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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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Open for travel from Portugal
Crossing Rules

Passengers are not allowed to enter until 1 March 2021.
– 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, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
– This does not apply to passengers with a long term visa issued by Portugal.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China (People’s Rep.), Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or Thailand.
– 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 or Sweden, returning via Portugal to their country of residence.

A completed electronic “Passenger Locator Card (PLCe)” must be presented upon boarding. The form can be found at https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card

Passengers entering or transiting through Portugal must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Portugal.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 2 years.
– This does not apply to passengers traveling to Azores.

Passengers traveling to Azores must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Azores.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.

Passengers traveling to Azores must:
– complete a “Health Form upon arrival at the Azores” and a “Draft statement for inter-island travel” upon arrival; or
– submit a “Questionnaire for Risk Assessment and Early Detection” before departure at https://mysafeazores.com/ .

Passengers traveling to Madeira must complete an epidemiological survey before departure at https://madeirasafe.com . This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.

Quarantine is possible
Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days.

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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

Self-isolation at own accommodation- subject to category.

Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country- subject to categorization.

All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test. The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure. Children aged 2 and under are exempted. More details are available at www.sef.pt.

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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

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  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government lifts ban on flights to, from Brazil for business and study trips (Rio Times, 17.04.2021). Portuguese government lifts ban on flights to, from Brazil for business and study trips (RioTimes, 16.04.2021). Portuguese government lifts ban on U.K. flights (The Independent, 16.04.2021). Spain authorities extend closure of Spain’s border with Portugal until at least 3 May (The Local, 16.04.2021). Government extends COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters,14.04.2021). Madeira reopens to all vaccinated travelers (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

    Road traffic between Portugal and Spain, in authorised crossing points, is limited to cross-border workers, emergency and rescue vehicles and the international carriage of goods.

    The cross-border rail crossing, as well as the river transport between Portugal and Spain, are also suspended (except for the carriage of goods).

    These limitations do not apply to the entry in Portugal of nationals and holders of a residence permit in Portugal, and to the exit of citizens living in other countries.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

    Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or at a place indicated by the health authorities.

    Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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 are required to present, prior to boarding, proof of a negative result to a Covid-19 test.

    Accepted test: RT-PCR test taken 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.

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Thailand.

    All travellers arriving from these countries must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding.

    Children until 24 months of age are exempt.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

    Flights between Portugal and other third-country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. 

    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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal:
    Mainland Portugal is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. There is an overarching duty to stay at home, whenever possible, and to observe the rules on social distancing when in public:
    • 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    *Public spaces and services:
    -Mainland Portugal: The Portuguese government started to ease lockdown measures on 15 March. There remains an ongoing duty to remain at home, except: • to buy food and other items; • to go to school or work, if you cannot work from home;
    • 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. • to access public services (by appointment)
    Access to services and restrictions on movement vary according to the COVID-19 incidence rate in your municipality. In the municipalities of Moura, Odemira, Portimão and Rio Maior: • 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 takeaway and food delivery services. Food that is collected must be eaten at home. The sale of alcohol is prohibited.
    There is a ban on travelling outside these municipalities, except for essential purposes, such as to go to work or for medical treatment. If you have to travel outside your municipality, be prepared to show evidence of the nature of your journey, if required to do so by the police. For further details see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese).
    -In the municipalities of Alandroal, Albufeira, Carregal do Sal, Figueira da Foz, Marinha Grande and Penela: • Supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies, petrol stations and small high street shops are open. • Restaurants and cafés may open their terraces. Gatherings are limited to 4 people per table. • Museums, monuments, palaces and art galleries are open. For further details, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese)
    -In all remaining municipalities on mainland Portugal: • All shops and commercial premises are open. • Restaurants and cafés are open. Gatherings are limited to 4 people per table indoors and 6 people per table outdoors. • Cultural venues, including museums, art galleries, cinemas, theatres and auditoria are open. • Outdoor events are permitted provided attendance is limited to 5 people per 100m2. • Groups of up to 6 can take exercise together outdoors. For further details, see thePortuguese government’s website (in Portuguese). For details of the deconfinement plan, see the Portuguese government’s website
    -Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of emergency. 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 other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high andhigh . Each level has its own restrictions. São Miguel is currently classified as high risk. Until further notice, you should stay at home: • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am; • On weekends from 3pm to 5am. Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for food delivery and takeaways services. Shops close at 8pm during the week and at 5pm on weekends.
    Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test. If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result. This does not apply to children aged 12 and under. 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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required herehygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s “clean and safe” certification.

    Read more
    20.04.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government lifts ban on flights to, from Brazil for business and study trips (Rio Times, 17.04.2021). Portuguese government lifts ban on flights to, from Brazil for business and study trips (RioTimes, 16.04.2021). Portuguese government lifts ban on U.K. flights (The Independent, 16.04.2021). Spain authorities extend closure of Spain’s border with Portugal until at least 3 May (The Local, 16.04.2021). Government extends COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters,14.04.2021). Madeira reopens to all vaccinated travelers (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

    Road traffic between Portugal and Spain, in authorised crossing points, is limited to cross-border workers, emergency and rescue vehicles and the international carriage of goods.

    The cross-border rail crossing, as well as the river transport between Portugal and Spain, are also suspended (except for the carriage of goods).

    These limitations do not apply to the entry in Portugal of nationals and holders of a residence permit in Portugal, and to the exit of citizens living in other countries.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

    Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or at a place indicated by the health authorities.

    Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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 are required to present, prior to boarding, proof of a negative result to a Covid-19 test.

    Accepted test: RT-PCR test taken 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.

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Thailand.

    All travellers arriving from these countries must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding.

    Children until 24 months of age are exempt.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

    Flights between Portugal and other third-country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. 

    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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. There is an overarching duty to stay at home, whenever possible, and to observe the rules on social distancing when in public:
    • 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    From 12:01am on 19 April, travel restrictions and access to services will vary according to the level of risk in your municipality. (See Public spaces and services)
    *Public spaces and services. Mainland Portugal:
    The Portuguese government started to ease lockdown measures on 15 March. At present and until 19 April:
    • public gatherings are banned.
    • supermarkets and grocery stores may open until 9pm on weekdays and 7pm at the weekend
    • small high street shops may open until 9pm on weekdays and 1pm at the weekends
    • restaurants and cafés may open their terraces until 10:30pm on weekdays and 1pm at the weekend. Gatherings are limited to 4 people per table.
    • the sale of alcohol is prohibited between 8pm and 6am, except in restaurants and cafés
    • museums, monuments, palaces and art galleries may open until 10:30pm on weekdays and 1pm on weekends.
    *Measures in place from 19 April: From 12.01am on 19 April, restrictions on movement and access to services will vary according to the level of risk in your municipality.
    For details of the measures that will be force in the municipalities of Moura, Odemira, Portimão and Rio Maior, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese). For details of the measures that will be force in the municipalities of Alandroal, Albufeira, Beja, Carregal do Sal, Figueira da Foz, Marinha Grande and Penela, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese). For details of the measures that will be in force in all other municipalities on mainland Portugal, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese). For details of the deconfinement plan, see the Portuguese government’s website.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of emergency. 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 other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. São Miguel is currently classified as high risk. Until further notice, you should stay at home:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am
    Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for food delivery and takeaways services. Shops close at 8pm during the week and at 5pm on weekends.
    Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result.
    This does not apply to children aged 12 and under.
    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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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.
    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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2) .
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    19.04.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government lifts ban on flights to, from Brazil for business and study trips (RioTimes, 16.04.2021). Portuguese government lifts ban on U.K. flights (The Independent, 16.04.2021). Spain authorities extend closure of Spain’s border with Portugal until at least 3 May (The Local, 16.04.2021). Government extends COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters,14.04.2021). Madeira reopens to all vaccinated travelers (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

    Road traffic between Portugal and Spain, in authorised crossing points, is limited to cross-border workers, emergency and rescue vehicles and the international carriage of goods.

    The cross-border rail crossing, as well as the river transport between Portugal and Spain, are also suspended (except for the carriage of goods).

    These limitations do not apply to the entry in Portugal of nationals and holders of a residence permit in Portugal, and to the exit of citizens living in other countries.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

    Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or at a place indicated by the health authorities.

    Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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 are required to present, prior to boarding, proof of a negative result to a Covid-19 test.

    Accepted test: RT-PCR test taken 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.

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Thailand.

    All travellers arriving from these countries must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding.

    Children until 24 months of age are exempt.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

    Flights between Portugal and other third-country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. 

    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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. There is an overarching duty to stay at home, whenever possible, and to observe the rules on social distancing when in public:
    • 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    From 12:01am on 19 April, travel restrictions and access to services will vary according to the level of risk in your municipality. (See Public spaces and services)
    *Public spaces and services. Mainland Portugal:
    The Portuguese government started to ease lockdown measures on 15 March. At present and until 19 April:
    • public gatherings are banned.
    • supermarkets and grocery stores may open until 9pm on weekdays and 7pm at the weekend
    • small high street shops may open until 9pm on weekdays and 1pm at the weekends
    • restaurants and cafés may open their terraces until 10:30pm on weekdays and 1pm at the weekend. Gatherings are limited to 4 people per table.
    • the sale of alcohol is prohibited between 8pm and 6am, except in restaurants and cafés
    • museums, monuments, palaces and art galleries may open until 10:30pm on weekdays and 1pm on weekends.
    *Measures in place from 19 April: From 12.01am on 19 April, restrictions on movement and access to services will vary according to the level of risk in your municipality.
    For details of the measures that will be force in the municipalities of Moura, Odemira, Portimão and Rio Maior, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese). For details of the measures that will be force in the municipalities of Alandroal, Albufeira, Beja, Carregal do Sal, Figueira da Foz, Marinha Grande and Penela, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese). For details of the measures that will be in force in all other municipalities on mainland Portugal, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese). For details of the deconfinement plan, see the Portuguese government’s website.
    *Madeira and Porto Santo: The autonomous region of Madeira is currently in a state of emergency. 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 other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. São Miguel is currently classified as high risk. Until further notice, you should stay at home:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am
    Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for food delivery and takeaways services. Shops close at 8pm during the week and at 5pm on weekends.
    Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result.
    This does not apply to children aged 12 and under.
    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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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.
    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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2) .
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    16.04.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Government extends COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters,14.04.2021). Portuguese government extends restrictions on travel via land and sea to Spain until 15 April (Reuters, 04.04.2021). Madeira reopens to all vaccinated travelers (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021). Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from U.K., Brazil until 15 April (Reuters, 29.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters, 25.03.2021). Portuguese government imposes 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from South Africa via other countries (Reuters, 20.03.2021). Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

    Road traffic between Portugal and Spain, in authorised crossing points, is limited to cross-border workers, emergency and rescue vehicles and the international carriage of goods.

    The cross-border rail crossing, as well as the river transport between Portugal and Spain, are also suspended (except for the carriage of goods).

    These limitations do not apply to the entry in Portugal of nationals and holders of a residence permit in Portugal, and to the exit of citizens living in other countries.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

    Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or at a place indicated by the health authorities.

    Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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 are required to present, prior to boarding, proof of a negative result to a Covid-19 test.

    Accepted test: RT-PCR test taken 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.

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Thailand.

    All travellers arriving from these countries must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding.

    Children until 24 months of age are exempt.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

    Flights between Portugal and other third-country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. 

    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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except: •to buy food and other essential items; •to go to work if you cannot work from home; •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 short periods of 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. From 5 April shops up to a maximum area of 200m² and with direct street access may open. Trading hours are restricted as follows:
    • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm; • Weekends and public holidays – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm
    Restaurants and cafés may serve meals on open terraces with a maximum of 4 people per table. Trading hours are restricted as follows:
    • Weekdays – all restaurants and cafés close at 10:30pm; •Weekends and public holidays – all restaurants and cafés close at 1pm.
    The sale of alcoholic drinks in retail establishments is prohibited between 8pm and 6am except at restaurants operating on outdoor terraces where the times stated above apply. Cultural facilities such as museums, monuments, palaces and art galleries may open until 10:30pm on weekdays and 1pm at weekends and on public holidays. For further details of the deconfinement plan, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese). 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    *Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted. For further details of the plan, 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:
    • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am; •on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am.
    Shops and other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result.
    This does not apply to children aged 12 and under.
    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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government extends restrictions on travel via land and sea to Spain until 15 April (Reuters, 04.04.2021). Madeira reopens to all vaccinated travelers (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021). Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from U.K., Brazil until 15 April (Reuters, 29.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters, 25.03.2021). Portuguese government imposes 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from South Africa via other countries (Reuters, 20.03.2021). Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

    Road traffic between Portugal and Spain, in authorised crossing points, is limited to cross-border workers, emergency and rescue vehicles and the international carriage of goods.

    The cross-border rail crossing, as well as the river transport between Portugal and Spain, are also suspended (except for the carriage of goods).

    These limitations do not apply to the entry in Portugal of nationals and holders of a residence permit in Portugal, and to the exit of citizens living in other countries.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

    Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or at a place indicated by the health authorities.

    Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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 are required to present, prior to boarding, proof of a negative result to a Covid-19 test.

    Accepted test: RT-PCR test taken 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.

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Thailand.

    All travellers arriving from these countries must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding.

    Children until 24 months of age are exempt.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

    Flights between Portugal and other third-country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. 

    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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except: •to buy food and other essential items; •to go to work if you cannot work from home; •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 short periods of 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. From 5 April shops up to a maximum area of 200m² and with direct street access may open. Trading hours are restricted as follows:
    • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm; • Weekends and public holidays – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm
    Restaurants and cafés may serve meals on open terraces with a maximum of 4 people per table. Trading hours are restricted as follows:
    • Weekdays – all restaurants and cafés close at 10:30pm; •Weekends and public holidays – all restaurants and cafés close at 1pm.
    The sale of alcoholic drinks in retail establishments is prohibited between 8pm and 6am except at restaurants operating on outdoor terraces where the times stated above apply. Cultural facilities such as museums, monuments, palaces and art galleries may open until 10:30pm on weekdays and 1pm at weekends and on public holidays. For further details of the deconfinement plan, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese). 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    *Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted. For further details of the plan, 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:
    • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am; •on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am.
    Shops and other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result.
    This does not apply to children aged 12 and under.
    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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government extends restrictions on travel via land and sea to Spain until 15 April (Reuters, 04.04.2021). Madeira reopens to all vaccinated travelers (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021). Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from U.K., Brazil until 15 April (Reuters, 29.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters, 25.03.2021). Portuguese government imposes 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from South Africa via other countries (Reuters, 20.03.2021). Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

    Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities.

    Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Thailand.

    All travellers arriving from these countries must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding.

    Children until 24 months of age are exempt.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

    Flights between Portugal and other third-country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. 

    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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except: •to buy food and other essential items; •to go to work if you cannot work from home; •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 short periods of 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. From 5 April shops up to a maximum area of 200m² and with direct street access may open. Trading hours are restricted as follows:
    • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm; • Weekends and public holidays – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm
    Restaurants and cafés may serve meals on open terraces with a maximum of 4 people per table. Trading hours are restricted as follows:
    • Weekdays – all restaurants and cafés close at 10:30pm; •Weekends and public holidays – all restaurants and cafés close at 1pm.
    The sale of alcoholic drinks in retail establishments is prohibited between 8pm and 6am except at restaurants operating on outdoor terraces where the times stated above apply. Cultural facilities such as museums, monuments, palaces and art galleries may open until 10:30pm on weekdays and 1pm at weekends and on public holidays. For further details of the deconfinement plan, see the Portuguese government’s website (in Portuguese). 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    *Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted. For further details of the plan, 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:
    • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am; •on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am.
    Shops and other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result.
    This does not apply to children aged 12 and under.
    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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government extends restrictions on travel via land and sea to Spain until 15 April (Reuters, 04.04.2021). Madeira reopens to all vaccinated travelers (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021). Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from U.K., Brazil until 15 April (Reuters, 29.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters, 25.03.2021). Portuguese government imposes 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from South Africa via other countries (Reuters, 20.03.2021). Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

    Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities.

    Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Thailand.

    All travellers arriving from these countries must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding.

    Children until 24 months of age are exempt.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

    Flights between Portugal and other third-country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. 

    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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except: • to buy food and other essential items; • to go to work if you cannot work from home; • 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups). 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. Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Restriction on travel over Easter: There is a ban on travelling between municipalities until 5am on 5 April. 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.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Public gatherings are banned. Shops, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are open for collection purposes only. Trading hours are also restricted as follows: • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm; • Weekends and public holidays – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm. Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food and drink that is collected must be consumed at home. The sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited between 8pm and 6am. 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    *Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted. For further details of the plan, 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: • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am; • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am. Shops and other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test. If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result. This does not apply to children aged 12 and under. 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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    06.04.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Madeira reopens to all vaccinated travelers (SchengenInfo, 01.04.2021). Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from U.K., Brazil until 15 April (Reuters, 29.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters, 25.03.2021). Portuguese government imposes 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from South Africa via other countries (Reuters, 20.03.2021). Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021). Authorities in Britain lift flight, maritime bans from Portugal (Reuters, 15.03.2021). Portuguese government extends travel restrictions to, from Brazil until at least Easter holiday (RioTime, 12.03.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

    Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities.

    Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Thailand.

    All travellers arriving from these countries must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding.

    Children until 24 months of age are exempt.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

    Flights between Portugal and other third-country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. 

    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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except: • to buy food and other essential items; • to go to work if you cannot work from home; • 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups). 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. Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Restriction on travel over Easter: There is a ban on travelling between municipalities until 5am on 5 April. 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.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Public gatherings are banned. Shops, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are open for collection purposes only. Trading hours are also restricted as follows: • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm; • Weekends and public holidays – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm. Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food and drink that is collected must be consumed at home. The sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited between 8pm and 6am. 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    *Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted. For further details of the plan, 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: • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am; • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am. Shops and other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test. If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result. This does not apply to children aged 12 and under. 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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    02.04.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from U.K., Brazil until 15 April (reuters, 29.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters, 25.03.2021). Portuguese government imposes 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from South Africa via other countries (Reuters, 20.03.2021). Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021). Authorities in Britain lift flight, maritime bans from Portugal (Reuters, 15.03.2021). Portuguese government extends travel restrictions to, from Brazil until at least Easter holiday (RioTime, 12.03.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

    Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities.

    Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Thailand.

    All travellers arriving from these countries must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding.

    Children until 24 months of age are exempt.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

    Flights between Portugal and other third-country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. 

    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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except: • to buy food and other essential items; • to go to work if you cannot work from home; • 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups). 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. Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Restriction on travel over Easter: There is a ban on travelling between municipalities until 5am on 5 April. 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.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Public gatherings are banned. Shops, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are open for collection purposes only. Trading hours are also restricted as follows: • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm; • Weekends and public holidays – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm. Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food and drink that is collected must be consumed at home. The sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited between 8pm and 6am. 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    *Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted. For further details of the plan, 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: • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am; • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am. Shops and other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test. If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result. This does not apply to children aged 12 and under. 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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    01.04.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from U.K., Brazil until 15 April (reuters, 29.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters, 25.03.2021). Portuguese government imposes 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from South Africa via other countries (Reuters, 20.03.2021). Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021). Authorities in Britain lift flight, maritime bans from Portugal (Reuters, 15.03.2021). Portuguese government extends travel restrictions to, from Brazil until at least Easter holiday (RioTime, 12.03.2021).

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

    Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities.

    Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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: As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions. EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence. Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Thailand.

    All travellers arriving from these countries must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding.

    Children until 24 months of age are exempt.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

    Flights between Portugal and other third-country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. 

    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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except: • to buy food and other essential items; • to go to work if you cannot work from home; • 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups). 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. Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Restriction on travel over Easter: There is a ban on travelling between municipalities until 5am on 5 April. 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.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Public gatherings are banned. Shops, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are open for collection purposes only. Trading hours are also restricted as follows: • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm; • Weekends and public holidays – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm. Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food and drink that is collected must be consumed at home. The sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited between 8pm and 6am. 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    *Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted. For further details of the plan, 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: • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am; • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am. Shops and other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test. If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result. This does not apply to children aged 12 and under. 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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    31.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from U.K., Brazil until 15 April (reuters, 29.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters, 25.03.2021). Portuguese government imposes 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from South Africa via other countries (Reuters, 20.03.2021). Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021). Authorities in Britain lift flight, maritime bans from Portugal (Reuters, 15.03.2021). Portuguese government extends travel restrictions to, from Brazil until at least Easter holiday (RioTime, 12.03.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

    Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities.

    Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Thailand.

    All travellers arriving from these countries must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding.

    Children until 24 months of age are exempt.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

    Flights between Portugal and other third-country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. 

    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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except:
    • to buy food and other essential items
    • to go to work if you cannot work from home
    • 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups)
    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.
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Restriction on travel over Easter: There will be a ban on travelling between municipalities from 12.01am on 26 March until 5am on 5 April. 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.
    *Public spaces and services: Mainland Portugal. Public gatherings are banned. Shops, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are open for collection purposes only. Trading hours are also restricted as follows:
    • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm
    • Weekends and public holidays – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm
    Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food and drink that is collected must be consumed at home. The sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited between 8pm and 6am. 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted. For further details of the plan, 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:
    • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am
    • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am
    Shops and other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result.
    This does not apply to children aged 12 and under.
    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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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.
    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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    30.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from U.K., Brazil until 15 April (reuters, 29.03.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters, 25.03.2021). Portuguese government imposes 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from South Africa via other countries (reuters,20.03.2021). Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021). Authorities in Britain lift flight, maritime bans from Portugal (Reuters, 15.03.2021). Portuguese government extends travel restrictions to, from Brazil until at least Easter holiday (RioTime, 12.03.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    All travellers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
    The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to departure.

    Children aged 2 and under are exempted.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities.

    Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, and Thailand.

    All travellers arriving from these countries must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding.

    Children until 24 months of age are exempt.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

    Flights between Portugal and other third-country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. 

    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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except:
    • to buy food and other essential items
    • to go to work if you cannot work from home
    • 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups)
    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.
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Restriction on travel over Easter: There will be a ban on travelling between municipalities from 12.01am on 26 March until 5am on 5 April. 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.
    *Public spaces and services: Mainland Portugal. Public gatherings are banned. Shops, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are open for collection purposes only. Trading hours are also restricted as follows:
    • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm
    • Weekends and public holidays – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm
    Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food and drink that is collected must be consumed at home. The sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited between 8pm and 6am. 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted. For further details of the plan, 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:
    • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am
    • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am
    Shops and other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result.
    This does not apply to children aged 12 and under.
    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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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.
    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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    29.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Authorities extend COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters, 25.03.2021). Portuguese government imposes 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from South Africa via other countries (reuters,20.03.2021). Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021). Authorities in Britain lift flight, maritime bans from Portugal (Reuters, 15.03.2021). Portuguese government extends travel restrictions to, from Brazil until at least Easter holiday (RioTime, 12.03.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except:
    • to buy food and other essential items
    • to go to work if you cannot work from home
    • 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups)
    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.
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Restriction on travel over Easter: There will be a ban on travelling between municipalities from 12.01am on 26 March until 5am on 5 April. 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.
    *Public spaces and services: Mainland Portugal. Public gatherings are banned. Shops, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are open for collection purposes only. Trading hours are also restricted as follows:
    • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm
    • Weekends and public holidays – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm
    Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food and drink that is collected must be consumed at home. The sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited between 8pm and 6am. 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted. For further details of the plan, 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:
    • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am
    • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am
    Shops and other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result.
    This does not apply to children aged 12 and under.
    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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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.
    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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    26.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Authorities extend COVID-19 state of emergency for 15 days (Reuters, 25.03.2021). Portuguese government imposes 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from South Africa via other countries (reuters,20.03.2021). Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021). Authorities in Britain lift flight, maritime bans from Portugal (Reuters, 15.03.2021). Portuguese government extends travel restrictions to, from Brazil until at least Easter holiday (RioTime, 12.03.2021). Government approves 15-day extension of state of emergency; lockdown restrictions expected to be eased (Reuters, 11.03.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except:
    • to buy food and other essential items
    • to go to work if you cannot work from home
    • 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups)
    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.
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Restriction on travel over Easter: There will be a ban on travelling between municipalities from 12.01am on 26 March until 5am on 5 April. 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.
    *Public spaces and services: Mainland Portugal. Public gatherings are banned. Shops, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are open for collection purposes only. Trading hours are also restricted as follows:
    • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm
    • Weekends and public holidays – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm
    Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food and drink that is collected must be consumed at home. The sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited between 8pm and 6am. 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted. For further details of the plan, 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:
    • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am
    • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am
    Shops and other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low, low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result.
    This does not apply to children aged 12 and under.
    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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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.
    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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    25.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government imposes 14-day quarantine for travelers coming from South Africa via other countries (reuters,20.03.2021). Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021). Authorities in Britain lift flight, maritime bans from Portugal (Reuters, 15.03.2021). Portuguese government extends travel restrictions to, from Brazil until at least Easter holiday (RioTime, 12.03.2021). Government approves 15-day extension of state of emergency; lockdown restrictions expected to be eased (Reuters, 11.03.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except:

    • to buy food and other essential items;
    • to go to work if you cannot work from home;

    • 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups).
    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.
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Restriction on travel over Easter: There will be a ban on travelling between municipalities from 8pm on 26 March to 5am on 5 April. 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.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Public gatherings are banned. Shops, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are open for collection purposes only. Trading hours are also restricted as follows:

    • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm;

    • Weekends – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm. Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food and drink that is collected must be consumed at home. The sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited between 8pm and 6am. 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    -Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted.
    For further details of the plan, 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:

    • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am;

    • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am.

    Shops and other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low,
    low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test. If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result. This does not apply to children aged 12 and under. 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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    23.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021). Authorities in Britain lift flight, maritime bans from Portugal (Reuters, 15.03.2021). Portuguese government extends travel restrictions to, from Brazil until at least Easter holiday (RioTime, 12.03.2021). Government approves 15-day extension of state of emergency; lockdown restrictions expected to be eased (Reuters, 11.03.2021). Land border between Spain and Portugal to remain closed until after Easter (Reuters, 11.03.2021).

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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: As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions. EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence. Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries: Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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. Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory. All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores 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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except:

    • to buy food and other essential items;
    • to go to work if you cannot work from home;

    • 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups).
    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.
    Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Restriction on travel over Easter: There will be a ban on travelling between municipalities from 8pm on 26 March to 5am on 5 April. 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.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Public gatherings are banned. Shops, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are open for collection purposes only. Trading hours are also restricted as follows:

    • Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm;

    • Weekends – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm. Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food and drink that is collected must be consumed at home. The sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited between 8pm and 6am. 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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.
    -Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted.
    For further details of the plan, 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:

    • on weekdays from 7pm to 5am;

    • on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am.

    Shops and other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low,
    low, medium, medium high and high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test. If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result. This does not apply to children aged 12 and under. 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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    19.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portugal, Spain: land border between countries to remain closed until at least 6 April to fight spread of COVID-19 (15.03.2021). Authorities in Britain lift flight, maritime bans from Portugal (Reuters, 15.03.2021). Portuguese government extends travel restrictions to, from Brazil until at least Easter holiday (RioTime, 12.03.2021). Government approves 15-day extension of state of emergency; lockdown restrictions expected to be eased (Reuters, 11.03.2021). Land border between Spain and Portugal to remain closed until after Easter (Reuters, 11.03.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except:
    • to buy food and other essential items;
    • to go to work if you cannot work from home;
    • 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups).
    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. Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Restriction on travel over Easter: There will be a ban on travelling between municipalities from 8pm on 26 March to 5am on 5 April. 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.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Public gatherings are banned. Shops, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are open for collection purposes only. Trading hours are also restricted as follows: – Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm; -Weekends – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm.
    Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food and drink that is collected must be consumed at home. The sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited between 8pm and 6am.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, and other enclosed spaces, 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. -Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted. For further details of the plan, 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: – on weekdays from 7pm to 5am; -on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am
    Shops and other 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. 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.. There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores –very low, low, medium, > medium highhigh. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result. This does not apply to children aged 12 and under. 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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until y ou leave. 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. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    16.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Authorities in Britain lift flight, maritime bans from Portugal (Reuters, 15.03.2021). Portuguese government extends travel restrictions to, from Brazil until at least Easter holiday (RioTime, 12.03.2021). Government approves 15-day extension of state of emergency; lockdown restrictions expected to be eased (Reuters, 11.03.2021). Land border between Spain and Portugal to remain closed until after Easter (Reuters, 11.03.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Portugal: Mainland Portugal is currently in a ‘state of emergency.’ Measures are in place to control the spread the virus. These measures include a duty to stay at home, except:
    • to buy food and other essential items;
    • to go to work if you cannot work from home;
    • 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups).
    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. Use this tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Restriction on travel over Easter: There will be a ban on travelling between municipalities from 8pm on 26 March to 5am on 5 April. 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.
    *Public spaces and services: -Mainland Portugal: Public gatherings are banned. Shops, with the exception of supermarkets, grocery and hardware stores, pharmacies and petrol stations, are open for collection purposes only. Trading hours are also restricted as follows: – Weekdays – all shops and supermarkets close at 9pm; -Weekends – shops close at 1pm; supermarkets and grocery stores close at 7pm.
    Restaurants and cafés are closed, except for takeaways and food delivery services. Food and drink that is collected must be consumed at home. The sale of alcoholic drinks is prohibited between 8pm and 6am.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, and other enclosed spaces, 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. -Lifting lockdown: The Portuguese government has announced a plan for easing lockdown measures. Between 15 March and 3 May, and providing the virus remains under control, shops and services will open and restrictions on sporting activities and events will be gradually lifted. For further details of the plan, 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: – on weekdays from 7pm to 5am; -on weekends and public holidays from 6pm to 5am
    Shops and other 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. 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.. There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores –very low, low, medium, > medium highhigh. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Inter-island travel: You should only travel between islands if your journey is essential. If you have to travel and you are travelling from a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result. This does not apply to children aged 12 and under. 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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until y ou leave. 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. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    15.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Government approves 15-day extension of state of emergency; lockdown restrictions expected to be eased (Reuters, 11.03.2021).Land border between Spain and Portugal to remain closed until after Easter (Reuters, 11.03.2021). Government approves 15-day extension of state of emergency; lockdown restrictions expected to be eased (Reuters, 11.03.2021). Portuguese government requires 14-day quarantine on indirect flights from Brazil, U.K. (Reuters, 06.03.2021). Portuguese government keeps flights from, to Brazil and U.K. suspended until 16 March (Portugal Resident, 28.02.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions:
    Entry rules in response to coronavirus. *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, 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.
    Screening on arrival: All passengers, excluding children up to the age of 2, travelling to Portugal must show a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS/COVID-19 at the time of boarding. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of departure. Your airline is likely to deny boarding if you cannot provide this at check-in. Check with your airline before you travel.
    Passengers who are in direct transit through Portugal do not require a COVID-19 test for Portugal. Check the entry requirements for your final destination.
    If you are resident in Portugal and your airline has, as an exception, allowed you to travel without proof of a COVID-19 test, you will need to take the test on arrival at the airport. You will need to pay for the test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.
    If you are travelling from an EU member state, including in transit, where the COVID-19 incidence rate exceeds 500 per 100,000 inhabitants, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Check with your airline before you book if this applies to you.
    All passengers travelling to Portugal will be subject to health screening on arrival. 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 further RT-PCR COVID-19 test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.
    For further information, see the Portuguese Immigration Service website
    Make sure you have a RT-PCR COVID-19 nasal swab test. Check your test result identifies the type of test taken and gives your name, date of birth, the date and time the sample was collected and the date of the result.
    Transiting Spain: International transit through Spanish airports by passengers on flights departing from the UK is only permitted if you are travelling to a country outside the Schengen area. Transit time should be no more than 24 hours, travellers must remain airside and must be able to present a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival into Spain.
    British travellers can transit Spanish airports on return to the UK. You should be prepared to show evidence of your connecting flight. Should your transit involve passing through Spanish border control into Spanish territory, you may be required to present a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test. Please contact your travel operator before departure.
    *Road, rail and ferry travel to/from Spain: There are border controls at the land border with Spain. Border crossings are suspended until further notice, except for cross border workers, goods traffic and people entering or leaving Portugal to return to their normal place of residence. Checkpoints and operating times can be found on the Portuguese Immigration Service Facebook page. Rail and ferry connections between Spain and Portugal have been suspended.
    Check the requirements for entering and transiting France and Spain on FCDO Travel Advice, before you travel.
    *Entry to Madeira and Porto Santo: Before you arrive in Madeira and Porto Santo:
    complete and submit a traveller questionnaire
    • 12 to 48 hours before departure.
    • take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and upload your test result. If you are travelling from the UK, you should arrange to take a test privately and ensure it is a RT-PCR COVID-19 nasal swab test
    • In the unlikely event that your airline has allowed you to travel without a RT-PCR COVID-19 test, you will have to take a test on arrival at the airport and remain in government provided accommodation until the results are known. This will take about 12 hours.
    • On arrival, you will be subject to health screening. If you have not uploaded your RT-PCR COVID-19 test result, you will be asked to show it at the airport.
    If at any stage you test positive or inconclusive, you will have to repeat the test until the result is negative.
    For further information, see the Madeira Tourist Board’s
    information for visitors. Travellers from the UK are not exempt from having a second RT-PCR test.
    The regional government has announced that anyone who has recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, or has had both doses of the vaccine will be exempt from showing a RT-PCR COVID-19 test on arrival in Madeira or Porto Santo. For more information, see the Madeira Tourist Board’s information for visitors and contact your tour operator or airline.
    *Entry to the Azores: Before you arrive in the Azores:
    • take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and print or keep a digital copy of the negative result to show to the airline when you board. If you are travelling from the UK, you should arrange to take the test privately and ensure it is a RT-PCR COVID-19 nasal swab test.
    complete a passenger questionnaire
    On arrival, you will be subject to health screening. You can be prosecuted if you travel without having taken a RT-PCR COVID-19 test, and you will be obliged to take a test locally.
    If you have not completed the passenger questionnaire online, you will be asked to fill in a form manually at the airport.
    If you are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test locally 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test locally 12 days after the first test.
    For further information, see 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 an island classified as medium or high risk, you will need to
    • have a 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result.
    This does not apply to children aged 12 and under.
    *Ports and vessels: Cruise ships can only berth at ports on mainland Portugal for the purpose of repairs and layover. Crew and any passengers will not be allowed to disembark. Cruise ships are allowed to dock in Madeira and Porto Santo, but passengers and crew can only embark or disembark with the consent of the health authorities. Other vessels can dock and crew and passengers can disembark subject to health screening and:
    • completion of a Traveller Registration form
    • proof of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test, carried out, at most, 72 hours prior to departure from the last port of call
    If you do not have proof of having taken a test, you will need to take a test on arrival and await the results on board the vessel. If you have been at sea for more than 14 days, you will be exempt from a COVID-19 test unless you have a temperature or you are showing signs of being unwell.

    Read more
    12.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government requires 14-day quarantine on indirect flights from Brazil, U.K. (Reuters, 06.03.2021). Portuguese government keeps flights from, to Brazil and U.K. suspended until 16 March (Portugal Resident, 28.02.2021). COVID-19 lockdown to be extended until mid-March (Reuters, 26.02.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions: Entry rules in response to coronavirus. *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, 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.
    Screening on arrival: All passengers, excluding children up to the age of 2, travelling to Portugal must show a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS/COVID-19 at the time of boarding. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of departure. Your airline is likely to deny boarding if you cannot provide this at check-in. Check with your airline before you travel.
    Passengers who are in direct transit through Portugal do not require a COVID-19 test for Portugal. Check the entry requirements for your final destination.
    If you are resident in Portugal and your airline has, as an exception, allowed you to travel without proof of a COVID-19 test, you will need to take the test on arrival at the airport. You will need to pay for the test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.
    If you are travelling from an EU member state, including in transit, where the COVID-19 incidence rate exceeds 500 per 100,000 inhabitants, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Check with your airline before you book if this applies to you.
    All passengers travelling to Portugal will be subject to health screening on arrival. 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 further RT-PCR COVID-19 test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.
    For further information, see the Portuguese Immigration Service website
    .
    You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test. Make sure you have a RT-PCR COVID-19 nasal swab test. Check your test result identifies the type of test taken and gives your name, date of birth, the date and time the sample was collected and the date of the result.
    Transiting Spain: International transit through Spanish airports by passengers on flights departing from the UK is only permitted if you are travelling to a country outside the Schengen area. Transit time should be no more than 24 hours, travellers must remain airside and must be able to present a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival into Spain.
    British travellers can transit Spanish airports on return to the UK. You should be prepared to show evidence of your connecting flight. Should your transit involve passing through Spanish border control into Spanish territory, you may be required to present a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test. Please contact your travel operator before departure.
    *Road, rail and ferry travel to/from Spain: There are border controls at the land border with Spain. Border crossings are suspended until further notice, except for cross border workers, goods traffic and people entering or leaving Portugal to return to their normal place of residence. Checkpoints and operating times can be found on the Portuguese Immigration Service Facebook page. Rail and ferry connections between Spain and Portugal have been suspended.
    Check the requirements for entering and transiting France and Spain on FCDO Travel Advice, before you travel.
    *Entry to Madeira and Porto Santo: Before you arrive in Madeira and Porto Santo:
    complete and submit a traveller questionnaire
    • 12 to 48 hours before departure.
    • take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and upload your test result. If you are travelling from the UK, you should arrange to take a test privately and ensure it is a RT-PCR COVID-19 nasal swab test
    • In the unlikely event that your airline has allowed you to travel without a RT-PCR COVID-19 test, you will have to take a test on arrival at the airport and remain in government provided accommodation until the results are known. This will take about 12 hours.
    • On arrival, you will be subject to health screening. If you have not uploaded your RT-PCR COVID-19 test result, you will be asked to show it at the airport.
    If at any stage you test positive or inconclusive, you will have to repeat the test until the result is negative.
    For further information, see the Madeira Tourist Board’s
    information for visitors. Travellers from the UK are not exempt from having a second RT-PCR test.
    The regional government has announced that anyone who has recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, or has had both doses of the vaccine will be exempt from showing a RT-PCR COVID-19 test on arrival in Madeira or Porto Santo. For more information, see the Madeira Tourist Board’s information for visitors and contact your tour operator or airline
    .
    *Entry to the Azores: Before you arrive in the Azores:
    • take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and print or keep a digital copy of the negative result to show to the airline when you board. If you are travelling from the UK, you should arrange to take the test privately and ensure it is a RT-PCR COVID-19 nasal swab test.
    complete a passenger questionnaire
    On arrival, you will be subject to health screening. You can be prosecuted if you travel without having taken a RT-PCR COVID-19 test, and you will be obliged to take a test locally.
    If you have not completed the passenger questionnaire online, you will be asked to fill in a form manually at the airport.
    If you are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test locally 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test locally 12 days after the first test.
    For further information, see 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 an island classified as medium or high risk, you will need to
    • have a 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result.
    This does not apply to children aged 12 and under.
    *Ports and vessels: Cruise ships can only berth at ports on mainland Portugal for the purpose of repairs and layover. Crew and any passengers will not be allowed to disembark. Cruise ships are allowed to dock in Madeira and Porto Santo, but passengers and crew can only embark or disembark with the consent of the health authorities. Other vessels can dock and crew and passengers can disembark subject to health screening and:
    • completion of a Traveller Registration form
    • proof of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test, carried out, at most, 72 hours prior to departure from the last port of call
    If you do not have proof of having taken a test, you will need to take a test on arrival and await the results on board the vessel. If you have been at sea for more than 14 days, you will be exempt from a COVID-19 test unless you have a temperature or you are showing signs of being unwell.

    Read more
    09.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government keeps flights from, to Brazil and U.K. suspended until 16 March (Portugal Resident, 28.02.2021). COVID-19 lockdown to be extended until mid-March (Reuters, 26.02.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    Portuguese Immigration Service website FAQs

    Internal Restrictions: Entry rules in response to coronavirus. *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, 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.
    Screening on arrival: All passengers, excluding children up to the age of 2, travelling to Portugal must show a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS/COVID-19 at the time of boarding. The test must have been taken within 72 hours of departure. Your airline is likely to deny boarding if you cannot provide this at check-in. Check with your airline before you travel.
    Passengers who are in direct transit through Portugal do not require a COVID-19 test for Portugal. Check the entry requirements for your final destination.
    If you are resident in Portugal and your airline has, as an exception, allowed you to travel without proof of a COVID-19 test, you will need to take the test on arrival at the airport. You will need to pay for the test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.
    If you are travelling from an EU member state, including in transit, where the COVID-19 incidence rate exceeds 500 per 100,000 inhabitants, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Check with your airline before you book if this applies to you.
    All passengers travelling to Portugal will be subject to health screening on arrival. 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 further RT-PCR COVID-19 test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.
    For further information, see the Portuguese Immigration Service website
    .
    You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test. Make sure you have a RT-PCR COVID-19 nasal swab test. Check your test result identifies the type of test taken and gives your name, date of birth, the date and time the sample was collected and the date of the result.
    Transiting Spain: International transit through Spanish airports by passengers on flights departing from the UK is only permitted if you are travelling to a country outside the Schengen area. Transit time should be no more than 24 hours, travellers must remain airside and must be able to present a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test taken within no more than 72 hours prior to arrival into Spain.
    British travellers can transit Spanish airports on return to the UK. You should be prepared to show evidence of your connecting flight. Should your transit involve passing through Spanish border control into Spanish territory, you may be required to present a negative PCR, TNA or LAMP test. Please contact your travel operator before departure.
    *Road, rail and ferry travel to/from Spain: There are border controls at the land border with Spain. Border crossings are suspended until further notice, except for cross border workers, goods traffic and people entering or leaving Portugal to return to their normal place of residence. Checkpoints and operating times can be found on the Portuguese Immigration Service Facebook page. Rail and ferry connections between Spain and Portugal have been suspended.
    Check the requirements for entering and transiting France and Spain on FCDO Travel Advice, before you travel.
    *Entry to Madeira and Porto Santo: Before you arrive in Madeira and Porto Santo:
    complete and submit a traveller questionnaire
    • 12 to 48 hours before departure.
    • take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and upload your test result. If you are travelling from the UK, you should arrange to take a test privately and ensure it is a RT-PCR COVID-19 nasal swab test
    • In the unlikely event that your airline has allowed you to travel without a RT-PCR COVID-19 test, you will have to take a test on arrival at the airport and remain in government provided accommodation until the results are known. This will take about 12 hours.
    • On arrival, you will be subject to health screening. If you have not uploaded your RT-PCR COVID-19 test result, you will be asked to show it at the airport.
    If at any stage you test positive or inconclusive, you will have to repeat the test until the result is negative.
    For further information, see the Madeira Tourist Board’s
    information for visitors. Travellers from the UK are not exempt from having a second RT-PCR test.
    The regional government has announced that anyone who has recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 90 days, or has had both doses of the vaccine will be exempt from showing a RT-PCR COVID-19 test on arrival in Madeira or Porto Santo. For more information, see the Madeira Tourist Board’s information for visitors and contact your tour operator or airline
    .
    *Entry to the Azores: Before you arrive in the Azores:
    • take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test 72 hours before you travel and print or keep a digital copy of the negative result to show to the airline when you board. If you are travelling from the UK, you should arrange to take the test privately and ensure it is a RT-PCR COVID-19 nasal swab test.
    complete a passenger questionnaire
    On arrival, you will be subject to health screening. You can be prosecuted if you travel without having taken a RT-PCR COVID-19 test, and you will be obliged to take a test locally.
    If you have not completed the passenger questionnaire online, you will be asked to fill in a form manually at the airport.
    If you are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test locally 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test locally 12 days after the first test.
    For further information, see 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 an island classified as medium or high risk, you will need to
    • have a 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result.
    This does not apply to children aged 12 and under.
    *Ports and vessels: Cruise ships can only berth at ports on mainland Portugal for the purpose of repairs and layover. Crew and any passengers will not be allowed to disembark. Cruise ships are allowed to dock in Madeira and Porto Santo, but passengers and crew can only embark or disembark with the consent of the health authorities. Other vessels can dock and crew and passengers can disembark subject to health screening and:
    • completion of a Traveller Registration form
    • proof of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test, carried out, at most, 72 hours prior to departure from the last port of call
    If you do not have proof of having taken a test, you will need to take a test on arrival and await the results on board the vessel. If you have been at sea for more than 14 days, you will be exempt from a COVID-19 test unless you have a temperature or you are showing signs of being unwell.

    Read more
    05.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government keeps flights from, to Brazil and U.K. suspended until 16 March (Portugal Resident, 28.02.2021). COVID-19 lockdown to be extended until mid-March (Reuters, 26.02.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown.
    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 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 short periods of 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. Access to beaches and promenades is restricted and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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.
    Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low
    , low, medium, medium high and
    high. Each level has its own restrictions. Keep up-to-date with any changes to the risk levels in your area and related restrictions on the Regional Government’s website. Change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the northern part of the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice. You should avoid travelling to or through this area of the town.
    If you are already visiting or living in this part of 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 a town or an island classified as medium or high risk, 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 are staying for more than 7 days, you will have to repeat the test 6 days after the first test. If you are staying for more than 13 days, you will have to repeat the test 12 days after the first test.
    If your flight is cancelled or delayed and your PCR COVID-19 test exceeds the 72 hour timeframe, you will have to take a test on arrival and self-isolate until you receive confirmation of a negative result.
    This does not apply to children aged 12 and under.
    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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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.
    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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    04.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government keeps flights from, to Brazil and U.K. suspended until 16 March (Portugal Resident, 28.02.2021). COVID-19 lockdown to be extended until mid-March (Reuters, 26.02.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown. 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 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups)
    Use this a href=” https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/”>tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Public spaces and services: Mainland Portugal. Public gatherings are banned. Access to beaches and promenades is restricted and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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.
    Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 the a href=” https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19″>regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these a href=” https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/PerguntasFrequentes”>frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the a href=” http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)”>Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    The Azores: The autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=9271″>very low , a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=8896″>low, a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=8891″>medium, a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=9267″>medium high and a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=8888″>high . Each level has its own restrictions. All islands are currently classified as very low risk (see paragraph below on restrictions on travel to and from Rabo de Peixe).
    a href=” https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/”>See the Regional Government’s website for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the northern part of the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice. You should avoid travelling to or through this area of the town.
    If you are already visiting or living in this part of 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 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 a href=” https://mysafeazores.com/”>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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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.
    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 a href=” https://dre.pt/pesquisa/-/search/146435561/details/maximized”>62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required a href=” http://business.turismodeportugal.pt/SiteCollectionDocuments/selo-estabelecimento-clean-safe/clean-safe-stamp-accommodation.pdf”>hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s a href=” https://portugalcleanandsafe.com/en/stamp”>“clean and safe” certification .

    Read more
    02.03.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: COVID-19 lockdown to be extended until mid-March (Reuters, 26.02.2021). Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from Brazil, U.K. to 1 March because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 13.02.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown. 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 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups)
    Use this a href=” https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/”>tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Public spaces and services: Mainland Portugal. Public gatherings are banned. Access to beaches and promenades is restricted and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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.
    Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 the a href=” https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19″>regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these a href=” https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/PerguntasFrequentes”>frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the a href=” http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)”>Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    The Azores: The autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=9271″>very low , a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=8896″>low, a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=8891″>medium, a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=9267″>medium high and a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=8888″>high . Each level has its own restrictions. All islands are currently classified as very low risk (see paragraph below on restrictions on travel to and from Rabo de Peixe).
    a href=” https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/”>See the Regional Government’s website for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the northern part of the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice. You should avoid travelling to or through this area of the town.
    If you are already visiting or living in this part of 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 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 a href=” https://mysafeazores.com/”>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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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.
    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 a href=” https://dre.pt/pesquisa/-/search/146435561/details/maximized”>62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required a href=” http://business.turismodeportugal.pt/SiteCollectionDocuments/selo-estabelecimento-clean-safe/clean-safe-stamp-accommodation.pdf”>hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s a href=” https://portugalcleanandsafe.com/en/stamp”>“clean and safe” certification .

    Read more
    26.02.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from Brazil, U.K. to 1 March because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 13.02.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown until 1 March (Reuters, 11.02.2021). Portuguese authorities ban all flights to, from U.K. starting 23 January to tackle spread of COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    **From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown. 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 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 short periods of exercise outdoors (individually, not in groups)
    Use this a href=” https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/”>tool (in Portuguese) for more information on the restrictions that affect you.
    *Public spaces and services: Mainland Portugal. Public gatherings are banned. Access to beaches and promenades is restricted and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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.
    Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 the a href=” https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19″>regional government’s website (in Portuguese). See also these a href=” https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/PerguntasFrequentes”>frequently asked questions (in Portuguese). Information in English is available on the a href=” http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)”>Madeiran Tourist Office website.
    The Azores: The autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=9271″>very low , a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=8896″>low, a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=8891″>medium, a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=9267″>medium high and a href=” https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=8888″>high . Each level has its own restrictions. All islands are currently classified as very low risk (see paragraph below on restrictions on travel to and from Rabo de Peixe).
    a href=” https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/”>See the Regional Government’s website for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the northern part of the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice. You should avoid travelling to or through this area of the town.
    If you are already visiting or living in this part of 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 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 a href=” https://mysafeazores.com/”>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 all enclosed spaces. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. 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.
    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 a href=” https://dre.pt/pesquisa/-/search/146435561/details/maximized”>62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of hotels, holiday apartments, private villas and campsites are open. If you are booking accommodation, check it meets the required a href=” http://business.turismodeportugal.pt/SiteCollectionDocuments/selo-estabelecimento-clean-safe/clean-safe-stamp-accommodation.pdf”>hygiene and cleaning standards and look out for the Portuguese Tourist Board’s a href=” https://portugalcleanandsafe.com/en/stamp”>“clean and safe” certification .

    Read more
    25.02.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from Brazil, U.K. to 1 March because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 13.02.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown until 1 March (Reuters, 11.02.2021). Portuguese authorities ban all flights to, from U.K. starting 23 January to tackle spread of COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    **From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown. 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 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 short periods of 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. Access to beaches and promenades is restricted and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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. Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 5 levels of risk in the Azores – very low
    , low
    , medium
    , medium high
    and high
    . Each level has its own restrictions. In the high-risk municipality of Ribeira Grande on the island of São Miguel, you are obliged to stay at home until further notice, as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am.
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on weekends. Sports and entertainment facilities are closed. See the Regional Government’s website
    for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the northern part of the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice. You should avoid travelling to or through this area of the town.
    If you are already visiting or living in this part of 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 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 all enclosed spaces. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    23.02.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from Brazil, U.K. to 1 March because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 13.02.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown until 1 March (Reuters, 11.02.2021). Portuguese authorities ban all flights to, from U.K. starting 23 January to tackle spread of COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

    EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.

    Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.

    *From Third Countries:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown. 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 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 short periods of 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. Access to beaches and promenades is restricted and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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.
    Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 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.
    *Restrictions over the Carnival period in Madeira and Porto Santo: From 15 to 19 February, you are required to stay at home from 6pm to 5am the following morning, unless you need emergency medical treatment or are an essential worker. Shops and other commercial premises, except for pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 5pm. Restaurants can remain open until 10pm for food delivery services only.
    *The Azores: The autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – low, medium and high . Each level has its own restrictions.
    In the high-risk municipality of Ribeira Grande on the island of São Miguel, you are obliged to stay at home until further notice, as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am.
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on weekends. Sports and entertainment facilities are closed. See the Regional Government’s website for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Restrictions over the Carnival period in the Azores: During the Carnival period, restrictions will be in place on all islands as follows:
    From 8pm on 12 February until midnight on 14 February:
    • Shops and commercial premises, except for those selling essential goods and services, will be closed
    • Restaurants, bars and cafés will be closed, except for takeaway and food delivery services
    From 8pm on 12 February until 5am on 17 February:
    • There will be a ban on all Carnival festivities and on public and private gatherings relating to Carnival
    • There will be a ban on leaving home between 8pm and 5am the following morning, except for essential purposes
    On 15 and 16 February:
    • restaurants, bars and café will close at 3pm, except for takeaway and food delivery services
    *Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the northern part ofthe parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice. You should avoid travelling to or through this area of the town. If you are already visiting or living in this part of 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 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 all enclosed spaces. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation:A limited number of 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
    19.02.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese government extends suspension of flights to, from Brazil, U.K. to 1 March because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 13.02.2021). Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown until 1 March (Reuters, 11.02.2021). Portuguese authorities ban all flights to, from U.K. starting 23 January to tackle spread of COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown. 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 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 short periods of 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. Access to beaches and promenades is restricted and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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.
    Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 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.
    *Restrictions over the Carnival period in Madeira and Porto Santo: From 15 to 19 February, you are required to stay at home from 6pm to 5am the following morning, unless you need emergency medical treatment or are an essential worker. Shops and other commercial premises, except for pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 5pm. Restaurants can remain open until 10pm for food delivery services only.
    *The Azores: The autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – low, medium and high . Each level has its own restrictions.
    In the high-risk municipality of Ribeira Grande on the island of São Miguel, you are obliged to stay at home until further notice, as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am.
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on weekends. Sports and entertainment facilities are closed. See the Regional Government’s website for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Restrictions over the Carnival period in the Azores: During the Carnival period, restrictions will be in place on all islands as follows:
    From 8pm on 12 February until midnight on 14 February:
    • Shops and commercial premises, except for those selling essential goods and services, will be closed
    • Restaurants, bars and cafés will be closed, except for takeaway and food delivery services
    From 8pm on 12 February until 5am on 17 February:
    • There will be a ban on all Carnival festivities and on public and private gatherings relating to Carnival
    • There will be a ban on leaving home between 8pm and 5am the following morning, except for essential purposes
    On 15 and 16 February:
    • restaurants, bars and café will close at 3pm, except for takeaway and food delivery services
    *Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the northern part ofthe parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice. You should avoid travelling to or through this area of the town. If you are already visiting or living in this part of 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 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 all enclosed spaces. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation:A limited number of 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
    16.02.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Authorities extend COVID-19 lockdown until 1 March (Reuters, 11.02.2021). Government extends nationwide lockdown until mid-February (Reuters, 28.01.2021) Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portuguese authorities ban all flights to, from U.K. starting 23 January to tackle spread of COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown. 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 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 short periods of 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. Access to beaches and promenades is restricted and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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.
    Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 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.
    *Restrictions over the Carnival period in Madeira and Porto Santo: From 15 to 19 February, you are required to stay at home from 6pm to 5am the following morning, unless you need emergency medical treatment or are an essential worker. Shops and other commercial premises, except for pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 5pm. Restaurants can remain open until 10pm for food delivery services only.
    *The Azores: The autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – low, medium and high . Each level has its own restrictions.
    In the high-risk municipality of Ribeira Grande on the island of São Miguel, you are obliged to stay at home until further notice, as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am.
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on weekends. Sports and entertainment facilities are closed. See the Regional Government’s website for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Restrictions over the Carnival period in the Azores: During the Carnival period, restrictions will be in place on all islands as follows:
    From 8pm on 12 February until midnight on 14 February:
    • Shops and commercial premises, except for those selling essential goods and services, will be closed
    • Restaurants, bars and cafés will be closed, except for takeaway and food delivery services
    From 8pm on 12 February until 5am on 17 February:
    • There will be a ban on all Carnival festivities and on public and private gatherings relating to Carnival
    • There will be a ban on leaving home between 8pm and 5am the following morning, except for essential purposes
    On 15 and 16 February:
    • restaurants, bars and café will close at 3pm, except for takeaway and food delivery services
    *Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the northern part ofthe parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice. You should avoid travelling to or through this area of the town. If you are already visiting or living in this part of 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 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 all enclosed spaces. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation:A limited number of 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
    12.02.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Government extends nationwide lockdown until mid-February (Reuters, 28.01.2021) Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portuguese authorities ban all flights to, from U.K. starting 23 January to tackle spread of COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown.
    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 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 short periods of 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. Access to beaches and promenades is restricted and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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. Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 the regional government’s websitefrequently asked questionsMadeiran Tourist Office website.
    -The Azores: The autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – lowmedium
    and high. Each level has its own restrictions.
    In the high-risk municipalities of Ribeira Grande and Vila Franca do Campo on the island of São Miguel, you are obliged to stay at home until further notice, as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am.
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on weekends. Sports and entertainment facilities are closed.
    See the Regional Government’s website for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    -Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice. You should avoid travelling to or through this town. If you are already visiting or living in 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 all enclosed spaces. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    10.02.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Government extends nationwide lockdown until mid-February (Reuters, 28.01.2021) Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portuguese authorities ban all flights to, from U.K. starting 23 January to tackle spread of COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown.
    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 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 short periods of 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. Access to beaches and promenades is restricted and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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<>br
    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.
    Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 the regional government’s websitefrequently asked questionsMadeiran Tourist Office website.
    – The Azores:
    The autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – low, medium and high
    . Each level has its own restrictions.
    In the high-risk municipalities of Ribeira Grande and Vila Franca do Campo on the island of São Miguel, you are obliged to stay at home until further notice, as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am.
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on weekends. Sports and entertainment facilities are closed.
    See the Regional Government’s website
    for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    *Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel
    In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice. You should avoid travelling to or through this town.
    If you are already visiting or living in 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 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 all enclosed spaces. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    09.02.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Government extends nationwide lockdown until mid-February (Reuters, 28.01.2021) Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portuguese authorities ban all flights to, from U.K. starting 23 January to tackle spread of COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

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

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    Passengers coming from countries that have an incidence rate higher than 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before boarding time.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding.

    More details are available at www.sef.pt

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    Passengers from countries with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to undergo a 14-day isolation period after entry in mainland Portugal, either at home or in a place indicated by health authorities. Isolation does not apply to passengers on essential travel and whose length of stay in the national territory, certified by a return ticket, does not exceed 48 hours.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

    Air travel is allowed from/to the following countries: Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Uruguay.

    Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test unless their destination is 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.

    Children until 24 months of age do not need to submit supporting evidence of a negative RT-PCR SARS-CoV-2 test made within 72 hours before boarding. 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 test will be refused entry into the national territory.

    All commercial or private flights between Portugal and the United Kingdom and between Portugal and Brazil are suspended. Except for the right of entry for national citizens, their family members and holders of residence permits in Portugal, and only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of an RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown.
    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 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 short periods of 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. Access to beaches and promenades is restricted and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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.
    Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – low
    , medium
    and high
    . Each level has its own restrictions.
    In the high-risk municipalities of Ribeira Grande and Vila Franca do Campo on the island of São Miguel, you are obliged to stay at home until further notice, as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am.
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on weekends. Sports and entertainment facilities are closed.
    See the Regional Government’s website
    for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice. You should avoid travelling to or through this town.
    If you are already visiting or living in 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 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 all enclosed spaces. 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 here
    62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    05.02.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Government extends nationwide lockdown until mid-February (Reuters, 28.01.2021) Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portuguese authorities ban all flights to, from U.K. starting 23 January to tackle spread of COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From within the EU:

    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.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    NO.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    NO.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

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

    All commercial or private flights from/to the United Kingdom are suspended between 23 January and 5 Februar, except for the right of entry for national citizens and their families and holders of residence permits in Portugal, only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of a RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure time. 

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown.
    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 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 short periods of 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. Access to beaches and promenades is restricted and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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.
    Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – low
    , medium
    and high
    . Each level has its own restrictions.
    In the high-risk municipalities of Ribeira Grande and Vila Franca do Campo on the island of São Miguel, you are obliged to stay at home until further notice, as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am.
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on weekends. Sports and entertainment facilities are closed.
    See the Regional Government’s website
    for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice. You should avoid travelling to or through this town.
    If you are already visiting or living in 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 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 all enclosed spaces. 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 here
    62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    02.02.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Government extends nationwide lockdown until mid-February (Reuters, 28.01.2021) Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portuguese authorities ban all flights to, from U.K. starting 23 January to tackle spread of COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From 12:01am (GMT) on 31 January, Portuguese authorities will enforce border control checks at the land border with Spain. Only cross border workers, goods traffic and those entering or exiting Portugal to return to their usual place of residence will be granted passage. Rail and ferry connections between Spain and Portugal have been suspended.
    *From within the EU:

    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.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    NO.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    NO.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

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

    All commercial or private flights from/to the United Kingdom are suspended between 23 January and 5 Februar, except for the right of entry for national citizens and their families and holders of residence permits in Portugal, only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of a RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure time. 

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown.
    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 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 short periods of 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. Access to beaches and promenades is restricted and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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.
    Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus.
    There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – low
    , medium
    and high
    . Each level has its own restrictions.
    In the high-risk municipalities of Ribeira Grande and Vila Franca do Campo on the island of São Miguel, you are obliged to stay at home until further notice, as follows:
    • On weekdays from 8pm to 5am.
    • On weekends from 3pm to 5am.
    Shops and other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on weekends. Sports and entertainment facilities are closed.
    See the Regional Government’s website
    for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until further notice. You should avoid travelling to or through this town.
    If you are already visiting or living in 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 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 all enclosed spaces. 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 here
    62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *Accommodation: A limited number of 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
    01.02.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Government extends nationwide lockdown until mid-February (Reuters, 28.01.2021) Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portugal government will suspend all flights to, from Brazil from 29 January until 14 February because of COVID-19 (Reuters, 27.01.2021). Portuguese authorities ban all flights to, from U.K. starting 23 January to tackle spread of COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.01.2021).

    International Resrictions:
    *From 12:01am (GMT) on 31 January, Portuguese authorities will enforce border control checks at the land border with Spain. Only cross border workers, goods traffic and those entering or exiting Portugal to return to their usual place of residence will be granted passage. Rail and ferry connections between Spain and Portugal have been suspended.
    *From within the EU:

    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.

     

    Is a coronavirus test required?

    NO.

     

    Is a quarantine required?

    NO.

     

    Specific measures for Madeira and Azores

    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:

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

    All commercial or private flights from/to the United Kingdom are suspended between 23 January and 5 Februar, except for the right of entry for national citizens and their families and holders of residence permits in Portugal, only on flights of a humanitarian nature for the purpose of repatriation of those citizens. These passengers will have to present, at the time of departure, proof of a RT-PCR test with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure time. 

     

    Specific rules for Madeira and Azores

    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

     

    Find out more:
    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 national lockdown. 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 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 short periods of 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. Access to beaches and promenades is conditioned and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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. Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – low,medium and high. Each level has its own restrictions. The island of São Miguel is currently classified as high risk. The remaining islands are classified as low risk.
    On São Miguel, 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 other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on weekends. Sports and entertainment facilities are closed. See the Regional Government’s website for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    -Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until 29 January. You should avoid travelling to or through this town. If you are already visiting or living in 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 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 all enclosed spaces. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *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
    29.01.2021
  • Portugal Government suspends flights to and from Brazil between January 29 and February 14

    The Government decided to suspend flights to and from Brazil, starting at 00:00 on 29 January, taking into account the evolution of the epidemiological situation worldwide, the increase in cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in Portugal and the detection of new strains of the virus.

    Until February 14, all flights, commercial or private, from all airlines, to and from Brazil are suspended. The rules now established are also applicable to flights to and from the United Kingdom.

    Thus, only flights of a humanitarian nature are allowed for the purpose of repatriation of national citizens and members of their respective families, as well as holders of residence permits in Portugal.

    These citizens must present, at the time of departure, proof of having performed a molecular test by RT-PCR to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result, performed within 72 hours prior to the time of departure, under penalty of boarding and entry into national territory should be refused. Upon arrival in the national territory, they must comply with a period of 14 days of quarantine at home or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

    On these flights of a humanitarian nature, nationals of the European Union, nationals of States associated with the Schengen Area and members of their families, as well as nationals of third countries with legal residence in a Member State of the European Union, can only board for the purpose of repatriation.

    These passengers must also present proof of having tested SARS-CoV-2 infection at the time of departure, with a negative result, carried out within 72 hours prior to departure, under penalty of being denied boarding. . When arriving at national airports, they must also wait for the connecting flight to the respective countries in their own place inside the airport.

    Read more
    27.01.2021
  • Portugal Latest News: Portuguese authorities ban all flights to, from U.K. starting 23 January to tackle spread of COVID-19 variant (Reuters, 21.01.2021). 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 national lockdown. 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 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 short periods of 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. Access to beaches and promenades is conditioned and may be closed. Parks are open for short walks only. 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. Some 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, and other enclosed spaces, 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 other 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 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 autonomous region of the Azores is currently in a state of emergency. Measures are in place throughout the archipelago to limit the spread of the virus. There are 3 levels of risk in the Azores – low,medium and high. Each level has its own restrictions. The island of São Miguel is currently classified as high risk. The remaining islands are classified as low risk.
    On São Miguel, 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 other commercial premises, with the exception of pharmacies, health centres and petrol stations, will close at 8pm during the week and at 3pm on weekends. Sports and entertainment facilities are closed. See the Regional Government’s website for more details of the restrictions in place. You will need to access this website through a Chrome browser and change the language to English using the translation option at the bottom left-hand corner of the page.
    -Restrictions on travel to/from Rabo de Peixe, São Miguel: In response to an increase in the number of cases, there are restrictions on travel to and from the parish town of Rabo de Peixe on the island of São Miguel until 29 January. You should avoid travelling to or through this town. If you are already visiting or living in 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 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 all enclosed spaces. 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 62-A/2020 (Article 3(2).
    *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
    22.01.2021
  • 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).
    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:
    *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

    .

    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.

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    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 pa