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48% of Tourists Would Still Visit Portugal in 2020 If Restrictions Were Lifted

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Please find below the results of a survey done by the Portugalist, a leading blog about Portugal.

Almost half (48.3%) of tourists who had planned to visit Portugal in 2020 would still visit if travel restrictions were lifted. Of those that plan to visit this year, 52.7% hope to visit Portugal in the autumn or winter compared to 30.4% who hope to visit in the summer.

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Questions and Answers about Coronavirus in Portugal

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The coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is a new virus for the human species, therefore we have no immunity against it. It is likely that all of us will have contact with this virus in the future.
However, it is the transmissibility that is worrisome. Only a minority of people require hospitalization and, in the most extreme cases, ventilator support (respirators). Now, if many of us get sick at the same time, there may not be resources to treat everyone.

Time for an update, time to give some answers to questions about the Coronavirus. What is the situation in Portugal and in the Algarve? Algarve Housing will do the best they can to help you!

Coronavirus prevention

  • Limit social contact to a minimum. Stay at home as long as possible.
  • Particularly avoid contact with older people or immunocompromised, as they are at greater risk of complications from the infection.
  • Avoid contact with surfaces that other people may have touched. The virus is able to survive on surfaces for a long time (up to 72 hours on plastic surfaces!)
  • Avoid touching the mouth, nose and eyes with your hands. These are the main entry points for the virus.
  • Wash your hands frequently. 15 seconds with soap or an alcohol-based solution
  • Maintain a healthy diet, some exercise and try to get enough sleep.
  • Don’t panic. As long as we follow these basic principles, the probability of getting the infection is low.

Has the Coronavirus reached Portugal?

Yes, it has. On the 26th of February, the first 25 suspected cases were found. On the 2nd of March, the first two cases were confirmed. As of today (17th of March), there are 448 confirmed cases, of which three have recovered and one has died. Fourteen of them are in the Algarve.

There are 4030 suspected cases.

What are the guidelines given by the DGS (the national health care)?

On the 12th of March, the Government has taken various decisions:

-all schools and universities have been closed until the 9th of April, when the situation will be revised;

-all public establishments, museums and other cultural places have been closed down;

-citizens are strongly advised to practice voluntary social isolation, meaning: stay home and only go out for emergencies. Most citizens are asked to work from home.

-all bars, restaurants and similar establishments have restricted access and are to be closed at 21:00.

-supermarkets and shopping malls have restricted access to enable the recommended social distance.

Moreover, all gatherings of bigger groups are no longer allowed.

Is it still possible to get in and out of Portugal?

Since 16th of March, the borders with Spain have been closed. Only Portuguese residents are still allowed back, as are goods and people with an emergency reason.

Many flights have been cancelled (best to check with your own airline) although there still is some air circulation. Only those who have tickets are allowed inside airports. We still have guests coming and going.

What to do if I show Coronavirus symptoms?

If you show mild symptoms (slight fever, cough…), stay away from people and take care of yourself until you are better. If you show more serious symptoms, call the national information line 808 24 24 24 (for English, press 9). It might take a few calls, as the line is very busy. They will advise on what to do next

What will happen when the Emergency State will be declared?

Today, (18 March 2020) the Government plans to declare the State of Emergency which will be valid for fifteen days (after which it can be extended). The difference for the population is that what was advised now becomes obligatory. By doing so, it becomes possible for the security services like the GNR (the police) to operate. From then on, if you do not obey them (by staying home unless you have a valid reason), you can be fined and even risk imprisonment for homicide.

All foreigners who chose to stay in Portugal during this period are strongly advised to strictly follow specific directions of health officials and security forces (GNR, SEF, PSP, Maritime officials).

What if you booked a holiday villa with Algarve Housing?

Please contact me, we will do our utmost to help you. We will try to find another week, later in the year for you. We deal for you with the owner and will try to find the best solution.

Algarve Housing wishes you all to stay safe and be well, and make the most of the situation. Together, we can take care of each other and help to slow down the spreading of Covid-19.

Let’s stay apart, but together!

Michele

Algarve Housing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What do you know about Portugal?

 

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Portugal is the hidden gem of Europe and the Algarve is the hidden gem of Portugal. We know by now, the Algarve has a breath-taking coastline, best beaches of Europe, best golf courses of Europe… but what do you actually know of this beautiful country?

You have made the decision to spend your holidays to Portugal, or maybe even a longer period, or you live in Portugal?

Algarve Housing has put some social and geographical facts of Portugal, for you in a row.

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Christmas and New Year in Portugal

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Slowly, the shops are changing their assortment, lights appear here and there, supermarkets start to promote presents heavily and the first Father Christmas dolls make their glorious entrance in the shop windows…Christmas in the Algarve is approaching! Algarve Housing has put some facts of this universal celebration in Portugal in a row.

Christmas in Portugal

Christmas in Portugal

Christmas In the Algarve is in the first place, about spending time with family. And about traditions. On Christmas Eve, families will come together and have their Christmas dinner, the “Consoada”, consisting of “bacalhau”, the famous codfish, with boiled potatoes, cabbage and eggs.

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Treat yourself during your Holiday in the Algarve?

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Holiday in the Algarve

There you are, in the Algarve in Portugal. You have one week (or maybe more, lucky you…) to recharge all batteries during your holiday in the Algarve, so you can go home after your holidays feeling ten years younger, ready to lift the world all by yourself. Now is the time to really give yourself some sweet treats, and here are some of the most regenerative possibilities in the Algarve:

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