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Airline passengers from Schengen countries to receive ‘wristbands’ when Covid paperwork in order

Reports on the press conference called at Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado airport this afternoon – to present the latest raft of pandemic-led restrictions click here – have revealed that passengers on flights from Schengen countries will “receive a wristband after having gone through control in the public arrivals area”.

Passengers from non-Schengen space will undergo an earlier inspection to verify that they are carrying negative tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection “before passport control”.

Director of the airport Rui Alves explained the system has been devised: “To avoid double checking, inside the terminal and then on the outside”.

“We will give each passenger who demonstrates that they have the required documentation a wristband that will be identified outside and these passengers will be removed from the route where they will be checked”.

Bruno Castro, a medical specialist in public health with the Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo regional health administration (ARSLVT) explained “the airport is a sensitive point of entry for people into Portugal” and, “instead of being seen as a threat” these new measures “should be seen as an opportunity to control virus transmission chains in Portugal”.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com