New COVID-19 Measures

FAQs

Measures valid until March 20, 2022

 

  • Is one required to present the EU COVID Digital Certificate or a negative test to stay at a hotel?

Yes. All guests, with the exception of children under the age of 12, are required to present the certificate or negative test upon check-in, regardless of the day of the week or time of day: :

  • The EU COVID Digital Certificate* (in the following modalities: Vaccination, Recovering and Testing);
  • A proof of vaccination certifying that the vaccination scheme has been completed at least 14 days prior with a COVID-19 vaccine, that is authorised in the country

OR

Proof of a laboratory test with a negative result:

  • A nucleic acid amplification molecular test (NAT), within the last 72 hours, with a negative result;
  • A rapid antigen test within the last 48 hours, with a negative result.

 

  • A rapid antigen test in the form of self-testing shall not be considered valid.

Workers of the venues or establishments as well as any suppliers or service providers enabling the operation of said venues or establishments, are exempt from having to present a certificate or proof of testing under the above terms.

 

  • Are children required to present an EU COVID Digital Certificate or a Negative Test to access the tourist and restaurant establishments?

Children under 12 years of age are exempt from the obligation of presenting the EU Digital COVID Certificate, or proof of a negative test result or from having to perform a test.

 

  • Is it necessary to present the EU COVID Digital Certificate or a negative test for access the restaurant establishments?

Yes. The access to restaurants and similar establishments, regardless of the day of the week or the opening hours, depends on the customer´s presentation of:

  • EU COVID Digital Certificate* (in the following modalities: Vaccination, Recovering and Testing);
  • A proof of vaccination certifying that the vaccination scheme has been completed at least 14 days prior with a COVID-19 vaccine, that is authorised in the country.

OR

  • Proof of a laboratory test with a negative result:
    • A nucleic acid amplification molecular test (NAT), within the last 72 hours, with a negative result;
    • A rapid antigen test within the last 48 hours, with a negative result.

 

  • The requirement to present a certificate or proof of having taken a test is not mandatory for:
    • Citizens staying in open terraces, as well as for citizens who wish to access the establishment for the mere purpose of utilizing its public services such sanitary facilities and payment systems;
    • The workers of the spaces or establishments, as any suppliers or service providers enabling the operation of said venues or establishments.

 

  • Open terraces are considered:
    • Those that fall under the legal concept of an open terrace, provided that they are open air;
    • Any space in the establishment, as long as it is in the exterior and outdoors.

Spaces with a structure or a roof, can qualify as an open terrace, as long as these are folded or removed so that the space is not totally covered and allows for air circulation.

The rules for indoor restaurants and similar establishments apply to terraces that do not fall under the open terrace concept.

For access and permanence in a restaurant terrace, it is not necessary to present the Certificate or a negative test.

 

*EU Digital COVID Certificates admitted:

  • Vaccination:Must certify that the respective holder has undertaken complete vaccination, by one of the companies that is authorised in the country, for more than 14 days;
  • Recovery: Must certify that the bearer has recovered from the COVID-19 disease more than 11 days prior and less than 180 days ago;
  • Tests: Laboratory tests of nucleic acid amplification test (NAT) performed within 72 hours prior to its presentation (PCR) or rapid antigen test (TRAg), verified by a certified entity, within 48 hours prior to its presentation (test performed by a health professional in a laboratory or pharmacy).

 

When staying in a hotel, is it necessary to present a negative test every time one goes to a restaurant?

No, the negative test need only be presented at Check-In.

If you do not have a valid certificate or proof of vaccination considered valid, you will have to take a test, as these are only valid for 48 or 72 hours.

 

If I am not staying at the Hotel and I want to enjoy the SPA services, do I have to take a test or present the EU COVID Digital Certificate?

No, it is not required to present the EU COVID Digital Certificate or a negative test for SPA entry.

 

If I am not staying at the Hotel and I want to use the gym, do I have to take a test or present the EU COVID Digital Certificate?

Yes, access to gyms and fitness centres are dependent on presentation of:

  • EU COVID Digital Certificate* (in the following modalities: Vaccination, Recovering and Testing);
  • A proof of vaccination certifying that the vaccination scheme has been completed at least 14 days prior with a COVID-19 vaccine, that is authorised in the country

OR

Proof of a laboratory test with a negative result:

  • A nucleic acid amplification molecular test (NAT), within the last 72 hours, with a negative result;
  • A rapid antigen test within the last 48 hours, with a negative result.

Workers of the venues or establishments as well as any suppliers or service providers enabling the operation of said venues or establishments, are exempt from having to presenting a certificate or proof of testing under the above terms.