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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote JuliejH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01/October/2021 at 15:46
Thanks Luis , it’s a shame that the NHS vaccine is still not recognised , testing is such a turn off !
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Luis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03/October/2021 at 21:48
I fully agree Julie,hopefully won't be long now till it gets accepted. I sent proof of my vaccination carried out in the UK to my health centre in Portugal so i can request my EU covid certificate
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bunnyrunner Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/October/2021 at 10:01
We returned on Tuesday from Stansted with Ryanair, although we paid £35 for the Randox antigen test at the airport (we are UK double vaccinated not EU). on the day it was not required.
The first hurdle you need to pass is the airline's inspection as they should not board anyone not meeting the PT Entry requirements. Ryanair were looking for proof of a test or a double vaccinated QR pass code and our UK Digital pass was sufficient.
Then at immigration in Faro a rather grumpy female SEF officer couldn't seem to care less as we presented prints of our Residency certificate, UK Digital pass and PLF, shooing us away with hardly a glance. We certainly did not present our negative test results as these were only on our phone. This seemed to be the same for the people in front of us at the immigration as we saw them showing only UK digital passes in paper format.
Whether you could comfortably use this as a precedent to not bother with tests is another matter as the SEF website still states a negative test is required unless you have an EU Digital pass or one from the 16 third countries listed that have reciprocal agreements. On the EU Digital pass website there is an interesting loophole where it says that non double vaccinated EU Citizens or EU residents arriving at EU airports without a negative test result will still be allowed entry but will need to remain at the airport to take a Covid test at their own cost and if negative will then be allowed to leave as normal. So again not a certain safety net but maybe if you arrived with a UK digital pass but without a negative test result they would adopt this procedure for you.
The one certain thing is it is all as clear as mud!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cubsur Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/October/2021 at 16:08
SEF know you have come from the UK so know that you won't have got onto the plane without having cleared all the hurdles prior to boarding. I was only asked for passport and my EU certificate (I was done here) and the rest was barely looked at.

The bit about non vaccinated people is a bit pointless since the airlines from UK will not let you board without all the correct paperwork including mandatory presentation of a negative test if you don't have the EU certificate - at present anyway.

And who would take the chance of spending £££ on flights and holidays and risk being denied entry to Portugal after arrival? Then having to spend ten days effectively in jail - and paying for the privilege.
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Apparently no test now needed to travel to Portugal
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NHS covid certificate finally recognised at the Portuguese border,great news!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jayjan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/October/2021 at 23:16
S1gh,  this only applies   if your fully vaccinated and can prove you have your NHS  vac cert, otherwise a test PCR or Anitigen is still needed to arrive in Portugal
Polli the dancing cat strikes again.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Algarveaddick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09/October/2021 at 08:16
Intersting when we left Portugal last week, the SEF guy who looked at our passports said to Karen "Have you got your residency with you", when she showed him her fawn card he said something about the new post Brexit card and she had to explain to him that they (SEF) had not actually issued any of them yet...  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cubsur Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09/October/2021 at 08:49
I spoke with a newly elected councillor last week about the new residencia. He said that there is no news about when SEF will get around to renewing those now needed by UK passport holders. Mine runs out next March.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian_Chapman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/October/2021 at 14:03
Albufeira's spots and traffic are  pretty busy now. Many tourist restaurants that have been closed for a few months but started opening in September. But Now in October,the first week there is a notable increase. But there are many restrictions on public movement.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Deegall Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/October/2021 at 17:30
Should of been going to Faro on Friday 15th tested positive as did wife last Wednesday. Chesty temp sore back. Thankfully both double jabbed able to cancel and get refund think we will try get out Feb wedding anniversary have already booked May 2022. Just every one stay safe
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RogerD Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13/October/2021 at 17:01
Originally posted by peteknopp peteknopp wrote:

www.the-cottage.biz offers free printing on the strip. Map etc on web site


Managed to get our forms printed off on Monday morning. Thank you for providing this service and the woman working was lovely. I know this was a free service but insisted on paying.

Thanks again.
Heading out again on May 24th and Oct 5th in 2014!!!
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