*updated August 6th – 4 min. read
Portugal is currently on phased lifting restrictions. At this moment, the country is in a contingency state. Essential and non-essential businesses are open. If you are wondering which restrictions are in place in Portugal or if you can travel to Portugal at the moment, please read through.
All passengers that have Portugal as a destination or are in transit in Portugal must fill in the passenger locator card(opens in a new tab).
Air travel to and from mainland Portugal
Flights to Portugal from EU, Schengen Associated Countries
Flights to and from countries belonging to the EU and countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland) are allowed for non-essential travels.
Flights from The UK
Flights from the UK are allowed for non-essential travels. Passengers who do not show proof of complete vaccination with more than 14 days, must quarantine for 14 days upon entering Portugal (children under 12 years old are exempt of the quarantine).
Flights from a list of countries
Flights from Albania – Armenia – Australia – Azerbaijan – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Brunei – Canada – China – Israel – Japan – Jordan – Kosovo – Lebanon – Montenegro – New Zealand – Qatar – Republic of Moldova – Republic of Northern Macedonia – Saudi Arabia – Serbia – Singapore – South Korea – Thailand – Taiwan – Ukraine – United States of America and special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau are allowed for non-essential travels but are subject to reciprocity.
Flights from countries with an incident rate equal to or greater than 500 cases per 100.000 inhabitants
Flights from Brazil, India, Nepal, and South Africa, are permitted for essential travel, and tests are required. Passengers on flights from these destinations must present, at the time of departure, proof of test to COVID-19, with a negative result, carried out in the last 72 hours before departure, under penalty of being refused entry into national territory. Passengers in transit do not need a test as long as they don’t leave the airport.
Passengers from these countries must isolate for 14 days at home or in a designated place by health authorities.
Are those intended to allow the transit or entry or departure from Portugal of:
- nationals of the European Union, nationals of States associated with the Schengen Area and members of their families, and third-country nationals legally resident in a Member State of the European Union;
- Third-country nationals traveling for professional, study, family reunion, health, or humanitarian reasons.
National and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also the diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present that proof will have to do the test on arrival in the airport at their own expense.
Flights destined to allow the return to Portugal of national citizens or foreign citizens holding authorization for residency in Portugal and flights intended to allow foreign citizens in Portugal to return to their countries, provided that the competent authorities of such countries promote them.
Tests & Certification
Passengers (above twelve years old) must present a negative test to COVID-19:
- RT-PCR or similar done within 72 hours before departure.
- A Rapid Antigen Test done up to 48 hours before boarding time. Rapid Antigen Tests (TRAg) must be allowed by the European Union Health Committee. You can find the list here, starting on page seven.
Passengers from EU and the UK, and who have been fully vaccinated, do not need to present a negative test.
Foreign citizens who embark without the tests mentioned above can be refused entry into national territory.
It is also mandatory to show EU COVID Digital Certificate or a negative test for check-ins at hotels/accommodations, to enter spas, thermal baths, casinos, bingos, outdoor shows with more than 1000 people, indoor shows with more than 500 people, religious ceremonies with more than 10 people, and for indoor meals from 7 PM on Fridays until Sundays & public holidays.
- PCR test, performed within 72 hours prior to presentation;
- Antigen test with laboratory report, performed within 48 hours prior to submission;
- Rapid antigen test in the self-test mode, carried out within 24 hours prior to its presentation in the presence of a health or pharmaceutical professional who certifies that it has been carried out and its result;
- Rapid antigen test in the self-test mode, carried out at the moment, at the door of the establishment you intend to attend, under verification by those responsible for these spaces.
Air travel to and from Madeira and Azores
- When flying to Madeira, you should have negative RT-PCR test done at least 72 hours before your flight, or proof of complete vaccination, and you need to register here.
If you do not have a test done, you can do it at the airport free of charge. Entering Madeira is also possible by showing proof of vaccination certificate. It is also required to wear a face mask in all public and indoor places. Information for Madeira here(opens in a new tab)
- When flying to the Azores, you should have negative RT-PCR test done at least 72 hours before your flight, or a Rapid Antigen Test done 48 hours before your flight, and you need to fill in a form. If you do not have a test done, you can do it at the airport free of charge. Alternatively, you can present your EU Digital Covid Certificate.
It is also allowed to enter Azores with an Immunity Test. You can find information for the Azores here(opens in a new tab).
Measures in mainland Portugal
Mainland Portugal is easing lockdown restrictions.
You should pay special attention to current restrictions, such as:
- Mandatory to wear a face mask indoors – shops, taxis, bus – and outdoors when physical distance is not possible
- You should maintain 1,5 meters or 2 meters of physical distance from others; when not possible, wear a mask
- Temperature checks are allowed
- Restaurants close at 2 AM
- Maximum of 8 people per table when indoor
- Maximum of 15 people per table in outdoor seating areas in restaurants
- Shops have normal schedules
- Public transportations with no capacity limit
- Nightclubs are open, but with very limited activities
Travel insurance available
Visitors planning their holidays to Portugal can now subscribe to Portugal Travel Insurance. This travel insurance is adapted to the new pandemic reality caused by COVID-19. Coverage extends to the entire national territory and covers medical, surgical, pharmaceutical, and hospital expenses associated with COVID -19, as well as expenditures for cancellation, interruption, or extension of the trip, also by the same pandemic.
The objective is to guarantee that visitors can travel around the country, safe and with confidence. You can learn more about this here(opens in a new tab).
You also have the option to download the Portugal Health Passport(opens in a new tab), which gives you access to a special offer from private healthcare providers in the country in case you need healthcare services during your stay.
This article is a translation from the official Portuguese official communications.
Please note this article is informational, and you should ALWAYS check official sources such as your Embassy & Airline company.
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