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28 avr. 2020 | 17h14 UTC

Portugal: Government to begin lifting COVID-19 measures from May 3 /update 14

Portugal Alerte de sécurité

Portuguese government to begin lifting lockdown measures imposed to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from May 3; adhere to government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 28/4/2020, 12h00 until 16/5/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Lisbon). COUNTRY/REGION Portugal

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The Portuguese government announced on Tuesday, April 28, that it will begin to lift lockdown measures imposed to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from Sunday, May 3.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa had previously announced that inter-municipal travel will be restricted from Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 3, amid the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the Labor Day holiday on Friday. The government added that the existing restrictions will be reviewed every 15 days starting on Thursday, April 30.

All nonessential movement of people and vehicles is prohibited; essential services will remain open. The regional government of Madeira has made it mandatory for all individuals to wear a mask from Wednesday, April 22, and has eased certain restrictions, resuming manufacturing and construction activities on Monday, April 20.

The government extended an ongoing ban on all international flights outside of the European Union (EU) for an additional 30 days on Saturday, April 18. EU associated states, including Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland, as well as the UK, US, Venezuela, Canada, and South Africa, are exempt from the ban. Repatriation flights for Portuguese nationals and residents will also continue to operate. A border closure with Spain, which has been in place since Monday, March 16, will continue until Friday, May 15. Workers and goods traffic are allowed to travel across the border. Flights between the two countries will also remain suspended through May 15.

As of Tuesday, April 28, there have been 24,027 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Portugal and 924 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the disease is expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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