Portugal is the first European country to receive the 'Safe Travels' seal from the World Travel & Tourism Council.
This seal aims to recognize destinations that comply with health and hygiene protocols in line with the Safe Travel Protocols issued by the WTTC, helping, above all, to instill confidence in consumers, so that they feel they can travel safely as soon as restrictions are applied. raised.
For the Secretary of State for Tourism, Rita Marques, “Portugal was a pioneer in launching the Clean & Safe seal. This WTTC seal comes to reward the effort that has been made by everyone. The best destination in the world is also seen as the safest in the world. ”
The WTTC also published guidelines for other sectors, including catering, street shopping, aviation, airports, congress, meeting and event centers.
In addition to distinguishing destinations, the WTTC is also promoting a stamp that recognizes the commitment to safety by companies, a stamp that can be obtained through the WTTC website, https://wttc.org/COVID-19/SafeTravels-Stamp-and-Assets
In view of the epidemiological situation of COVID-19 in Portugal and in the European Union and the recommendations of the European Commission, the Portuguese Government took the decision to maintain the reposition, on an exceptional and temporary basis, of border control until 15 June 2020.
In order to guarantee the fulfillment of the objectives underlying the decision in question, the instructions regarding the suspension of receipt and processing of visa applications remain in force until 15 June. Exceptional cases that may be contemplated under the current legislation are safeguarded.
This suspension may be extended depending on the circumstances. An announcement will be made through this channel when the situation is normalized.