Around The World Wednesday: Visit Portugal!

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Original Photo was taken by Paulo Magalhães

I’ve started a Mini Bucket list of all the places that my daughter would love to visit and I plan to make all her wishes come true. With this came an idea to start a little blog series called Around The World where I’ll point out a few things to do or the latest news about different Cities, States, or Countries! Today’s Stop? PORTUGAL!

Photo Credit: RR-TdP

Some news has arisen for those who want to travel to Portugal. Portugal has become the first European country to receive the ‘Safe Travels’ seal from WTTC. This seal aims to recognize destinations that comply with health and hygiene protocols in line with the Safe Travel Protocols issued by the WTTC, helping, above all, to instill confidence in consumers, so that they feel they can travel safely as soon as restrictions are raised.
Visit Portugal previously announced the Clean and Safe stamp it confers on hotels and tourism organizations who are in compliance with Portugal’s health authorities COVID-19 prevention recommendations. A new website now lists the 11,700+ stamps already issued so visitors can check before they book. 

Photo Credit: Aveiro Costa Nova

TAP Air Portugal recommended service from the USA on Thursday, June 4, with twice-weekly flights between Newark and Lisbon, with additional North American gateways starting in July – including three inaugural routes: Boston-Azores on July 2, Toronto-Azores on July 3, and Montreal-Lisbon on July 31. While it was previously understood that US travelers could enter Portugal now, given its significant Portuguese community, only Portuguese or dual citizens, residents and their family members can enter until reciprocal entry rights are granted for US arrivals by visitors traveling from the Schengen area. It is hoped that this will be in place by July 1.

Photo Credit: Madeira Oceanos

A 14-day quarantine is still in place in June for Madeira through July 1, unless visitors can present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. If not, the test will be provided free of charge upon arrival. This procedure mirrors that of the Azores’ current arrival procedures. If visitors chose to take the test upon arrival, they will be accommodated overnight in a hotel, at no charge, until the results of the test are returned (up to 48 hours). For more information, review Visit Portugal’s COVID-19 measures.

Did You Know?

Today, June 10th is Portugal Day! It’s a national holiday which is celebrated by Portuguese people around the world. It commemorates the death of poet and literary icon Luís de Camões who died on June 10th, 1580. Luís de Camões is considered to be the greatest poet of Portugal – and of the Portuguese language, comparable to Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil, and Dante. While Camões is known for his drama and poetry, he is best known for his masterpiece Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads). So influential is his epic that Portuguese is sometimes called the “language of Camões”.

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