As an Omicron-fuelled wave of infections ebbs, Portugal said on Thursday it would drop most of its remaining coronavirus rules, including the requirement to show the COVID-19 digital pass to stay at hotels or a negative test to enter nightclubs.
“This is a very important moment,” Cabinet Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva told a news conference. “This is another a step towards a return to normal life.”
The new measures will come into force in the next few days, Vieira da Silva said, as they need still the final stamp of approval from the president.
Those going to restaurants, hotels or cultural venues will no longer be asked to show the COVID digital certificate – proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID or a negative test. That will still be required to enter Portugal by air, sea or land.
A negative test will also not be requested to attend large events or to enter sports stadiums, bars and nightclubs.