Algarve is ready
We hope you and your family are staying safe and well.
Demand for holidays is looking high for future seasons and although we can’t predict when the pandemic will be over, we know that our tourists will want to travel again to the Algarve when it is safe.
We have now clear and detailed health, safety and security measures in place so, the Algarve is now ready and prepared.
Cheers to a new start!
On May 18th, Portugal took another step in gradually opening up its economy and social life and all services have now opened their doors.
The strict and rigorous health and safety measures continue to apply, such as the mandatory use of masks, a social distance of two meters, frequent hand disinfection by workers, visitors or customers, and surfaces and spaces.
Check Portugal Opening Plan and Opening measures in the links:
Portugal Opening Plan
Portugal Travel measures
02. Algarve is open for business!
Algarve is open for tourists this summer and will be welcoming international visitors once travel restrictions are lifted.
– Golf courses, marinas and car hire businesses are open with strict health protocols
– Hotels – Over a third of the region’s hotels are open already, by June 75% are expected to open and by July most will be open.
– Beaches will officially open in June 6th, with health regulations and procedures in place
– Restaurants are open with 50% capacity restrictions
– Water parks will open in June and July
03. No Quarantine
No quarantine will be imposed for travellers arriving in Faro: Portugal’s foreign minister Augusto Santos Silva stressed that “to tourists who come by air, Portugal will not impose a quarantine”, instead focusing on “minimal health controls” to keep travellers and locals safe.
In a progressive step, golf courses in the Algarve – voted the world’s favourite golf destination 2020 by the golf tourism industry – have re-opened their doors.
Presented in excellent conditions each golf venue is following strict public health guidelines and has implemented new measures under the Portuguese Golf Federation’s guidance, to ensure safety and responsibility for players and staff. New national ‘Clean & Safe’ certification stamp from Turismo de Portugal for tourism related businesses, we are making a huge effort to bring confidence and security to our incredible golf tourism industry.
It’s allowed to go to the beach to enjoy the sun and sea and the season will start officially on the 6th of June with special measures implemented.
The Algarve region is the one with the most bathing areas distinguished with Blue Flag award. In addition to beaches, also Vilamoura, Lagos, Portimão and Albufeira Marinas were distinguished with Blue Flag.
The Blue Flag is an environmental award given annually to beaches, marinas and recreational ports that meet a set of criteria for environmental management, environmental education, information, bathing water quality, services and user safety.
Airlines are showing their confidence in the region with the following companies confirming flights to Faro: Ryanair, Easyjet, Eurowings, Lufthansa, British Airways, Jet2, Tui Belgium, Edelweiss Air, Luxair Tours and Transavia.
07. Algarve “Clean & safe” seal – Good practices guide
Algarve is a pioneer by publishing a ‘Best Practices Guide’ for tourism companies as part of the national ‘Clean & Safe’ campaign with hygiene protocols and procedures to protect visitors, staff and locals from Covid-19.
Since 18th of May, when Portugal started the 2nd phase of lifting lockdown measures, there are now more than 1.900 companies with the Clean & Safe seal. Among hotels and resorts, local accommodation, travel agencies and excursion companies, also restaurants and rent-a-car services are getting the seal:
Hotels – 397
Travel agencies and transfers – 248
Touristic activities companies – 271
Local accommodation – 1454
Check in the link all our members with the seal:
Algarve Clean & Safe – Best Pratices Manual
08. Remember me Algarve
Algarve misses all its tourists, but we are ready to have them back.
Travel restrictions are gradually falling across Europe, and on Portugal’s sunny coast we are already looking forward to the first visitors, who will be able to spend their holidays in the Algarve again.