Madeira offers free PCR test for arrivals or departures

The Portuguese archipelago of Madeira is offering one free PCR Covid-19 test per visitor, to be taken on arrival or departure, with results within 24 hours.

It previously offered a free test at the airport just on arrival.

Visitors who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 do not require testing.

Arrivals with a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of leaving their home country are also able to enter.

There are discounts on offer for any further tests required, with PCR tests from €90 and antigen tests from €18.

More than a quarter (27%) of Madeira’s population has received the first dose of the vaccination and tourism professionals will be vaccinated by the end of May.

Nuno Vale, director of Madeira Promotion Bureau, said: “Madeira drew up a pandemic response strategy with concrete measures which were both timely and appropriate.

“This performance kept the pandemic under control, providing the inhabitants of the region and tourists with security in their activities, whether in work or entertainment.”

Last month, the destination launched its new brand identity with the slogan ‘Madeira. Belongs To All’.

The branding promotes the island’s hospitality and “melting pot of cultures”, combined with a mild climate and scenery.

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