Madeira imposes mandatory covid-19 test for passengers on the first cruise ship

Passengers wishing to disembark will have to pass a covid-19 negative test or pass it upon arrival. The strategy will be similar to that of the airport. However, in the case of cruises, “you need a negative test to embark, and then, depending on the length of the cruise to reach the region, we will see if there is a need to do a test on arrival”, explained the regional secretary of Health .

Madeira will receive the docking of the first cruise ship in Funchal, on Saturday, after the start of the pandemic. Passengers who want to disembark will either have to test negative for covid-19 or perform it on arrival, the regional government said.

"The strategy will be similar to that of the airport," said Health Secretary Pedro Ramos, on the sidelines of the presentation of two capsules for transporting people with infectious disease at the Regional Civil Protection Service in Funchal.

And he reinforced: “In addition, in the case of the cruise, all passengers will have to have a negative test on departure to be able to embark. Then, depending on how long the cruise takes to reach the region, we will see if there is a need to test on arrival. ”

The Regional Government, of the PSD / CDS-PP coalition, has determined that all passengers disembarked at Madeira's ports and airports must have a negative PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before the start of the trip, or else they must perform it on arrival.

The measure has been in effect since July 01, and the executive has already invested 10 million euros in testing.

"Whoever wants to land in Funchal will be tested," said the secretary, stressing that the measure applies even if the ship - the 'SeaDream I', with about 100 passengers - remains in the port for a period shorter than necessary to obtain the result of the test, which is 12 hours.

According to the Institute of Health Administration (IASAÚDE), the archipelago of Madeira currently registers 103 active cases of covid-19, of which 95 were identified in the context of surveillance activities implemented at Madeira Airport and eight are for local transmission.

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