The Madeira government has pledged to pay for Covid-19 tests on arrival as the island aims to reopen to international tourists from July 1.

Madeira and its sister Portuguese island of Porto Santo are focused on positioning as Covid-safe destinations.

All people travelling to the islands will have to either present a negative coronavirus test done within 72 hours prior to departure or be tested upon arrival.

Madeira is working with certification firm SGS to ensure good practice to minimise risk in the wake of Covid-19. The certification process is available to all companies in the tourism sector.

The Atlantic island archipelago was a pioneer in the whole of Portugal in developing a safe tourism document on good tourism practices to deal with Covid-19.

The three initiatives underpin the destination’s determination to ensure a safe tourism location for all visitors, according to tourism chiefs.

Porto Santo claims to have had the first beach in Europe to officially reopen after Covid-19.

Madeira has registered 90 positive cases of the virus and no deaths.