test antigen test carried out on the spot, at the door of the establishment to be visited, under the supervision of the persons in charge of these premises.

Children under 12 years old accompanied by an adult are exempt of testing requirements and are free to access places or establishments, to participate in events and to travel in the country.

Catering establishments: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS It is mandatory to present a negative test in meal service inside the restaurants, on Fridays from 7 pm, at weekends and on public holidays.

Restaurants, cafés, bars, and pastry shops with no restrictions on opening and closing hours until 2 am. Limited to groups of 8 people inside and 15 people on the terrace; Weddings and baptisms with 75% of the capacity; Alcoholic beverages sale is prohibited in service areas or gas stations; The consumption of alcoholic beverages in outdoor spaces and on public roads is prohibited.

Cinemas, museums and indoor attractions: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Heritage sites, museums, cinemas, theatres, cultural institutions, and libraries can open with safety measures in place. Cultural facilities must close at 01:00 hours, with admission until midnight. There is a 75% capacity limit.

Outdoors areas and beaches: Occupancy is limited. Monitoring of the occupancy status is performed through the "Info Praia" app and on the website of the Portuguese Environment Association. Distancing of 1.5 meters between groups of people, and 3 meters between sun umbrellas, is required. The practice of sport activities with 2 or more people is not allowed, except for nautical activities, surf lessons and similar sports. Access to the beaches may be banned if the rules are not respected.

Fun fairs are permitted. Private amusement parks and water parks are open.

Info praia: https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/

9-. Are masks required in Portugal?

Yes, Masks are required in certain situations:
  • Closed public spaces: Masks are mandatory
  • Outdoors: Masks are recommended when social distancing is not possible
  • Beaches: Mandatory use of masks at access points to and while moving on the beach (sand). Masking is not required when stationary on your towel. Mandatory social distance of 1.5m between towels.

10-. What are the specific requirements for traveling to the Azores?

Passengers who want to travel, by air or by sea, to Azores or from the Island of São Miguel to any of the other eight islands, or passengers who come from any area of active community transmission or with active SARS-CoV-2 transmission chains, as defined by the World Health Organization, must get tested when they get to their final destination, unless they present proof, issued by a national or international accredited laboratory, that they did an RT-PCR Covid-19 test within 72 hours before flight or ship departure.

All tests made for travels to Azores in one of those laboratories are paid by the Regional Government of Azores. After scheduling your test, you should appear at the laboratory at the time and date established and follow the information that was given to you.

Children 12 years and younger are exempt from testing.

Passengers who are traveling without a vaccine certificate must also fill out a health questionnaire at least 72 hours before arriving: https://mysafeazores.com.

11-. What are the specific requirements for traveling to Madeira?

Passengers aged 12 and older arriving to Madeira, even on domestic flights from outside the Madeira, must either provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from the disease. PCR Test must be made 72 hours before boarding or Rapid Antigen Test 48 hours before boarding.

Travelers may also perform a free test on arrival and wait for the results in prophylactic isolation (between 12 – 24 hours for the results) or preform a voluntary isolation for 14 days at home or in a hotel accommodation.

All passengers must fill out a health questionnaire withing 12 – 48 hours before arrival: Madeira Traveler Registration Health Authorities (madeirasafe.com)

After completing the registration, the passenger receives a notification, via e-mail, with his access code for the madeirasafe.com platform. The passenger should login to his madeirasafe.com account where he/she will find the respective QR Code, to be presented upon arrival at Madeira Airport. The PCR test result can also be submitted in advance on the platform.

All passengers disembarked at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira are subject to thermal screening, without exceptions.

There is currently a mandatory curfew will be place between 2 am and 5am, including weekends.

Restaurants & Bars:

  • Can remain open until 1:00 am, with mandatory curfew from 2:00 a.m ;
  • Consumption only allowed when seated;
  • Capacity up to 2/3;
  • Interior with tables for 6 persons;
  • Exterior with tables for 10 persons;
  • The use of a mask, sanitizing and social distancing is required.
Tourist Activities:
  • Vehicles used in tourist activities carried out by tourist entertainment companies, or by travel and tourism agencies, may transport at full capacity.
  • The same rule applies to maritime tour activities.
Bathing Complexes:
  • The general rules relating to social distancing, the protection and hygiene of areas, are to be maintained;
  • The changing rooms, indoor showers and drinking water fountains will remain closed, as well as the limit relating to the bathing complexes’ capacity (not exceeding one person per four square metres);
  • During this bathing season, swimming pools and children’s playgrounds, sports infrastructures, equipment, and floating platforms will reopen, however its use will be naturally limited and subject to the good practices recommended by the health authorities.
Shows, Cultural Events and Conferences:
  • The maximum capacity is now 2/3 of the venue (indoor and outdoor). Until now it was 50%;
  • Events with more than 100 persons require Rapid Antigen testing undertaken up to 48 hours before;
  • Mandatory control at the entrance and the validation of tests.

12-. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US?

All airline passengers to the United States regardless of vaccination or antibody status, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.

Accepted tests: NAATs, RT-PC, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HDA. Rapid antigen testing is also supported. More information here (in English only).

Some States may require a US entry form (for example, see the New York form here).

There is no mandatory quarantine period is required.

Before travelling, check the specific criteria of the State which you are travelling to:

AlabamaAlaska, ArizonaArkansasCalifornia North CarolinaSouth CarolinaColoradoConnecticutNorth DakotaSouth DakotaDelaware, FloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinois (Chicago), IndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLuisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMíchiganMinnesotaMisisipiMisuriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew Jersey , New YorkNew HampshireNew MexicoOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandTennesseeTexasUtahVermontMontpelierVirginiaWest VirginiaWashingtonWisconsinWyoming.

Specific rules in Hawaii: the PCR test must be performed 72 hours prior to arrival in Hawaii. Failing that, a 10-day quarantine period will be required. More information here (in English only).

Check here the State where you are travelling in order to check the specific travel requirements.

13-. Can I get tested in Portugal?

If you are a foreigner visitor and want to do the test for Covid-19 shortly before departure or at any time in mainland Portugal or Madeira you can do it:

At the airport: For additional information: https://www.ana.pt/en/corporate/ana/faq;

In a laboratory: Find the list at https://covid19.min-saude.pt/infoadrpcc/;

At a hospitals or clinic included in the Portugal Health Passport that can provide you personalized support in your language. The test for Covid-19 must be scheduled with a consultation and the results will be available in up to 72 hours. More information is available at test.covid19@portugalhealthpassport.com.

FRANCE
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1-. Can Americans travel to France?

On September 12, France’s entry rules for U.S. citizens changed. Fully vaccinated travelers coming from the United States (as well as minor children under 17 accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian) will still be able to enter France with proof of vaccination and a sworn statement they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Currently only the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are accepted. Full vaccination occurs two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine, and four weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson. No pre-departure COVID test or quarantine is required.

As of September 12, travelers coming from the United States who are not fully vaccinated will need to provide a compelling reason for travel through submission of an attention form; present a negative COVID-19 test, either a PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure or an antigen (rapid) test conducted within the 48 hours prior to departure; will be required to take another test upon arrival in France (and if that test is positive, may face a 10-day quarantine at the traveler’s expense); undergo a 7-day self-isolation period upon arrival; and take a PCR test at the end of the self-isolation period. These travelers will also need to provide a sworn statement they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and that they agree to the testing and self-isolation requirements. Children under 11 are exempt from testing.

Travelers arriving from Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 24 hours before departure. This includes land and sea travelers as well as air travelers. There is no quarantine requirement.

2-. What documents are required to travel to France from the United States?

Travel documents needed if you are vaccinated:

Proof of vaccination: It will only be valid if it proves that you are fully vaccinated, i.e.:

  • Fourteen days after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxevria and Covishield));
  • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
  • Seven days after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).

France currently accepts the CDC card as sufficient proof.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must provide a compelling reason for travel, negative PCR test performed in the 72 hours before departure OR an antigen test performed in the 48 hours before departure.

And

Sworn declaration: that can be downloaded on the Interior Ministry’s website stating that you have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection; to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your journey. The declaration can be downloaded here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel

French authorities have been accepting the CDC card as acceptable evidence of vaccination for entry into France, but it is not accepted as a French health pass required for domestic travel within France or to enter cultural sites, museums, theatres, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cafes, athletic facilities, medical offices and hospitals (except for emergencies), retirement homes, and some other facilities.

3-. What type of vaccines are accepted enter France?

Currently only the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are accepted.

Full vaccination occurs two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine, and four weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

4-. Are there additional screening procedures in place at the airport on arrival?

France is performing temperature checks and there are two Covid-19 testing centers at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris-Orly. Departing passengers wishing to get a test at the airport must make an appointment online (doctolib.fr). According to Paris Aéroport, results for the PCR test are available within 48 hours and within 1 to 2 hours for an antigenic test.

5-. What if I am traveling with an unvaccinated minor?

Travelers under age 11 are treated as vaccinated regardless of their vaccination status and do not need to have a COVID test. Travelers ages 11 through 17 are treated as vaccinated if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian. Travelers in this age group traveling independently must meet the rules applicable to adult travelers.

6-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

Quarantine requirements vary depending on the country where travel originated and the vaccination status of the traveler. Fully vaccinated travelers coming from a orange list country (including the United States) and minors under age 11 are no longer required to quarantine.

Unvaccinated travelers arriving from orange countries will be tested again upon arrival, and must self-isolate upon arrival for 7 days, 10 days if they test positive upon arrival. At the end of the 7 days they must take a PCR test. Children under age 12 are exempt from the testing requirements.

7-. What are the current restrictions in place?

A Covid-19 certificate (Pass Sanitaire) compatible with the EU Digital Covid Certificates (EUDCC) format, is necessary to access all cultural or recreational events held indoors or outdoors. as well as to enter museums, cinemas, cafés, restaurants, shopping centres, hospitals and for long distance-travel by plane, train or bus.

The Covid-19 certificate will only become necessary for people aged 12 to 17 after 30 September. Children under 12 years old do not need a Covid-19 certificate.

For further detailed information, you can visit www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

Use of facemasks:The use of masks is not compulsory outdoors, except in certain circumstances: gatherings of people while queuing, at open markets, in stadiums. Facemasks are no longer required in events that require a COVID certificate (pass sanitaire) unless requested by the organiser or local authority.

Masks are compulsory in enclosed public places. Furthermore, wearing a mask is also compulsory for anyone over 11 years old on public transport, taxi, restaurants, cafés, bars (compulsory for staff and customers when moving around), at school (compulsory for teachers, educational staff and students - not recommended in kindergartens), in casinos, and for vulnerable people.

Physical Distancing: A physical distancing of at least 2 meters applies in all places and circumstances. In particular: in shops (limited number of customers that are allowed to be present at the same time); in restaurants, cafés and bars: maximum of 10 people per table, 2 meters between each table; on public transport, taxis and carpooling (two passengers per seat row).

Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events: Gatherings are allowed. Amusement parks, exhibition centers, and sports arenas are open but require a Covid-19 certificate (Pass Sanitaire).

Safety measures for public transportation: All persons above 11 years old shall wear a mask in vehicles and in transports areas (airport terminals, stations, platforms, bus stop).

Catering establishments: OPEN Restaurants, bars and cafés are open both for indoor and outdoor service (terraces). Access to these facilities (including for service in terrace) requires a Covid-19 certificate.

Tourist accommodations: OPEN From the 9th of August, tourist accommodations such as camping and resort clubs will require a Covid-19 certificate.

Cinemas, museums and indoor attractions: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Cultural establishments, cinemas, theatres and museums are open but require a Covid-19 certificate (Pass Sanitaire) for crowds above 50 people.

Outdoors areas and beaches: OPEN Tourism areas and beaches are accessible.

8-. How can I get a French Health Pass?

On August 10, the French government released instructions on how people vaccinated outside the European Union, including people vaccinated in the United States, may obtain a French Health Pass.

For now, the system is open for people age 18 and above who are already in France or intend going there within the coming days. (Until September 30, the health pass is only required for people age 18 and above.) These travelers must have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca vaccines outside of the European Union.

Travelers should apply before they come to France. Each traveler must apply separately. They will need to submit a scanned copy (in .pdf, .jpg, or .png format) of the following:

Send these documents (in .pdf, .jpg or .png format) by e-mail only to the relevant address based on your place of residence. Attachments in .zip format will not be processed.

The e-mail addresses are as follows:

Zone 1 (United States): area1.covid-pass@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Zone 2 (Canada): area2.covid-pass@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Zone 3 (Rest of world): area3.covid-pass@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Applications received through other means will not be processed.

To facilitate the processing of applications, e-mail subject lines must be set out as follows:

COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE / SURNAME First name / Date of arrival in France in the format DD-MM-21 For example: CANADA / DURAND Anne / DD-MM-YY

N.B.

Incomplete applications will not be processed. You will have to submit a new application. Don’t forget to complete and attach the form!

Your message must not exceed a total of 10 MB. If your application exceeds this limit, we will not receive it.

As soon as your application has been processed, you will receive an e-mail with a QR code. It can be printed and presented on paper, or added to the TousAntiCovid smartphone application to prove your vaccination status.

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/coronavirus-statements/article/applying-for-a-covid-certificate-if-you-were-vaccinated-abroad-procedure-for

9-. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US?

All airline passengers to the United States regardless of vaccination or antibody status, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.

Accepted tests: NAATs, RT-PC, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HDA. Rapid antigen testing is also supported. More information here (in English only).

Some States may require a US entry form (for example, see the New York form here).

There is no mandatory quarantine period is required.

Before travelling, check the specific criteria of the State which you are travelling to:

AlabamaAlaska, ArizonaArkansasCalifornia North CarolinaSouth CarolinaColoradoConnecticutNorth DakotaSouth DakotaDelaware, FloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinois (Chicago), IndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLuisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMíchiganMinnesotaMisisipiMisuriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew Jersey , New YorkNew HampshireNew MexicoOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandTennesseeTexasUtahVermontMontpelierVirginiaWest VirginiaWashingtonWisconsinWyoming.

Specific rules in Hawaii: the PCR test must be performed 72 hours prior to arrival in Hawaii. Failing that, a 10-day quarantine period will be required. More information here (in English only).

Check here the State where you are travelling in order to check the specific travel requirements.

MOROCCO
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

**The Government of Morocco has put into place a “Health State of Emergency” until September 10, 2021, which is likely to be extended**

1-. Can Americans travel to Morocco?

It depends. Entry requirements vary depending upon the country from which travel originates.

For entry into Morocco by air: The Government of Morocco classifies countries into “List A” and “List B.” List A includes the United States and most European Countries. The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs updates the countries on List A and List B regularly and at least twice a month.

Commercial airline travel to/from Morocco and the United States is currently available. There are currently direct flights between Morocco and the United States on Royal Air Maroc (RAM) between Casablanca (CMN) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), as well as Casablanca and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Passenger ferries between Morocco and Spain are not currently in operation. Limited passenger ferry service exits between Morocco and France and Italy.

The borders with Ceuta and Melilla remain closed.

2-. What documents are required to travel to Morocco from the United States?

Passengers arriving from countries on List A are permitted to enter Morocco with a negative result of a PCR test administered within 72 hours of the date entering Morocco or proof of COVID-19 vaccination. (Note that even if you have proof of vaccination, it may be advisable to also take a PCR test to have available, if asked.)

Unvaccinated travelers arriving from United States must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test result must be issued a maximum of 48 hours before arrival in Morocco. The test result must be in Arabic, French, or English.

Travelers under the age of 11 are exempt.

On arrival to Morocco, Travelers are also required to complete a public health passenger form. You may print out the form and fill it out in advance: http://www.onda.ma/form.php

3-. What if I am traveling from Spain or Portugal?

Both Spain & Portugal are currently on the B list of countries which means: Tourists coming from list B countries are classified in two categories. Vaccinated travelers or holders of a certificate attesting that the person is vaccinated with one of the vaccines accepted in Morocco are exempted from quarantine and must present only a negative PCR test dated less than 48 hours and a health form completed and signed before boarding.

Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated persons must observe a 10-day controlled quarantine by presenting a negative PCR test less than 48 hours old, a completed and signed health form, a completed and signed declaration of honor for a 10-day confinement and a voucher confirming this confinement in one of the hotels previously designated by the Moroccan authorities. A PCR test is mandatory on the 9th day.

4-. Are there additional screening procedures in place at the airport on arrival?

Temperature screening and a medical examination are required for all passengers on arrival.

You may also be required to show confirmation of your hotel bookings.

5-. What if I am traveling with an unvaccinated minor?

Children 11 years & older that are not vaccinated are required to have a negative PCR test.

Children under 11 years of age are exempt from PCR screening.

6-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

U.S. Citizens arriving from the United States or another ¨List A¨ Country are not required to quarantine. Unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated travelers from countries on List B must undergo a 10-day quarantine on arrival at a hotel.

7-. What are the current restrictions in place?

Curfew: There is a nationwide curfew in place between the hours of 9:00 PM and 5:00 AM.

Individuals must have an exceptional authorization from local authorities to travel during the curfew.

Restaurants and cafés: Cafes and restaurants are open until 21h while respecting some sanitary measures. You must always wear your mask at the entrance and every time you get up to move around. At the entrance, your temperature is checked, and you are invited to disinfect your hands. To ensure the safety of all clients, the entrance and exit routes are separate.

Museums and cultural/historic sites: Open during their usual hours, with limited capacity guidelines.

Masks are mandatory (under penalties) in any public space throughout the country. That includes bazaars, parks, museums, basically anywhere outside the home or hotel room.

Beaches, resorts and wellness centers: Private bathing establishments are currently closed (Hammams, Gyms, and Covered Swimming Pools). In case of reopening, the general health protocol being followed, body temperature is checked at the entrance and hand disinfection is required. In the case of the wellness centers, the entry and exit routes are separated. Respect of social distancing is recommended, and the wearing of masks is mandatory in common areas. In order to fully enjoy these activities, it is advisable to follow all the guidelines mentioned at the reception area of these establishments and to inquire in advance by telephone. Public beaches are open.

Hotels and accommodation facilities: A reservation is mandatory to fully enjoy your stay in hotels, resorts, riads and all classified accommodation structures. To ensure the health and safety of all travelers, the Ministry of Tourism, Handicrafts, Air Transport and Social Economy grants the "Welcome Safely" certification testifying to the compliance of these tourist accommodation establishments with the control protocols of Covid-19 in Morocco. Also noted that these establishments must not exceed 75% of their capacity according to the latest restrictions.

Within these establishments, the wearing of a mask is mandatory in the reception rooms, the restaurant areas and any other common room. It should also be noted that body temperature is taken upon entry and hand disinfection may also be required. The respect of social distancing measures and hygiene rules is also required.

Museums and cultural sites: Open Temperatures will be checked at the entrance, followed by hand disinfection. As the entrance and exit routes are separated, the safety distance will have to be respected in case of waiting. Inside these establishments, it would be preferable to avoid touching objects and to follow the indicated and signaled routes. Wearing a mask is mandatory.

Shops and commercial activities: It is mandatory to wear your mask to protect yourself and others. It is brought to your attention that at the entrance of each store, sanitizers are available to customers, as well as thermal scanners for checking body temperature. As the number of customers is limited in these areas, it is compulsory to respect the safety distance in queuing.

Means of transport: To ensure your safety on public transportation, it is mandatory to wear a mask, maintain a safe distance from other passengers, and sit in the seats reserved for you.

If you decide to travel by car, wearing a mask becomes mandatory if you are accompanied.

8-. Are masks required in Morocco?

Yes. Masks are required on all public transportation and in public spaces, including airports and train stations.

9-. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US?

All airline passengers to the United States regardless of vaccination or antibody status, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.

Accepted tests: NAATs, RT-PC, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HDA. Rapid antigen testing is also supported.More information here (in English only).

10-. Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Morocco?

Yes. The cost for the test is typically around 700 Dirhams. Results can be provided electronically and are usually available within 24 hours.

To find a COVID-19 testing lab near you, contact the Moroccan Ministry of Health’s hotline at +212 (0)8-01-00-47-47. Assistance is available in English, French or Arabic.

SOURCES:

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/

SPAIN:

https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/

PORTUGAL:

https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/#

FRANCE:

https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel#from2

MOROCCO:

https://www.visitmorocco.com/en/travel-info/covid-19-travel-safely-to-morocco https://www.sante.gov.ma/PublishingImages/2021/protocole/FSP%20avion.pdf