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Covid-19 in the Azores: Cases, stats, rules and restrictions

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The Covid-19 situation in the Azores has been praised by many international organizations. This archipelago was elected Europe’s safest destination in 2021 by European Best Destinations, as well as the best whale and dolphin watching spot. The Azores archipelago was also labeled with the Safe Travels Stamp by World Travel & Tourism Council. And Ponta Delgada’s airport has been distinguished in March by the Airports Council International, as one of the airports with the best hygiene measures and the best airport by size, and region under 2 million passengers.

In Futurismo, our store in the marina of Ponta Delgada is open every day, on São Miguel island and you already can book a trip to see whales and dolphins for the next few days. For now, we are operating whale watching in São Miguel and also swimming with dolphins for groups of friends or families. Land tours are being resumed for small groups.

In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about the situation of Covid-19 in the Azores. We weekly update this post with new active, confirmed, and recovered cases in the nine islands of the Azores. If you plan to travel to the Azores, find out what the recommendations on Covid-19 are and all the information about flights to and from the Azores. Follow all the updates here!

David Rodrigues | A rainbow over the Furnas lake

Covid-19 in the Azores: Overview

Now, in the Azores, we have 2.734 (- 679 from last week) active cases

Trips to the Azores

  • From now on, a digital certificate will be required only for foreign passengers, on international flights, who enter through the airports and ports of the Azores.
  • Passengers coming from mainland Portugal no longer need to present a digital certificate, nor do a Covid test.

On international flights to Portugal

  • Passengers from the EU need to present the digital certificate to enter Mainland Portugal
  • Passengers from outside the EU must have a digital vaccination certificate recognized as equivalent to the EU COVID Digital Certificate

All the islands of the Azores are now on the alert situation.

What are the safety rules when traveling to the Azores?

  • Mandatory use of masks during flights and other public transportation;
  • No longer limitation of groups in public areas and in restaurants;
  • You can follow the updates at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt.

Restrictions in the Azores

  • The use of masks or visors is also no longer mandatory in the Azores. The exception only applies in nursing homes, healthcare, and public transport.
  • There are no more capacity limits in establishments and other places open to the public
  • A negative test is also no longer required for access to major events, sports venues, bars, and clubs
David Rodrigues | A tourist exploring the wonders of this enchanted archipelago

For positive cases in the Azores islands

  • Even with complete vaccination, the person has to remain in prophylactic isolation for 5 days. “Positive cases will be isolated for five days and if no symptoms are present, during those five days, or even at the end of the five days, they will no longer be isolated”, explained the government official.

To take free Covid tests:

From June 1st, only symptomatic people and/or people with a positive self-test should fill out the form in the link below and then receive a validation code to carry out a free test at the agreed entities.
Alternatively, you can contact the Azores Health Line 808246024, recommending, whenever possible, the option of digital means, for a faster response.
Or you can go to a pharmacy and take the test for €25.

Covid-19 Cases and Stats

The Regional Government of the Azores informs that 92% of the population is already vaccinated against Covid-19.

Exceptions to the mandatory presentation of the test:
Passengers aged twelve or under. You can check other exceptions.

  • Active Cases: 2.734 (-679 from last week)
  • Deaths: 117

How to travel to the Azores

See what change about safety measures covid 19.

I want to travel to the Azores, what should I do?

(Updated and complete information according to communications from the Government of the Azores, Azores covid19 https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/)

There are daily flights from Lisbon and Porto, new direct flights to come in May (Paris, London, Toronto, Boston, Oakland,…). United Airlines, for example, starts weekly connections between New York and Ponta Delgada this month of May until the end of September.

Futurismo Azores Adventures | Airplane landing in Faial island with the majestic Pico Mountain as background

What are we doing at Futurismo and what are the next steps?

Currently, we are operating our Whale Watching & Swimming with Dolphins tours from Ponta Delgada harbor in small groups. Our Full-Day & Half-Day Land Tours are also working with limited capacity, fulfilling all safety and hygiene procedures on São Miguel island. 

At Futurismo, we have an Internal Health & Safety Procedures Manual, assuring comfort to everyone involved. We are also certified with the Clean & Safe stamp of approval from the Tourism Board of Portugal and follow the Safety Protocols and Guidelines by Adventure Travel Trade Association.

We have adopted measures to restrict and decrease the use of several types of equipment in order to increase physical distance, always preserving emotions.

We are preparing new offers and products and also experimenting with all our tours in order to see what can be improved. Our priority is to provide security to all those who choose Futurismo. We are 100% prepared to receive you!

Sandrina Rodrigues