The state of natural disaster that takes effect on Wednesday will last at least until March 20, the Portuguese government announced on Monday. A state of natural disaster that limits, among others, the possibility of entering the country was announced due to the escalation of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Under the new regulations, entry into Portugal will only be possible after presenting a negative coronavirus test result performed within 48 hours before going on a trip.
Antonio Costa’s office noted that the state of natural disaster will also apply in the period before the parliamentary elections scheduled for 30 January.
Between January 2 and 9, schools in Portugal will be closed, and office workers who do not have direct contact with applicants will work remotely.
Following Thursday’s prime minister’s press conference, during which Costa announced new restrictions, it was expected that the state of the natural disaster in Portugal would last until the end of January.
The introduction of the new restrictions coincides with the advent in Portugal 13 cases of infection with the new Omikron coronavirus variant confirmed on Monday morning. The infected are players from the Lisbon football club Belenenses SAD, who returned from the south of Africa.
On Monday morning, the government announced a halt to flights between Portugal and Mozambique, a country neighboring South Africa that was first diagnosed with the Omikron variant. However, it was stipulated that in the coming days the so-called repatriation flights to and from this former Portuguese colony.
Currently, the number of infections in heavily vaccinated Portugal (over 86% of adults with a full dose) is small compared to previous waves. It is similar with hospitalizations and deaths.