Since December 1, all passengers arriving in Portugal by air are required to present a negative test for Covid-19 or recovery certificate upon arrival.
In a balance of the first six days of this measure to contain the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, the Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI) told Lusa that the PSP and the SEF inspected 186,267 passengers and 1,985 flights, which resulted in 591 administrative infractions.
Of the 591 infraction notices, 403 were raised by the PSP, which controls passengers from flights originating in the Schengen area, and 188 by the SEF, which supervises travellers from countries outside the Schengen area (outside Europe).
Passengers on domestic flights, children under 12 and crews are exempt from mandatory testing, PCR or rapid.
MAI also indicates that the 591 administrative offenses include six foreigners who were refused entry into the country for not having presented a test on arrival, since only Portuguese citizens, and foreign residents in Portugal are allowed to carry out the test at the airport
According to the MAI, 21 airlines were fined for having transported passengers without a negative Covid-19 test or recovery certificate, with most of these companies having transported people from Europe.
At land borders, also since December 1, citizens from countries outside the European Union and from EU countries considered to be at red or dark red risk need a negative test or recovery certificate to enter Portugal.
Citizens from EU countries considered to be at low or moderate risk must carry a vaccination, test or recovery certificate to enter Portugal.
Until December 6, the GNR and the Foreigners and Borders Service carried out 945 random inspection operations at land borders to ensure that tests were carried out for Covid-19, according to MAI.
Within the scope of these operations, 8,652 light vehicles, merchants and motorcycles, 294 public transport vehicles and two trains were inspected, which gave rise to 26 administrative offenses for a lack of a test or recovery certificate.
MAI also states that 262 diagnostic tests were carried out at the land borders.
Surely this is good news! All that revenue from fines may upgrade the life of the Portuguese people and reduce the reliance on EU handouts.
By Ian from Lisbon on 09 Dec 2021, 16:06
it is a violation against EU free movement to impose fines and force people to make medical procedures, the fines should be appealed to EU human rights court, and do you really believe fines are going to improve collected is going to improve the lifes of Portuguese people? Portugal when joining with the EU and Euro became a slave to Bryssels, the fines taken from Norwegian, Swedish, German aviation companys are for sure compensated via Bryssels in one way or the other. People must wake up and stop taking these tests, when in human history have sticks in this abnomal lenght been injected all the way up to the barrier between the nose and brain?
By Magnus from Other on 11 Dec 2021, 04:17
Magnus, Portugal would be absolutely nothing without the EU funds. At the moment, Portugal is so bankrupt that not even the EU funds can help it. Perhaps Portugal should think about real development and educating its people instead of sitting back and selling Golden Visas while allowing the ruling classes and politicians to continue their corruption. That indeed would be a novelty. End corruption. Invest in real development. And stop biting the hand that feeds you. (i.e. the EU)
By k from Algarve on 12 Dec 2021, 15:43
One complainer writes from the Algarve, the other from Lisbon. Why are you IN Portugal if it's so terrible? And that "Magnus" .... PLEASE! This is about protecting a population from a virus and from irresponsible guests, and not about hating Brussels, science and whatever. I watched the Portuguese people acting very responsibly during my recent visit, but many a visitor disrespectfully disregarding local rules. What if one did that in YOUR home countries?
By Erika from USA on 17 Dec 2021, 22:14
Erika....take a trip here and see people living on 200 euros a month and then go to Lisbon and the Algarve where consumption is obscene. This country is corrupt and from the top it has to change. We are trying, the GNR and PSP have got quite good anti corruption squads but they need more investment. Why haven't they had it?
By David Maconochie from Beiras on 24 Dec 2021, 17:30