The tiny volcanic island of Madeira is popular with Brits thanks to its year-round sunshine, tropical landscape and scenic mountains. Must-do activities include hiking past waterfalls on the Levada do Caldeirão Verde trail; admiring Portuguese architecture in cosmopolitan capital Funchal; and taking the cable car to Monte Palace Madeira.
Is Madeira on the green list?
Madeira was recently added to the UK’s green list. It is, however, on the ‘green watchlist’ which means that it is at risk of being moved back to amber.
Will I have to quarantine?
The government has set up a traffic light system, which ranks countries based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel. The Department for Transport has included the following key factors in its assessment:
- the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
- the rate of infection
- the prevalence of variants of concern
- the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing.
Non-vaccinated travellers no longer need to quarantine when visiting Madeira.
The rules contrast with mainland Portugal which recently announced that Brits will need to quarantine if they have not been double vaccinated.
All travellers aged 12 and over need to complete a traveller questionnaire before visiting the Portuguese archipelago. A RT-PCR test needs to be taken 72 hours before travel and the result uploaded to the questionnaire.
Testing on arrival will not be required for double-jabbed tourists visiting Madeira, but they will need to show proof of their vaccination status.
Non-vaccinated tourists will need to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, or they can take a free PCR test at the airport on arrival with results in six to 12 hours. They will need to quarantine until a negative result comes through.
On return to the UK, travellers do not have to quarantine – although they must complete a passenger locator form, take a pre-departure test and another test on or before the second day after arriving in the UK. Read more on ABTA’s travel hub.
How do I get to Madeira from the UK?
Several airlines fly direct to Madeira from the UK, including British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, Wizz and Tui.