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Madeira Islands added to UK Travel Corridor in time for festivities galore

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Madeira Wine Festival and Flower Festival combined for the first time, 3rd– 27th September

 

  • Madeira, a Portuguese outpost, to join UK travel corridor from Saturday 22nd August
  • Madeira Wine Festival and Flower Festival, two of Madeira’s best loved celebrations, will be combined for the first time from 3rd – 27th September
  • Hailed as one of the safest places in Europe to travel post Covid-19 – an island in the Atlantic with relatively low transit and visitor numbers and an outstanding response to the pandemic
  • Short-haul, 3.5 hour direct flight from London but with scenery akin to far flung, tropical destinations
  • An excellent winter sun option – sub-tropical with all year-round warmth
  • Winner of Best Island Destination in Europe (World Travel Awards) six times

Part of Portugal, Madeira will join the FCO UK travel corridor from Saturday 22ndAugust, meaning UK travellers will no longer need to quarantine when returning home. This announcement comes in time for a feast for the senses in September.

 

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Madeira Flower and Wine Festivals, 3rd– 27th September 2020:

Madeirans loves to celebrate and September will see two of the highlight festivals of the calendar come together for the first time for a colourful and happy display. Wine and flowers are two of Madeira’s greatest assets and this is a timely celebration when the destination is fully reopening to tourists from the UK, one of its key markets.

Madeira Flower Festival (usually in May): Flowers in Madeira are world renowned, due to its geographical location; over the centuries visitors to the new world have introduced exotic seeds and plants to the destination, which have flourished in the rich volcanic soil. Over the festival, the capital city, Funchal, will be decorated with thousands of blossoming and fragrant local blooms, showcasing the enormous diversity in flora. Highlights include purple-blossomed jacaranda trees, orchids, birds of paradise and the UNESCO-listed native laurel forest.

Madeira Wine Festival: Madeira fortified wine has a history dating back to the 15thCentury and is the destination’s number one export. The festival, over harvest time, kicks off in Estreito de Camara de Lobos, a short drive from Funchal, with a grape harvest and parade. The festivities then move to the capital. Visitors can take part in the treading of grapes and wine tastings, alongside enjoying folk music and dance performances.

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Nuno Vale, Executive Director of Madeira Promotion Bureau said of the UK announcement: ‘Madeira has long enjoyed an excellent relationship with the UK, with the first British settlement dating back to 16thcentury, and it is a key market for the destination. Given that our response to Covid-19 and handle on the pandemic has been widely reported as being one of the best in Europe, we are very relieved to be able to welcome back British tourists.’  

Response to Covid-19:

Madeira and Porto Santo have been widely referred to as one of the safest places to travel to post-pandemic. To ensure security for both tourists and residents, all people travelling to the islands have to either present a negative test done within 72 hours prior to departure or be tested upon arrival, without any costs – Covid-19 tests on arrival will be paid for by the Madeira Government.

Madeira Islands are focused on positioning as a Covid-safe destination and are working with SGS, the world leader in certification, to ensure good practice across the destination to minimise risk in the wake of Covid-19. The certification process is available to all companies in the tourism sector.

Furthermore, Madeira was a pioneer in the whole of Portugal in developing a good practices documentto deal with Covid-19. These measures will provide comfort to those who travel and it is ultimately for the wellbeing of all.

These initiatives, to cover testing costs, partner with SGS in certification and develop a good practices document, underpin the destination’s determination to ensure a safe tourism location for all visitors.

At present Madeira has 138 registered cases of Covid-19, 107 recovered and no deaths. 31 active cases are confined in designated hotels or at private homes.

 

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