Those who missed last week’s news that Canadians were not permitted to travel to Portugal for non-essential reasons may have been spared a few days of stress. As quietly as Canada was dropped from a list posted on the Visit Portugal website, it was added back in an update on February 19.
The situation began with a January 17 decision by the Council of the European Union to remove three countries from a list of those not subject to travel restrictions. Canada was one of the countries removed, despite having a far better Covid-19 report card than many that remained on the list.
Shock at being banned from non-essential travel, and disbelief that it happened without any fanfare, drove Canada’s prospective travellers to contact embassies, consulates, travel agents, and political representatives. Online forums, such as the one on the Visit Portugal website, saw a rush of postings expressing everything from incredulity and frustration to anger at forfeiting long-planned holidays.
As the person who wrote last week’s The Portugal News article about the ban on Canadians, and a Canadian who has rented the world’s best condo for a five week stay in the Algarve starting in late March, I have a vested interest in Portugal’s travel restrictions. Each day, I have checked the EU Council’s list as well as Visit Portugal's list, and each day I have been disappointed – until today.
Canada is still not on the EU Council’s list, but that may change when they do their bi-weekly review on February 28. In the meantime, Canadian tourists can visit Portugal again. We can wake to the sight of flamingos in the Ria Formosa, marvel at intricate tilework, and sit in an outdoor café as our fish is grilled to perfection.
Great news! Finally, the obtuse decision maker is gone! Thank you!
By Tony Fernandes from Other on 21 Feb 2022, 17:37
We Canadians still need proof of a negative PCR or antigen test to enter Portugal though, because we're not one of the countries with a reciprocity agreement with the European Union.
By Marc Gaulin from Other on 22 Feb 2022, 01:59
Tourism is down almost 50% according to an article here a few weeks ago. I think this is because ALL of North American has to Test to get in which costs $250 EU at the airport in North America. So most just Holiday some place else. WHY? Portugal does not take Canada, or USA CDC Vaccine cards as they are on Paper. We cant get a EU Digital Cert, other countries take North American cards.
By Bob Jay from Lisbon on 22 Feb 2022, 14:50
Just saw this article about the new EU recommendations effective March 1st: https://www.theportugalnews.com/.../ec-updates.../65422. Wondering if Portugal will adopt this and ask for PCR test for Canadians. I hope not as it would be really disappointing and discouraging now that Canada is actually dropping this requirement.
By Ioana Lazea from Other on 22 Feb 2022, 16:31
Most in Canada and USA are Vaccinated, how do we get the EU Vac Cert so we dont have to pay money for a test? All I got is a Paper Certificate, Spain will take it but not Portugal.
By Bob Jay from Lisbon on 22 Feb 2022, 20:36