Border control at airports strengthened

Portugal’s Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) is to have 55 more officers until the end of September.

The increase in officers has been designed to respond to the increased flow of passengers at the airports of Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal and Ponta Delgada.

SEF said that the reinforcement of inspectors is a result of the so-called “IATA Summer” season - which means it is aimed at minimising the impact of the time change system in flight schedules.

According to SEF, Lisbon airport is to count on 22 more inspectors, Faro 20, Porto eight and Ponta Delgada four.

A reinforcement “according to daily needs” is also to be made at Funchal airport, with inspectors from the SEF Regional Directorate of Madeira.

The borders service underlined this will be “the first reinforcement in air borders”, and it is foreseen that between June and September new officers will start working at Lisbon airport.

This measure is to allow “the reinforcement of border posts, bearing in mind the expectation of continued growth in the number of passengers to be controlled”, SEF said.

Meanwhile, 45 new officers are to start an internship and 24 more will join on 8 April - these trainees are expected to strengthen border control at air borders in December.