Portugal prepares rules for tourism with a “controlled” flow considered

in News · 10-05-2020 16:45:00 · 9 Comments

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) said today that it is finalising rules for tourism in Portugal at a time of pandemic, and is not expecting "a very large flow" and that it will "have to be controlled" , to avoid further contagion.

"Regarding tourism, there are several things that have to be considered here, and one of them has to do with the flow of people, which is not expected to be very large, but has to be controlled in order to be able to comply with rules", declared the general director of Health, Graça Freitas, in Lisbon.

Responding to questions from Lusa at the daily press conference on the evolution of covid-19 in the country - and days before the European Commission issued guidelines for Member States to adopt on the recovery of the tourism sector - Graça Freitas stressed the need to “make compatible flows of people with health and safety rules ”.

“And these rules have to do, with regard to the tourism sector, with the catering - and there is already an orientation for that, about how is the capacity, the behaviour and the rules of the organisation -, then the hotel sector, in that we are working on, and then a very important area, that of the beaches, of how they are going to be used, whether for internal tourism, or for external tourism ”, she said.

Indicating that these rules are being finalised to be immediately aligned with the Brussels guidelines, which will be known on Wednesday, Graça Freitas noted that the country will “try to recover the normal [tourist] activity”, namely taking into account the next summer season, but reiterated that this will always be a “different normality, with different rules”.

“We are working on this balance, to return to normality as possible with the fulfillment of rules throughout the flow of people in tourism, whether national or international, and this is being seen with great care so that we can maintain safety and prevent new infections. ”, Graça Freitas said.

In the recommendationss he will issue on Wednesday, the community executive will also stipulate rules to be adopted by European countries on the resumption of travel within the European Union, at a time when connections are suspended, following the restrictive measures adopted to try to contain the covid-19.

On this issue, Graça Freitas indicated that Portugal already has “legislation on this”.

“But, obviously, we will wait for the alignment with what Europe's thinking is. We have always done this because good international practices help us to have good practices in our country as well ”, concluded the official.


I own a property near Serta. When will I be permitted to go there again. Will need to hire a car from Porto or Lisboa

By Lauris Ashton from UK on 12-05-2020 07:48

Totally disgusted was booked for a 5 night break in easyjet hotel from 12th May tried to reschedule but have been told they are open for business and therefore my money will not be refunded.

By Liz mc from UK on 12-05-2020 01:41

I have applied for residency visa, but in the meantime I'd like to return to Portugal. Already have lodgings in Nazare is this possible now ?

By Judy Boland from USA on 12-05-2020 01:29

Welcome to the Truman Show.

By Eric from Other on 11-05-2020 07:51

I have a hotel booked for June 17th 2020,
Will Portugal be open.

By Mr m l kilkie Kilkie from UK on 11-05-2020 04:13

Since the easing of restrictions last week the Algarve js already seeing an influx of motorhomes and caravans, which are presumably coming from the highly infected northern and central regions.

By Terence McDine from Algarve on 11-05-2020 01:59

Look at New Zealand - They the only country doing this right - CLOSED BORDERS.
We should all follow their excellent example!

By Peter from Algarve on 11-05-2020 12:54

I'm impatiently waiting for Portugal decision. What concerns me is that everyone is talking about Algarve and beaches, but I'm not a beach fan, and I'm just wondering at this point if only Algarve will be open or also the Azores and the rest of the country, for hiking and cultural tourism :(

By Nicoletta from Other on 11-05-2020 08:22

If you allow areas to open up throughout Portugal for internal travel for the Portuguese,you will not be able to control the virus in this country,thousands totally ignoring the 2 metres rule everywhere NOW just go out and walk around,Madness to join the lemmings of Europe sit tight and go with your gut.
Holiday visitors you have better control by flights only,keep the borders manned,if not all the people in the high infected areas of Italy,Spain,France,Belgium and Holland etc will be heading for Portugal because of what you have achieved,please dont give in NOW x

By Bobby S from Algarve on 10-05-2020 08:34
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