Covid-19. 152 passengers and 10 airlines fined at the air borders

The PSP and the SEF registered on Wednesday 152 administrative offenses of people who landed at Portuguese airports without negative test to covid-19 or recovery certificate, revealed this Thursday to Lusa the Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI).

The MAI data also show that at least 10 airlines were fined for having transported passengers without a negative covid-19 test or recovery certificate, mandatory conditions since Wednesday to enter mainland Portugal through air borders.

On the first day of this measure, to contain the increase in the number of covid-19 cases, the Public Security Police and the Aliens and Borders Service inspected 29,331 passengers and 282 flights, which resulted in 152 administrative offenses against passengers who traveled without a negative test to covid-19 or recovery certificate, according to MAI.

Of the 152 administrative offenses, 110 were raised by the PSP, which controls passengers from flights originating in the Schengen area, and 42 by the SEF, which supervises travelers from countries outside the Schengen area.

The MAI also indicates that the 152 administrative offenses include two foreigners who were refused entry into the country for not having presented a test on arrival, since only Portuguese citizens, foreigners residing in the airport are allowed to carry out the test at the airport. Portugal and diplomatic staff.

Airlines that transport passengers without a negative covid-19 test incur a fine of between 20,000 and 40,000 euros per passenger, and travelers are also subject to administrative offenses for not presenting a test on arrival, which can be fined between 300 and 800 euros .

Passengers on domestic flights, children under 12 and crews are exempt from mandatory testing, PCR or rapid.

Also since 00:00 on Wednesday, citizens from countries outside the European Union and from EU countries considered to be at risk in red or dark red need a negative test or recovery certificate to enter Portugal across land borders.

Citizens from EU countries considered to be at low or moderate risk must carry a vaccination, test or recovery certificate to enter Portugal.

The GNR and the Aliens and Borders Service carry out random inspection operations at land borders to ensure that covid-19 tests are carried out.

According to data from the MAI, the GNR carried out 40 operations that allowed inspections of 864 vehicles and 84 public transport, which gave rise to 12 administrative offenses for lack of a recovery test or certificate.

Since Wednesday, mainland Portugal has been in a state of calamity due to the increase in the number of covid-19 cases and these border rules are in force until January 9, 2022.

Covid-19 has caused at least 5,223,072 deaths worldwide, among more than 262.93 million infections by the new coronavirus recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report by the Agence France-Presse.

In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,471 people have died and 1,154,817 cases of infection have been recorded, according to data from the General Directorate of Health.

The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in several countries.

A new variant, Ómicron, was recently detected in South Africa, with 19 cases having been identified so far in Portugal.

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