The EU Reopen Plan and US/EU Travel Ban
As of July 1, European nations (all members of the European Union, as well as the non-E.U. European nations of Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) are expected to begin opening their borders to residents of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
Residents of Andorra, San Marino, Monaco and the Vatican will also be allowed entry. China is on the list, “subject to confirmation of reciprocity” — that is, if the country will open its borders to European travelers. The official press statement noted that individual European nations may decide to take a progressive approach to lifting restrictions on travel from the listed countries. Residents of the United States, where the spread of Covid-19 has not been controlled, are not allowed to enter the European Union unless they qualify for an exception.
The restrictions do not apply to European citizens or residents “independent of the purpose of travel,” according to the official recommendation, nor to health workers, seasonal farm workers, diplomats, humanitarian workers, transit passengers, asylum seekers, students and “passengers traveling for imperative family reasons,” among a handful of other exceptions. You can find the full list of exceptions here.
- The PDF document containing the official language can be downloaded here.
- The list of countries will be revisited every two weeks. For more information, visit the Re-Open EU website.
TASIS Portugal Office Open with Limited Staff
We reopened the admission office on June 1 with a limited staff. If you plan to visit, please contact us first to make an appointment. We ask that you limit the number of people visiting and wear masks when you arrive. See Visit Protocol, below. Admission and inquiry services continue to be offered online as well (see Q&A below).
TASIS Protocols for In-Person Meetings
- Please wear a mask when you arrive (just like you do at restaurants and retail establishments).
- Staff greeting you will wear masks as well.
- When you enter the Admissions Office, there will be hand sanitizer available. Please make use of it as you do in restaurants and retail establishments (staff will as well)
- Once seated 2 meters apart, if you are comfortable, we will all remove our masks. If you are not comfortable with that, we are happy to keep masks on for the duration of the meeting.
Zoom/Online meetings are available for anyone/everyone who is unable to meet in person or prefers online.
Free Antibody Testing Available in Cascais
The Cascais municipality is offering free antibody tests for people who live, work, or study in the Cascais area. This forward-thinking research will allow the municipality to better understand the local spread of the virus.
To get tested:
- Register at https://vivercascais.mobicascais.pt/
- Wait to receive register confirmation by email
- Access website again https://vivercascais.mobicascais.pt and request testing option for SARSCoV2
- To schedule a test - call 800 203 186 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm) or ask to be contacted by email with a proposed date/time