Is it possible to have a summer holiday in the Algarve in 2020? Fortunately, Portugal is lifting the country’s travel ban on June 15 and is re-opening its borders. This means that the Algarve is welcoming tourists again this summer. In addition, the beaches are open to visit again since June 6. The hotels, restaurants and tourism sector are taking measures to make sure people can have a safe holiday. In this article you can read more about the impact of COVID-19 on your summer holiday in the Algarve.
COVID-19 in Portugal
There is no doubt that COVID-19 has had a severe impact on all areas of life in Portugal. Portugal and the Algarve have been in a State of Emergency from March 18 until May 2 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Portuguese government took strict measures early to minimize the impact of the virus. This strategy, in combination with other positive factors, has prevented widespread contamination.
Compared to countries such as Spain, Italy or France, Portugal only had a fraction of the numbers of illness and death toll. For example, as of June 9, Portugal had about 1500 deaths. Even though the Algarve is hit as well, most of the cases are centered around Lisbon and Porto.
Currently, all confinement restrictions and mobility measures has been eased after following a three-stage de-escalation plan that came into effect on May 3. By that time the country transisted from a State of Emergency to a State of Calamity.
COVID-19 measures in the Algarve
Portuguese airports implemented several initiatives in order to increase safety for its staff and passengers. When you arrive at Faro Airport, you can expect to be screened by a body temperature measurement system that has been installed.
Portugal has re-opened its borders, but it depends on your country of residence whether or not you are allowed to make leisurely trips abroad this summer. If your country has green-lighted international travel, you must adhere to Portugal’s safety measures that are in place. These measures involve social distancing (1,5 metres), which also applies to outdoor places such as beaches. In addition, the use of face masks is mandatory in public transport, services, shops and supermarkets, in closed spaces and in places with many people.
When it comes to beaches in the Algarve, you can see all rules that apply in the infographic below.
Holiday to the Algarve
A holiday in the Algarve will be different from what a holiday would look like in the past. However, the warm climate and beautiful beaches have not changed and still remain there to be enjoyed. The Algarve has been a popular holiday destination for decades, welcoming millions of tourists every year. The hotels and restaurants are fighting for their existence as they rely on tourism. We all know that 2020 has been an odd and difficult year. However, if you have the possibility to travel, we hope that you can come to the Algarve for an unforgettable holiday.