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Travel to Portugal – Travel Advice

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*updated Apr 10th – 4 min. read

Portugal is currently on a phased lifting lockdown measures. Cases have been dropping significantly, and at this moment the country is in emergency state, and there is a general duty to stay at home. Essential and non-essential businesses are open and other businesses to collect orders at the door. 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 destination or are in transit in Portugal, must fill in this form. There are some restrictions on mobility to cross land borders.


Air travel to and from mainland Portugal is authorized for:


Flights to Portugal from EU, Schengen and list of countries

Flights to and from countries belonging to the EU and countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland), it is recommended that only essential trips are made to and from the following countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands,  Romania, Slovakia and Sweden.

Flights from Australia – China – South Korea – New Zealand – Rwanda – Singapore – Thailand – Hong Kong – Macau – Uruguay


Flights from United Kingdom & Brazil

All flights from and to United Kingdom and Brazil are suspended until 11:59PM of march 31st (except humanitarian causes & repatriation)


Flights from other destinations

Flights to and from other destinations will only be permitted for essential travel and tests are required. Passengers on flights from other 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.

Essential journeys 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.


Return flights

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 who are in Portugal to return to their countries, provided that they are promoted by the competent authorities of such countries.


PCR Test

Passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 done within 72 hours prior to departure (with the exception of children who do not have completed 24 months of age).

Foreign citizens who embark without the aforementioned test must be refused entry into national territory.


Specific departure countries & isolation

Passengers from the list of countries below must present a negative test to COVID-19 done within 72 hours prior to departure, and must comply, after entry in mainland Portugal, a period of prophylactic isolation* of 14 days, at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. 

Bulgaria – Czech Republic – Cyprus – Estonia – France – Hungary – Italy – Malta – Poland – Slovenia – Sweden


*Prophylactic isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travels and whose length of stay in national territory, certified by return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.


Air travel to and from Madeira and Azores

  • When flying to Madeira you should have a test done (with negative results) at least 72 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. It is also required to wear a face mask in all public and indoor places. Information for Madeira here
  • When flying to Azores you should have a test done (with negative results) at least 72 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. Information for Azores can be found here.



Measures in mainland Portugal

You should pay special attention to current restrictions, such as:

  • Duty to stay at home (or hotel or short term rental). Exceptions apply to:
    • collecting goods and services
    • access to public services or health services
    • going to work (when working from home is not possible)
    • going to school
    • short walks and pet walks (close to home)
    • refueling
    • taking care of vulnerable people
    • returning home from any of these activities
  • Gatherings limited to 5 people
  • You must wear a face mask indoors – essential 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
  • Bars and nightclubs are closed
  • It is forbidden to circulate between municipalities in the weekends
  • Temperature checks are allowed


Establishments and shops currently open:
  • Essential goods shops, minimarkets, supermarkets
  • Pharmacies
  • Dentists
  • Health services
  • Post offices
  • Banks
  • Public services (upon appointment)
  • Restaurants, cafes, snack bars and others are open with only take-away or delivery options
  • Markets and fairs only to sell essential goods
  • Churches
  • Hairdressers, barbershops & salons
  • Fairs and food markets
  • Bookstores, libraries
  • Monuments, museums, palaces & art galleries
  • Shops under 200 square meters that have an entrance/exit to the street
  • Golf courses
  • Swimming pools
  • Gyms, with solo classes only
  • Restaurants with terraces and outdoor service only
  • All other establishments for delivery, door-to-door goods and products


Establishments and shops currently closed:
  • Bars & nightclubs
  • Theaters & Cinemas
  • Non-essential services


Travel insurance available

Visitors planning their holidays to Portugal can now subscribe to Portugal Travel Insurance. This is a travel insurance 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 expenses 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.

You also have the option to download the Portugal Health Passport 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 is a translation from the Portuguese official communications. The order provides for these measures, effective until 23:59 of April 15th, 2021.

Please note this article is informational and you should ALWAYS check official sources such as your Embassy & Airline company.


Directorate General for Health

National Health System

Portuguese Government

Online Legislation Publications

Portuguese Tourist Board


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