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Airlines Updates

Published on 14.12.2020
TAP restructuring plan reduces fleet and workforce.

Published on 16.10.2020
TAP Air Portugal adds Chicago, New York and San Francisco routes – Portugal

15.09.2020 TAP Air Portugal in last week’s schedule update revised planned new long-haul network addition. Additional adjustment now sees the removal of planned service to Cancun and Cape Town for Northern winter season, previously scheduled from mid-December 2020 (original launch date was 27OCT20 and 11NOV20 respectively).

Latest adjustment as follows.

Lisbon – Cancun eff 30MAR21 3 weekly A330-900neo (Previous plan: 2 weekly from 18DEC20. Original launch date: 27OCT20)
TP176 LIS0935 – 1400CUN 339 246
TP177 CUN1530 – 0630+1LIS 339 246

Lisbon – Cape Town Launch date postponed. The airline’s press statement only mentioned service to commence in 2021, without further elaboration (Previous plan: 2 weekly from 13DEC20. Original launch date 11NOV20)

Published on 09.09.2020
Azores Airlines adds Lisbon – Praia service from late-Oct 2020

Published on 08.09.2020
TAP Air Portugal to resume Venezuela service from mid-Dec 2020
TAP Air Portugal revises Cancun / Cape Town launch to mid-Dec 2020

Published on 27.08.2020
Azores Airlines Suspends Some North American Flights

Published on 24.08.2020
TAP Air Portugal schedules A330-900neo to Frankfurt on 24AUG20

31.07.2020 TAP Air Portugal earlier this week updated interim schedule until 30SEP20 inclusive, including European service. Planned operation for August/September 2020 as of 30JUL20 as follows.
Various travel restrictions continue to impact the carrier’s planned operations.

Lisbon – Amsterdam 10 weekly (21 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Barcelona 18 weekly (21 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Berlin Tegel 7 weekly (14 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Brussels 14 weekly (21 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Copenhagen 2 weekly (5 weekly from 15AUG20, 7 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Dublin 7 weekly (14 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Faro 21 weekly
Lisbon – Florence eff 03SEP20 4 weekly
Lisbon – Frankfurt 14 weekly (21 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Funchal 35 weekly (42 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Geneva 14 weekly (21 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Gran Canaria/Las Palmas eff 02SEP20 3 weekly
Lisbon – Hamburg 7 weekly (14 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – London Heathrow 18 weekly (28 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Luxembourg 5 weekly
Lisbon – Lyon 7 weekly (10 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Madrid 21 weekly
Lisbon – Malaga 10 weekly (11 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Manchester 5 weekly (7 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Marseille 7 weekly (10 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Milan Malpensa 14 weekly (21 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Munich 14 weekly (21 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Nice 7 weekly (10 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Oslo eff 02SEP20 3 weekly
Lisbon – Paris Orly 28 weekly (35 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Prague 2 weekly (7 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Ponta Delgada 17 weekly (26 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Porto 28 weekly (42 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Porto Santo 4 weekly
Lisbon – Rome 14 weekly (21 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Seville 10 weekly (11 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Stockholm Arlanda 3 weekly (4 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Tenerife South eff 02SEP20 4 weekly
Lisbon – Terceira 7 weekly (10 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Toulouse 7 weekly (10 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Valencia 10 weekly (7 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Venice 3 weekly (7 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Vienna 7 weekly
Lisbon – Warsaw eff 01SEP20 7 weekly
Lisbon – Zurich 10 weekly (21 weekly from 01SEP20)
Porto – Amsterdam eff 03SEP20 4 weekly
Porto – Funchal 7 weekly
Porto – London Heathrow 7 weekly
Porto – Luxembourg 5 weekly
Porto – Milan Malpensa 3 weekly
Porto – Paris Orly 7 weekly (14 weekly from 01SEP20)
Porto – Ponta Delgada 7 weekly
Porto – Zurich 4 weekly

TAP Air Portugal earlier this week updated interim schedule until 30SEP20 inclusive. For Intercontinental network, planned operation for August and September as of 30JUL20 as follows.

Various travel restrictions continue to impact the airline’s planned operation, which may affect operational aircraft and frequencies.

Lisbon – Accra – Sao Tome eff 01SEP20 5 weekly A320neo
Lisbon – Belo Horizonte 2 weekly A330-900neo
Lisbon – Bissau eff 01SEP20 1 weekly A319
Lisbon – Boston 3 weekly A321neo (4 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Brasilia eff 01SEP20 2 weekly A330-900neo
Lisbon – Casablanca eff 10AUG20 10 weekly ATR72 (11 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Dakar 7 weekly A320neo
Lisbon – Fortaleza 2 weekly A330-900neo
Lisbon – Ilha do Sal eff 01SEP20 3 weekly A320neo
Lisbon – Luanda eff 11AUG20 4 weekly A330-900neo
Lisbon – Maputo 3 weekly A330-900neo (2 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Marrakech eff 10AUG20 11 weekly ATR72
Lisbon – Miami 3 weekly A330-900neo
Lisbon – Montreal 3 weekly A321neo
Lisbon – Newark 3 weekly A330-900neo (7 weekly A321neo/330-900neo from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Praia 4 weekly A319 (7 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Recife 2 weekly A330-900neo (3 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Rio de Janeiro Galeao 3 weekly A330-900neo
Lisbon – Salvador da Bahia eff 01SEP20 2 weekly A330-900neo
Lisbon – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 9 weekly A330-900neo (7 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Sao Vicente 4 weekly E190 (2 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Tel Aviv eff 24SEP20 3 weekly A321neo
Lisbon – Toronto 3 weekly A321neo (5 weekly from 01SEP20)
Lisbon – Washington Dulles 2 weekly A321neo (3 weekly from 01SEP20)
Ponta Delgada – Boston 3 weekly A321neo
Ponta Delgada – Toronto eff 03SEP20 2 weekly A321neo
Porto – Newark 1 weekly A330-900neo (2 weekly A321neo from 01SEP20)
Porto – Rio de Janeiro Galeao 1 weekly A330-900neo

Published on 27.07.2020
TAP will resume 40 percent of its pre-COVID-19 crisis operations in September

Published on 13.07.2020
Azores Airlines Resumes Non-Stop Flights to Boston, Toronto, Frankfurt

Published on 12.06.2020
Orbest Airlines extends scheduled service suspension to July 2020

Published on 11.06.2020
Azores Airlines gradual service resumption in May/June 2020

01.06.2020 TAP Air Portugal in the last 2 weeks filed an additional revision to its planned operation, between June and August 2020. As of 31MAY20, planned operation as follows.

Lisbon – Accra eff 01AUG20 2 weekly A320neo
Lisbon – Amsterdam eff 01JUL20 1 daily E190 (2 daily A320 from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Barcelona eff 01JUL20 2 daily E190/195 (3 daily A319/320/E190)
Lisbon – Belo Horizonte eff 02AUG20 2 weekly A330-900neo
Lisbon – Berlin Schoenefeld 01JUL20 – 31JUL20 1 daily A320neo
Lisbon – Berlin Tegel eff 01AUG20 1 daily A320neo
Lisbon – Bissau eff 01AUG20 1 weekly A320neo
Lisbon – Boston eff 02JUL20 2 weekly A321neo (3 weekly from 02AUG20)
Lisbon – Brussels eff 02JUL20 1 daily E190/A320 (2 daily A319/320 from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Casablanca eff 01AUG20 11 weekly ATR72/E190
Lisbon – Conakry eff 02AUG20 3 weekly A320neo
Lisbon – Copenhagen eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A320neo (5 weekly from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Dakar eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A320neo (Schedules not listed in August)
Lisbon – Dublin eff 03JUL20 3 weekly E190 (2 daily E190/195/A319/321neo from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Dusseldorf eff 01AUG20 1 daily A319
Lisbon – Faro eff 01JUL20 2 daily ATR72 (17 weekly ATR72/E195/A320 from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Fortaleza eff 05JUL20 1 weekly A330-900neo (2 weekly from 02AUG20)
Lisbon – Frankfurt eff 01JUL20 1 daily A320neo (2 daily A320/321neo from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Funchal 1 daily E190/195 (2 daily E190/195 from 01JUL20, 5 daily E190/195/A320 from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Geneva eff 01JUL20 1 daily A320 (2 daily from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Hamburg eff 01JUL20 1 daily E190/A320neo (A320 from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Ilha do Sal eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A320neo (3 weekly from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – London Heathrow 2 weekly E190 (2 daily E190/A320neo from 01JUL20, 3 daily A320/320neo from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Luanda eff 18JUN20 1 weekly A330-900neo (2 weekly from 02JUL20, 4 weekly from 02AUG20)
Lisbon – Luxembourg eff 03JUL20 3 weekly E190/195 (5 weekly A319/320 from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Lyon eff 03JUL20 2 weekly E190/195 (No service 01AUG20 – 14AUG20, 1 daily E190/195 from 15AUG20)
Lisbon – Madrid eff 01JUL20 2 daily E190/195 (3 daily from E190/195/A319 from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Malaga 
eff 02JUL20 3 weekly ATR72 (11 weekly ATR72/E190/E195 from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Manchester eff 01AUG20 1 daily A319
Lisbon – Maputo 1 weekly A330-900neo (2 weekly from 02AUG20)
Lisbon – Marrakech eff 01AUG20 11 weekly ATR72/E195
Lisbon – Marseille eff 01AUG20 1 daily E190
Lisbon – Miami eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A330-900neo (3 weekly from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Milan Malpensa eff 01JUL20 2 daily E190/195
Lisbon – Munich eff 01AUG20 2 daily A320
Lisbon – Newark 2 weekly A330-900neo
Lisbon – Nice eff 03JUL20 2 weekly E190 (1 daily E190/195 from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Oslo eff 02AUG20 3 weekly A320neo
Lisbon – Paris CDG 2 weekly E190 (2 daily E190/195/A320 from 01JUL20, 4 daily A320 from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Ponta Delgada 4 weekly E190 (1 daily A320neo from 01JUL20, 3 daily A320 from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Porto 3 weekly E195 (23 weekly ATR72/E190 from 01JUL20, 29 weekly ATR72/E190/A321neo from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Porto Santo eff 02JUL20 2 weekly E195 (5 weekly A319 from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Prague eff 01AUG20 4 weekly A320/320neo
Lisbon – Praia eff 18JUN20 1 weekly E190 (2 weekly from 03JUL20, 4 weekly from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Rio de Janeiro Galeao 1 weekly A330-900neo (4 weekly from 02AUG20)
Lisbon – Rome eff 01JUL20 2 daily E190/195 (3 daily ATR72/E195/A320/320neo from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Sao Paulo Guarulhos 2 weekly A330-900neo (3 weekly from 02JUL20, 1 daily from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Sao Vicente eff 03JUL20 1 weekly E190 (2 weekly from 02AUG20)
Lisbon – Seville eff 02JUL20 3 weekly ATR72 (11 weekly from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Stockholm Arlanda eff 02JUL20 2 weekly A320neo (3 weekly from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Tel Aviv eff 01AUG20 3 weekly A321neo
Lisbon – Terceira 2 weekly E190/195 (3 weekly from 01JUL20, 10 weekly A320 from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Toronto eff 03JUL20 2 weekly A321neo (3 weekly from 01AUG20)
Lisbon – Toulouse eff 01AUG20 1 daily E190/195
Lisbon – Valencia eff 01AUG20 1 daily ATR72
Lisbon – Venice eff 02AUG20 3 weekly A320
Lisbon – Vienna eff 01AUG20 1 daily A320neo
Lisbon – Warsaw eff 05AUG20 2 weekly A320/320neo
Lisbon – Washington Dulles eff 02AUG20 2 weekly A321neo
Lisbon – Zurich eff 01JUL20 1 daily A320/320neo (2 dailyE190/A320 from 01AUG20)
Ponta Delgada – Boston eff 01JUL20 4 weekly A321neo (3 weekly 10JUL20 – 03AUG20)
Ponta Delgada – Toronto eff 02JUL20 2 weekly A321neo
Porto – Funchal 2 weekly E190 (1 daily from 01AUG20)
Porto – London Heathrow eff 01AUG20 1 daily A319
Porto – Luxembourg eff 02JUL20 2 weekly E190 (1 daily A319 from 01AUG20)
Porto – Newark eff 08AUG20 1 weekly A321neo
Porto – Paris CDG eff 03JUL20 3 weekly E190 (1 daily from 01AUG20)

Published on 30.05.2020
TAP
Air Portugal plans to resume flights to Newark from 4 June, and Boston, Toronto, Montreal In July

Published on 25.05.2020
TAP will resume some of its international operations from July 1

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Portugal
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Portugal.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers:
    • Nationals and residents of Portugal,
    • Nationals and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Area member states or the United Kingdom, and their families (spouse, registered partner, dependents under 21),
    • Nationals and residents of Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea (South), Macau, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, and Uruguay, provided they have not travelled outside of these countries or have only stayed in the international transit areas of airports not located in these countries,
    • Passengers travelling for work or study,
    • Passengers travelling for health or humanitarian reasons.
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Movement restrictions

National movement restrictions: Free

Restrictive measures mandatory between 04 May 2020 to TBD

From 3rd April until 17 April gathering of more than 5 people is forbbiden; beteen 9 and 13 April people are not allowed of moving outside their own Municipality.
Between 1 and 3 of May people are not allowed of moving outside their own Municipality like during long Easter week-end.
From 4 May onwards public transports are limited to 2/3 of occupation and the use of masks is mandatory on all public transports. Special cleaning and hygiene measures should be taken by transport providers.

International movement restrictions: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 13 March 2020 to 01 July 2020

Only foreigner diplomats are allowed to move inside and outside of the country, if these movements are work related; between 9 and 13 April all airportts will be closed.
Terrestrial borders with Spain closed until 30 June

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Flight Restrictions

published 20.10.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to family members of nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
– This does not apply to family members of British nationals.
– This does not apply to passengers with a long term visa issued by Portugal.

Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result taken at most 72 hours before departure.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, United Kingdom or Uruguay.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving in Azores or Madeira.

Passengers arriving in Madeira:
– without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result taken at most 72 hours before departure are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and quarantine; and
– must complete an epidemiological survey before departure at https://madeirasafe.com . This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.

Passengers arriving in Azores without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result taken at most 72 hours before departure are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and quarantine.

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Quarantine

No quaratine requirement for continental Portugal.

Travellers arriving from: EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries, as well as Australia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay, do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:
– citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
– citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
– third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

Specific Information for Madeira islands: –EN
Specific Information for Azores

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Travellers arriving from: EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries, as well as Australia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay, do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:
– citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
– citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
– third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

Specific Information for Madeira islands: –EN
Specific Information for Azores

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Shop and Events

Non-essential shops closure: Open

Restrictive measures mandatory between 01 June 2020 to 15 June 2020

As of 1 June, stores with an area greater than 400 m2 or inserted in shopping centers
cinemas, theaters, concert halls, open auditoriums (with marked seats, reduced capacity and physical distance)

Previously, Only essencial goods shops open (supermarkets, phamacies, and other essencial goods but there are restrictions to the number of people that can get in at the same time as well as keeping safe distance).
On 4 of May small shops < 200 m2, hairdressers, libraries, and automobile stands reopen with specific anti-COVID restriction measures; masks become obligatory inside all shops; access to hairdressers and similar only by appointment. On 18 of May shops < 400 m2 and Restaurants reopen with specific anti-COVID restriction measures. On 1 June stores with an area greater than 400 m2 or inserted in shopping centers reopen (exception made for the Region Lisboa e Vale do Tejo); All stores with an area greater than 400 m2 or inserted in shopping centers reopen also for the Region Lisboa e Vale do Tejo from 15 June onwards.

Events stop: Banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 04 May 2020 to TBD

Footbball professional league restarts on the 1st of June.
Gathering of more than 10 people forbidden.
Cinemas, theaters, concert halls, open auditoriums (with marked seats, reduced capacity and physical distance).
Religious events restart from 1st of June.

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Schools/Univercity closure

Schools/Univ. closure: Partially closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 13 March 2020 to TBD

All closed since Friday 13 March until 18 May;
Kindergartens (0-3 years old ) reopen on 18 May; 2 last years of Secondary school (16-17 years old) reopen on 18 May; pre-school (4-6 years old) reopen on 1 June.

Other

Other: open/confirmed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 04 May 2020 to 01 June 2020

Practice of all sports allowed from 1 June.
http://business.turismodeportugal.pt/pt/Gerir/covid-19/Paginas/covid-19-info-complementar/informacao-consumidores-covid-19.aspx

Full Restrictions

  • Portugal Latest News: Traveling between districts will be prohibited at weekends (France24, 19.01.2021). Government extends its restrictions on nonessential travel from, to non-EU/Schengen Area countries until end of January (Portugal News, 15.01.2021). Government imposes new COVID-19 lockdown from 15 January (Reuters, 13.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *Entry to mainland Portugal: Travel to Portugal, including Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores, is limited to: EU/EEA nationals and their family members; UK and other non-EU/EEA nationals who are officially resident in Portugal or another EU member state;
    UK and other third country nationals who are travelling for essential purposes, such as to live with immediate family members, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons. If you are travelling to Portugal as a resident, be prepared to show evidence of your residence status, such as your residence card or certificate, to your airline and to the immigration officer on arrival. If you are travelling to Portugal for essential purposes, be prepared to show evidence to support your reason for travel, to your airline and to the immigration officer on arrival.
    For further information, see the Portuguese Immigration Service website.
    In addition, travel to Portugal from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand is permitted for any purpose providing you are also a resident in one of these countries. Travel from Hong Kong and Macao is subject to reciprocity. Contact your airline and the Portuguese Embassy before you travel. Where there are no direct flights from the above countries to Portugal, you may still be allowed entry provided you have remained airside while in transit through other countries.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU:

    Note: Portugal adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Portugal are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers travelling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting a diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with a NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for the Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs
    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of an RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers must perform the test on arrival, at their own expenses, and remain in isolation until the result is presented.

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

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    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ The Portuguese government has put in place a series of measures to control the spread of the virus, including a new national lockdown. From 12:01am on 15 January, you are instructed to stay at home, except:
    • to buy food and other essential items;
    • to go to work exceptionally, if your professional activity is not compatible with working from home;
    • to go to school;
    • to go to a hospital, health centre or dental clinic;
    • to go to a veterinary clinic or walk a pet;
    • to carry out caring or similar duties;
    • to take exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups).
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Public gatherings are banned. Shops and other commercial premises, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are closed. Stores that remain open have shorter trading hours, as follows:
    • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 8pm
    • Weekends – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 5pm
    Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food that is collected must be eaten at home. The sale of alcohol and other drinks is prohibited.
    Churches remain open and religious services are permitted. Public services are available by appointment only.
    If you need to go out, you must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene:
    • Keep a social distance of 2 metres;
    • Use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained
    • Wash your hands regularly.
    Your temperature can be taken on access to workplaces, healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes and other places, as determined by the health authorities. You can also be asked to provide a negative COVID-19 test.
    You can be fined if you breach the regulations.
    Restriction on travel over the weekends in mainland Portugal:
    Until further notice, there is a ban on travelling between municipalities at the weekend from 8pm on Friday to 5am the following Monday morning. If you have to travel for essential purposes, such as to go to work or for medical treatment, be prepared to show evidence of the essential nature of your journey, if required to do so by the police.
    -Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home:
    • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am;
    • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am.
    Shops and others commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 6pm on weekdays and at 5pm on weekends and public holidays. Restaurants can remain open until 10pm for takeaway and food delivery services only. Further details can be found on theregional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on theMadeiran Tourist Office website.
    -The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout ther archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. See theregional government’s website for further details. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser. There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – low, medium and high. The island of São Miguel is classified as high risk. On this island, until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am.
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and others commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close earlier than usual – check closing times in your town. Sports and entertainment facilities will be closed.
    *Restrictions on travel to/from Ponta Garça and Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, the regional government has placed restrictions on travel to and from the parish towns of Ponta Garça and Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel. The restrictions are expected to remain in place until midnight on 22 January. You should avoid travelling to or through these towns. If you are already visiting or living in Ponta Garça or Rabo de Peixe, you can leave home for essential shopping, to go to the pharmacy or health centre, to go for a short walk or to walk a pet, or to go to work if you cannot work from home. If you need to leave home, ensure you maintain the recommended 2m social distance, wear a face covering and stay close to where you are living. Restaurants, bars and cafés are closed, except for takeaway and food delivery services.

    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to
    • have a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test from, at most, 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and
    • complete apassenger questionnaire before you depart
    If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.
    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a and b).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the requiredhygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification

    Read more
  • Portugal Latest News: Traveling between districts will be prohibited at weekends (France24, 19.01.2021). Government extends its restrictions on nonessential travel from, to non-EU/Schengen Area countries until end of January (Portugal News, 15.01.2021). Government imposes new COVID-19 lockdown from 15 January (Reuters, 13.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Portugal adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Portugal are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands:
    ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers travelling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting a diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with a NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for the Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs
    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of an RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers must perform the test on arrival, at their own expenses, and remain in isolation until the result is presented.

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    .

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ The Portuguese government has put in place a series of measures to control the spread of the virus, including a new national lockdown. From 12:01am on 15 January, you are instructed to stay at home, except:
    • to buy food and other essential items;
    • to go to work exceptionally, if your professional activity is not compatible with working from home;
    • to go to school;
    • to go to a hospital, health centre or dental clinic;
    • to go to a veterinary clinic or walk a pet;
    • to carry out caring or similar duties;
    • to take exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups).
    These restrictions are expected to remain in place for 1 month but will be reviewed after 2 weeks. Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Public gatherings are banned. Shops and other commercial premises, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are closed. Stores that remain open have shorter trading hours, as follows:
    • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 8pm
    • Weekends – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 5pm
    Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food that is collected must be eaten at home. The sale of alcohol and other drinks is prohibited.
    Churches remain open and religious services are permitted. Public services are available by appointment only.
    If you need to go out, you must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene:
    • Keep a social distance of 2 metres;
    • Use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained
    • Wash your hands regularly.
    Your temperature can be taken on access to workplaces, healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes and other places, as determined by the health authorities. You can also be asked to provide a negative COVID-19 test.
    You can be fined if you breach the regulations.
    Restriction on travel over the weekends in mainland Portugal
    Until further notice, there is a ban on travelling between municipalities at the weekend. If you have to travel for essential purposes, such as to go to work or for medical treatment, be prepared to show evidence of the essential nature of your journey, if required to do so by the police.
    -Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home:
    • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am;
    • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am.
    Shops and others commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 6pm on weekdays and at 5pm on weekends and public holidays. Restaurants can remain open until 10pm for takeaway and food delivery services only. Further details can be found on theregional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on theMadeiran Tourist Office website.
    -The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout ther archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. See theregional government’s website for further details. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser. There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – low, medium and high. The island of São Miguel is classified as high risk. On this island, until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am.
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and others commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close earlier than usual – check closing times in your town. Sports and entertainment facilities will be closed.
    *Restrictions on travel to/from Ponta Garça and Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, the regional government has placed restrictions on travel to and from the parish towns of Ponta Garça and Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel. The restrictions are expected to remain in place until midnight on 22 January. You should avoid travelling to or through these towns. If you are already visiting or living in Ponta Garça or Rabo de Peixe, you can leave home for essential shopping, to go to the pharmacy or health centre, to go for a short walk or to walk a pet, or to go to work if you cannot work from home. If you need to leave home, ensure you maintain the recommended 2m social distance, wear a face covering and stay close to where you are living.
    Restaurants, bars and cafés are closed, except for takeaway and food delivery services.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to
    • have a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test from, at most, 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and
    • complete apassenger questionnaire before you depart
    If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.
    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a and b).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the requiredhygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification

    Read more
  • Portugal Latest News: Government extends its restrictions on nonessential travel from, to non-EU/Schengen Area countries until end of January (Portugal News, 15.01.2021). Government imposes new COVID-19 lockdown from 15 January (Reuters, 13.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Portugal adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Portugal are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands:
    ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers travelling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting a diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with a NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for the Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs
    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of an RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers must perform the test on arrival, at their own expenses, and remain in isolation until the result is presented.

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    .

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ The Portuguese government has put in place a series of measures to control the spread of the virus, including a new national lockdown. From 12:01am on 15 January, you are instructed to stay at home, except:
    • to buy food and other essential items;
    • to go to work exceptionally, if your professional activity is not compatible with working from home;
    • to go to school;
    • to go to a hospital, health centre or dental clinic;
    • to go to a veterinary clinic or walk a pet;
    • to carry out caring or similar duties;
    • to take exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups).
    These restrictions are expected to remain in place for 1 month but will be reviewed after 2 weeks. Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Public gatherings are banned. Shops and other commercial premises, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are closed. Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Churches remain open and religious services are permitted. If you need to go out, you must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene:
    • Keep a social distance of 2 metres
    • Use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained
    • Wash your hands regularly
    Your temperature can be taken on access to workplaces, healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes and other places, as determined by the health authorities. You can also be asked to provide a negative COVID-19 test. You can be fined if you breach the regulations.
    -Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home:
    • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am;
    • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am.
    Shops and others commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 6pm on weekdays and at 5pm on weekends and public holidays. Restaurants can remain open until 10pm for takeaway and food delivery services only. Further details can be found on theregional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on theMadeiran Tourist Office website.
    -The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout ther archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. See theregional government’s website for further details. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser. There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – low, medium and high. The island of São Miguel is classified as high risk. On this island, until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am.
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and others commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close earlier than usual – check closing times in your town. Sports and entertainment facilities will be closed.
    *Restrictions on travel to/from Ponta Garça and Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, the regional government has placed restrictions on travel to and from the parish towns of Ponta Garça and Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel. The restrictions are expected to remain in place until midnight on 22 January. You should avoid travelling to or through these towns. If you are already visiting or living in Ponta Garça or Rabo de Peixe, you can leave home for essential shopping, to go to the pharmacy or health centre, to go for a short walk or to walk a pet, or to go to work if you cannot work from home. If you need to leave home, ensure you maintain the recommended 2m social distance, wear a face covering and stay close to where you are living.
    Restaurants, bars and cafés are closed, except for takeaway and food delivery services.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to
    • have a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test from, at most, 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and
    • complete apassenger questionnaire before you depart
    If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.
    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a and b).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the requiredhygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification

    Read more
  • Portugal Latest News: Government extends its restrictions on nonessential travel from, to non-EU/Schengen Area countries until end of January (Portugal News, 15.01.2021). Government imposes new COVID-19 lockdown from 15 January (Reuters, 13.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Portugal adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Portugal are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands:
    ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers travelling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting a diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with a NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for the Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs
    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of an RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers must perform the test on arrival, at their own expenses, and remain in isolation until the result is presented.

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ The Portuguese government has put in place a series of measures to control the spread of the virus, including a new national lockdown. From 12:01am on 15 January, you are instructed to stay at home, except:
    • to buy food and other essential items;
    • to go to work exceptionally, if your professional activity is not compatible with working from home;
    • to go to school;
    • to go to a hospital, health centre or dental clinic;
    • to go to a veterinary clinic or walk a pet;
    • to carry out caring or similar duties;
    • to take exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups).
    These restrictions are expected to remain in place for 1 month but will be reviewed after 2 weeks. Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Public gatherings are banned. Shops and other commercial premises, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are closed. Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Churches remain open and religious services are permitted. If you need to go out, you must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene:
    • Keep a social distance of 2 metres
    • Use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained
    • Wash your hands regularly
    Your temperature can be taken on access to workplaces, healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes and other places, as determined by the health authorities. You can also be asked to provide a negative COVID-19 test. You can be fined if you breach the regulations.
    -Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home:
    • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am;
    • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am.
    Shops and others commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 6pm on weekdays and at 5pm on weekends and public holidays. Restaurants can remain open until 10pm for takeaway and food delivery services only. Further details can be found on theregional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on theMadeiran Tourist Office website.
    -The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout ther archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. See theregional government’s website for further details. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser. There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – low, medium and high. The island of São Miguel is classified as high risk. On this island, until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am.
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and others commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close earlier than usual – check closing times in your town. Sports and entertainment facilities will be closed.
    *Restrictions on travel to/from Ponta Garça and Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, the regional government has placed restrictions on travel to and from the parish towns of Ponta Garça and Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel. The restrictions are expected to remain in place until midnight on 22 January. You should avoid travelling to or through these towns. If you are already visiting or living in Ponta Garça or Rabo de Peixe, you can leave home for essential shopping, to go to the pharmacy or health centre, to go for a short walk or to walk a pet, or to go to work if you cannot work from home. If you need to leave home, ensure you maintain the recommended 2m social distance, wear a face covering and stay close to where you are living.
    Restaurants, bars and cafés are closed, except for takeaway and food delivery services.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to
    • have a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test from, at most, 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and
    • complete apassenger questionnaire before you depart
    If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.
    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a and b).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the requiredhygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification

    Read more
  • Portugal Latest News: Government imposes new COVID-19 lockdown from 15 January (Reuters, 13.01.2021). The Portuguese government have announced a ban on all passenger travel, with the exception of Portuguese citizens and those legally resident in Portugal, between the UK and Portugal from 24:00 (GMT) on Sunday 20 December 2020. (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Portugal adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Portugal are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands:
    ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers travelling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting a diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with a NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for the Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs
    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of an RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers must perform the test on arrival, at their own expenses, and remain in isolation until the result is presented.

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Confinement is mandatory if you are:
    • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or
    • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms
    You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene:
    • keep a social distance of 2 metres
    • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained
    • wash your hands regularly
    Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check thelevel of risk in your municipality and use thistool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    -Nationwide measures: Subject to therestrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.
    -Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: • On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am • Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am. During the weekend, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    -Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home: • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am; • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am. Shops and others commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 6pm on weekdays and at 5pm on weekends and public holidays. Restaurants can remain open until 10pm for takeaway and food delivery services only. Further details can be found on theregional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also thesefrequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on theMadeiran Tourist Office website .
    -The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. See theregional government’s website for further details. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    There are 3 levels of risks in the Azores – low, medium and high. The high risk municipalities are Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Grande, Vila Franca do Campo and Lagoa on the Island of São Miguel. In these municipalities, until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am;
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and others commercial premises with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on the weekend.
    *Restrictions on travel to/from Ponta Garça and Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, the regional government has placed restrictions on travel to and from the parish towns of Ponta Garça and Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel. The restrictions start at 12:01am on 15 January and are expected to last until midnight on 22 January. You should avoid travelling to or through these towns. If you are already visiting or living in Ponta Garça or Rabo de Peixe, you can leave home for essential shopping, to go to the pharmacy or health centre or to go to work if you cannot work from home. If you need to leave home, ensure you maintain the recommended 2m social distance and stay close to where you are living.
    Restaurants, bars and cafés will be closed.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to • have a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test from, at most, 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and • complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.
    -Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a and b) .
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the requiredhygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s“clean and safe” certification .

    Read more
    14.01.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Government imposes new COVID-19 lockdown from 15 January (Reuters, 13.01.2021). The Portuguese government have announced a ban on all passenger travel, with the exception of Portuguese citizens and those legally resident in Portugal, between the UK and Portugal from 24:00 (GMT) on Sunday 20 December 2020. (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Portugal adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Portugal are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers travelling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting a diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with a NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for the Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs
    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of an RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers must perform the test on arrival, at their own expenses, and remain in isolation until the result is presented.

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Confinement is mandatory if you are:
    • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or
    • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms
    You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene:
    • keep a social distance of 2 metres
    • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained
    • wash your hands regularly
    Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check thelevel of risk in your municipality and use thistool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    -Nationwide measures: Subject to therestrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.
    -Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: • On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am • Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am. During the weekend, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    -Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home: • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am; • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am. Shops and others commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 6pm on weekdays and at 5pm on weekends and public holidays. Restaurants can remain open until 10pm for takeaway and food delivery services only. Further details can be found on theregional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also thesefrequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on theMadeiran Tourist Office website .
    -The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. See theregional government’s website for further details. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    There are 3 levels of risks in the Azores – low, medium and high. The high risk municipalities are Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Grande, Vila Franca do Campo and Lagoa on the Island of São Miguel. In these municipalities, until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home as follows:
    • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am;
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and others commercial premises with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on the weekend.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to • have a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test from, at most, 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and • complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.
    -Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a and b) .
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the requiredhygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s“clean and safe” certification .

    Read more
    13.01.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Government extends state of emergency until 15 January because of COVID-19 concerns (Reuters, 06.01.2021). The Portuguese government have announced a ban on all passenger travel, with the exception of Portuguese citizens and those legally resident in Portugal, between the UK and Portugal from 24:00 (GMT) on Sunday 20 December 2020. (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Portugal adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Portugal are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers travelling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting a diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with a NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for the Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs
    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is partially permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of an RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers must perform the test on arrival, at their own expenses, and remain in isolation until the result is presented.

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.

    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 8 December bank holiday from 1pm to 5am. During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holiday (on 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Restrictions over the Christmas and New Year period – The following restrictions will apply throughout the country over the Christmas and New Year period:
    *Christmas: 23 December – 23 December – obligation to remain at home from 11pm unless you are travelling from one location to another. Christmas Eve/Christmas morning – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. Christmas Day/Boxing day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. 26 December – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am.
    From 27 to 31 December, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.

    *New Year: New Year’s Eve/New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am. From 2 January until further notice, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.
    *Travel restrictions over the New Year holiday period: There is a nationwide ban on travelling between municipalities over the New Year period, as follows: From 12:01am on 31 December to 5am on 4 January
    For further information on the measures in place over the holiday period, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese).
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home from 11pm to 5am. Over the weekends of 9-10 January and 16-17 January: You are obliged to stay at home from 6pm to 5am the following day.
    Shops and others commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 5pm.
    Further details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    See the regional government’s website
    You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    There are 3 levels of risks in the Azores – low, medium and high. The high risk municipalities are Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Grande, Vila Franca do Campo and Lagoa on the Island of São Miguel. In these municipalities, until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home as follows: On weekdays from 11pm to 5am. On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and others commercial premises with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on the weekend.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to: have a COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.

    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave.On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    11.01.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Government extends state of emergency until 15 January because of COVID-19 concerns (Reuters, 06.01.2021). The Portuguese government have announced a ban on all passenger travel, with the exception of Portuguese citizens and those legally resident in Portugal, between the UK and Portugal from 24:00 (GMT) on Sunday 20 December 2020. (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Note: Portugal adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Portugal are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is partially permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of an RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers must perform the test on arrival, at their own expenses, and remain in isolation until the result is presented.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    ____________________

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.

    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 8 December bank holiday from 1pm to 5am. During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holiday (on 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Restrictions over the Christmas and New Year period – The following restrictions will apply throughout the country over the Christmas and New Year period:
    *Christmas: 23 December – 23 December – obligation to remain at home from 11pm unless you are travelling from one location to another. Christmas Eve/Christmas morning – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. Christmas Day/Boxing day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. 26 December – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am.
    From 27 to 31 December, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.

    *New Year: New Year’s Eve/New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am. From 2 January until further notice, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.
    *Travel restrictions over the New Year holiday period: There is a nationwide ban on travelling between municipalities over the New Year period, as follows: From 12:01am on 31 December to 5am on 4 January
    For further information on the measures in place over the holiday period, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese).
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home from 11pm to 5am. Over the weekends of 9-10 January and 16-17 January: You are obliged to stay at home from 6pm to 5am the following day.
    Shops and others commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 5pm.
    Further details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    See the regional government’s website
    You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    There are 3 levels of risks in the Azores – low, medium and high. The high risk municipalities are Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Grande, Vila Franca do Campo and Lagoa on the Island of São Miguel. In these municipalities, until further notice, you are obliged to stay at home as follows: On weekdays from 11pm to 5am. On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and others commercial premises with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on the weekend.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to: have a COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.

    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave.On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    08.01.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: The Portuguese government have announced a ban on all passenger travel, with the exception of Portuguese citizens and those legally resident in Portugal, between the UK and Portugal from 24:00 (GMT) on Sunday 20 December 2020. (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020). Government will ease COVID-19 rules over Christmas; domestic travel ban lifted between 23-26 December (Reuters, 05.12.2020). Parliament approves 15-day extension of COVID-19-related state of emergency to 23 December (Reuters, 04.12.2020)

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe
    *Transit: Transit is permitted.
    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of an RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers must perform the test on arrival, at their own expenses, and remain in isolation until the result is presented.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    ____________________

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Note that between 21.12.2020 and 01.01.2021, travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of a RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers, must perform the test on arrival, at their own expense, and remaining in isolation until the result is presented.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.

    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 8 December bank holiday from 1pm to 5am. During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holiday (on 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Restrictions over the Christmas and New Year period – The following restrictions will apply throughout the country over the Christmas and New Year period:
    *Christmas: 23 December – 23 December – obligation to remain at home from 11pm unless you are travelling from one location to another. Christmas Eve/Christmas morning – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. Christmas Day/Boxing day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. 26 December – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am.
    From 27 to 31 December, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.

    *New Year: New Year’s Eve/New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am. From 2 January until further notice, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.
    *Travel restrictions over the New Year holiday period: There is a nationwide ban on travelling between municipalities over the New Year period, as follows: From 12:01am on 31 December to 5am on 4 January
    For further information on the measures in place over the holiday period, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese).
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. From 12.01am on 5 January, there is an obligation to remain at home from 11pm to 5am. Further details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to: have a COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.

    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave.On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    05.01.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: The Portuguese government have announced a ban on all passenger travel, with the exception of Portuguese citizens and those legally resident in Portugal, between the UK and Portugal from 24:00 (GMT) on Sunday 20 December 2020. (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020). Government will ease COVID-19 rules over Christmas; domestic travel ban lifted between 23-26 December (Reuters, 05.12.2020). Parliament approves 15-day extension of COVID-19-related state of emergency to 23 December (Reuters, 04.12.2020)

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of an RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers must perform the test on arrival, at their own expenses, and remain in isolation until the result is presented.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    ____________________

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Note that between 21.12.2020 and 01.01.2021, travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of a RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers, must perform the test on arrival, at their own expense, and remaining in isolation until the result is presented.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.

    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 8 December bank holiday from 1pm to 5am. During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holiday (on 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Restrictions over the Christmas and New Year period – The following restrictions will apply throughout the country over the Christmas and New Year period:
    *Christmas: 23 December – 23 December – obligation to remain at home from 11pm unless you are travelling from one location to another. Christmas Eve/Christmas morning – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. Christmas Day/Boxing day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. 26 December – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am.
    From 27 to 31 December, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.

    *New Year: New Year’s Eve/New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am. From 2 January until further notice, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.
    *Travel restrictions over the New Year holiday period: There is a nationwide ban on travelling between municipalities over the New Year period, as follows: From 12:01am on 31 December to 5am on 4 January
    For further information on the measures in place over the holiday period, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese).
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to: have a COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.

    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave.On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    04.01.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: The Portuguese government have announced a ban on all passenger travel, with the exception of Portuguese citizens and those legally resident in Portugal, between the UK and Portugal from 24:00 (GMT) on Sunday 20 December 2020. (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020). Government will ease COVID-19 rules over Christmas; domestic travel ban lifted between 23-26 December (Reuters, 05.12.2020). Parliament approves 15-day extension of COVID-19-related state of emergency to 23 December (Reuters, 04.12.2020)

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Specific measures for the new variant of coronavirus

    Travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of an RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers must perform the test on arrival, at their own expenses, and remain in isolation until the result is presented.

    See also:
    Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to a new variant of coronavirus in the UK (22 December 2020)

    ____________________

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States and Schengen Associated Countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Note that between 21.12.2020 and 01.01.2021, travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of a RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers, must perform the test on arrival, at their own expense, and remaining in isolation until the result is presented.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.

    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 8 December bank holiday from 1pm to 5am. During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holiday (on 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Restrictions over the Christmas and New Year period – The following restrictions will apply throughout the country over the Christmas and New Year period:
    *Christmas: 23 December – 23 December – obligation to remain at home from 11pm unless you are travelling from one location to another. Christmas Eve/Christmas morning – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. Christmas Day/Boxing day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. 26 December – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am.
    From 27 to 31 December, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.

    *New Year: New Year’s Eve/New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am. From 2 January until further notice, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.
    *Travel restrictions over the New Year holiday period: There is a nationwide ban on travelling between municipalities over the New Year period, as follows: From 12:01am on 31 December to 5am on 4 January
    For further information on the measures in place over the holiday period, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese).
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to: have a COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.

    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave.On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    28.12.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: The Portuguese government have announced a ban on all passenger travel, with the exception of Portuguese citizens and those legally resident in Portugal, between the UK and Portugal from 24:00 (GMT) on Sunday 20 December 2020. (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020). Government will ease COVID-19 rules over Christmas; domestic travel ban lifted between 23-26 December (Reuters, 05.12.2020). Parliament approves 15-day extension of COVID-19-related state of emergency to 23 December (Reuters, 04.12.2020)

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of a RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers, must perform the test on arrival, at their own expense, and remaining in isolation until the result is presented.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

     

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Note that between 21.12.2020 and 01.01.2021, travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of a RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers, must perform the test on arrival, at their own expense, and remaining in isolation until the result is presented.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.

    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 8 December bank holiday from 1pm to 5am. During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holiday (on 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Restrictions over the Christmas and New Year period – The following restrictions will apply throughout the country over the Christmas and New Year period:
    *Christmas: 23 December – 23 December – obligation to remain at home from 11pm unless you are travelling from one location to another. Christmas Eve/Christmas morning – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. Christmas Day/Boxing day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. 26 December – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am.
    From 27 to 31 December, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.

    *New Year: New Year’s Eve/New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am. From 2 January until further notice, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.
    *Travel restrictions over the New Year holiday period: There is a nationwide ban on travelling between municipalities over the New Year period, as follows: From 12:01am on 31 December to 5am on 4 January
    For further information on the measures in place over the holiday period, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese).
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to: have a COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.

    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave.On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    24.12.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: The Portuguese government have announced a ban on all passenger travel, with the exception of Portuguese citizens and those legally resident in Portugal, between the UK and Portugal from 24:00 (GMT) on Sunday 20 December 2020. (Gov.UK, 20.12.2020). Government will ease COVID-19 rules over Christmas; domestic travel ban lifted between 23-26 December (Reuters, 05.12.2020). Parliament approves 15-day extension of COVID-19-related state of emergency to 23 December (Reuters, 04.12.2020)

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Between 21.12.2020 and 01.01.2021, travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of a RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers, must perform the test on arrival, at their own expense, and remaining in isolation until the result is presented.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Note that between 21.12.2020 and 01.01.2021, travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of a RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers, must perform the test on arrival, at their own expense, and remaining in isolation until the result is presented.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.

    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 8 December bank holiday from 1pm to 5am. During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holiday (on 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Restrictions over the Christmas and New Year period – The following restrictions will apply throughout the country over the Christmas and New Year period:
    *Christmas: 23 December – 23 December – obligation to remain at home from 11pm unless you are travelling from one location to another. Christmas Eve/Christmas morning – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. Christmas Day/Boxing day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. 26 December – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am.
    From 27 to 31 December, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.

    *New Year: New Year’s Eve/New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am. From 2 January until further notice, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.
    *Travel restrictions over the New Year holiday period: There is a nationwide ban on travelling between municipalities over the New Year period, as follows: From 12:01am on 31 December to 5am on 4 January
    For further information on the measures in place over the holiday period, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese).
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to: have a COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.

    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave.On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    22.12.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Government will ease COVID-19 rules over Christmas; domestic travel ban lifted between 23-26 December (Reuters, 05.12.2020). Parliament approves 15-day extension of COVID-19-related state of emergency to 23 December (Reuters, 04.12.2020)

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.

    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 8 December bank holiday from 1pm to 5am. During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holiday (on 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Restrictions over the Christmas and New Year period – The following restrictions will apply throughout the country over the Christmas and New Year period:
    *Christmas: 23 December – 23 December – obligation to remain at home from 11pm unless you are travelling from one location to another. Christmas Eve/Christmas morning – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. Christmas Day/Boxing day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. 26 December – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am.
    From 27 to 31 December, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.

    *New Year: New Year’s Eve/New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am. From 2 January until further notice, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.
    *Travel restrictions over the New Year holiday period: There is a nationwide ban on travelling between municipalities over the New Year period, as follows: From 12:01am on 31 December to 5am on 4 January
    For further information on the measures in place over the holiday period, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese).
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to: have a COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.

    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave.On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    19.12.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Government will ease COVID-19 rules over Christmas; domestic travel ban lifted between 23-26 December (Reuters, 05.12.2020). Parliament approves 15-day extension of COVID-19-related state of emergency to 23 December (Reuters, 04.12.2020)

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.

    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 8 December bank holiday from 1pm to 5am. During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holiday (on 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Restrictions over the Christmas and New Year period: Subject to further review and confirmation on 18 December, the following restrictions will apply throughout the country over the Christmas and New Year period.
    *Christmas: 23 December – obligation to remain at home from 11pm unless you are travelling from one location to another. Christmas Eve/Christmas morning – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am
    Christmas Day/Boxing day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. 26 December – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am. From 27 to 31 December, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.

    *New Year: New Year’s Eve/New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am. From 2 January until further notice, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.
    *Travel restrictions over the New Year holiday period: There is a nationwide ban on travelling between municipalities over the New Year period, as follows: From 12:01am on 31 December to 5am on 4 January
    For further information on the measures in place over the holiday period, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese).
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to: have a COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.

    *Restrictions on travel to /from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, the regional government has placed a restriction on travel to and from the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until midnight on 8 December. You should follow local restrictions if you’re planning to travel in the area.If you are already visiting or living in Rabo de Peixe, you can leave home to go for essential shopping, to the pharmacy or the health centre, to assist an elderly person or a child or to go to work if you cannot work from home. You can also go for a short walk and walk a pet, provided you maintain the recommended 2m social distance and stay close to where you are living. You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you should complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart.From 9 December, you will need a negative COVID-19 test for travel from São Miguel and Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.
    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave.On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    15.12.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Government will ease COVID-19 rules over Christmas; domestic travel ban lifted between 23-26 December (Reuters, 05.12.2020). Parliament approves 15-day extension of COVID-19-related state of emergency to 23 December (Reuters, 04.12.2020)

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.

    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 8 December bank holiday from 1pm to 5am. During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holiday (on 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Restrictions over the Christmas and New Year period: Subject to further review and confirmation on 18 December, the following restrictions will apply throughout the country over the Christmas and New Year period.
    *Christmas: 23 December – obligation to remain at home from 11pm unless you are travelling from one location to another. Christmas Eve/Christmas morning – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am
    Christmas Day/Boxing day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. 26 December – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am. From 27 to 31 December, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.

    *New Year: New Year’s Eve/New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 2am to 5am. New Year’s day – obligation to be at home from 11pm to 5am. From 2 January until further notice, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home according to the level of risk in your municipality. See previous section for further information.
    *Travel restrictions over the New Year holiday period: There is a nationwide ban on travelling between municipalities over the New Year period, as follows: From 12:01am on 31 December to 5am on 4 January
    For further information on the measures in place over the holiday period, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese).
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you will need to: have a COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and show the negative result when you board, and complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.

    *Restrictions on travel to /from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, the regional government has placed a restriction on travel to and from the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until midnight on 8 December. You should follow local restrictions if you’re planning to travel in the area.If you are already visiting or living in Rabo de Peixe, you can leave home to go for essential shopping, to the pharmacy or the health centre, to assist an elderly person or a child or to go to work if you cannot work from home. You can also go for a short walk and walk a pet, provided you maintain the recommended 2m social distance and stay close to where you are living. You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you should complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart.From 9 December, you will need a negative COVID-19 test for travel from São Miguel and Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.
    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave.On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).
    *Accommodation: Some hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    09.12.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Government will ease COVID-19 rules over Christmas; domestic travel ban lifted between 23-26 December (Reuters, 05.12.2020). Parliament approves 15-day extension of COVID-19-related state of emergency to 23 December (Reuters, 04.12.2020)

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result.

    The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.

    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 8 December bank holiday from 1pm to 5am. During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holiday (on 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Travel restrictions over the December bank holiday weekends: There will be a nationwide ban on travel between municipalities over the forthcoming bank holiday weekend, as follows: From 11pm on 4 December to 5am on 9 December You may be exempt from this restriction if you are an essential worker or you have an unavoidable reason to travel across municipal boundaries. In this case, you must carry a declaration from your employer and/or be able to justify your movements.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    *Restrictions on travel to /from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, the regional government has placed a restriction on travel to and from the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until midnight on 8 December. You should follow local restrictions if you’re planning to travel in the area.If you are already visiting or living in Rabo de Peixe, you can leave home to go for essential shopping, to the pharmacy or the health centre, to assist an elderly person or a child or to go to work if you cannot work from home. You can also go for a short walk and walk a pet, provided you maintain the recommended 2m social distance and stay close to where you are living. You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you should complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart.From 9 December, you will need a negative COVID-19 test for travel from São Miguel and Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.
    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave.On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).
    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    08.12.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Parliament approves 15-day extension of COVID-19-related state of emergency to 23 December (Reuters, 04.12.2020) .Domestic travel banned from 27 November until 2 December, and again from 4-9 December (Reuters, 21.11.2020).

    International Resrictions:
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
    Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit it permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers arriving from:

    – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries;
    – Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay

    do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Specific Information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific Information for Azores

    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.

    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 8 December bank holiday from 1pm to 5am. During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holiday (on 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Travel restrictions over the December bank holiday weekends: There will be a nationwide ban on travel between municipalities over the forthcoming bank holiday weekend, as follows: From 11pm on 4 December to 5am on 9 December You may be exempt from this restriction if you are an essential worker or you have an unavoidable reason to travel across municipal boundaries. In this case, you must carry a declaration from your employer and/or be able to justify your movements.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    *Restrictions on travel to /from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, the regional government has placed a restriction on travel to and from the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until midnight on 8 December. You should follow local restrictions if you’re planning to travel in the area.If you are already visiting or living in Rabo de Peixe, you can leave home to go for essential shopping, to the pharmacy or the health centre, to assist an elderly person or a child or to go to work if you cannot work from home. You can also go for a short walk and walk a pet, provided you maintain the recommended 2m social distance and stay close to where you are living. You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you should complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart.From 9 December, you will need a negative COVID-19 test for travel from São Miguel and Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.
    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave.On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).
    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    04.12.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Domestic travel banned from 27 November until 2 December, and again from 4-9 December (Reuters, 21.11.2020).

    International Resrictions:
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
    Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit it permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers arriving from:

    – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries;
    – Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay

    do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Specific Information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific Information for Azores

    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.

    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 8 December bank holiday from 1pm to 5am. During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holiday (on 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Travel restrictions over the December bank holiday weekends: There will be a nationwide ban on travel between municipalities over the forthcoming bank holiday weekend, as follows: From 11pm on 4 December to 5am on 9 December You may be exempt from this restriction if you are an essential worker or you have an unavoidable reason to travel across municipal boundaries. In this case, you must carry a declaration from your employer and/or be able to justify your movements.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser.
    *Restrictions on travel to /from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, the regional government has placed a restriction on travel to and from the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until midnight on 8 December. You should follow local restrictions if you’re planning to travel in the area.If you are already visiting or living in Rabo de Peixe, you can leave home to go for essential shopping, to the pharmacy or the health centre, to assist an elderly person or a child or to go to work if you cannot work from home. You can also go for a short walk and walk a pet, provided you maintain the recommended 2m social distance and stay close to where you are living. You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you should complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart.From 9 December, you will need a negative COVID-19 test for travel from São Miguel and Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.
    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave.On mainland Portugal and in the Azores, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).
    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    02.12.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Domestic travel banned from 27 November until 2 December, and again from 4-9 December (Reuters, 21.11.2020).

    International Resrictions:
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
    Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit it permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers arriving from:

    – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries;
    – Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay

    do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Specific Information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific Information for Azores

    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly. Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.

    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc.
    You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities
    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: • On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am here Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 1 and 8 December bank holidays from 1pm to 5am
    During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holidays (ie 30 November and 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Travel restrictions over the December bank holiday weekends: There will be a nationwide ban on travel between municipalities over the forthcoming bank holiday weekends, as follows: From 11pm on 27 November to 5am on 2 December From 11pm on 4 December to 5am on 9 December You may be exempt from this restriction if you are an essential worker or you have an unavoidable reason to travel across municipal boundaries. In this case, you must carry a declaration from your employer and/or be able to justify your movements.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser. You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you should complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.
    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. On mainland Portugal, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).

    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    27.11.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Domestic travel banned from 27 November until 2 December, and again from 4-9 December (Reuters, 21.11.2020).

    International Resrictions:
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
    Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers arriving from:

    – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries;
    – Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay

    do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Specific Information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific Information for Azores

    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • keep a social distance of 2 metres • use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained • wash your hands regularly. Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.

    *Public spaces and services: *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. These measures differ according to the level of risk in each municipality. There are four levels of risk: moderate, high, very high and extremely high. Check the level of risk in your municipality and use this tool (in Portuguese) to confirm the measures that may affect you.
    *Nationwide measures: Subject to the restrictions in your municipality and the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc.
    You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities
    *Obligation to remain at home: If you live or are staying in one of the high risk municipalities, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: High-risk municipalities: • On weekdays and weekends from 11pm to 5am here Very high and extremely high-risk municipalities : • On weekdays from 11pm to 5am • On weekends from 1pm to 5am • On 1 and 8 December bank holidays from 1pm to 5am
    During these weekend and bank holiday periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only. On the eve of the bank holidays (ie 30 November and 7 December), shops will close at 3pm. You can leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    *Travel restrictions over the December bank holiday weekends: There will be a nationwide ban on travel between municipalities over the forthcoming bank holiday weekends, as follows: From 11pm on 27 November to 5am on 2 December From 11pm on 4 December to 5am on 9 December You may be exempt from this restriction if you are an essential worker or you have an unavoidable reason to travel across municipal boundaries. In this case, you must carry a declaration from your employer and/or be able to justify your movements.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. Measures are in place to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of contingency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. Details can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access this website through a chrome browser. You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from São Miguel or Terceira to any of the other islands in the archipelago, you should complete a passenger questionnaire before you depart. If you live in the Azores, you should only travel internationally if your journey is essential.
    *Face coverings: On mainland Portugal and in the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, you must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. On mainland Portugal, you must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. In Madeira and Porto Santo, the use of a face mask outdoors is mandatory, except when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a face mask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).

    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    23.11.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Domestic travel banned from 27 November until 2 December, and again from 4-9 December (Reuters, 21.11.2020).

    International Resrictions:
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
    Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers arriving from:

    – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries;
    – Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay

    do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Specific Information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific Information for Azores

    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms.
    You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: keep a social distance of 2 metre, use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained,
    wash your hands regularly.
    Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire.
    See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions.
    You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. Additional restrictions are currently in force in 114 high risk municipalities. From 16 November, the number of high risk municipalities will increase to 191.
    Nationwide measures: Subject to the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities.
    Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.
    Key nationwide measures include:
    a ban on the sale of alcohol at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets;
    a ban on drinking alcohol in public places, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal;
    the closure of restaurants at 1am and a limit of 6 on group bookings;
    a limit of 4 on the number of people gathering in cafés within 300m of schools and food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit;
    a limit of 5 on the number of people gathering in public place;
    a limit of 50 at weddings and christenings;
    attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. The maximum number of mourners is decided by the local municipal council and health delegate.
    *Additional measures in some municipalities: In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in some parts of mainland Portugal, 114 municipalities (including the city centres and surrounding areas of Lisbon and Porto) are currently subject to additional measures. From 16 November, further municipalities will be affected by these measures. Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    For the municipalities listed in the link above, from 9 November until 11:59pm on 23 November, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: On weekdays from 11pm to 5am;
    On weekends from 1pm to 5am;
    During these weekend periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only.
    You can only leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    Outside these times there is a requirement to remain at home, except:
    to go shopping, as necessary,
    to go to the post office, bank or insurance broker,
    to go to a notary, registry office or law firm,
    to go to school or to work, if unable to work from hom,e
    to go to a hospital or to a health centre,
    to attend a day centre,
    to carry out care duties or to visit someone in a care home,
    to exercise outdoors or walk pets for short periods,
    to go to the airport or return to a main residence.
    Other measures include:
    the closure of shopping centres, shops and services at 10pm, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, veterinary surgeries, service stations, funeral and car hire agencies;
    the closure of restaurants at 10:30pm and a limited of 6 on group bookings;
    a limit of 5 on the number of people gathering for events and celebrations, except where members of the group belong to the same family unit;
    the suspension of fairs and markets, at the discretion of local municipal councils Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: • Nightclubs are closed; • Bars and pubs close at 10pm
    • Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. Full details of the measures in places can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access the website through a chrome browser.
    *Face coverings: You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. This applies to everyone over the age of 10.
    From 28 October, you must also wear a face covering mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain social distancing from people who are not in your family group.
    These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a facemask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).

    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    19.11.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Nightly curfews to begin on 9 November to curb COVID-19 spread (Reuters, 08.11.2020). Further COVID-19 lockdown restrictions announced, starting 4 November (Reuters,31.10.2020).

    International Resrictions:
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU:

    Entry Restrictions

    Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions.

    Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
    Specific information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

    Mandatory Travel Documentation

    No additional documentation is required.

    Find out more:

    Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
    Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Documents you need to travel in Europe

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries:

    Travellers arriving from:

    – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries;
    – Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay

    do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

    From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

    “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

    In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

    Specific Information for Madeira islands: ENPTESDEFR

    Specific Information for Azores

    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms.
    You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: keep a social distance of 2 metre, use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained,
    wash your hands regularly.
    Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire.
    See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions.
    You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. Additional restrictions are currently in force in 114 high risk municipalities. From 16 November, the number of high risk municipalities will increase to 191.
    Nationwide measures: Subject to the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities.
    Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.
    Key nationwide measures include:
    a ban on the sale of alcohol at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets;
    a ban on drinking alcohol in public places, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal;
    the closure of restaurants at 1am and a limit of 6 on group bookings;
    a limit of 4 on the number of people gathering in cafés within 300m of schools and food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit;
    a limit of 5 on the number of people gathering in public place;
    a limit of 50 at weddings and christenings;
    attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. The maximum number of mourners is decided by the local municipal council and health delegate.
    *Additional measures in some municipalities: In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in some parts of mainland Portugal, 114 municipalities (including the city centres and surrounding areas of Lisbon and Porto) are currently subject to additional measures. From 16 November, further municipalities will be affected by these measures. Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    For the municipalities listed in the link above, from 9 November until 11:59pm on 23 November, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: On weekdays from 11pm to 5am;
    On weekends from 1pm to 5am;
    During these weekend periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only.
    You can only leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    Outside these times there is a requirement to remain at home, except:
    to go shopping, as necessary,
    to go to the post office, bank or insurance broker,
    to go to a notary, registry office or law firm,
    to go to school or to work, if unable to work from hom,e
    to go to a hospital or to a health centre,
    to attend a day centre,
    to carry out care duties or to visit someone in a care home,
    to exercise outdoors or walk pets for short periods,
    to go to the airport or return to a main residence.
    Other measures include:
    the closure of shopping centres, shops and services at 10pm, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, veterinary surgeries, service stations, funeral and car hire agencies;
    the closure of restaurants at 10:30pm and a limited of 6 on group bookings;
    a limit of 5 on the number of people gathering for events and celebrations, except where members of the group belong to the same family unit;
    the suspension of fairs and markets, at the discretion of local municipal councils Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: • Nightclubs are closed; • Bars and pubs close at 10pm
    • Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. Full details of the measures in places can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access the website through a chrome browser.
    *Face coverings: You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. This applies to everyone over the age of 10.
    From 28 October, you must also wear a face covering mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain social distancing from people who are not in your family group.
    These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a facemask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).

    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    17.11.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Nightly curfews to begin on 9 November to curb COVID-19 spread (Reuters, 08.11.2020). Further COVID-19 lockdown restrictions announced, starting 4 November (Reuters,31.10.2020).

    International Resrictions:
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: here.
    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available at here. *Find out more: Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese); Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese); Additional information may be found at here

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: Travellers arriving from: – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries; – Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.
    From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.
    “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
    In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.
    Specific Information for Madeira islands:here and Specific Information for Azores. Additional information may be found at here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms.
    You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: keep a social distance of 2 metre, use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained,
    wash your hands regularly.
    Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire.
    See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions.
    You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. Additional restrictions are currently in force in 114 high risk municipalities. From 16 November, the number of high risk municipalities will increase to 191.
    Nationwide measures: Subject to the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities.
    Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.
    Key nationwide measures include:
    a ban on the sale of alcohol at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets;
    a ban on drinking alcohol in public places, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal;
    the closure of restaurants at 1am and a limit of 6 on group bookings;
    a limit of 4 on the number of people gathering in cafés within 300m of schools and food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit;
    a limit of 5 on the number of people gathering in public place;
    a limit of 50 at weddings and christenings;
    attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. The maximum number of mourners is decided by the local municipal council and health delegate.
    *Additional measures in some municipalities: In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in some parts of mainland Portugal, 114 municipalities (including the city centres and surrounding areas of Lisbon and Porto) are currently subject to additional measures. From 16 November, further municipalities will be affected by these measures. Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    For the municipalities listed in the link above, from 9 November until 11:59pm on 23 November, there is a mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows: On weekdays from 11pm to 5am;
    On weekends from 1pm to 5am;
    During these weekend periods, shops and services will close at 1pm, except for pharmacies, clinics and surgeries, grocery stores, funeral agencies and petrol stations. Restaurants can remain open after 1pm for food delivery services only.
    You can only leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    Outside these times there is a requirement to remain at home, except:
    to go shopping, as necessary,
    to go to the post office, bank or insurance broker,
    to go to a notary, registry office or law firm,
    to go to school or to work, if unable to work from hom,e
    to go to a hospital or to a health centre,
    to attend a day centre,
    to carry out care duties or to visit someone in a care home,
    to exercise outdoors or walk pets for short periods,
    to go to the airport or return to a main residence.
    Other measures include:
    the closure of shopping centres, shops and services at 10pm, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, veterinary surgeries, service stations, funeral and car hire agencies;
    the closure of restaurants at 10:30pm and a limited of 6 on group bookings;
    a limit of 5 on the number of people gathering for events and celebrations, except where members of the group belong to the same family unit;
    the suspension of fairs and markets, at the discretion of local municipal councils Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: • Nightclubs are closed; • Bars and pubs close at 10pm
    • Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. Full details of the measures in places can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access the website through a chrome browser.
    *Face coverings: You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. This applies to everyone over the age of 10.
    From 28 October, you must also wear a face covering mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain social distancing from people who are not in your family group.
    These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a facemask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).

    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    13.11.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Nightly curfews to begin on 9 November to curb COVID-19 spread (Reuters, 08.11.2020). Further COVID-19 lockdown restrictions announced, starting 4 November (Reuters,31.10.2020).

    International Resrictions:
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: here.
    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available at here. *Find out more: Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese); Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese); Additional information may be found at here

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: Travellers arriving from: – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries; – Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.
    From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.
    “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
    In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.
    Specific Information for Madeira islands:here and Specific Information for Azores. Additional information may be found at here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms.
    You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: keep a social distance of 2 metre, use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained,
    wash your hands regularly.
    Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window.. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire.
    See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions.
    You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. From 4 November, 121 municipalities will be subject to tighter measures.
    Nationwide measures: Subject to the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities.
    Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.
    Key nationwide measures include:
    a ban on the sale of alcohol at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets;
    a ban on drinking alcohol in public places, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal;
    the closure of restaurants at 1am and a limit of 6 on group bookings;
    a limit of 4 on the number of people gathering in cafés within 300m of schools and food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit;
    a limit of 5 on the number of people gathering in public place;
    a limit of 50 at weddings and christenings;
    attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. The maximum number of mourners is decided by the local municipal council and health delegate.
    *Additional measures in some municipalities: In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in some parts of mainland Portugal, 121 municipalities (including the city centres and surrounding areas of Lisbon and Porto) are subject to additional measures.
    From 9 November until 11:59pm on 23 November, there is mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows:
    On weekdays from 11pm to 5am.
    On weekends from 1pm to 5am You can only leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    Outside these times there is a requirement to remain at home, except:
    to go shopping, as necessary,
    to go to the post office, bank or insurance broker,
    to go to a notary, registry office or law firm,
    to go to school or to work, if unable to work from hom,e
    to go to a hospital or to a health centre,
    to attend a day centre,
    to carry out care duties or to visit someone in a care home,
    to exercise outdoors or walk pets for short periods,
    to go to the airport or return to a main residence.
    Other measures include:
    the closure of shopping centres, shops and services at 10pm, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, veterinary surgeries, service stations, funeral and car hire agencies;
    the closure of restaurants at 10:30pm and a limited of 6 on group bookings;
    a limit of 5 on the number of people gathering for events and celebrations, except where members of the group belong to the same family unit;
    the suspension of fairs and markets, at the discretion of local municipal councils Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: • Nightclubs are closed; • Bars and pubs close at 10pm
    • Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. Full details of the measures in places can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access the website through a chrome browser.
    *Face coverings: You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. This applies to everyone over the age of 10.
    From 28 October, you must also wear a face covering mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain social distancing from people who are not in your family group.
    These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a facemask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).

    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    11.11.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Nightly curfews to begin on 9 November to curb COVID-19 spread (Reuters, 08.11.2020). Further COVID-19 lockdown restrictions announced, starting 4 November (Reuters,31.10.2020).

    International Resrictions:
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
    Specific information for Madeira islands: here. Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available at here. *Find out more: Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese); Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese); Additional information may be found at here

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries; – Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay, do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores. From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities. “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory. Specific Information for Madeira islands:here and Specific Information for Azores. Additional information may be found at here

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms.
    You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: keep a social distance of 2 metre, use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained,
    wash your hands regularly.
    Respect the rules on maximum occupancy on public transport and in stores, restaurants, cafés and other establishments If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat and open the window.. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Face masks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire.
    See below for local and inter-regional travel restrictions.
    You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. From 4 November, 121 municipalities will be subject to tighter measures.
    Nationwide measures: Subject to the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities.
    Your temperature can be measured on entry to workplaces, schools, public transport, shopping centres, cultural venues and sports facilities. You will be denied entry if you refuse the test or your temperature is over 38ºc. You can be asked to produce a negative COVID-19 test for access to healthcare facilities, schools, residential homes, prison centres and other places, as determined by the health authorities.
    Key nationwide measures include:
    a ban on the sale of alcohol at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets;
    a ban on drinking alcohol in public places, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal;
    the closure of restaurants at 1am and a limit of 6 on group bookings;
    a limit of 4 on the number of people gathering in cafés within 300m of schools and food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit;
    a limit of 5 on the number of people gathering in public place;
    a limit of 50 at weddings and christenings;
    attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. The maximum number of mourners is decided by the local municipal council and health delegate.
    *Additional measures in some municipalities: In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in some parts of mainland Portugal, 121 municipalities (including the city centres and surrounding areas of Lisbon and Porto) are subject to additional measures.
    From 9 November until 11:59pm on 23 November, there is mandatory requirement to remain at home as follows:
    On weekdays from 11pm to 5am.
    On weekends from 1pm to 5am You can only leave home during these periods if you have an emergency or you need to go to work, return home, go for a short walk or walk a pet.
    Outside these times there is a requirement to remain at home, except:
    to go shopping, as necessary,
    to go to the post office, bank or insurance broker,
    to go to a notary, registry office or law firm,
    to go to school or to work, if unable to work from hom,e
    to go to a hospital or to a health centre,
    to attend a day centre,
    to carry out care duties or to visit someone in a care home,
    to exercise outdoors or walk pets for short periods,
    to go to the airport or return to a main residence.
    Other measures include:
    the closure of shopping centres, shops and services at 10pm, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, veterinary surgeries, service stations, funeral and car hire agencies;
    the closure of restaurants at 10:30pm and a limited of 6 on group bookings;
    a limit of 5 on the number of people gathering for events and celebrations, except where members of the group belong to the same family unit;
    the suspension of fairs and markets, at the discretion of local municipal councils Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: • Nightclubs are closed; • Bars and pubs close at 10pm
    • Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. Full details of the measures in places can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access the website through a chrome browser.
    *Face coverings: You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. This applies to everyone over the age of 10.
    From 28 October, you must also wear a face covering mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain social distancing from people who are not in your family group.
    These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a facemask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).

    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

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    10.11.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Further COVID-19 lockdown restrictions announced, starting 4 November (Reuters,31.10.2020). Checkpoints set up across country to stop unauthorised travel as five-day movement ban begins (Reuters, 30.10.2020)

    International Resrictions:
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
    Specific information for Madeira islands: here. Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available at here. *Find out more: Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese); Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese); Additional information may be found at here

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries; – Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay, do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores. From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities. “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory. Specific Information for Madeira islands:here and Specific Information for Azores. Additional information may be found at here

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of calamity’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms.
    You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • Social distancing of 2 metres • Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a social distance of 2m cannot be maintained • Good hand hygiene • Observance of the rules on maximum capacity.
    Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal with the exceptions mentioned below. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire.
    You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. From 4 November, 121 municipalities will be subject to tighter measures.
    Nationwide measures: Subject to the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities.
    The sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets. Drinking alcohol in public places is also banned, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal. Restaurants are operating at reduced capacity and close at 1am. From 4 November, group bookings will be limited to 6. No more than 4 people are allowed to gather in cafés that are within 300m of schools and in shopping centre food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit.
    Gatherings in public places are limited to 5 people unless they belong to the same family unit. Weddings and christenings are limited to 50 people. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. The maximum number of mourners is decided by the local municipal council in conjunction with the health delegate.
    *Additional measures in some municipalities: In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in some parts of mainland Portugal, additional measures will come into force in 121 municipalities on 4 November. These measures include the requirement to remain at home, except: to go shopping, as necessary, to go to the post office, bank or insurance broker, to go to a notary, registry office or law firm, to go to school or to work, if unable to work from home, to go to a hospital or to a health centre, to attend a day centre, to carry out care duties or to visit someone in a care home, to exercise outdoors or walk pets for short periods, to go to the airport or return to a main residence. Other measures include: shopping centres, shops and services will close at 10pm, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, veterinary surgeries, service stations, funeral and car hire agencies, restaurants will close at 10:30pm and group bookings will be limited to a maximum of 6 people, events and celebrations will be limited to 5 people, except where members of the group belong to the same family unit, fairs and markets will be suspended.
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: • Nightclubs are closed; • Bars and pubs close at 10pm
    • Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. Full details of the measures in places can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access the website through a chrome browser.
    *Face coverings: You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. This applies to everyone over the age of 10.
    From 28 October, you must also wear a face covering mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain social distancing from people who are not in your family group.
    These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a facemask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).

    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

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    06.11.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Further COVID-19 lockdown restrictions announced, starting 4 November (Reuters,31.10.2020). Checkpoints set up across country to stop unauthorised travel as five-day movement ban begins (Reuters, 30.10.2020)

    International Resrictions:
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: here
    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt
    Find out more: Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese) Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese) Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: Travellers arriving from: – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries;
    – Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores. From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities. “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory. Specific Information for Madeira islands: here and Specific Information for Azores Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of calamity’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms.
    You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • Social distancing of 2 metres • Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a social distance of 2m cannot be maintained • Good hand hygiene • Observance of the rules on maximum capacity.
    Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal with the exceptions mentioned below. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire.
    You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    *Mainland Portugal: Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. From 4 November, 121 municipalities will be subject to tighter measures.
    Nationwide measures: Subject to the rules on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities.
    The sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets. Drinking alcohol in public places is also banned, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal. Restaurants are operating at reduced capacity and close at 1am. From 4 November, group bookings will be limited to 6. No more than 4 people are allowed to gather in cafés that are within 300m of schools and in shopping centre food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit.
    Gatherings in public places are limited to 5 people unless they belong to the same family unit. Weddings and christenings are limited to 50 people. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. The maximum number of mourners is decided by the local municipal council in conjunction with the health delegate.
    *Additional measures in some municipalities: In response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in some parts of mainland Portugal, additional measures will come into force in 121 municipalities on 4 November. These measures include the requirement to remain at home, except: to go shopping, as necessary, to go to the post office, bank or insurance broker, to go to a notary, registry office or law firm, to go to school or to work, if unable to work from home, to go to a hospital or to a health centre, to attend a day centre, to carry out care duties or to visit someone in a care home, to exercise outdoors or walk pets for short periods, to go to the airport or return to a main residence. Other measures include: shopping centres, shops and services will close at 10pm, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, veterinary surgeries, service stations, funeral and car hire agencies, restaurants will close at 10:30pm and group bookings will be limited to a maximum of 6 people, events and celebrations will be limited to 5 people, except where members of the group belong to the same family unit, fairs and markets will be suspended.
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) on the Portuguese government’s website to confirm the measures in place in your municipality.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: • Nightclubs are closed; • Bars and pubs close at 10pm
    • Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. Full details of the measures in places can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access the website through a chrome browser.
    *Face coverings: You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. This applies to everyone over the age of 10.
    From 28 October, you must also wear a face covering mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain social distancing from people who are not in your family group.
    These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a facemask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).

    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

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    04.11.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Further COVID-19 lockdown restrictions announced, starting 4 November (Reuters,31.10.2020). Checkpoints set up across country to stop unauthorised travel as five-day movement ban begins (Reuters, 30.10.2020)

    International Resrictions:
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: here
    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt
    Find out more: Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese) Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese) Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: Travellers arriving from: – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries;
    – Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores. From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities. “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory. Specific Information for Madeira islands: here and Specific Information for Azores Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of calamity’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms.
    You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • Social distancing of 2 metres • Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a social distance of 2m cannot be maintained • Good hand hygiene • Observance of the rules on maximum capacity.
    Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal with the exceptions mentioned below. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire.
    You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. *Special measures in Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira: Tighter measures are in force in the municipalities of Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira until further notice. These measures include: • the requirement to remain at home, except to go shopping, to go to work if unable to work from home, to go to hospital or a health centre, to go to school, to carry out caring or similar duties, to attend events or take part in cultural activities, to exercise outdoors or walk pets. • the requirement to work from home where possible • the closure of shops, services and shopping centres at 10pm, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, veterinary surgeries, funeral agents, car rental agencies and service stations • the banning of all markets and fairs • suspending the right to visits to retirement homes, continuous care units and day centres. *Nationwide restrictions on movements during All Saints Day celebrations: From 30 October until 6am on 3 November, you will be required to restrict your movements to the municipality in which you are staying, unless you are an essential worker or you have an unavoidable reason to travel across municipal boundaries. In this case, you must carry a declaration from your employer and/or be able to justify your movements. ##Public spaces and services.
    *Mainland Portugal: Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Check the rules in your area with the relevant service provider or establishment. The sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets. Drinking alcohol in public places is also banned, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app.
    Gatherings in public places are limited to 5 people unless they are in the same family unit or attending religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings, which are limited to 50 people. All events organised before 15 October can go ahead as scheduled, with the compulsory use of face masks and social distancing. Events arranged after 15 October are restricted to 50 people.
    Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium which is set by local authorities. No more than 4 people are allowed to gather in cafés that are within 300m of schools and in shopping centre food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: • Nightclubs are closed; • Bars and pubs close at 10pm
    • Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. Full details of the measures in places can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access the website through a chrome browser.
    *Face coverings: You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. This applies to everyone over the age of 10.
    From 28 October, you must also wear a face covering mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain social distancing from people who are not in your family group.
    These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a facemask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).

    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    03.11.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Checkpoints set up across country to stop unauthorised travel as five-day movement ban begins (Reuters, 30.10.2020)

    International Resrictions:
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    You need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal.

    *From within the EU: Entry Restrictions- Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: Visit Madeira-. Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options: 1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure; 2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained; 3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose. More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt
    *Find out more: Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese) Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese); Additional information may be found at Visit Portugal

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *From Third Countries: Travellers arriving from: – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries; – Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores. From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities. “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory. Specific Information for Madeira islands EN-. Specific Information for Azores. Additional information may be found at Visit Portugal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of calamity’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms.
    You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • Social distancing of 2 metres • Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a social distance of 2m cannot be maintained • Good hand hygiene • Observance of the rules on maximum capacity.
    Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal with the exceptions mentioned below. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire.
    You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. *Special measures in Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira: Tighter measures are in force in the municipalities of Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira until further notice. These measures include: • the requirement to remain at home, except to go shopping, to go to work if unable to work from home, to go to hospital or a health centre, to go to school, to carry out caring or similar duties, to attend events or take part in cultural activities, to exercise outdoors or walk pets. • the requirement to work from home where possible • the closure of shops, services and shopping centres at 10pm, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, veterinary surgeries, funeral agents, car rental agencies and service stations • the banning of all markets and fairs • suspending the right to visits to retirement homes, continuous care units and day centres. *Nationwide restrictions on movements during All Saints Day celebrations: From 30 October until 6am on 3 November, you will be required to restrict your movements to the municipality in which you are staying, unless you are an essential worker or you have an unavoidable reason to travel across municipal boundaries. In this case, you must carry a declaration from your employer and/or be able to justify your movements. ##Public spaces and services.
    *Mainland Portugal: Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Check the rules in your area with the relevant service provider or establishment. The sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets. Drinking alcohol in public places is also banned, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app.
    Gatherings in public places are limited to 5 people unless they are in the same family unit or attending religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings, which are limited to 50 people. All events organised before 15 October can go ahead as scheduled, with the compulsory use of face masks and social distancing. Events arranged after 15 October are restricted to 50 people.
    Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium which is set by local authorities. No more than 4 people are allowed to gather in cafés that are within 300m of schools and in shopping centre food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: • Nightclubs are closed; • Bars and pubs close at 10pm
    • Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. Full details of the measures in places can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access the website through a chrome browser.
    *Face coverings: You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. This applies to everyone over the age of 10.
    From 28 October, you must also wear a face covering mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain social distancing from people who are not in your family group.
    These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a facemask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).

    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

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    30.10.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Partial lockdown imposed on three northern municipalities (Felgueiras, Lousada and Pacos de Ferreira); only essential activities allowed (Reuters, 22.10.2020)

    International Resrictions:

    *From the EU: Entry Restrictions: Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: here. Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options: 1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure; 2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained; 3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose. More information for Azores are available at here.
    *Find out more: Portal das Comunidades:Alerts (in Portuguese), Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese); Additional information may be found at Visit Portugal.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted

    *From Third Countries: Travellers arriving from: EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries; Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores. From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.
    “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:
    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
    In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.
    Specific Information for: Madeira islands and Azores. *Additional information may be found here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of calamity’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: • suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or • being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: • Social distancing of 2 metres • Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a social distance of 2m cannot be maintained • Good hand hygiene • Observance of the rules on maximum capacity. Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal with the exceptions mentioned below. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. *Special measures in Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira: Tighter measures are in force in the municipalities of Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira until further notice. These measures include: • the requirement to remain at home, except to go shopping, to go to work if unable to work from home, to go to hospital or a health centre, to go to school, to carry out caring or similar duties, to attend events or take part in cultural activities, to exercise outdoors or walk pets. • the requirement to work from home where possible • the closure of shops, services and shopping centres at 10pm, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, veterinary surgeries, funeral agents, car rental agencies and service stations • the banning of all markets and fairs • suspending the right to visits to retirement homes, continuous care units and day centres. *Nationwide restrictions on movements during All Saints Day celebrations: From 30 October until 6am on 3 November, you will be required to restrict your movements to the municipality in which you are staying, unless you are an essential worker or you have an unavoidable reason to travel across municipal boundaries. In this case, you must carry a declaration from your employer and/or be able to justify your movements. ##Public spaces and services *Mainland Portugal: Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Check the rules in your area with the relevant service provider or establishment. The sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets. Drinking alcohol in public places is also banned, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app. Gatherings in public places are limited to 5 people unless they are in the same family unit or attending religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings, which are limited to 50 people. All events organised before 15 October can go ahead as scheduled, with the compulsory use of face masks and social distancing. Events arranged after 15 October are restricted to 50 people. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium which is set by local authorities. No more than 4 people are allowed to gather in cafés that are within 300m of schools and in shopping centre food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit. *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    *The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: • Nightclubs are closed; • Bars and pubs close at 10pm
    • Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. Full details of the measures in places can be found on the regional government’s website. You will need to access the website through a chrome browser.
    *Face coverings: You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. From 28 October, you must also wear a face covering mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain social distancing from people who are not in your family group.
    These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. You may be exempt from using a facemask both indoors and out on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing and limit the time you spend in common areas in enclosed spaces. For further information (in Portuguese) on exemptions, see decree-law 24-A/2020 (Article 13 a) and b)).

    *Accommodation: Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    27.10.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Partial lockdown imposed on three northern municipalities (Felgueiras, Lousada and Pacos de Ferreira); only essential activities allowed (Reuters, 22.10.2020)

    International Resrictions:

    *From the EU: Entry Restrictions: Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: here; Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options: 1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure; 2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose. More information for Azores are available at here *Travelling from Portugal or returning to Portugal: Some countries may impose entry restrictions or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades
    (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese) *Find out more: here (in Portuguese); Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese); Additional information may be found at Visit Portugal.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted

    *From Third Countries: Travellers arriving from: EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries; Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores. From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.
    “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:
    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
    In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.
    Specific Information for: Madeira islands and Azores. *Additional information may be found at here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of calamity’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; bligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity. Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal with the exceptions mentioned below.
    If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    **Special measures in Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira: Tighter measures will come into force in the municipalities of Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira at 00h01 on 23 October. These measures include: the requirement to remain at home, except to go shopping, to go to work if unable to work from home, to go to hospital or a health centre, to go to school, to carry out caring or similar duties, to attend events or take part in cultural activities, to exercise outdoors or walk pets; the requirement to work from home where possible; the closure of shops, services and shopping centres at 10pm, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, veterinary surgeries, funeral agents, car rental agencies and service stations; the banning of all markets and fairs; suspending the right to visits to retirement homes, continuous care units and day centres.
    **Nationwide restrictions on movements during All Saints Day celebrations: From 00h01 on 30 October until 23h59 on 3 November, you will be required to restrict your movements to the municipality in which you are staying.
    **Mainland Portugal: Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Check the rules in your area with the relevant service provider or establishment. The sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets. Drinking alcohol in public places is also banned, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal.
    Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app.
    Gatherings are limited to 10 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    No more than 4 people are allowed to gather in cafés that are within 300m of schools and in shopping centre food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit.
    **Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas.
    For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    **The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport.
    On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed. Bars and pubs close at 10pm. Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website.
    You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. This applies to everyone over the age of 10.
    You should wear a face mask even when outside especially if social distancing can’t be maintained.
    You may be exempt from using a facemask on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing especially if in enclosed spaces.
    Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    23.10.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: Partial lockdown imposed on three northern municipalities (Felgueiras, Lousada and Pacos de Ferreira); only essential activities allowed (Reuters, 22.10.2020)

    International Resrictions:

    *From the EU: Entry Restrictions: Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: here; Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options: 1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure; 2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose. More information for Azores are available at here *Travelling from Portugal or returning to Portugal: Some countries may impose entry restrictions or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades
    (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese) *Find out more: here (in Portuguese); Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese); Additional information may be found at Visit Portugal.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted

    *From Third Countries: Travellers arriving from: – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries;
    – Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
    do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores. From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities. “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory. Specific Information for: Madeira islands and Azores. *Additional information may be found at here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of calamity’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; bligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity. Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal with the exceptions mentioned below.
    If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    **Special measures in Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira: Tighter measures will come into force in the municipalities of Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira at 00h01 on 23 October. These measures include: the requirement to remain at home, except to go shopping, to go to work if unable to work from home, to go to hospital or a health centre, to go to school, to carry out caring or similar duties, to attend events or take part in cultural activities, to exercise outdoors or walk pets; the requirement to work from home where possible; the closure of shops, services and shopping centres at 10pm, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, veterinary surgeries, funeral agents, car rental agencies and service stations; the banning of all markets and fairs; suspending the right to visits to retirement homes, continuous care units and day centres.
    **Nationwide restrictions on movements during All Saints Day celebrations: From 00h01 on 30 October until 23h59 on 3 November, you will be required to restrict your movements to the municipality in which you are staying.
    **Mainland Portugal: Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Check the rules in your area with the relevant service provider or establishment. The sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets. Drinking alcohol in public places is also banned, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal.
    Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app.
    Gatherings are limited to 10 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    No more than 4 people are allowed to gather in cafés that are within 300m of schools and in shopping centre food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit.
    **Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas.
    For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    **The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport.
    On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed. Bars and pubs close at 10pm. Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website.
    You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, in taxis and private hire, at airports and other transport hubs, in supermarkets and shops, museums and cinemas, in the public areas of hotels and in restaurants and cafes (except when you are seated at a table). You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. This applies to everyone over the age of 10.
    You should wear a face mask even when outside especially if social distancing can’t be maintained.
    You may be exempt from using a facemask on medical grounds. You will have to show a declaration from your doctor as evidence that you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face covering. You should observe strict social distancing especially if in enclosed spaces.
    Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    22.10.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020).

    International Resrictions:

    *From the EU: Entry Restrictions: Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: here; Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options: 1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure; 2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose. More information for Azores are available at here *Travelling from Portugal or returning to Portugal: Some countries may impose entry restrictions or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades
    (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese) *Find out more: here (in Portuguese); Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese); Additional information may be found at Visit Portugal.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted

    *From Third Countries: Travellers arriving from: – EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries;
    – Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay
    do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores. From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities. “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory. Specific Information for: Madeira islands and Azores. *Additional information may be found at here.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of calamity’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; bligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity. Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire.
    **Mainland Portugal: Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Check the rules in your area with the relevant service provider or establishment. The sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets. Drinking alcohol in public places is also banned, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal.
    Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app.
    Gatherings are limited to 10 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    No more than 4 people are allowed to gather in cafés that are within 300m of schools and in shopping centre food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit.
    **Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas.
    For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    **The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport.
    On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed. Bars and pubs close at 10pm. Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website.

    Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    20.10.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020).

    International Resrictions:

    *Travel from the EU: Entry Restrictions: Travelling to Portugal from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: here EN. Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options: 1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure; 2. Perform test on arrival and stay in preventive isolation until the result is obtained; 3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, preventive isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose. More information for Azores are available at here. *Travelling from Portugal or returning to Portugal: Some countries may impose entry restrictions or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese). *Find out more: Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese); Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese); Additional information may be found at Visit Portugal.

    *Transit: Transit is permitted.

    *Third Countries: Travellers arriving from: – European Union countries; – Schengen Associated Countries – Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland – and the United Kingdom; – Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores. From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities. “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory. Specific Information for: Madeira islands
    Azores Islands. Additional information may be found at Visit Portugal.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of calamity’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; bligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity. Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire.
    **Mainland Portugal: Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Check the rules in your area with the relevant service provider or establishment. The sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets. Drinking alcohol in public places is also banned, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal.
    Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app.
    Gatherings are limited to 10 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    No more than 4 people are allowed to gather in cafés that are within 300m of schools and in shopping centre food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit.
    **Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas.
    For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    **The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport.
    On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed. Bars and pubs close at 10pm. Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website.

    Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    16.10.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020).

    International Resrictions:

    From the EU: Travelling to Portugal from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
    Specific information for Madeira islands: EN or PT.
    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose;
    4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available here.
    *Travelling from Portugal or returning to Portugal” Some countries may impose entry restrictions or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory.
    If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese).

    *Transit: Transit is permited.

    *From Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions.
    “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:
    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
    Specific Information for Madeira islands and for Azores.
    *Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure:
    – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health;
    – passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries;
    – passengers from the United States of America
    If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of calamity’. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; bligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity. Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible.
    Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire.
    **Mainland Portugal: Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Check the rules in your area with the relevant service provider or establishment. The sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets. Drinking alcohol in public places is also banned, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal.
    Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app.
    Gatherings are limited to 10 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    No more than 4 people are allowed to gather in cafés that are within 300m of schools and in shopping centre food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit.
    **Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas.
    For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    **The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport.
    On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed. Bars and pubs close at 10pm. Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website.

    Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    15.10.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020).

    International Resrictions:

    From the EU: Travelling to Portugal from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
    Specific information for Madeira islands: EN or PT.
    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose;
    4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available here.
    *Travelling from Portugal or returning to Portugal” Some countries may impose entry restrictions or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory.
    If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese).

    *Transit: Transit is permited.

    *From Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions.
    “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:
    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
    Specific Information for Madeira islands and for Azores.
    *Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure:
    – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health;
    – passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries;
    – passengers from the United States of America
    If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

    Internal Restrictions:
    From 15 September, mainland Portugal will enter a state of contingency. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; bligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity. Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. Taxis are operating. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    **Mainland Portugal: Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Opening and closing times may vary between municipalities. Check the rules in your area with the relevant service provider or establishment. The sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets. Drinking alcohol in public places is also banned, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. After 8pm, alcohol may only be served outdoors if accompanied by a meal.
    Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app.
    Gatherings are limited to 10 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    No more than 4 people are allowed to gather in cafés that are within 300m of schools and in shopping centre food courts, unless they belong to the same family unit.
    **Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas.
    For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website. Full details (in Portuguese) of the measures in place can be found on the regional government’s website.
    **The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport.
    On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed. Bars and pubs close at 10pm. Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website

    Read more
    09.10.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020).

    International Resrictions:

    From the EU: Travelling to Portugal from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
    Specific information for Madeira islands: EN or PT.
    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose;
    4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available here.
    *Travelling from Portugal or returning to Portugal” Some countries may impose entry restrictions or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory.
    If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese).

    *Transit: Transit is permited.

    *From Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions.
    “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:
    – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
    – citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
    – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
    Specific Information for Madeira islands and for Azores.
    *Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure:
    – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health;
    – passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries;
    – passengers from the United States of America
    If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

    Internal Restrictions:
    From 15 September, mainland Portugal will enter a state of contingency. This will bring the country in line with the measures currently in place in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan area.
    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal now uses a system of regional states of alert in response to the changing situation.
    Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity/ Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification .
    **Mainland Portugal: Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    **Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area: The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place; private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services open at 10am and close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; On 13 August, the government devolved authority to individual municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan area to decide on opening and closing times for shops and services in their area of responsibility. You may therefore find that shops and services in some of the 18 Lisbon municipalities open before 10am and close after 8pm.
    **Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    **The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport.
    On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed. Bars and pubs close at 10pm. Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website

    Read more
    07.10.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020).

    International Resrictions:

    From the EU: Travelling to Portugal from EU+ countries is allowed without restrictions. EU+ comprises EU Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino. Specific measures for Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
    Specific information for Madeira islands: EN or PT.
    Specific measures for Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose;
    4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available here.
    *Travelling from Portugal or returning to Portugal” Some countries may impose entry restrictions or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory.
    If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese).

    *Transit: Transit is permited.

    *From Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions. “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. Specific Information for Madeira islands: here. Specific Information for Azores is here. * Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure: – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health; – passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries; – passengers from the United States of America. If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

    Internal Restrictions:
    From 15 September, mainland Portugal will enter a state of contingency. This will bring the country in line with the measures currently in place in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan area.
    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal now uses a system of regional states of alert in response to the changing situation.
    Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity/ Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification .
    **Mainland Portugal: Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    **Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area: The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place; private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services open at 10am and close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; On 13 August, the government devolved authority to individual municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan area to decide on opening and closing times for shops and services in their area of responsibility. You may therefore find that shops and services in some of the 18 Lisbon municipalities open before 10am and close after 8pm.
    **Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    **The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport.
    On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed. Bars and pubs close at 10pm. Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website

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    01.10.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020).

    International Resrictions:

    From the EU: Travelling to Portugal- Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions.
    Travelling from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, is allowed without restrictions. here
    Specific Information for: EN; Madeira islands; Azores . * Travelling from Portugal or returning to Portugal: Individual countries can restrict entry or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese) *Rules and Exceptions: For Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands . For Azores archipelago:
    Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
    1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
    2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained;
    3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose;
    4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
    More information for Azores are available at here.

    *Transit: Permited.

    *From Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions. “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. * Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure: – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health; – passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries; – passengers from the United States of America. If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

    Internal Restrictions:
    From 15 September, mainland Portugal will enter a state of contingency. This will bring the country in line with the measures currently in place in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan area.
    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal now uses a system of regional states of alert in response to the changing situation.
    Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity/ Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification .
    **Mainland Portugal: Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    **Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area: The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place; private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services open at 10am and close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; On 13 August, the government devolved authority to individual municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan area to decide on opening and closing times for shops and services in their area of responsibility. You may therefore find that shops and services in some of the 18 Lisbon municipalities open before 10am and close after 8pm.
    **Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    **The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport.
    On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed. Bars and pubs close at 10pm. Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website

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    28.09.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020).

    International Resrictions:

    **Travelling from the EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City State and the Republic of San Marino, is allowed without restrictions. Travelling from Poland or returning to Poland: When deciding to leave, you must face possible difficulties in returning to the country, restrictions on air traffic, the obligation to quarantine or self-isolation, and to carry out additional medical examinations on behalf of the local authorities.
    Country specific travel advice. *Rules and Exceptions: EU’s internal borders are open, while country’s borders that are also the EU’s external borders, remain closed. International flights from airports located on the territory of a member state of the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) – parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area, Switzerland or a member state of the European Union have been resumed, except for Spain, Malta, Luxembourg and Romania. International rail traffic has been restored within the internal borders of the European Union. However, traveling by international trains to destinations outside the EU’s external borders is still suspended.

    **Transit: As above.

    **Third Countries: Country’s borders that are also the EU’s external borders, remain closed. They may be crossed only by: Polish citizens; foreigners who are spouses or children of citizens of the Republic of Poland or remain under the constant care of citizens of the Republic of Poland; holders of a Polish identity Card; diplomats; people who have the right of permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Poland or a work permit; in particularly justified cases, the commander of the Border Guard post, after obtaining the consent of the Commander-in-Chief of the Border Guard, may allow a foreigner to enter the territory of the Republic of Poland in accordance with the procedure specified in the Act of 12 December 2013 on foreigners (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 35); foreigners who run a means of transport designed for the transport of goods; citizens of European Union Member States, European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) Member States – parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or Switzerland and their spouses and children, when traveling through the territory of the Republic of Poland to their place of residence or stay; foreigners with a permanent residence permit or a long-term resident’s European Union residence permit, in the territory of other European Union Member States, a Member State of the European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) – parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area or Switzerland and their spouses and children, when travelling through the territory of the Republic of Poland, to their place of residence or stay. Further information is available at: Coronavirus: information and recommendations.

    Internal Restrictions:
    From 15 September, mainland Portugal will enter a state of contingency. This will bring the country in line with the measures currently in place in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan area.
    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal now uses a system of regional states of alert in response to the changing situation.
    Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity/ Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification .
    **Mainland Portugal: Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    **Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area: The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place; private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services open at 10am and close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; On 13 August, the government devolved authority to individual municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan area to decide on opening and closing times for shops and services in their area of responsibility. You may therefore find that shops and services in some of the 18 Lisbon municipalities open before 10am and close after 8pm.
    **Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    **The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport.
    On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed. Bars and pubs close at 10pm. Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website

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    18.09.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020).

    International Resrictions:

    **Travelling from the EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, is allowed without restrictions.: Specific Information for Madeira islands; Specific Information for Azores. *Travelling from Portugal or returning to Portugal: Individual countries can restrict entry or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese). *Rules and Exceptions: For Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands . For Azores archipelago: Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options: 1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure; 2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained; 3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose; 4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose. More information for Azores available here.

    **Transit: Transit is permitted.

    **Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions. Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.: Specific Information for Madeira islands and Specific Information for Azores. *Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure: – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health; – passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries; – passengers from the United States of America. If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

    Internal Restrictions:
    From 15 September, mainland Portugal will enter a state of contingency. This will bring the country in line with the measures currently in place in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan area.
    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal now uses a system of regional states of alert in response to the changing situation.
    Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity/ Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification .
    **Mainland Portugal: Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    **Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area: The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place; private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services open at 10am and close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; On 13 August, the government devolved authority to individual municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan area to decide on opening and closing times for shops and services in their area of responsibility. You may therefore find that shops and services in some of the 18 Lisbon municipalities open before 10am and close after 8pm.
    **Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    **The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport.
    On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed. Bars and pubs close at 10pm. Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website

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    16.09.2020
  • Portugal Latest News: State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020).

    International Resrictions:

    **From EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, is allowed without restrictions. Specific Information for Madeira islands: here . Individual countries can restrict entry or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: alerts (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese). **Rules and Exceptions: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options: 1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure; 2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained; 3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose; 4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose. More information for Azores are available here .

    **Transit: Transit is permitted.

    **Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions. “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; citizens repatriated through consular assistance; third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. Specific Information for Madeira islands:here . Azores: here . **Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure: – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health; passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries; passengers from the United States of America. If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

    Internal Restrictions:
    From 15 September, mainland Portugal will enter a state of contingency. This will bring the country in line with the measures currently in place in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan area.
    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal now uses a system of regional states of alert in response to the changing situation.
    Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity/ Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification .
    **Mainland Portugal: Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    **Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area: The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place; private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services open at 10am and close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; On 13 August, the government devolved authority to individual municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan area to decide on opening and closing times for shops and services in their area of responsibility. You may therefore find that shops and services in some of the 18 Lisbon municipalities open before 10am and close after 8pm.
    **Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of calamity.
    The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. For more information, see the Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    **The Azores: The regional government has implemented a regional state of alert. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport.
    On the island of São Miguel, additional restrictions are in place due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed. Bars and pubs close at 10pm. Between 10pm and 6am, service stations are open only for the sale of fuel. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website

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    15.09.2020
  • Portugal State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    **From EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, is allowed without restrictions. Specific Information for Madeira islands: here . Individual countries can restrict entry or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: alerts (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese). **Rules and Exceptions: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options: 1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure; 2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained; 3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose; 4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose. More information for Azores are available here .

    **Transit: Transit is permitted.

    **Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions. “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; citizens repatriated through consular assistance; third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. Specific Information for Madeira islands:here . Azores: here . **Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure: – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health; passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries; passengers from the United States of America. If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    From 15 September, mainland Portugal will enter a state of contingency. This will bring the country in line with the measures currently in place in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan area.
    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal now uses a system of regional states of alert in response to the changing situation.
    Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity/ Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification .
    **Mainland Portugal: Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    **Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area: The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place; private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services open at 10am and close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; On 13 August, the government devolved authority to individual municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan area to decide on opening and closing times for shops and services in their area of responsibility. You may therefore find that shops and services in some of the 18 Lisbon municipalities open before 10am and close after 8pm.
    **Madeira and the Azores: The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website and Government of Madeira website. Madeira: The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, face masks must also be worn in both enclosed public spaces and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. Azores: The regional government has extended its regional states of alert until 1 September. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. On the island of São Miguel, tighter restrictions are in place until 1 September due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed; Bars and pubs close at 10pm; Between 10pm and 6am, service stations can remain open only for the sale of fuel.

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    11.09.2020
  • Portugal State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    **From EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, is allowed without restrictions. Specific Information for Madeira islands: here . Individual countries can restrict entry or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: alerts (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese). **Rules and Exceptions: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options: 1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure; 2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained; 3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose; 4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose. More information for Azores are available here .

    **Transit: Transit is permitted.

    **Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions. “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; citizens repatriated through consular assistance; third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. Specific Information for Madeira islands:here . Azores: here . **Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure: – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health; passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries; passengers from the United States of America. If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity/ Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification .
    **Mainland Portugal: Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agencywebsite or download the “Info Praia” app. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    **Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area: The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place; private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services open at 10am and close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; On 13 August, the government devolved authority to individual municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan area to decide on opening and closing times for shops and services in their area of responsibility. You may therefore find that shops and services in some of the 18 Lisbon municipalities open before 10am and close after 8pm.
    **Madeira and the Azores: The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores website and Government of Madeira website . Madeira: The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, face masks must also be worn in both enclosed public spaces and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. Azores: The regional government has extended its regional states of alert until 1 September. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. On the island of São Miguel, tighter restrictions are in place until 1 September due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed; Bars and pubs close at 10pm; Between 10pm and 6am, service stations can remain open only for the sale of fuel.

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    07.09.2020
  • Portugal State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020). Authorities in Madeira, Portugal, decide to resume international flights (SVI, 22.07.2020). Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    **From EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, is allowed without restrictions. Specific Information for Madeira islands: [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)]. Individual countries can restrict entry or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese) [https://www.portaldascomunidades.mne.pt/pt/] and Advice to Travellers [https://www.portaldascomunidades.mne.pt/pt/conselhos-aos-viajantes] (in Portuguese). **Rules and Exceptions: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)]. Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options: 1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure; 2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained; 3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose; 4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose. More information for Azores are available at [covid19.azores.gov.pt]

    **Transit: Transit is permitted.

    **Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions. “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; citizens repatriated through consular assistance; third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. Specific Information for Madeira islands: [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)]. Azores: [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/]. **Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure: – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health; passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries; passengers from the United States of America. If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity/ Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards [http://business.turismodeportugal.pt/SiteCollectionDocuments/selo-estabelecimento-clean-safe/clean-safe-stamp-accommodation.pdf] and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification [https://portugalcleanandsafe.com/en/stamp].
    **Mainland Portugal: Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/] or download the “Info Praia” app. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    **Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area: The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place; private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services open at 10am and close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; On 13 August, the government devolved authority to individual municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan area to decide on opening and closing times for shops and services in their area of responsibility. You may therefore find that shops and services in some of the 18 Lisbon municipalities open before 10am and close after 8pm.
    **Madeira and the Azores: The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/] and Government of Madeira websites [https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19]. Madeira: The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, face masks must also be worn in both enclosed public spaces and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. Azores: The regional government has extended its regional states of alert until 1 September. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. On the island of São Miguel, tighter restrictions are in place until 1 September due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed; Bars and pubs close at 10pm; Service stations can remain open after 10pm but only for the purpose of selling petrol.

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    03.09.2020
  • Portugal State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020). Authorities in Madeira, Portugal, decide to resume international flights (SVI, 22.07.2020). Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    **From EU: Until 31/8/2020 the Lisbon Metropolitan Area is placed in a contingency situation, while the rest of the continental territory is in an alert situation. More information at [www.sns24.gov.pt] Specific Information for Madeira islands: [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)] Azores: [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/]. Individual countries can restrict entry or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: Alerts [http://www.portaldascomunidades.mne.pt/]. For Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)]; Azores: Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options: 1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure; 2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained; 3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose; 4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose. More information for Azores are available at [covid19.azores.gov.pt]

    **Transit: Transit is permitted.

    **Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions. “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. **Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure: – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health; – passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries; – passengers from the United States of America If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity/ Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards [http://business.turismodeportugal.pt/SiteCollectionDocuments/selo-estabelecimento-clean-safe/clean-safe-stamp-accommodation.pdf] and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification [https://portugalcleanandsafe.com/en/stamp].
    **Mainland Portugal: Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/] or download the “Info Praia” app. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    **Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area: The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place; private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services open at 10am and close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; On 13 August, the government devolved authority to individual municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan area to decide on opening and closing times for shops and services in their area of responsibility. You may therefore find that shops and services in some of the 18 Lisbon municipalities open before 10am and close after 8pm.
    **Madeira and the Azores: The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/] and Government of Madeira websites [https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19]. Madeira: The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, face masks must also be worn in both enclosed public spaces and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas. Azores: The regional government has extended its regional states of alert until 1 September. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. On the island of São Miguel, tighter restrictions are in place until 1 September due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed; Bars and pubs close at 10pm; Service stations can remain open after 10pm but only for the purpose of selling petrol.

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    25.08.2020
  • Portugal State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020). Authorities in Madeira, Portugal, decide to resume international flights (SVI, 22.07.2020). Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    **From EU: Until 31/8/2020 the Lisbon Metropolitan Area is placed in a contingency situation, while the rest of the continental territory is in an alert situation. More information at [www.sns24.gov.pt] Specific Information for Madeira islands: [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)] Azores: [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/]. Individual countries can restrict entry or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: Alerts [http://www.portaldascomunidades.mne.pt/]. For Madeira archipelago: Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)]; Azores: Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options: 1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure; 2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained; 3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose; 4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose. More information for Azores are available at [covid19.azores.gov.pt]

    **Transit: Transit is permitted.

    **Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions. “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. **Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure: – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health; – passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries; – passengers from the United States of America If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres, Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces, Good hand hygiene, Observance of the rules on maximum capacity, Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/] or download the “Info Praia” app. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores and Government of Madeira websites. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, face masks must also be worn in both enclosed public spaces and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when exercising or while on the beach. Azores: The regional government has extended its regional states of alert until 1 September. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. On the island of São Miguel, tighter restrictions are in place until 1 September due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed; Bars and pubs close at 10pm; Service stations can remain open after 10pm but only for the purpose of selling petrol. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards [http://business.turismodeportugal.pt/SiteCollectionDocuments/selo-estabelecimento-clean-safe/clean-safe-stamp-accommodation.pdf].

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    24.08.2020
  • Portugal State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020). Authorities in Madeira, Portugal, decide to resume international flights (SVI, 22.07.2020). Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    **From EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, is allowed without restrictions. Specific Information for Madeira islands [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)] Azores: https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/. Travelling from Portugal or returning to Portugal Individual countries can restrict entry or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades [https://www.portaldascomunidades.mne.pt/pt/] Additional information may be found at [www.visitportugal.com].
    **Transit: Transit is permitted.
    **Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions. “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.**Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure: – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health; passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries; – passengers from the United States of America If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases. Specific info for Madeira [Specific Information for Madeira islands: EN]; Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/]

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres, Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces, Good hand hygiene, Observance of the rules on maximum capacity, Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/] or download the “Info Praia” app. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores and Government of Madeira websites. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, face masks must also be worn in both enclosed public spaces and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when exercising or while on the beach. Azores: The regional government has extended its regional states of alert until 1 September. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. On the island of São Miguel, tighter restrictions are in place until 1 September due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed; Bars and pubs close at 10pm; Service stations can remain open after 10pm but only for the purpose of selling petrol. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards [http://business.turismodeportugal.pt/SiteCollectionDocuments/selo-estabelecimento-clean-safe/clean-safe-stamp-accommodation.pdf].

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    20.08.2020
  • Portugal State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020). Authorities in Madeira, Portugal, decide to resume international flights (SVI, 22.07.2020). Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    **From EU: Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions. Travelling from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, is allowed without restrictions. Specific Information for Madeira islands [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)] Azores: https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/. Travelling from Portugal or returning to Portugal Individual countries can restrict entry or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory. If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades [https://www.portaldascomunidades.mne.pt/pt/] Additional information may be found at [www.visitportugal.com].
    **Transit: Transit is permitted.
    **Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions. “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. Specific Information for Madeira islands [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)]. **Rules and Exceptions: The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure: – passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health; – passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries; – passengers from the United States of America If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres, Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces, Good hand hygiene, Observance of the rules on maximum capacity, Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/] or download the “Info Praia” app. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores and Government of Madeira websites. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. On the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, face masks must also be worn in both enclosed public spaces and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when exercising or while on the beach. Azores: The regional government has extended its regional states of alert until 1 September. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. On the island of São Miguel, tighter restrictions are in place until 1 September due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed; Bars and pubs close at 10pm; Service stations can remain open after 10pm but only for the purpose of selling petrol. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards [http://business.turismodeportugal.pt/SiteCollectionDocuments/selo-estabelecimento-clean-safe/clean-safe-stamp-accommodation.pdf].

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    18.08.2020
  • Portugal State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020). Authorities in Madeira, Portugal, decide to resume international flights (SVI, 22.07.2020). Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. and the extension on 16 July [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9596-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. Additional information may be found at [https://www.visitportugal.com/en/node/421175].
    If you are travelling to Portugal from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia or Uruguay, you will be subject to health screening on arrival at mainland airports and ports. Your temperature will be checked and if it is 38ºc or over or you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to the health authorities at the airport. You may be required to take a COVID-19 test and to self-isolate at your accommodation until the test results are known. If you are travelling to Portugal from any country other than those specified above, you will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to airline staff prior to boarding, except if you are in direct transit and do not need to leave the airport. The test must have been carried out within 72 hours of departure. You can be refused boarding if you do not have proof of having taken a test, unless you are a Portuguese national or are legally resident in Portugal. If you are a Portuguese national or are resident in Portugal and you travel without proof of a COVID-19 test, you will still need to take the test on arrival at the airport or independently within 48 hours. You will need to pay for the test and self-isolate until the results are known. You can be prosecuted if you do not comply with these requirements.
    Specific Information for Madeira islands [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)]. Azores: [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/]. Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms; You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity; Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/]. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place: private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight.
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores and Government of Madeira websites. The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport.
    On the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, face masks must also be worn in both enclosed public spaces and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when exercising or while on the beach. The Azores:
    the regional government has extended its regional states of alert until 1 September. The islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial are in a state of calamity. The islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo are in a state of alert. On the island of São Miguel, tighter restrictions are in place until 1 September due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19: Nightclubs are closed; Bars and pubs close at 10pm; Service stations can remain open after 10pm but only for the purpose of selling petrol. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s [https://portugalcleanandsafe.com/en/stamp].

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    13.08.2020
  • Portugal State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020). Authorities in Madeira, Portugal, decide to resume international flights (SVI, 22.07.2020). Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    Direct air travel to Portugal is permitted for any purpose from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
    Travel to, and transit through Portugal is permitted from countries other than those specified above for essential purposes only, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
    Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. and the extension on 16 July [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9596-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. Additional information may be found at [https://www.visitportugal.com/en/node/421175].
    If you are travelling to Portugal from the UK, the European Area, Australia, Canada, China, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia or Uruguay, you will be subject to health screening on arrival at mainland airports and ports. Your temperature will be checked and if it is 38ºc or over or you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to the health authorities at the airport. You may be required to take a COVID-19 test and to self-isolate at your accommodation until the test results are known. If you are travelling to Portugal from any country other than those specified above, you will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to airline staff prior to boarding, except if you are in direct transit and do not need to leave the airport. The test must have been carried out within 72 hours of departure. You can be refused boarding if you do not have proof of having taken a test, unless you are a Portuguese national or are legally resident in Portugal. If you are a Portuguese national or are resident in Portugal and you travel without proof of a COVID-19 test, you will still need to take the test on arrival at the airport or independently within 48 hours. You will need to pay for the test and self-isolate until the results are known. You can be prosecuted if you do not comply with these requirements.
    Specific Information for Madeira islands [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)]. Azores: [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/]. Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms; You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity; Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/]. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place: private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight.
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/]; Madeira [https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19]. The use of a face mask is currently obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. From 1 August, on the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, face masks must be worn in both enclosed public spaces and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when exercising or while on the beach.
    Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s [https://portugalcleanandsafe.com/en/stamp].

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    10.08.2020
  • Portugal State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020). Authorities in Madeira, Portugal, decide to resume international flights (SVI, 22.07.2020). Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    **From the EU: From EU Member States and from countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement. Specific Information for Madeira islands [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)]. Azores: [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/]. Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com
    **Transit: Transit is permitted.
    **From Third Countries: Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions. “Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle. As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. and the extension on 16 July [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9596-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. Additional information may be found at [https://www.visitportugal.com/en/node/421175].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms; You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity; Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/]. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place: private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight.
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/]; Madeira [https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19]. The use of a face mask is currently obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. From 1 August, on the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, face masks must be worn in both enclosed public spaces and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when exercising or while on the beach.
    Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s [https://portugalcleanandsafe.com/en/stamp].

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    07.08.2020
  • Portugal State of Contingency’ restrictions lessen for the Lisbon area (OASC, 31.07.2020). Authorities in Madeira, Portugal, decide to resume international flights (SVI, 22.07.2020). Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    **From the EU: From EU Member States and from countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement. Specific Information for Madeira islands [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)]. Azores: [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/]. Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com
    **Transit: Transit is permitted.
    **From Third Countries: Only from approved non-EU countries. Air travel to and from Portugal has been suspended for all flights to and from all non-European Union countries, with the following exceptions: Schengen Associated Countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland) and the United Kingdom;
    – Algeria, Canada, South Korea, Morocco, Tunisia, China; Essential travel from Portuguese-speaking countries and from the United States (which is hosting a large Portuguese community). In the case of Brazil, only flights to and from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are permitted. In these cases, at the time of departure, passengers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours before boarding. In case of impossibility, test must be made within 48 hours upon arrival “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; citizens repatriated through consular assistance; third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. and the extension on 16 July [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9596-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. Additional information may be found at [https://www.visitportugal.com/en/node/421175].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms; You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene: Social distancing of 2 metres; Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces; Good hand hygiene; Observance of the rules on maximum capacity; Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    Except for the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/]. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place: private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; shops and services close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics; the sale of alcohol is banned at service stations and after 8pm in shops and supermarkets; restaurants close at 1am; last orders are at midnight.
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/]; Madeira [https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19]. The use of a face mask is currently obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport. From 1 August, on the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, face masks must be worn in both enclosed public spaces and while outdoors. This applies to everyone over the age of 10. You will not be required to use a face mask when exercising or while on the beach.
    Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s [https://portugalcleanandsafe.com/en/stamp].

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    31.07.2020
  • Portugal Authorities in Madeira, Portugal, decide to resume international flights (SVI, 22.07.2020). Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    **From the EU: From EU Member States and from countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement. Specific Information for Madeira islands [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)]. Azores: [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/]. Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com
    **Transit: Transit is permitted.
    **From Third Countries: Only from approved non-EU countries. Air travel to and from Portugal has been suspended for all flights to and from all non-European Union countries, with the following exceptions: Schengen Associated Countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland) and the United Kingdom;
    – Algeria, Canada, South Korea, Morocco, Tunisia, China; Essential travel from Portuguese-speaking countries and from the United States (which is hosting a large Portuguese community). In the case of Brazil, only flights to and from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are permitted. In these cases, at the time of departure, passengers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours before boarding. In case of impossibility, test must be made within 48 hours upon arrival “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; citizens repatriated through consular assistance; third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
    Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. and the extension on 16 July [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9596-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. Additional information may be found at [https://www.visitportugal.com/en/node/421175].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Effective July 14, the Government of Portugal extended the State of Contingency for the Lisbon Metropolitan Area as well as the State of Calamity in 19 parishes (Freguesias) within five municipalities (Amadora, Odivelas, Sintra, Loures and Lisbon) through July 31, 2020.
    From 1/7/2020 to 1/8/2020 those living in some areas of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area will be allowed to leave home only to buy essential goods such as food or medications, and to travel to and from work. In the 19 designated areas, gatherings are limited to 5 people maximum. The list of affected areas is the following: Borough of Amadora – every parish Borough of Odivelas – every parish Borough of Sintra – parishes of Queluz-Belas; Massamá-Monte Abraão; Agualva-Mira Sintra; Algueirão-Mem Martins; Rio de Moura; Cacém-São Marcos Borough of Loures – parishes of Camarate; Unhos; Apelação/ Sacavém-Prior Velho Borough of Lisbon – parish of Santa-Clara.
    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene, Social distancing of 2 metres, Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces, Good hand hygiene, Observance of the rules on maximum capacity, Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    Except for the geographical areas listed below, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/]. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place: private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people, the sale of alcohol at services stations is banned, Shops and services close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics.
    There are 19 parishes in the Greater Lisbon area which have remained in a state of calamity. In addition to the measures above, people in these parishes have a civic duty to remain at home, gatherings are limited to 5 people and open air fairs and markets are banned.
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/] and Government of Madeira [https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19] websites. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened.

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    30.07.2020
  • Portugal Authorities in Madeira, Portugal, decide to resume international flights (SVI, 22.07.2020). Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    **From the EU: From EU Member States and from countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement. Specific Information for Madeira islands [http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)]. Azores: [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/].
    **Transit: Transit is permitted.
    **From Third Countries: Only from approved non-EU countries. Air travel to and from Portugal has been suspended for all flights to and from all non-European Union countries, with the following exceptions: – Schengen Associated Countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland) and the United Kingdom;
    – Algeria, Canada, South Korea, Morocco, Tunisia, China; – Essential travel from Portuguese-speaking countries and from the United States (which is hosting a large Portuguese community). In the case of Brazil, only flights to and from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are permitted. In these cases, at the time of departure, passengers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours before boarding. “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. and the extension on 16 July [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9596-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. Additional information may be found at [https://www.visitportugal.com/en/node/421175].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Effective July 14, the Government of Portugal extended the State of Contingency for the Lisbon Metropolitan Area as well as the State of Calamity in 19 parishes (Freguesias) within five municipalities (Amadora, Odivelas, Sintra, Loures and Lisbon) through July 31, 2020.
    From 1/7/2020 to 1/8/2020 those living in some areas of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area will be allowed to leave home only to buy essential goods such as food or medications, and to travel to and from work. In the 19 designated areas, gatherings are limited to 5 people maximum. The list of affected areas is the following: Borough of Amadora – every parish Borough of Odivelas – every parish Borough of Sintra – parishes of Queluz-Belas; Massamá-Monte Abraão; Agualva-Mira Sintra; Algueirão-Mem Martins; Rio de Moura; Cacém-São Marcos Borough of Loures – parishes of Camarate; Unhos; Apelação/ Sacavém-Prior Velho Borough of Lisbon – parish of Santa-Clara.
    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene, Social distancing of 2 metres, Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces, Good hand hygiene, Observance of the rules on maximum capacity, Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    Except for the geographical areas listed below, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/]. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place: private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people, the sale of alcohol at services stations is banned, Shops and services close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics.
    There are 19 parishes in the Greater Lisbon area which have remained in a state of calamity. In addition to the measures above, people in these parishes have a civic duty to remain at home, gatherings are limited to 5 people and open air fairs and markets are banned.
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/] and Government of Madeira [https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19] websites. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened.

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    27.07.2020
  • Portugal Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    From the EU: Yes from EU Member States and from countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement.
    Transit: Transit is permitted.
    From Third Countries: Only from approved non-EU countries.Air travel to and from Portugal has been suspended for all flights to and from all non-European Union countries, with the following exceptions: – Schengen Associated Countries – Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland – and the United Kingdom;
    – Algeria, Canada, South Korea, Morocco, Tunisia, China; – Essential travel from Portuguese-speaking countries and from the United States, due to its large Portuguese communities. In the case of Brazil, only flights to and from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are permitted. In these cases, at the time of departure, passengers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours before boarding. “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consiliurm.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. The border with Spain reopened on 1 July.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Effective July 14, the Government of Portugal extended the State of Contingency for the Lisbon Metropolitan Area as well as the State of Calamity in 19 parishes (Freguesias) within five municipalities (Amadora, Odivelas, Sintra, Loures and Lisbon) through July 31, 2020.
    From 1/7/2020 to 1/8/2020 those living in some areas of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area will be allowed to leave home only to buy essential goods such as food or medications, and to travel to and from work. In the 19 designated areas, gatherings are limited to 5 people maximum. The list of affected areas is the following: Borough of Amadora – every parish Borough of Odivelas – every parish Borough of Sintra – parishes of Queluz-Belas; Massamá-Monte Abraão; Agualva-Mira Sintra; Algueirão-Mem Martins; Rio de Moura; Cacém-São Marcos Borough of Loures – parishes of Camarate; Unhos; Apelação/ Sacavém-Prior Velho Borough of Lisbon – parish of Santa-Clara.
    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene, Social distancing of 2 metres, Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces, Good hand hygiene, Observance of the rules on maximum capacity, Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    Except for the geographical areas listed below, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/]. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place: private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people, the sale of alcohol at services stations is banned, Shops and services close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics.
    There are 19 parishes in the Greater Lisbon area which have remained in a state of calamity. In addition to the measures above, people in these parishes have a civic duty to remain at home, gatherings are limited to 5 people and open air fairs and markets are banned.
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/] and Government of Madeira [https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19] websites. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened.

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    16.07.2020
  • Portugal Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    From the EU: Yes from EU Member States and from countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement.
    Transit: Transit is permitted.
    From Third Countries: Only from approved non-EU countries.Air travel to and from Portugal has been suspended for all flights to and from all non-European Union countries, with the following exceptions: – Schengen Associated Countries – Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland – and the United Kingdom;
    – Algeria, Canada, South Korea, Morocco, Tunisia, China; – Essential travel from Portuguese-speaking countries and from the United States, due to its large Portuguese communities. In the case of Brazil, only flights to and from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are permitted. In these cases, at the time of departure, passengers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours before boarding. “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consiliurm.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. The border with Spain reopened on 1 July.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    A large part of the metropolitan area of Lisbon (with the exception of 19 parishes over a total of 118) has passed from the “State of Calamity” to the “State of Alert” phase. From 1/7/2020 to 1/8/2020 those living in some areas of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area will be allowed to leave home only to buy essential goods such as food or medications, and to travel to and from work. In the 19 designated areas, gatherings are limited to 5 people maximum. The list of affected areas is the following: Borough of Amadora – every parish Borough of Odivelas – every parish Borough of Sintra – parishes of Queluz-Belas; Massamá-Monte Abraão; Agualva-Mira Sintra; Algueirão-Mem Martins; Rio de Moura; Cacém-São Marcos Borough of Loures – parishes of Camarate; Unhos; Apelação/ Sacavém-Prior Velho Borough of Lisbon – parish of Santa-Clara.
    The state of emergency declared on 18 March in response to the coronavirus outbreak ended on 2 May. Portugal has now entered a new phase of its de-escalation strategy implementing regional states of alert which will be reviewed every two weeks. Confinement is mandatory if you are: suffering from or infected with coronavirus (COVID-19), or being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID-19 symptoms. You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene, Social distancing of 2 metres, Obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces, Good hand hygiene, Observance of the rules on maximum capacity, Local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal. If you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Buy your ticket in advance online or from a vending machine at the station. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible. Taxis are operating. Use the back seat, open the window, if possible, and respect the rules on maximum capacity. Avoid paying in cash, where possible. Facemasks are mandatory for everyone over the age of 10 on all forms of public transport and private hire. You can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations.
    Except for the geographical areas listed below, mainland Portugal is in a state of alert. Subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene, most shops and services, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/]. Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place: private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people, the sale of alcohol at services stations is banned, Shops and services close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics.
    There are 19 parishes in the Greater Lisbon area which have remained in a state of calamity. In addition to the measures above, people in these parishes have a civic duty to remain at home, gatherings are limited to 5 people and open air fairs and markets are banned.
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/] and Government of Madeira [https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19] websites. Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened.

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    15.07.2020
  • Portugal Government keeps several areas around Lisbon under partial lockdown (Reuters, 13.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    From the EU: Yes from EU Member States and from countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement.
    Transit: Transit is permitted.
    From Third Countries: Only from approved non-EU countries.Air travel to and from Portugal has been suspended for all flights to and from all non-European Union countries, with the following exceptions: – Schengen Associated Countries – Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland – and the United Kingdom;
    – Algeria, Canada, South Korea, Morocco, Tunisia, China; – Essential travel from Portuguese-speaking countries and from the United States, due to its large Portuguese communities. In the case of Brazil, only flights to and from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are permitted. In these cases, at the time of departure, passengers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 72 hours before boarding. “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons: – citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members; – citizens repatriated through consular assistance; – third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consiliurm.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf]. The border with Spain reopened on 1 July.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Leaving homes and/or accommodation provided prevention mesures are observed on social distancing, occupancy and hygiene. 2m distancing from other people when in public, respecting rules on maximum capacity on public transport, in shops and other establishments and practising good hand hygiene. The use of non-surgical masks is mandatory in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, beauty salons, schools, public services, at the airport, in taxis and on public transport. Services that can now resume, subject to strict measures on social distancing and hygiene, include: local shops, large stores and shopping centres (except in the Greater Lisbon area), restaurants, cafés and bars (last orders at 11pm), museums, art galleries, monuments and buildings of historical interest, cinemas, theatres and auditoria, hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, bingo halls and casinos, Gatherings of more than 20 people are still banned, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Visits to retirement and convalescence homes are permitted. Public services are available by appointment only. Markets and fairs are subject to local authority approval. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/] Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    *****Restrictions in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area:
    The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place: private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; the sale of alcohol at services stations is banned; Shops and services close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics. There are 19 parishes [https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/plano-desconfinamento-medidas-gerais/medidas-de-mitigacao-01-07-a-14-07/] in the Greater Lisbon area which have remained in a state of calamity. In addition to the measures above, people in these parishes have a civic duty to remain at home, gatherings are limited to 5 people and open air fairs and markets are banned.

    *****Madeira and the Azores:
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/] and Government of Madeira [https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19].

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    13.07.2020
  • Portugal On July 1, the Government of Portugal decreed a State of Alert for Portugal.  Some areas, including the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, remain under additional restrictions, (OSAC, 02.07.2020).

    *****International Resrictions
    Entry to Portugal is only allowed for: nationals of EU 28, Schengen Area countries (Liechsteinsten, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland). Suspension of visa processing for the remaining countries.
    Transit through the country is allowed if flying but it is forbidden to exit from the airport.
    For third country nationals, only for approved non-EU countries. The following categories of travellers: passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health; passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries; passengers from the United States of America, must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, carried out in the 72 hours before their departure. If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared, and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consiliurm.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].
    The border with Spain reopened on 1 July.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Leaving homes and/or accommodation provided prevention mesures are observed on social distancing, occupancy and hygiene. 2m distancing from other people when in public, respecting rules on maximum capacity on public transport, in shops and other establishments and practising good hand hygiene. The use of non-surgical masks is mandatory in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, beauty salons, schools, public services, at the airport, in taxis and on public transport. Services that can now resume, subject to strict measures on social distancing and hygiene, include: local shops, large stores and shopping centres (except in the Greater Lisbon area), restaurants, cafés and bars (last orders at 11pm), museums, art galleries, monuments and buildings of historical interest, cinemas, theatres and auditoria, hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, bingo halls and casinos, Gatherings of more than 20 people are still banned, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Visits to retirement and convalescence homes are permitted. Public services are available by appointment only. Markets and fairs are subject to local authority approval. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/] Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    *****Restrictions in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area:
    The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place: private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; the sale of alcohol at services stations is banned; Shops and services close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics. There are 19 parishes [https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/plano-desconfinamento-medidas-gerais/medidas-de-mitigacao-01-07-a-14-07/] in the Greater Lisbon area which have remained in a state of calamity. In addition to the measures above, people in these parishes have a civic duty to remain at home, gatherings are limited to 5 people and open air fairs and markets are banned.

    *****Madeira and the Azores:
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/] and Government of Madeira [https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19].

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    08.07.2020
  • Portugal On July 1, the Government of Portugal decreed a State of Alert for Portugal.  Some areas, including the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, remain under additional restrictions, (OSAC, 02.07.2020). The border with Spain reopened on 1 July. (Reuters, 01.07.2020)

    *****International Resrictions
    Entry to Portugal is only allowed for: nationals of EU28, Schengen Area countries (Liechsteinsten, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland). Suspension of visa processing for the remaining countries.
    Transit through the country is allowed if flying but it is forbidden to exit from the airport.
    For third country nationals, only for approved non-EU countries. The following categories of travellers: passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health; passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries; passengers from the United States of America, must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, carried out in the 72 hours before their departure. If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers – with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test. Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared, and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consiliurm.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Leaving homes and/or accommodation provided prevention mesures are observed on social distancing, occupancy and hygiene. 2m distancing from other people when in public, respecting rules on maximum capacity on public transport, in shops and other establishments and practising good hand hygiene. The use of non-surgical masks is mandatory in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, beauty salons, schools, public services, at the airport, in taxis and on public transport. Services that can now resume, subject to strict measures on social distancing and hygiene, include: local shops, large stores and shopping centres (except in the Greater Lisbon area), restaurants, cafés and bars (last orders at 11pm), museums, art galleries, monuments and buildings of historical interest, cinemas, theatres and auditoria, hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, bingo halls and casinos, Gatherings of more than 20 people are still banned, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Visits to retirement and convalescence homes are permitted. Public services are available by appointment only. Markets and fairs are subject to local authority approval. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/] Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    *****Restrictions in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area:
    The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place: private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; the sale of alcohol at services stations is banned; Shops and services close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics. There are 19 parishes [https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/plano-desconfinamento-medidas-gerais/medidas-de-mitigacao-01-07-a-14-07/] in the Greater Lisbon area which have remained in a state of calamity. In addition to the measures above, people in these parishes have a civic duty to remain at home, gatherings are limited to 5 people and open air fairs and markets are banned.

    *****Madeira and the Azores:
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/] and Government of Madeira [https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19].

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    07.07.2020
  • Portugal On July 1, the Government of Portugal decreed a State of Alert for Portugal.  Some areas, including the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, remain under additional restrictions, (OSAC, 02.07.2020). The border with Spain reopened on 1 July. (Reuters, 01.07.2020)

    *****International Resrictions
    Entry to Portugal is only allowed for: nationals of EU28, Schengen Area countries (Liechsteinsten, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland). Suspension of visa processing for the remaining countries.
    Transit through the country is allowed if flying but it is forbidden to exit from the airport.
    For third country nationals, non-essential travel is restricted in Portugal unless you are a foreign resident in Portugal or long-term visa holder.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consiliurm.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Leaving homes and/or accommodation provided prevention mesures are observed on social distancing, occupancy and hygiene. 2m distancing from other people when in public, respecting rules on maximum capacity on public transport, in shops and other establishments and practising good hand hygiene. The use of non-surgical masks is mandatory in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, beauty salons, schools, public services, at the airport, in taxis and on public transport. Services that can now resume, subject to strict measures on social distancing and hygiene, include: local shops, large stores and shopping centres (except in the Greater Lisbon area), restaurants, cafés and bars (last orders at 11pm), museums, art galleries, monuments and buildings of historical interest, cinemas, theatres and auditoria, hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, bingo halls and casinos, Gatherings of more than 20 people are still banned, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Visits to retirement and convalescence homes are permitted. Public services are available by appointment only. Markets and fairs are subject to local authority approval. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app [https://infopraia.apambiente.pt/rules/] Drinking alcohol in public places, except for pavement cafés and restaurants, is banned. Gatherings are limited to 20 people, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
    Most hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites have reopened. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    *****Restrictions in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area:
    The Greater Lisbon area is in a state of contingency due to localised outbreaks of COVID-19. In addition to the above measures, tighter restrictions are currently in place: private and public gatherings are limited to 10 people; the sale of alcohol at services stations is banned; Shops and services close at 8pm, with the exception of restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, sports facilities, petrol stations, health and veterinary clinics. There are 19 parishes [https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/plano-desconfinamento-medidas-gerais/medidas-de-mitigacao-01-07-a-14-07/] in the Greater Lisbon area which have remained in a state of calamity. In addition to the measures above, people in these parishes have a civic duty to remain at home, gatherings are limited to 5 people and open air fairs and markets are banned.

    *****Madeira and the Azores:
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores have implemented similar de-escalation measures. You can consult full details (in Portuguese) of the regional governments’ de-escalation plans on the Government of the Azores [https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/] and Government of Madeira [https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19].

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    06.07.2020
  • Portugal The border with Spain reopened on 1 July. (Reuters, 01.07.2020)

    *****International Resrictions
    Entry to Portugal is only allowed for: nationals of EU28, Schengen Area countries (Liechsteinsten, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland). Suspension of visa processing for the remaining countries.
    Transit through the country is allowed if flying but it is forbidden to exit from the airport.
    For third country nationals, non-essential travel is restricted in Portugal unless you are a foreign resident in Portugal or long-term visa holder.
    As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consiliurm.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Leaving homes and/or accommodation provided prevention mesures are observed on social distancing, occupancy and hygiene. 2m distancing from other people when in public, respecting rules on maximum capacity on public transport, in shops and other establishments and practising good hand hygiene. The use of non-surgical masks is mandatory in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, beauty salons, schools, public services, at the airport, in taxis and on public transport. Services that can now resume, subject to strict measures on social distancing and hygiene, include: local shops, large stores and shopping centres (except in the Greater Lisbon area), restaurants, cafés and bars (last orders at 11pm), museums, art galleries, monuments and buildings of historical interest, cinemas, theatres and auditoria, hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, bingo halls and casinos, Gatherings of more than 20 people are still banned, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Visits to retirement and convalescence homes are permitted. Public services are available by appointment only. Markets and fairs are subject to local authority approval. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app.

    *****Restrictions in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area:
    Given recent localised outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Greater Lisbon area, tighter restrictions will be in place in this area until further notice: gatherings of more than 10 people are banned, shopping centres remain closed, large stores and fairs can only open with local authority approval, private and public, transport capacity is limited to two thirds.

    *****Madeira and the Azores:
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores are implementing similar phased de-escalation measures, which can be found on their websites. If travelling to Madeira or Porto Santo, travelers will be subject to health screening on arrival and 14-days’ mandatory quarantine in a hotel. If a resident in Madeira or Porto Santo traveler will need to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, carried out 72 hours prior to arrival, you will be allowed to quarantine in your own accommodation. Complete and submit this form 24-48 hours before you arrive in the archipelago. Cruise ships are allowed to dock in Madeira and Porto Santo for a maximum period of 48 hours, but passengers and crew are not allowed to embark or disembark. If travelling to the Azores, there is a requirement to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test which was carried out 72 hours prior to arrival. If staying for more than 7 days, the test will need to be repeated locally within 5-13 days of the date of the first test, or take a test on arrival and await the results within a maximum of 48 hours in voluntary quarantine. If you are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test after 5 days, or agree to 14 days’ voluntary quarantine during which you will be required to be tested for COVID-19. If the entry requirements cannot be fulfiled , the traveler will be returned to point of origin. Yachts are permitted to dock in the Azores, but crew members will be subject to the same health screening and voluntary quarantine measures as airline passengers.

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    01.07.2020
  • Portugal Government starts second phase of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on 18 May (Xinhua, 18.05.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Portugal.
    – This does not apply to residents of Portugal.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a long term visa issued by Portugal.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, if they are arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland.
    – This does not apply to family members of nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, if they are arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a long term visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or United Kingdom, returning via Portugal to their country of residence.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or United Kingdom, returning via Portugal to their country of residence.
    2. Flights to Portugal are suspended.
    -This does not apply to flights arriving from Angola, Austria, Belgium, Brazil (Sao Paulo (GRU) and Rio De Janeiro (RIO)), Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, United Kingdom or Venezuela.
    – This does not apply to:
    – state flights;
    – emergency flights;
    – medevac flights;
    – humanitarian/repatriation flights;
    – United Nations flights;
    – technical stopovers where passengers do not disembark.
    3. Passengers arriving in Madeira must complete an online health form 24 hours to 48 hour before departure on http://apps.iasaude.pt/s-alerta/questionarios/viagem/ . Passengers are subject to quarantine if they do not have a certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) result issued at most 72 hours before departure.
    4. Passengers arriving in Azores are subject to medical screening and quarantine.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) result issued at most 72 hours before departure.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Leaving homes and/or accommodation provided prevention mesures are observed on social distancing, occupancy and hygiene. 2m distancing from other people when in public, respecting rules on maximum capacity on public transport, in shops and other establishments and practising good hand hygiene. The use of non-surgical masks is mandatory in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, beauty salons, schools, public services, at the airport, in taxis and on public transport. Services that can now resume, subject to strict measures on social distancing and hygiene, include: local shops, large stores and shopping centres (except in the Greater Lisbon area), restaurants, cafés and bars (last orders at 11pm), museums, art galleries, monuments and buildings of historical interest, cinemas, theatres and auditoria, hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, bingo halls and casinos, Gatherings of more than 20 people are still banned, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Visits to retirement and convalescence homes are permitted. Public services are available by appointment only. Markets and fairs are subject to local authority approval. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app.

    *****Restrictions in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area
    Given recent localised outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Greater Lisbon area, tighter restrictions will be in place in this area until further notice: gatherings of more than 10 people are banned, shopping centres remain closed, large stores and fairs can only open with local authority approval, private and public, transport capacity is limited to two thirds.

    *****Madeira and the Azores
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores are implementing similar phased de-escalation measures, which can be found on their websites. If travelling to Madeira or Porto Santo, travelers will be subject to health screening on arrival and 14-days’ mandatory quarantine in a hotel. If a resident in Madeira or Porto Santo traveler will need to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, carried out 72 hours prior to arrival, you will be allowed to quarantine in your own accommodation. Complete and submit this form 24-48 hours before you arrive in the archipelago. Cruise ships are allowed to dock in Madeira and Porto Santo for a maximum period of 48 hours, but passengers and crew are not allowed to embark or disembark. If travelling to the Azores, there is a requirement to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test which was carried out 72 hours prior to arrival. If staying for more than 7 days, the test will need to be repeated locally within 5-13 days of the date of the first test, or take a test on arrival and await the results within a maximum of 48 hours in voluntary quarantine. If you are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test after 5 days, or agree to 14 days’ voluntary quarantine during which you will be required to be tested for COVID-19. If the entry requirements cannot be fulfiled , the traveler will be returned to point of origin. Yachts are permitted to dock in the Azores, but crew members will be subject to the same health screening and voluntary quarantine measures as airline passengers.

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    17.06.2020
  • Portugal Government starts second phase of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on 18 May (Xinhua, 18.05.2020)

    1. Flights to Portugal are suspended.
    -This does not apply to flights arriving from Angola, Austria, Belgium, Brazil (Sao Paulo (GRU) and Rio De Janeiro (RIO)), Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, United Kingdom or Venezuela.
    – This does not apply to:
    – state flights;
    – emergency flights;
    – medevac flights;
    – humanitarian/repatriation flights;
    – United Nations flights;
    – technical stopovers where passengers do not disembark.
    2. Passengers arriving in Madeira must comply with a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days and must fill an online health form 24 hours to 48 hour prior to their journey on http://apps.iasaude.pt/s-alerta/questionarios/viagem/ .
    3. Passengers arriving in Azores are subject to medical screening and quarantine.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a medical certificate issued by an accredited laboratory to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result issued within 72 hours before departure.

    All land, air and maritime connections with Spain are suspended until at least 15 June. Overland travel into Portugal will be possible only for Portuguese citizens, residents, and workers. Border crossing will only be possible in nine localities (Valença, Quintanilha, Vilaverde (Norte region), Vilar Formoso, Termas de Monfortinho, (Centro region), Marvão, Caia, Vilaverde de Ficalho (Alentejo region), Vila Real de Santo António (Algarve region). Until 15 June.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Leaving homes and/or accommodation provided prevention mesures are observed on social distancing, occupancy and hygiene. 2m distancing from other people when in public, respecting rules on maximum capacity on public transport, in shops and other establishments and practising good hand hygiene. The use of non-surgical masks is mandatory in enclosed spaces, such as supermarkets, shops, beauty salons, schools, public services, at the airport, in taxis and on public transport. Services that can now resume, subject to strict measures on social distancing and hygiene, include: local shops, large stores and shopping centres (except in the Greater Lisbon area), restaurants, cafés and bars (last orders at 11pm), museums, art galleries, monuments and buildings of historical interest, cinemas, theatres and auditoria, hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, bingo halls and casinos, Gatherings of more than 20 people are still banned, except for religious ceremonies and family events, such as weddings and christenings. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium. Visits to retirement and convalescence homes are permitted. Public services are available by appointment only. Markets and fairs are subject to local authority approval. Beaches are subject to measures on capacity and social distancing. Check these measures and beach occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app.

    *****Restrictions in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area
    Given recent localised outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Greater Lisbon area, tighter restrictions will be in place in this area until further notice: gatherings of more than 10 people are banned, shopping centres remain closed, large stores and fairs can only open with local authority approval, private and public, transport capacity is limited to two thirds.

    *****Madeira and the Azores
    The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores are implementing similar phased de-escalation measures, which can be found on their websites. If travelling to Madeira or Porto Santo, travelers will be subject to health screening on arrival and 14-days’ mandatory quarantine in a hotel. If a resident in Madeira or Porto Santo traveler will need to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, carried out 72 hours prior to arrival, you will be allowed to quarantine in your own accommodation. Complete and submit this form 24-48 hours before you arrive in the archipelago. Cruise ships are allowed to dock in Madeira and Porto Santo for a maximum period of 48 hours, but passengers and crew are not allowed to embark or disembark. If travelling to the Azores, there is a requirement to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test which was carried out 72 hours prior to arrival. If staying for more than 7 days, the test will need to be repeated locally within 5-13 days of the date of the first test, or take a test on arrival and await the results within a maximum of 48 hours in voluntary quarantine. If you are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test after 5 days, or agree to 14 days’ voluntary quarantine during which you will be required to be tested for COVID-19. If the entry requirements cannot be fulfiled , the traveler will be returned to point of origin. Yachts are permitted to dock in the Azores, but crew members will be subject to the same health screening and voluntary quarantine measures as airline passengers.

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    16.06.2020
  • Portugal Government starts second phase of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on 18 May (Xinhua, 18.05.2020)

    1. Flights to Portugal are suspended.
    -This does not apply to flights arriving from Angola, Austria, Belgium, Brazil (Sao Paulo (GRU) and Rio De Janeiro (RIO)), Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, United Kingdom or Venezuela.
    – This does not apply to:
    – state flights;
    – emergency flights;
    – medevac flights;
    – humanitarian/repatriation flights;
    – United Nations flights;
    – technical stopovers where passengers do not disembark.
    2. Passengers arriving in Madeira must comply with a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days and must fill an online health form 24 hours to 48 hour prior to their journey on http://apps.iasaude.pt/s-alerta/questionarios/viagem/ .
    3. Passengers arriving in Azores are subject to medical screening and quarantine.
    – This does not apply to passengers with a medical certificate issued by an accredited laboratory to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result issued within 72 hours before departure.

    All land, air and maritime connections with Spain are suspended until at least 15 June. Overland travel into Portugal will be possible only for Portuguese citizens, residents, and workers. Border crossing will only be possible in nine localities (Valença, Quintanilha, Vilaverde (Norte region), Vilar Formoso, Termas de Monfortinho, (Centro region), Marvão, Caia, Vilaverde de Ficalho (Alentejo region), Vila Real de Santo António (Algarve region). Until 15 June.

    Internal restrictions:

    Most non-essential establishments remain closed.
    Gatherings of more than five people are banned, except for people in the same household.
    All foreigners with pending residency applications will be treated as permanent residents until at least 1 July.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    A state of emergency ended on 2 May.
    Restrictions will be lifted incrementally every 15 days starting on 4 May.
    Public buses will resume operations, but the use of face masks on public transport will be mandatory.
    A number of non-essential establishments, including small neighbourhood shops, hairdressers, customer service counters and tax offices, will be allowed to reopen. Individual sports outside will also be able to resume.
    From 18 May more non-essential establishments, including some schools, bigger stores, restaurants, museums and coffee shops, will be allowed to reopen at reduced capacity.
    From the last weekend of May, restrictions on religious gatherings may be lifted and Premier League football games may be able to be played behind closed doors.

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    02.06.2020
  • Portugal Government starts second phase of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on 18 May (Xinhua, 18.05.2020) 1. Flights to Portugal are suspended. -This does not apply to flights arriving from Angola, Austria, Belgium, Brazil (Sao Paulo (GRU) and Rio De Janeiro (RIO)), Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, United Kingdom or Venezuela. – This does not apply to: – state flights; – emergency flights; – medevac flights; – humanitarian/repatriation flights; – United Nations flights; – technical stopovers where passengers do not disembark. 2. Passengers arriving in Madeira must comply with a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days and must fill an online health form 24 hours to 48 hour prior to their journey on http://apps.iasaude.pt/s-alerta/questionarios/viagem/ . 3. Passengers arriving in Azores are subject to medical screening and quarantine. – This does not apply to passengers with a medical certificate issued by an accredited laboratory to prove Coronavirus (COVID-19) negative testing result issued within 72 hours before departure. All land, air and maritime connections with Spain are suspended until at least 15 June. Overland travel into Portugal will be possible only for Portuguese citizens, residents, and workers. Border crossing will only be possible in nine localities (Valença, Quintanilha, Vilaverde (Norte region), Vilar Formoso, Termas de Monfortinho, (Centro region), Marvão, Caia, Vilaverde de Ficalho (Alentejo region), Vila Real de Santo António (Algarve region). Until 15 June.

    Internal restrictions:

    Most non-essential establishments remain closed. Gatherings of more than five people are banned, except for people in the same household. All foreigners with pending residency applications will be treated as permanent residents until at least 1 July.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    A state of emergency ended on 2 May. Restrictions will be lifted incrementally every 15 days starting on 4 May. Public buses will resume operations, but the use of face masks on public transport will be mandatory. A number of non-essential establishments, including small neighbourhood shops, hairdressers, customer service counters and tax offices, will be allowed to reopen. Individual sports outside will also be able to resume. From 18 May more non-essential establishments, including some schools, bigger stores, restaurants, museums and coffee shops, will be allowed to reopen at reduced capacity. From the last weekend of May, restrictions on religious gatherings may be lifted and Premier League football games may be able to be played behind closed doors.

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    27.05.2020
  • Portugal

    International restrictions:

    All land, air and maritime connections with Spain are suspended until at least 15 June. Overland travel into Portugal will be possible only for Portuguese citizens, residents, and workers. Border crossing will only be possible in nine localities (Valença, Quintanilha, Vilaverde (Norte region), Vilar Formoso, Termas de Monfortinho, (Centro region), Marvão, Caia, Vilaverde de Ficalho (Alentejo region), Vila Real de Santo António (Algarve region). Air borders with Italy remain closed until 20 May, excluding for state aircraft, cargo, humanitarian or emergency flights. All international flights are suspended, except with Canada, the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, the UK, USA and Venezuela, and all Portuguese speaking countries, until 15 June. Travellers coming from Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania (which do not implement the Schengen regulations) until 15 June are only allowed to enter Portugal for professional reasons, family or force majeure reasons, or for the return of national citizens and holders of residence permits from the respective countries. Access to Portuguese airports is allowed only to passengers holding proof of departure on the same day. Tickets cannot be bought within the airport’s Airlines booths. Passengers of cruise ships who are not Portuguese nationals or residents are not allowed to disembark in Portuguese ports. Passengers may only disembark to return to their country of origin and once they have completed a 14-day self-quarantine on board, starting from the day the vessel entered Portuguese territorial waters. Cruise ships and yachts continue to not be permitted to dock at any of the ports in the Azores, Madeira or Porto Santo. All citizens arriving into Faro district and to Madeira and the Azores regional governments from abroad must undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. All travellers to Madeira and the Azores are obliged to complete and submit an online document 24-48 hours before arrival (for Madeira, for the Azores).

    Internal restrictions:

    Most non-essential establishments remain closed. Gatherings of more than five people are banned, except for people in the same household. All foreigners with pending residency applications will be treated as permanent residents until at least 1 July.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    A state of emergency ended on 2 May. Restrictions will be lifted incrementally every 15 days starting on 4 May. Public buses will resume operations, but the use of face masks on public transport will be mandatory. A number of non-essential establishments, including small neighbourhood shops, hairdressers, customer service counters and tax offices, will be allowed to reopen. Individual sports outside will also be able to resume. From 18 May more non-essential establishments, including some schools, bigger stores, restaurants, museums and coffee shops, will be allowed to reopen at reduced capacity. From the last weekend of May, restrictions on religious gatherings may be lifted and Premier League football games may be able to be played behind closed doors.

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    18.05.2020
  • Portugal Portugal’s lockdown, will be lifted slowly from May 3. (Reuters, 28.04.2020) Flights to Portugal are suspended. -This does not apply to flights arriving from Angola, Austria, Belgium, Brazil (Sao Paulo (GRU) and Rio De Janeiro (RIO)), Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sao Tome and Principe, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, United Kingdom or Venezuela. – This does not apply to: – state flights; – emergency flights; – medevac flights; – humanitarian/repatriation flights; – United Nations flights; – technical stopovers where passengers do not disembark.

    International restrictions:

    All land, air and maritime connections with Spain are suspended until at least 15 May. Overland travel into Portugal will be possible only for Portuguese citizens, residents, and workers. Border crossing will only be possible in nine localities (Valença, Quintanilha, Vilaverde (Norte region), Vilar Formoso, Termas de Monfortinho, (Centro region), Marvão, Caia, Vilaverde de Ficalho (Alentejo region), Vila Real de Santo António (Algarve region). Within the Schengen area, Portugal has extended its temporary introduction of all internal land border controls until 5 May. Access to Portuguese airports is allowed only to passengers holding proof of departure on the same day. Tickets cannot be bought within the airport’s Airlines booths. Passengers of cruise ships who are not Portuguese nationals or residents are not allowed to disembark in Portuguese ports. Passengers may only disembark to return to their country of origin and once they have completed a 14-day self-quarantine on board, starting from the day the vessel entered Portuguese territorial waters. All citizens arriving into Faro district from abroad must undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    Most non-essential establishments remain closed.Gatherings of more than ten people are banned, except for people in the same household. From 4 May gatherings of more than 10 people will be banned.Schools and universities are closed until further notice.All foreigners with pending residency applications will be treated as permanent residents until at least 1 July.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    A state of emergency ended on 2 May. Restrictions will be lifted incrementally every 15 days starting on 4 May. Public buses will resume operations, but the use of face masks on public transport will be mandatory. A number of non-essential establishments, including small neighbourhood shops, hairdressers, customer service counters and tax offices, will be allowed to reopen. Individual sports outside will also be able to resume. From 18 May more non-essential establishments, including some schools, bigger stores, restaurants, museums and coffee shops, will be allowed to reopen at reduced capacity. From the last weekend of May, restrictions on religious gatherings may be lifted and Premier League football games may be able to be played behind closed doors.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening

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    12.05.2020
  • Portugal Portugal’s lockdown, will be lifted slowly from May 3. (Reuters, 28.04.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All land, air and maritime connections with Spain are suspended until at least 15 May. Overland travel into Portugal will be possible only for Portuguese citizens, residents, and workers. Border crossing will only be possible in nine localities (Valença, Quintanilha, Vilaverde (Norte region), Vilar Formoso, Termas de Monfortinho, (Centro region), Marvão, Caia, Vilaverde de Ficalho (Alentejo region), Vila Real de Santo António (Algarve region). Within the Schengen area, Portugal has extended its temporary introduction of all internal land border controls until 5 May. Access to Portuguese airports is allowed only to passengers holding proof of departure on the same day. Tickets cannot be bought within the airport’s Airlines booths. Passengers of cruise ships who are not Portuguese nationals or residents are not allowed to disembark in Portuguese ports. Passengers may only disembark to return to their country of origin and once they have completed a 14-day self-quarantine on board, starting from the day the vessel entered Portuguese territorial waters. All citizens arriving into Faro district from abroad must undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    Most non-essential establishments remain closed.Gatherings of more than ten people are banned, except for people in the same household. From 4 May gatherings of more than 10 people will be banned.Schools and universities are closed until further notice.All foreigners with pending residency applications will be treated as permanent residents until at least 1 July.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    A state of emergency ended on 2 May. Restrictions will be lifted incrementally every 15 days starting on 4 May. Public buses will resume operations, but the use of face masks on public transport will be mandatory. A number of non-essential establishments, including small neighbourhood shops, hairdressers, customer service counters and tax offices, will be allowed to reopen. Individual sports outside will also be able to resume. From 18 May more non-essential establishments, including some schools, bigger stores, restaurants, museums and coffee shops, will be allowed to reopen at reduced capacity. From the last weekend of May, restrictions on religious gatherings may be lifted and Premier League football games may be able to be played behind closed doors.

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    09.05.2020
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