Dear Quest Travel Adventures Travelers,
After dealing with travel bans for over a year, it's time to start thinking about the destination you would like to visit most. We are seeing signs that all of our destinations will be open, in some form, to receive travelers the second half of this year.
If you are ready to get out into the fresh air and stretch your legs sooner rather than later, it is now possible to travel to the Azores starting in April. Here are some details about the protocols and procedures if you are interested in going to the Azores.
As mainland Portugal is not yet open, the pathway for US citizens to visit the Azores is via the non-stop flight on Azores Airlines from Boston to either Sao Miguel or Terceira. These are currently departing about 3 times a week. (https://www.azoresairlines.pt/en/mandatory-procedures-for-entry-to-destinations)
All Visitors are required to present proof of a negative PCR covid test prior to boarding their outbound flight. This test must be taken with 72-hours of departure and must be a PCR test bya certified laboratory, not a rapid test. Boarding will be denied if either digital or paper proof of this negative test is not presented.
All visitors must also present a completed My Safe Azores health form, either on paper or viewable on a mobile device. This form must be completed prior to boarding and is available at http://mysafeazores.com.
If you are staying in the Azores for more than 7-Days, you must get a PCR test on the 6th day. Once you arrive in the Azores and present your My Safe Azores health form, you will be given easy instructions about how to get this test. It is covered by the Azores Government. There may also be testing required if you are going to multiple islands. Please ask your Quest Travel Adventures travel specialist for more information.
You will also need a test when returning to the US. As of January 26, 2021, the CDC is requiring all travelers entering the United States to show proof of a negative PCR test administered within 3 days of entry. As this is mandated by the United States and not by the Azores government, visitors are responsible for scheduling the appointment and must pay for the test. Testing costs approximately 100 euro per test, per person. Accepted payment types vary depending on the testing facility – it is recommended that you inquire about payment types when scheduling your appointment. You must schedule this test on your own. Results are generally available within 24 hours.
In the Azores, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces. Many shops, hotels, restaurants and museums will be taking your temperature before you enter to maintain the safety of all travelers.
We highly recommend you travel with hand sanitizer and wash your hands whenever possible. Lucky for you, the beautiful Azores islands have a lot of space for you to practice social distancing etiquette!
Contact us today to learn how you can travel NOW to the Azores!
UPDATE FEBRUARY 20, 2021
To our Quest Travelers,
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have cancelled all tours through the end of March 2021. We are poised to resume bookings as soon as the EU Travel Ban on US Citizens is lifted. We will continue to evaluate the situation, work with our hotel partners and airlines, and decide if future cancellations are needed starting at the beginning of February.
We are closely monitoring the US government's changing advice and will be in touch as things develop.
All of our guides and vendors on the ground in our locations are looking forward to hosting our clients again and have established plans for safe operation. Portugal has initiated the Clean & Safe program for all tourism-related companies.
As travel restrictions change, our advice to travelers may change as well. We encourage you to continue to check with the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), or local government authorities for more information about the impact to your destination. You can also find links to additional resources and updated information on Tripadvisor's Covid-19 page.
Thank you for your patience and we look forward to planning your dream vacation in the second half of 2021 and beyond!