We are inching ever closer to our trip to Portugal- 13 days till we are on our way! I've been trying to diligently prepare and follow local news each day. I've got my test appointments set up before we leave, and tests via Delta airlines partner for the return. I'm going to purchase some self tests we can take during the trip for my own peace of mind. We also bought travel insurance that I suspect has limitations now that the US has a do not travel advisory in place. It seems like we issued a do not travel right at the peak of the Delta variant, if the numbers continue on their current pace in Portugal. We are feeling very comfortable with coming there based on all we are reading.
As I continue my trip preparations, I have a few practical questions for the locals on the ground there. I understand I will need to continue monitoring for changes but:
I understand the rules about needing to wear a mask, but I would like some more specific details. Are N95 masks required in Portugal? Are disposable masks acceptable? How about reusable masks? I'd simply like to understand if there is rule on this on Portugal and prepare in case I should pick up some more masks before I come.
As Americans, we are in a gap right now. Can't get the EU Covid Digital Health certificate, and that is all they talk about in the articles as they discuss some of the restaurant restrictions. I need some help understanding the restaurant restrictions. For example, what is the Time Out Market considered in Lisbon since it is a Food Hall? Is it a restaurant, a cafe?
Is there a technical difference between a cafe and a restaurant? Am I just going to know from the outside? I'm trying to be thoughtful about what we will do on weekends IF we run into problems eating out because we can't get the Digital Health Certificate. From what I am reading in the news, a lot of restaurants won't even enforce it, but I am a planner so I want to be prepared. ;o)
Thank you so much for the locals in Portugal that monitor this and answer all our questions- it is truly appreciated!