Updated: Jul 17
Holiday in Madeira from July 2021; COVID restrictions explained
Okay, don't get too excited because the regulations seem to be changing daily, but I thought it might be useful to summarise the situation on the 2nd July, 2021.
So, the good news it that Madeira is currently NOT included in the Portuguese red list, so British holidaymakers can travel and 'holiday' rather than quarantine for 14 days on arrival (longer than most peoples' holidays!!). Also, Madeira is on the UK's green list, so you do not have to quarantine upon return. However, 48 to 12 hours before departure (prior to boarding) you must complete the Madeira Safe registration. After completing the registration, you will receive a notification, via e-mail, with your access code for the madeirasafe.com platform where you will find the respective QR Code, to be presented upon arrival at Madeira Airport.
This just leaves the PCR tests, over which there is great confusion. Currently, you must take one test 72 hours before departure and have the certificate or App confirmation before boarding your flight. This is also essential for presentation upon arriving in Madeira, otherwise, you must take a test and quarintine for 12 hours until a negative result is sent to you via text.
Because we have children, I was delighted to find this company, Halo, which offers a 48 hours test that uses a spit method, so no swabs down the back of your throat. All for less than £100pp.
Before leaving Madeira it may be necessary to take another PCR test which can be accessed free on the island (this should be verified upon your arrival). Then, finally, you will need to take another PCR within two days of arriving back in the U.K. With Madeira's 'green status' there are currently no further quarantine restrictions, irrspective of your vaccine status.
Simples! But double check every week up to your departure date.