Entry without restriction: Madeira lifts rules
Madeira is the first destination to drop all travel restrictions. Visitors can now visit the island without a vaccination certificate and test.
12 February 2022
The beautiful Portuguese island in the Atlantic Ocean is known for its beautiful nature, wild romantic coastline, world-famous surf spots and active opportunities. Now the island paradise dares to take a bold step. Madeira is relaxing its measures for tourists. In the future, entry without restrictions will be possible. In fact, people can now enter without proof of vaccination or convalescence. Tests are also no longer necessary. Only a registration on the website madeirasafe.com is recommended.
Island dream in the Atlantic
Still important to know: Although the autonomous region allows entry without restrictions, airlines may require a vaccination, test or health certificate. Before starting the trip, it is also advisable to check the regulations in transit countries. On the island itself, some establishments require proof of vaccination or testing. Madeira and its island of Porto Santo are taking an important step toward freedom of travel.
The flower island, which is geographically closer to Africa than Europe, attracts with warmer temperatures already in February. A visit is especially worthwhile in spring. That's when the lush gardens and parks bloom in all their glory. Therefore, the Monte Palace Tropical in Funchal should definitely be on the bucket list of nature lovers. Active travelers enjoy the weather to indulge in extensive hikes. The Cabo Girão cliff in the south is spectacular. It is one of the highest cliffs in all of Europe. Another highlight are the hikes along the levadas (irrigation canals). Mountain bikers and surfers will also find the perfect conditions on and around the island to pursue their passion. And that's not all.
The capital Funchal scores with special street art objects in the old alleys around and in the Rua de Santa Maria. The Botanical Garden, the Sé Cathedral, numerous museums, the casino designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer and the famous Mercado dos Lavradores attract visitors. Whether other countries will follow Madeira's example and allow entry without restriction remains to be seen.