The Government set a fine of 300 to 800 euros for those who enter national territory by land, sea and river without presenting a negative test to covid-19, a reference to the diploma that amends the measures in the context of the pandemic. The decree-law with the new measures in the scope of the covid-19 pandemic, with effect from December 1st, was published on Saturday in Republic Diary.
Among the mandatory changes is compliance with the rules applicable to air traffic and airports, as well as land, maritime and river traffic, particularly with regard to the requirements for requesting and presenting the Covid Digital Certificate of the European Union and the form location of passengers (PLF).
The mandatory document also includes the obligation to submit a PCR test or rapid antigen test with a negative result or mandatory confinement, on the part of passengers and airlines and shipowners of passenger ships or legal representatives, pursuant to the statements of the previous situations of alert, contingency or calamity.
According to the decree-law, non-compliance with these obligations by natural persons constitutes an administrative offence, sanctioned with a fine of 300 to 800 euros when a person does not carry proof of laboratory PCR test or rapid antigen performance for screening for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result, performed within 72 hours or 48 hours prior to boarding, respectively, when legally required or proof of completion of the PLF.
The airlines, the entities responsible for the management of airports or the owners of passenger ships or legal representatives, as applicable, risk paying a fine of 20 thousand to 40 thousand euros for each passenger who boards without the required tests .
A fine of 20 thousand to 40 thousand euros was also set, for each day of non-compliance with the obligation to provide the tests, the obligation to monitor body temperature by infrared for all passengers arriving in national territory, the obligation to distribute the date of body temperature when a relevant body temperature is detected following screening or the obligation to implement a system to verify the fulfillment of these obligations by passengers.
The decree-law also states that ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal must implement a system to verify the fulfillment of this obligation by passengers, namely, by professionals from the private security area allocated for the purpose.