According to the Ministry of Internal Administration, 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.

The Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI) states that, between December 1 and 12, the PSP and the SEF inspected 377,751 passengers and 3,843 flights, which resulted in 987 administrative offenses.

Of the 987 infraction notices, 604 were raised by the PSP, which controls passengers from flights originating in the Schengen area, and 383 by 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 987 administrative offenses include seven foreigners who were refused entry into the country for not having presented a test on arrival, since only Portuguese citizens and foreign residents are allowed to carry out the test at the airport. Portugal and diplomatic staff.

According to MAI, 35 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.

Airlines that transport passengers without a negative Covid-19 test incur a fine of between 20,000 and 40,000 euros per passenger, and travellers are also subject to administrative offenses for not presenting a test on arrival, which can vary between 300 and 800 euros.

MAI data also show that 991 Covid-19 diagnostic tests were carried out at airports for passengers who entered the country without this document.

At land borders, since December 1, citizens from countries outside the European Union and from EU countries considered to be at risk in red or dark red, also need a negative test or a recovery certificate for entry into the country.