Madeira lifts mandatory masks and other restrictions

Madeira abolished the mandatory wearing of masks and other restrictions 

In mid-May, the country's authorities approved resolution No. 316/2022, according to which the obligation to wear masks in most indoor and outdoor areas was abolished. Reason — reduction in new COVID-19 cases and high vaccination rates. 

The use of protective masks is now mandatory for persons aged 6 years and older only in the following places:

– Medical facilities and services, including pharmacies;

– Public transport, taxis;


– Platforms and covered access roads at bus stations, railway stations, airports and sea terminals;

– For confirmed cases of COVID-19, whenever a person is outside the place of isolation, until the 10th days after the onset of symptoms or a positive test result.

Mainland Portugal has abolished the obligation to wear masks in most public places and events such as restaurants, cafes, malls and museums as early as the end of April. Masks, therefore, remained only in medical institutions.  

As an autonomous region, from the very beginning of the pandemic, Madeira imposed and lifted restrictions separately from Portugal. While Portugal continues to control the entry of travelers, Madeira lifted all restrictions in mid-March.

“There are no restrictions on the entry of travelers at the airports, ports and marinas of the Autonomous Region of Madeira,” — island authorities explain.

However, persons with symptoms of COVID-19 are required to be tested at their own expense. In case of a positive result, quarantine at home or in a hotel — also at your own expense. You can only leave the isolation room on the fifth day if the symptoms have disappeared. At the end of quarantine, control testing is optional.

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