"Regarding the borders, we will maintain the control as has been done until now, continuing to require mandatory negative test for all flights arriving in Portugal and we will continue to apply the sanctions either to passengers or to aviation companies that board passengers without a test performed," said António Costa at the press conference after the Council of Ministers.
The Council of Ministers' communiqué also states that special measures on testing for international flights are extended "until 9 February 2022".
Since December, 2021, all passengers arriving in Portugal by air are required to present a negative test or certificate of recovery on landing.
Passengers on domestic flights, or those under 12 years of age, and crews are exempt from the requirement to test, PCR or fast-track.
Airlines carrying passengers without a negative test incur a fine of between €20,000 and €40,000 per passenger and travellers are also subject to a misdemeanour, between €300 and €800, for failing to present a test on arrival.
At the press conference, the Prime Minister said that since 1 December, 1.2 million passengers and 11,000 flights have been inspected, resulting in the issuing of administrative offences to around 2,000 passengers and 40 airline companies for failure to comply with the mandatory testing standards for entry into Portugal.