Madeira island is welcoming international travellers to the Annual Conference of the European Aquaculture

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By Milthon Lujan

The Annual Conference of the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) 2021 is taking place in Madeira, from 4th to 7th of October. The application to host this event brought together an extensive platform of investigation centres, universities, and Portuguese companies. 

The EAS conference is the largest scientific and technical event that occurs in Europe,  and normally brings together 1400 to 1600 delegates. The conference program includes plenary and technical sessions, as well as oral presentations and scientific posters, an international equipment and service trade exposition, industry forums, sessions, and seminars for students.

The event will have a big disclosure on media all around Europe, highlighting Madeira, a destination that has long enjoyed an excellent relationship with The European Market and one of the destinations added to intentional Green Lists. This decision has been mutually beneficial to both Europe’s and Madeiran travel industry. The Madeira Promotion Bureau is honoured to support The EAS 2021.

The Covid-19 situation in Madeira and its sister island Porto Santo is under excellent control. In the past month has been a decrease in active cases with a reduced number of active cases, which remains one of the lowest rates in Europe. Furthermore almost 80% of the population has been fully vaccinated. 

With direct flights from all around Europe, Madeira is served by a number of airlines. There are numerous policies in place to make travel as straight forward for visitors as possible, whilst focusing on the safety for all, this subtropical and lush Atlantic Island with some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery and year-round warmth, is bound to be a top destination for the rest of 2021 and beyond.

Covid-19 Protocols

Madeira is welcoming tourists vaccinated (with EMA approved brands) and recovered from Covid-19 (with proof up to 180 days of validity) who want to enjoy the region, with testing for these cohorts no longer required.

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The green corridor already existed at Madeira airport for those who arrive with a negative PCR test done within 72 hours. Alternatively, non-vaccinated visitors can take a free test at the airport on arrival. One free PCR test per visitor is offered, to be taken on arrival or departure, with results in 6 to 12 hours.  There are also discounts on offer for any further tests required, with PCR tests from €90 and antigen tests from €18 available in pharmacies throughout the island. Antigen testing is required for all participants before they can register for the event, and this is being provided free of charge at the entrance to AE2021.
Curfew hours in Madeira have now been reduced and are from 2am until 5am. Restaurants can be open for dinner until midnight.
Madeira has worked closely with SGS, the world’s leading certification company to ensure safe practice across the destination and minimise risk in regard to Covid-19. The certification process is available to all companies in the tourism sector. 
Further information on Madeira’s updates can be found here:

About the Madeira Archipelago

Considered The Best Island Destination in the World six years in a row and seven times Europe’s Leading Destination, by the World Travel Awards, Madeira is a small Portuguese paradise located amid the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean. Of volcanic origin, its privileged location provides a mild climate and sea with pleasant temperatures all year round, in addition to impressive sceneries of mountains, valleys and cliffs, all covered by the exuberant Laurissilva vegetation, named Natural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco. The archipelago is formed by a set of islands, the main and only inhabited being Madeira and Porto Santo. There are excellent options for spas, historic monuments and great hotels and restaurants, where you can sample delicious cuisine and award-winning Madeiran wines. 
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