Informative report

Information for passengers disembarking in the Autonomous Region of the Azores

This document is responsibility of the Regional Government of the Azores and aims at informing you about the measures that are in force in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, within the context of combating the Covid-19 pandemic. It is aimed specifically at passengers, who disembark at airports in the Azores on flights from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be areas of active community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 or that have chains of active transmission of this virus.
For more information you can consult:
Websites of the Azores Regional Government: www.azores.gov.pt and https://covid19.azores.gov.pt
Website of the World Health Organization: www.who.int
Website of the General Directorate of Health of the Government of Portugal: www.dgs.pt

Why is there a need to determine specific measures for passengers disembarking in the Azores?

Firstly, to protect your health, the health of all those you can be in contact with, while in the Azores, including your family, and the health of all Azoreans.
Do not forget that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is highly contagious and can ultimately cause death.
It may happen that a person is infected and does not know it. This is because, according to current scientific knowledge, about 25% to 30% of the infected are asymptomatic. That is, they have no symptoms, such as fever, cough or breathing difficulties. In such cases, if you are infected and asymptomatic, you may be contaminating other people without being aware of it.
On the other hand, even in the case of people who, being infected, end up by revealing symptoms, the period in which they can start passing the virus on to others they contacted, precedes by some days, the manifestation of symptoms.
Finally, the mainland of Portugal is considered, by the World Health Organization, as an active community transmission zone. This means that the SARS-CoV-2 virus circulates in the community without being able to determine the focus of infection.
In the Azores, the transmission chains of the virus have so far been identified and circumscribed.
Thus, also to prevent the public health situation in the Azores Region from worsening, several measures have been determined by the Regional Government for passengers disembarking at the airports of Ponta Delgada, on the island of São Miguel, or Lajes, on the island of Terceira.

What are these measures and what do I have to do?

At disembarking, you will be presented with a Declaration form that you must complete and sign.
In that form, you have the possibility of choosing from four different options:
The first option consists in having already carried out a screening test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus within 72 hours before your flight’s departure to the Azores and the result was negative.
In this case, you must present proof, in paper form, of a document issued by an accredited laboratory to carry out tests on COVID-19, which attests to the conduct of a SARS-CoV-2 screening test, within 72 hours prior to the departure of the flight from the airport of origin. It must include your identification; the laboratory, where it was performed; the date of the test; the signature of the person responsible for the test and the NEGATIVE result.
If your stay in the Azores is extended to seven or more days, you must on the 5th and 13th days, from the date of the SARS-CoV-2 screening test, in case it is extended to this or more days, contact the Health Authority of the municipality, where you reside or is staying, with a view to conducting a new SARS-CoV-2 screening test, to be carried out by the local Health Authority. The result will be communicated within 24 hours.
Alternatively, you can choose the second option:
This consists of starting the procedures to perform the screening test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the time of disembarking.
For this purpose, the Health Authority professionals, who are at the airport will need to collect biological samples to carry out the SARS-CoV-2 screening test.
- 2 / 3 - In this case, you will be taken to a hotel determined by the Regional Government of the Azores, where you have the obligation to stay in the room, in prophylactic isolation, until the result of the aforementioned test is known.
The maximum time limit to receive your test result is 48 hours.
The cost of accommodation and meals at the hotel is assumed by the Regional Government of the Azores from the moment you check in, until the moment when the test result is transmitted to you, in case it is NEGATIVE.
If the NEGATIVE result is transmitted to you after 12:00, you can stay in the room until 12:00 of the following day.
If the NEGATIVE result is transmitted to you until 12:00, the Regional Government of the Azores will no longer assume the cost of accommodation from that time on, and you may return to your residence, if you reside on the island where you landed, or to the accommodation you booked.
If your stay in the Azores lasts for seven or more days, counting from the day of the test, you should, on the 5th and 13th days, if it lasts until this or for more days, contact the Health Authority of the municipality where you reside or are staying, with a view to carrying out a new SARS-CoV-2 screening test, to be carried out by the local Health Authority. The result will be communicated within 24 hours.
In any of the cases, either in the first or the second option, you must remain in prophylactic isolation until the end of the 14 days, counted from the date of arrival, or until you travel outside the Azores, if this occurs before.
You have a third option:
You can carry out voluntary quarantine for a consecutive period of fourteen days in a hotel indicated for this purpose, by committing to carry out biological samples collection and screening test to SARS-CoV-2, to be carried out by the local Health Authority, before the end of that period.
The results of this test will be communicated to you within a maximum time of 24 hours after completing the collection of your biological samples.
The costs of accommodation and food during this quarantine are assumed by the Regional Government of the Azores.
You have at your disposal a fourth option, which is to return to your flight’s place of origin or to travel to any airport outside the Autonomous Region of the Azores, remaining until that moment in prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for that purpose.

VERY IMPORTANT

If you refuse to choose one of the options mentioned above, or if you fail to comply with the duty of prophylactic isolation or voluntary quarantine, the local Health Authority may, within the scope of its powers, determine the mandatory quarantine for the period of time necessary to complete the 14 days since your arrival in the Region, in a hotel defined for that purpose. These costs are your responsibility and not that of the Regional Government of the Azores.
In the case of mandatory quarantine determination, this decision will be submitted to a judge for validation within a maximum time of 24 hours. br In addition, and in relation to non-compliances, a complaint will be made for the crime of disobedience. From the decisions of the Health Authority, concerning you, you can appeal or complain to the Regional Health Authority, to the Regional Health Secretary of the Government of the Azores or to a court of law.

Contacts:

Municipal Health Authorities

A. São Miguel:

  • Ponta Delgada: Dr.ª Larisa Shogenova - sres-dspd@azores.gov.pt – 296 249 250
  • Ribeira Grande: Dr. José Carvalho Santos - sres-dsrg@azores.gov.pt – 296 470 500
  • Lagoa: Dr. João Sousa - sres-dsl@azores.gov.pt – 296 960 286
  • Vila Franca do Campo: Dr. João Martins de Sousa - sres-dsvfc@azores.gov.pt - 296 539 420
  • Povoação: Dr. Magno Silva - sres-dsp@azores.gov.pt – 296 550 150
  • Nordeste: Dr. Teves Carreiro - sres-dsn@azores.gov.pt – 296 480 090

B. Terceira:

  • Angra do Heroísmo: Dr. Sérgio Melo - sres-dsah@azores.gov.pt – 295 402 900
  • Praia da Vitória: Dr.ª Helena Gonçalves - sres-dspv@azores.gov.pt – 295 545 000

Regional Health Authorityl

Enf. Tiago Lopes – sres-drs@azores.gov.pt – 295 204 200

Regional Health Secretary

Dr.ª Teresa Machado Luciano – sres@azores.gov.pt – 295 204 200

Judicial Courts

A. São Miguel:

  • Ponta Delgada - pdelgada.judicial@tribunais.org.pt - Telefone: 296 209 670
  • Ribeira Grande - ribgrande.judicial@tribunais.org.pt - Telefone: 296 470 700
  • Lagoa - pdelgada.judicial@tribunais.org.pt - Telefone: 296 209 670
  • Vila Franca do Campo - vfcampo.judicial@tribunais.org.pt - Telefone: 296 539 070
  • Povoação - povoacao@tribunais.org.pt - Telefone: 296 550 080
  • Nordeste - nordeste@tribunais.org.pt - Telefone: 296 090 020

B. Terceira:

  • Praia da Vitória - praiav.judicial@tribunais.org.pt - Telefone: 295 540 360
  • Angra do Heroísmo - angrah.judicial@tribunais.org.pt - Telefone: 295 204 600