Travel insurance for foreign tourists visiting Portugal “adapted to the new pandemic reality caused by Covid-19” is being promoted by the country’s tourist office.

The cover is being provided by RNA Seguros de Assistência and includes medical, surgical, pharmaceutical and hospital expenses “associated” with Covid-19, as well as expenses that may occur for cancellation, interruption or extension of trips.

The insurance is valid for mainland Portugal and the autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores.

Visit Portugal said: “The objective is to guarantee that everyone who visits Portugal can travel around the country safely and with confidence”.

The insurance is designed to work hand-in-hand with the Portugal Health Passport “which now includes Covid-19 tests and is available to all who visit our country”.

Portugal remains off the list of countries exempted by the UK government from quarantine restrictions and Tui extended the suspension of its programme to the country on Tuesday until August 16.

However, Visit Portugal said it is “through initiatives and projects like these that Portugal consolidates its position as a safe destination that guarantees all the essential sanitary conditions for the enjoyment of the unique tourist experiences that it offers”.

The tourist office also said: “There will be no biological testing upon arrival to mainland Portugal for flights originating from Schengen-associated countries plus Lichtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and UK.”

Thermal screening is be in place for all airports and it is compulsory to wear a face mask at all time and social distancing is required on arrival.

More than 17,000 businesses in the tourism sector have achieved a ‘Clean & Safe’ seal of approval to confirm they are compliant with hygiene and cleaning requirements for the prevention and control of the virus.

The Portuguese government and epidemiologists have assured that a contagion is stabilising in the five most affected districts in Lisbon, according to the tourist office.