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Portugal is ready for visitors

The Portuguese Tourism Board has declared that the country is prepared and ready to welcome back visitors. 

The press release issued by the board reiterates the safety of the country and addresses recent developments. The situation is evolving very positively and a majority of the country will be open as of July 1 with minimum restrictions imposed on the population.

Since the beginning of the first phase of reintegration in May, the country has seen considerable improvements regarding:

• Number of hospitalsations: Minus 50% (there were 968 and now 436)

• Hospitalisations in Intensive Care Units (ICU): Minus 70% (172 versus 67 for a capacity of more than 700 ICU beds throughout the territory);

• Number of deaths: Minus 70% (from an average of 15-20 daily to about a third of that value on the present day; 3.57 if considering the average of the last 7 days);

• Number of active cases: Minus 50% (at the beginning of the reintegration plan, there were 24,065 active cases compared to 12,484 today which represents almost half).

Due to an increase in tests, it was recently considered essential to apply some contingency rules to some areas on the outskirts of Lisbon, like, the closing of some commercial establishments at 8 pm and the prohibition of gatherings with more than 10 people. 

However, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, health services, gas stations and sports equipment maintain normal opening hours. The same applies to all museums, cultural facilities, etc. There is also no limitation on the movement of residents or tourists and all transport is fully operational.  There is no situation of closure or quarantine in Lisbon.

Meanwhile, Algarve, Madeira, Porto and northern region continue to report a reduction of cases. 

Portugal is the third safest country in the world (Global Peace Index 2020) and the entire sector, from companies and private operators to the various public sector agents, is appropriately prepared so that the resumption of activity can generate maximum confidence in visitors and tourists, fulfilling all hygiene and safety conditions.

The reopening of airlines between Portugal and several European destinations is underway. In the short term, a 45% recovery of air routes is expected in July and around 60% in August, with all equipment, activities and companies in the sector open and prepared to receive visitors and tourists.

Portugal remains authentic, diverse, attractive, inclusive and safe guarantying everyone that they can travel around the country with confidence.

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