Covid 19

Covid 19

Open for business

2020 Summer holidays in the Algarve are now very viable and probably the safest option within Europe, restaurants and bars are open 100% Tourist attractions and golf are open. Every thing is open. Visitors will be screened at the arrival airport. 

Quarantine and Self Isolation

Visitors to Portugal do not have to self isolate or quarantine here.


Covid 19 vacation insurance is available at very reasonable more here: Portugal Travel Insurance

We are not a resort

But you may still want to be cautious and so voluntary distancing and hygiene measures ought to be followed. Villa Vida Nova is a very safe option, in a rural location in an area free from Covid 19. In a rural cul-de-sac with no passing traffic, walled, gated and fenced, completely private and nothing is shared, the property, pool and all outside areas are exclusively for you and your family or friends to use. 

Hygiene Protocols 

We are proud to have many reviews that attest to the cleanliness of the villa, this is important but we cannot be complacent so extra cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been introduced.

These are our instructions to staff who will strictly adhere to the protocols in our mutual interests.

  • Before they clean, our cleaners will wash their hands, and put on impermeable, disposable gloves.
  • Cleaners will avoid touching their face during the clean.
  • Gloves will be thrown away after each clean.
  • Cleaners will wash their hands immediately after gloves are removed.
  • Cleaners will be sure to air and ventilate the property during and after cleaning. 
  • High-touch surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each stay. Examples of high-touch surfaces include tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, handrails, light switches, remotes, wardrobe and cabinet handles, toilets, sinks, bedside tables, and kitchen and bathroom surfaces. A two-step approach will be used for cleaning high-touch surfaces with use of a detergent and hot water for visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection to kill germs on surfaces.

Cancellation Policy

Let's keep this simple, if the authorities, including transport companies, impose travel restrictions due to Covid 19, as they did in March 2020, then you will have the option to have a full refund or postpone your vacation to any future date. We remain completely flexible.

If you have any questions or suggestions whatsoever about Villa Vida Nova and Covid 19 please ask us by using our contact form , the well being of all our clients and staff are of paramount importance.

What is expected of visitors to the Algarve

Friday  21st August 2020


Good news is that the UK has placed Portugal on it's travel corridor list, a move that will not only help the economy especially in the Algarve, but will bring people together who have been apart for some time.

It is now more than ever important that we all do everything we can to keep the Covid-19 cases as low as possible, both for our own safety and to avoid a situation where figures rise, Portugal is removed from the travel corridor as a result, with all the consequences of this, which we saw in Spain and France. 

So it is in our hands.

We are stepping up our advice to visitors on the precautions they should take. We know that some of you are based overseas and maybe waiting to visit Portugal. So please follow the DGS safety advice in this newsletter. I will also be on KissFm radio this Sunday at 0915 hrs delivering this message and it will be repeated on our Facebook page from time to time..

For those in the hospitality industry and in particular those running bars and restaurants, they have a special responsibility to ensure clients follow the laws and rules in place. The GNR will be strictly enforcing measures particularly regarding size of gatherings and drinking alcohol in public places which is prohibited.

We extend a very warm welcome to  visitors to this lovely country. Remember please act responsibility, abide by the rules and help us keep Portugal safe.

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David Thomas
Safe Communities Portugal

Covid -19  Safety Checklist for visitors and residents

With Portugal now included in the UK Travel corridor and with more visitors arriving, now is an appropriate time to remind everyone of the importance of hygiene, face masks and social distancing. The following will help you have a safe stay here and keep our country safe.

Be sure to wear a face mask when entering shops, commercial complexes, public buildings and all forms of public transport. This is mandatory for those 10 years and up.

Social distancing varies in many countries, but here it is 2 metres apart - respect floor markings and direction signs in shops especially on entry and queuing at cash points.

It is important to remember that maximum group size is 20 people (except Lisbon Metropolitan area -10. This also applies to private parties.

One of the joys is eating out, but please remember to wear a mask on entry to restaurants and moving around inside. Do not move tables around and avoid gathering in large groups on terraces without masks.

Drinking alcohol in street, beaches and public areas prohibited and frequently enforced.

Gel is available at most, stores, shopping centres, transport terminals etc. Please use it especially before and after using supermarket trolleys and adopt hygiene rules.

Lastly please follow the instructions of store keepers, restaurant staff they are there to help you.
We all have a responsibility to keep Portugal safe. By respecting the rules cases will continue to decrease and normality will return sooner rather than later.