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(CNN) — If you’re planning to travel to Portugal, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.The basicsPortugal was recently in what the government called a State of Calamity, but the country has now moved into a State of Contingency, easing some restrictions in recognition of…

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(CNN) — If you’re planning to travel to Portugal, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Portugal was recently in what the government called a State of Calamity, but the country has now moved into a State of Contingency, easing some restrictions in recognition of Portugal’s vaccine rollout.

Portugal is open for tourism for EU citizens plus arrivals from countries including the US and Canada. See travel requirements below.

What’s on offer

Ancient towns, some of the loveliest coastline in Europe, and plenty of pasteis de nata. Portugal has long been overlooked in favor of Europe’s bigger hitters, but over the last few years, that’s started to change rapidly. Capital Lisbon, with its trams rattling up hills and peerless views of the river Tagus, is the place to start. Then there’s the Algarve, whose beach resorts are set atop crumbling cliffs, and the dramatic Atlantic coast, beloved by surfers, and the vast Alentejo region, whose landscapes and hilltop towns have been barely touched by tourism.

Who can go

Residents of the EU and Schengen-associated countries can travel freely to Portugal.

Also allowed in for non-essential travel are arrivals from the following destinations: Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, South Korea, USA, Jordan, New Zealand, Qatar, Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. See below for the rules.

Only essential travel is permitted from India, Nepal, and South Africa. Anyone eligible to come from those countries must quarantine for 14 days on arrival.

What are the restrictions?

These restrictions reflect arrivals to mainland Portugal. For instructions on going to the Azores or Madeira, see here.
For mainland Portugal, those coming from the main tranche of destinations — including EU countries — by plane must produce either a PCR test taken within 72 hours of boarding, an antigen test taken within 48 hours or boarding, or a valid EU digital Covid certificate. Children under 12 do not need to have a test. All passengers must also complete a passenger locator card before departure.

Arriving in Portugal by sea entails the same entry regulations as air.

Entering Portugal by road or train, arrivals are not subject to any entry restrictions — unless they’re arriving from India, Nepal or South Africa, in which case they have to quarantine for 14 days.

What’s the Covid situation?

Portugal has had over a million cases and 17,954 deaths as of September 27.

Cases were rising over the summer months, however they now appear to be falling. There were 4,897 new cases registered in the week leading up to September 27.

As of September 27, over 15.9 million vaccine doses have been administered in Portugal. Eighty-four percent of the population has been fully vaccinated.

What can visitors expect?

Face masks are mandatory on public transport, and “recommended outdoors when distance between people cannot be ensured.”

Public transport now has unlimited capacity and there are no longer rules around riding in cars — including taxis — with other households.

Groups in restaurants and bars are now upped to eight inside and 15 outside, while cultural facilities are capped at 75% capacity.

Alcohol cannot be sold in service areas or gas stations.

You must present an EU Covid Digital Certificate or a negative test when checking in to accommodation, eating inside restaurants on Friday nights, weekends and public holidays, and entering spas, casinos and exercise classes. PCR tests within 72 hours or antigen tests within 24 hours and certified by a medical professional are acceptable. Children under 12 are exempt.

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Obama, in remarks supporting Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe, lambasted his opponent Glenn Youngkin, repeatedly mocking the Republican for a disconnect between how he casts himself and what his policies and private comments say about him. The former president also slammed Republicans for looking to curb voting, asking rhetorically, “What are they so afraid of?”

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Youngkin, who used to run the Carlyle Group, a large private equity firm, has run a number of ads showing him in casual settings, like playing basketball or doing housework. Obama took a shot at the ads, joking, “Whenever a wealthy person runs for office, they always want to show you what a regular guy they are.”

Obama went on to argue that this disconnect is about more than just standard politics, telling the assembled audience that it shows the Republican candidate either actually “believes in the same conspiracy theories that resulted” in the January 6 insurrection or he “doesn’t believe it but he’s willing to go along with it to say or do anything to get elected.”

“And maybe that is worse,” he added, because that “says something about character. And character will end up showing when you actually are in office.”

And when McAuliffe supporters booed at the mention of Youngkin, Obama turned back to a phrase he has used throughout his political career: “Don’t boo, vote. Booing doesn’t do nothing.”

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‘We can’t afford to be tired.’

Obama’s appearance in Virginia is aimed squarely at turning out the Democratic base, something the McAuliffe campaign and Democrats throughout the commonwealth have been worried about in the closing weeks of the campaign.

A recent Monmouth University poll highlighted these concerns: 49% of Republican voters surveyed said they were enthusiastic about the race, compared to 26% of Democrats — a 23-percentage point chasm just weeks out from the November 2 election.

Obama looked to turn around those numbers, at least in the Richmond area, a solidly Democratic city in the commonwealth where Obama won nearly 80% of the vote in 2008 and nearly 78% in 2012.

“I know a lot of people are tired politics right now,” Obama said, acknowledging the lack of enthusiasm among Democrats. “Listen, I will make a confession. I never watch political shows. … I understand why people might be tired of politics.”

The former president added: “Here is the thing, we can’t afford to be tired.”

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While Obama did not directly mention Trump, McAuliffe, who spoke before Obama outside the James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University, did repeatedly.

“Glenn Youngkin is not a reasonable Republican,” McAuliffe said. “I call him Donald Trump in khakis. Do we want a lapdog to Donald Trump to be our governor here in the commonwealth? No we don’t.”

McAuliffe has looked to boost Democratic turnout in the commonwealth by nationalizing the race, comparing Youngkin to Trump at every opportunity.

And he continued this focus on Saturday, arguing that his opponent “has to suck up to Donald Trump all the time” and pledging to “be a brick wall to protect women’s rights” and “never allow politicians like Donald Trump and Glenn Youngkin ever to make abortion illegal here in the commonwealth of Virginia.”

The Richmond rally is the first on Saturday for Obama, who is slated to travel to rally for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who is running for reelection.

Both Democrats have nationalized their races to reelection, hoping to seize on continued anger at Trump in two states that backed Biden in 2020. Obama did just take in an ad he cut for McAuliffe, telling voters they “have a lot of responsibility this year.”

“Not only are you choosing your next governor, but you’re also making a statement about what direction we’re headed in as a country,” Obama says in the ad.

Out of office and off the ballot, Trump's influence still looms
Obama’s appearance also highlights a stark divide in the Virginia race. While McAuliffe has leaned on a stable of top Democratic talent, from Vice President Kamala Harris to Georgia’s Stacey Abrams to President Joe Biden, Youngkin has largely campaigned alone, looking to avoid nationalizing the race in a commonwealth that has rejected Republicans on the statewide level for years.

“I’m on the ballot, I’m running against Terry McAuliffe,” Youngkin told CNN’s Jeff Zeleny this month. “Terry McAuliffe wants anybody but Terry McAuliffe campaigning, he’s inviting the world to come in and campaign with him.”

Trump is the most significant reason for that. The former President lost the state by ten percentage points in 2020 and remains an unpopular figure, especially in vote-rich areas in Northern Virginia. McAuliffe and top Democrats in the state, even without a Trump visit, have used the former president as his primary foil in the race, looking to tie Youngkin to the polarizing Republican at every event.

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And voters in Richmond made clear that Trump was front of mind in their decision to back McAuliffe.

“If we don’t get McAuliffe in the governor’s position and we get Youngkin, I am afraid we are going to have another Trump invasion and this country doesn’t need that,” said Brenda Johnson, a 73-year-old retired educator who was born in Richmond. “Too many of his principles are the same as Trump’s, and we have suffered so terribly behind that administration that I’m afraid for the country.”

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He was treated at Walter Reed “out of an abundance of caution,” the statement said.

Thompson, who represents the 15th district of Pennsylvania in the northwestern part of the state, is among dozens of federal lawmakers who have announced they have tested positive for Covid-19 over the course of the pandemic, with at least eight members of the House testing positive since early August.

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