Portugal (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test is required for some countries.
Quarantine Required: No
Quarantine Details: Quarantine not required.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 03.05.2021
1. Until 16 May 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Portugal and their family members;
– residents of Portugal;
– 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, and their family members;
– passengers with a long term visa issued by Portugal;
– 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;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain or Sweden, returning via Portugal to their country of residence;
– 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.
2. 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 .
3. Passengers entering or transiting through Portugal must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Portugal.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 2 years;
– passengers traveling on a direct flight to Azores or Madeira.
4. Passengers traveling on a direct flight to Azores must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 12 years.
5. Passengers traveling on a direct flight to Madeira without a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure are subject to an RT-PCR test upon arrival and quarantine until test results are ready.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 90 days before arrival;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
6. 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/ .
7. 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.
8. Passengers arriving from Brazil, Croatia, Cyprus, France, India, Lithuania, Netherlands, South Africa or Sweden must register at https://travel.sef.pt before departure.
9. Passengers are subject to medical screening.
10. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days.
11. National ID cards issued to nationals of Portugal which have expired on 24 February 2020 or later are considered valid until 31 December 2021.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

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.
 

Lockdown Details

The State of Emergency was decreed until May 16. The liftting of lockdown restrictions will take place in 4 phases, which may be reviewed every 15 days according to the epidemiological evolution.

General lockdown
There will be a general duty of home retreat. It will not be allowed to circulate in public spaces and roads, with the exception of authorized travel on which the following stand out:
– acquisition of essential goods and services;
– access to public services;
– professional activities (if accompanied by a statement);
– health reasons;
– assistance to vulnerable people;
– school attendance;
– participation in religious ceremonies;
– short walks for physical activity, individually or with members of the same household;
– pet walk;
– travelling necessary to enter or leave the mainland, including those necessary to travel to and from the plece of accommodation;
– homecoming within the framework of permitted situations;
– refuelling at petrol stations as part of permitted journeys.

1st Phase
Restrictions lifted on March 15 but maintained until April 30 in the municipalities of Moura, Odemira, Portimão and Rio Maior
– Opening of commercial establishments until 9:00 pm on working days and until 1:00 pm on weekends and public holidays, for home delivery, door-to-door delivery of goods or collection of products purchased by means of remote communication (click and collect);
– Food stores open until 9 p.m. on working days and until 7 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays;
– The sale of take-away drinks is allowed in restaurants and similar establishments, but the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m;
– Fairs and food markets are allowed, with the authorization of the city council;
– Opening of bookstores, libraries and archives;
– Opening of parks, gardens, green spaces and leisure areas;
– The time restriction is not applicable to accommodation units, local accommodation, rent-a-car and establishments located inside airports after the passenger security check.
– In hotel bars and restaurants, operation is permitted for the purpose of room-service or take-away.
Portuguese citizens are allowed to travel outside the mainland, by road, rail, air, river or sea.

2nd Phase
Restrictions lifted on April 5 but maintained until April 30 in the municipalities of Alandroal, Albufeira, Carregal do Sal, Figueira da Foz, Marinha Grande and Penela
– Opening of museums, monuments, palaces, art galleries and similar;
– Opening of shops up to 200 m2 with a door to the street;
– Non-food fairs and markets allowed upon municipal decision;
– Opening of terraces (groups of maximum 4 people allowed);
– Physical activity and outdoor training up to 4 people;
– Opening of swimming pools;
– Opening of golf courses.

3rd Phase
From April 19, except in the municipalities of Moura, Odemira, Portimão and Rio Maior (maintain restrictions of the 1st phase), Alandroal, Albufeira, Carregal do Sal, Figueira da Foz, Marinha Grande and Penela (maintain restrictions of 2nd phase)
– Opening of cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, concert halls;
– Opening of all shops and shopping centres until 9 pm on working days and until 1 pm on weekends and public holidays;
– Opening of restaurants, cafes, and bakeries until 10:30 pm on working days and until 1 pm on weekends and public holidays. Groups of 4 people are allowed inside or 6 people on terraces;
– Physical activity and outdoor training up to 6 people;
– Outdoor events allowed with reduced attendance.

4th Phase
From the 3rd of May
– Opening of restaurants, cafés, and pastry shops with no time limit. Groups of 6 people are allowed inside or 10 people on terraces;
– Large outdoor and indoor events allowed with reduced occupancy.

 

Sources

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/PRT
Data Source: covidcontrols.co