Stressing that inspections of compliance with the measures is the responsibility of the Ministry of Internal Administration, Berta Nunes told Lusa that she is "convinced that there will be a very strong reinforcement" of the control of traveller entrances at airports in Portugal during the Christmas period.
"There will be a reinforcement of inspections and of the entire operation at the airports over Christmas", she added.
Land border inspections
As for inspection at land borders, "it will be random", she said, when speaking to Lusa about the new pandemic situation and how this could affect the arrival of Portuguese emigrants during the festive season.
The land borders "will be open, however, there will be random checkpoints to assess if people are bringing a test with them, if not, there will be the respective fines", she warned, for those who are travelling to Portugal by car.
"In relation to air, we have already strengthened and changed the procedures in relation to return flights, which are mainly from Mozambique, (...), from Southern Africa, and on Monday it went perfectly well. We had to put INEM there to help with the organisation because on the previous flight, ANA Aeroportos had that responsibility and it didn't go well", she said, referring to the long queues at Lisbon airport related to passengers coming from Maputo on Sunday, who were surprised by the need to carry out tests on arrival in Portugal.
At Christmas, the Secretary of State admitted that there could also be more repatriation flights from Maputo to Portugal, if the demand justifies it.
For now, they are scheduled for the 9th and 11th, 14th and 16th, on the Lisbon-Maputo-Lisbon route. But, she pointed out, "there are a lot of people who are cancelling" tickets.
"If there is more demand before Christmas, we will organise more flights" from Mozambique to Lisbon, she guaranteed, given that the country is one of those on the list of southern African states with suspended flights to Europe.
Hopefully it will stop the IDIOTS FROM COMING AND BRINGING THE VIRUS WITH THEM !!!!
By J from Lisbon on 09 Dec 2021, 08:12
The Oxford are already in Lisbon, judging by the above comment.
This is just part of the great reset, destroy local tourism in every way possible.
By Fred Doe from Algarve on 09 Dec 2021, 09:35
Why can't Portugal invest in other areas besides over priced, low quality tourism? Other small countries have and have had success. Is it because it is easier to overcharge people than actually do real work?
By K from Algarve on 10 Dec 2021, 11:07
People must wake up, the deadly virus doesnt exist. If it was a real pandemic half of the population would have died in a few months.
By Magnus from Other on 11 Dec 2021, 12:30