Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Archipelago of Madeira has adopted a set of preventive measures in order to combat the epidemiological evolution in the region. Thus on this page, you can consult the evolution of the pandemic as well as a set of new additional measures applied by the Regional Government of Madeira.


Average of the last 14 days (20/09–03/10)

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In the Archipelago of Madeira vaccination started in December 2020, by priority groups.

By September 2021 we anticipate that 60-70% of the population will be vaccinated.

By May 2021 the entire tourism sector will be vaccinated.

Information updated on 10 October


Since 1 July 2020, Madeira and Porto Santo are fully open to international travellers.
To ensure the safety of both tourists and residents, we have developed an action plan:

  1. All passengers disembarking at the airports of the Autonomous Region of Madeira from any territory out of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, must carry a negative PCR test for COVID-19, carried out within 72 hours prior to boarding.
  2. Passengers who have not been tested will have a free test upon arrival at the airport.
  3. All passengers who disembark at the ports and marinas of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, from any territory outside the Region, may proceed to their destination upon the presentation of proof of having carried out a TRAg screening test for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result, provided they are carried out within the maximum period of 48 hours, prior to disembarkment, unless they are in possession of a PCR test performed within a maximum period of 72 hours prior to disembarkation.
  4. All passengers, whether Portuguese citizens or foreigners, with scheduled trips to the Archipelago of Madeira, can perform PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests to COVID-19, free of charge, in several cities around the country.
  5. All passengers arriving in the region are entitled to a free PCR test, if they do not take the test on arrival they are allowed to take the test on departure (PCR OR ANTIGEN).


Procedure, to carry out the test free of charge on your return to your home country:

      • Registration at MadeiraSafe;
      • Submission of PCR test, with negative result, carried out at origin;
      • Validation of the submitted test – by the competent authorities;
      • After validation, an automatic questionnaire is triggered with the following questions:
        • On returning to your home country do you need to test for Covid-19? YES/NO
        • If yes, what kind of test?
          • PCR
          • Antigen quick test
      • The date of return to the country of origin is also asked;
      • Madeira Safe generates an automatic test booking, taking into account the passenger’s return date – the message is received by the passenger via email;
      • In the case of Madeira, the scheduling is done at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital;
      • In the case of Porto Santo, the appointment is made for the Porto Santo health centre;
      • At the end, the passenger receives in his/her email, the official document with the result of his/her test.

There is no charge to the traveller for the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 infection.


If you have already been vaccinated, you are automatically exempt from the obligation of RT-PCR testing on arrival in Madeira and Porto Santo. In this case, you must present a document certifying that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the stipulated schedule and respecting the period of activation of the immune system foreseen in the SmPC (summary of product characteristics).

You must bring a passport or vaccination certificate validated by your country of origin, in English, stating the following information:

    1. Name;
    2. Date of birth;
    3. Health number;
    4. Type of vaccine, Vaccine Brand Name and dates of the two doses of the vaccine.

You are also exempted from the test requirement if you present, at the time of landing, a medical document, issued within the last 180 days, certifying that you are recovered from the COVID-19 disease.

Note: All OFFICIAL vaccination documents of each country are accepted as a vaccination qualification document, even if in some cases they do not contain all the information required and mentioned above.


All travellers residing in the territory of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, emigrants from Madeira and their families, and students attending higher education institutions located in or outside of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, or under Mobility Programmes (ERASMUS, or others), who land at Madeira and Porto Santo airports, on flights coming from any territory outside the archipelago, are subject to the second SARS-CoV-2 screening PCR test between the fifth and seventh day after the first test.

Non-resident travellers/tourists travelling to the Autonomous Region of Madeira for leisure/tourism are exempt from this procedure.


The circulation between islands is currently under control, so passengers arriving at Porto Santo Airport, on a flight from Madeira Airport, or vice-versa, must carry a TRAg test for SARS-CoV-2, with a negative result, carried out within a maximum period of 48 hours prior to boarding.

Emigrants, migrants, students returning from holidays and all those who will cohabit with residents of Porto Santo Island, must present a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 infection upon arrival, carried out within the previous 72 hours, and repeat the test between the fifth and seventh day after the date of the last test. During the period between landing and the second test, they must ensure full compliance with the surveillance and self-reporting of symptoms and COVID-19 prevention measures, until the negative result of the second test is obtained.

Boarding at the Port of Funchal:

Mandatory for boarding in the Port of Funchal, in the directions Funchal – Porto Santo and Porto Santo – Funchal:

  1. Quick Antigenic Test for SARS-CoV-2, with a NEGATIVE result, carried out 48 hours prior to embarkment, unless passengers are in possesion of a PCR screening test for SARS-CoV-2 infection, with a negative result, carried out within a maximum period of 72 hours prior to embarkment, available in pharmacies, laboratories and clinics (see button “Where can you carry out tests in Madeira?”). This test is free of charge;
  2. OR, Certificate of Vaccination against COVID-19, with 2 doses administered, more than 14 days ago (show document printed on paper, at boarding);
  3. OR, Proof of Recovery (Valid up to 180 days), for travellers who have already had COVID-19 (show printed document on paper, at boarding);
  4. AND, Citizen Card.

In this case passenger must carry out the test in the pharmacies, laboratories and clinics ( see button “Where can you carry out tests in Madeira”), 48 hours before the travel date. Passenger must present identification card, or passport and travel ticket.

Travellers will be notified of the test result by sms, followed by an email with the test proof.

After the test, traveller must register this information on the MadeiraSafe platform, for later presentation at the entrance of the ship in the Port of Funchal.

Travellers may only continue their journey if the test result is negative, but in case of an inconclusive or positive result, they should remain in isolation and await contact from the health authorities.

The following are exempt from taking the test:

  1. Children up to the age of eleven;
  2. Travellers in possession of a medical document, issued within the last 180 days, certifying that they have recovered from the disease COVID-19, or a document certifying that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.


If the passenger tests positive to the PCR test, he/she will have to comply with compulsory confinement, if necessary compulsorily, for a period of 10 days, in a health establishment, at his/her home or in a hotel, subject to a decision by the competent health authorities.


In cases of repatriation, the Regional Government of Madeira collaborates with all diplomatic authorities and tourism operators involved.

Costs relating to repatriation operations should be covered by the travel insurance policy of the passengers concerned.


Passengers on diverging flights, from Madeira Airport to Porto Santo Airport, must remain in mandatory isolation at the airport until boarding, by air, for Madeira.

Passengers who wish to stay in Porto Santo or travel to Madeira by sea must undergo a PCR test at Porto Santo Airport, carried out by a team appointed by the municipal Health Authority, and remain in mandatory isolation until the result is obtained;

Passengers, who proceed with air travel from Porto Santo Airport to Madeira Airport, must be identified and their identifications reported to the Health Authority at Madeira Airport, who will evaluate the eventual exemption of the test, in case of a negative PCR. Passengers are advised to contact the respective airlines, tour operators or travel agents to adjust any changes that may arise.


It is recommended that all travellers take out travel insurance that covers illness as a result of infection with COVID-19. For this purpose, Madeira Travel Insurance is available, which information can be found at


Restriction of Commercial Activity:

– No capacity and time restrictions.

Restaurants, Bars and Simiilar Establishments

– No time restrictions.


– Consumption only allowed when seated;
– Capacity up to 2/3;
– Interior with tables for 6 persons;
– Exterior with tables for 10 persons;
– The use of a mask, sanitizing and social distancing is required.


– Consumption only allowed when seated;
– Capacity up to 2/3;
– Interior with tables for 6 persons;
– Exterior with tables for 10 persons;
– The use of a mask, sanitizing and social distancing is required.

Gambling Establishments:

– No capacity and time restrictions.

Industrial, Commercial and Services Activities:

– No capacity and time restrictions.

Tourist Activities:

– The vehicles used in the performance of tourism activities, carried out by tourist entertainment companies, or by travel and tourism agencies, may exhaust their transport capacity;
– The same rule applies to the activity of maritime tour operators;
– The use of a mask is mandatory.

Bathing Complex:

– The general rules of physical distancing, protection and hygiene of the spaces are maintained;
– The use of a mask is mandatory when entering restaurants, cafes, service areas and restrooms;
– The changing rooms, indoor showers and drinking fountains will remain closed, as will the limitation on the capacity of the bathing complexes (not to exceed one user per four square metres);
– This bathing season will see the reopening of the swimming pools and children’s playgrounds, sports facilities, equipment and floating platforms, the use of which will naturally be restricted and subject to the good practices recommended by the health authorities.

Shows, Events, Cultural Events and Conferences:

– Events indoors with more than 100 persons require Rapid Antigen testing undertaken up to 48 hours before;
– Events outdoors with more than 500 persons require Rapid Antigen testing undertaken up to 48 hours before;
– Mandatory control at the entrance and the validation of tests.