Call to avoid trips abroad

in News · 17-03-2020 15:15:00 · 0 Comments

Minister Augusto Santos Silva told Lusa today that the Portuguese should avoid making "non-essential" trips abroad as a measure of containment against the pandemic of the new coronavirus (Covid-19)

"I reiterate the appeal because it is not possible to fetch everyone from everywhere and we need to be aware of this. This implies civic behavior on our part," the Minister of Foreign Affairs told Lusa recommending the rescheduling of vacations to citizens who have already they had scheduled trips.

"Portuguese citizens who are traveling should try to anticipate their return and use the support line that we set up when they need our support. Citizens who are in Portugal and who had vacations abroad already scheduled must renounce these holidays", stressed.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs stresses that Portuguese citizens should not make trips abroad that are not necessary adding that they must comply with the measures that were adopted in the places where they are.

"My recommendation is very simple: Portuguese residents abroad must strictly comply with the rules and orders of the respective health authorities. In the same way that we require foreigners residing in Portugal to comply with the orders that we have already approved", said Augusto Santos Silva.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs told Lusa today that Portuguese Erasmus students are being contacted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that the return to Portugal is organized due to the Covid-19 pandemic and that he is monitoring the situation of tourists and travellers who are held in the Philippines, Argentina, Mexico and Morocco.


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