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A State of Emergency was declared on 18 March in Portugal to introduce measures to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
This includes restrictions on movement around the country, affecting public places and transport. The restrictions have been extended to 13 April beyond the initial two weeks, and may be extended again. Most shops, other than those selling food or other essential items such as pharmacies, have been closed.
People have been instructed to remain at home unless they need to buy food or other essential items, go to work (if unable to work from home), go to hospital or health centers, carry out caring or similar duties or in case of real need, to return to their primary residence, to exercise outdoors and walk pets, for short periods and never in groups.
Border controls on the land border with Spain are in place.
All airports are closed until at least 13 April. Only permanent residents will be allowed to disembark cruise ships until further notice.
A major wildfire burning in the Monchique area in Faro district currently remains out of control, with authorities evacuating affected towns, popular holiday resorts and surrounding areas.
Portuguese authorities have advised that for safety reasons, travel to the affected areas is to be avoided.
If you are traveling in the area, it's important that you listen to and follow all instructions from local authorities such as Portuguese Police and Civil Protection personnel.
Faro Airport remains open and working to schedule.
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