Portugal (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Britons can now travel to Portugal for non-essential purposes as long as they prove that they have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease.

Travellers should prove that they have been fully vaccinated with an EU-approved COVID-19 vaccine – AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson – at least 14 days before their trip.
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
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 14.12.2021
1. Flights from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe are suspended.
2. 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 Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom or Uruguay;
– 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;
– passengers with an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC); or
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival and issued in Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Hong Kong (SAR China), Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates or Uruguay. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax) and Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty);
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 test result and a recovery certificate.
3. Passengers must complete an electronic “Passenger Locator Form (PLF)” and present it before boarding. The form can be found at https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card
– This does not apply to passengers traveling on a direct flight to Azores or Madeira.
4. 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/
5. 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.
6. Passengers who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the past 14 days are subject to COVID-19 test upon arrival and quarantine.
7. Passengers entering or transiting through Portugal must have:
– a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or
– a negative COVID-19 NAAT, PCR or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or
– an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC) as proof of recovery; or
– a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued by Albania, Andorra, Armenia, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See).
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers traveling on a direct flight to Madeira.
8. Passengers traveling on a direct flight to Madeira without a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure are subject to a COVID-19 rapid antigen test upon arrival or quarantine for 10 days.
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 an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC); or
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac and Sputnik V;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm, Sinovac or Sputnik V at least 14 days before arrival. They must have a positive COVID-19 test taken more than 90 days before arrival or taken after receiving the first dose.
9. Passengers are subject to medical screening.
10. National ID cards issued to nationals of Portugal which have expired on 24 February 2020 or later are considered valid until 31 December 2021.
11. Residence permits issued by Portugal which have expired on 24 February 2020 or later are considered valid until 31 December 2021.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Travel to mainland Portugal is allowed from EU countries, Schengen-associated countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Iceland), the UK, USA, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Jordan, Macao, Moldova, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Ukraine.

From other countries, entry is allowed only for essential travel. Essential travel is defined as trips for the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for:
a) citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen-Associated countries and their family members,
b) citizens repatriated through consular assistance, and
c) those traveling for professional reasons, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

Passengers must present one of the following:

-a vaccination certificate issues in one of the approved countries or territories. On October 7th, these included Albania, Andorra, Faroe Islands, Israel, Monaco, Morocco, North Macedonia, Panama, San Marino, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vatican City.

-travellers should prove that they have been fully vaccinated with an EU-approved COVID-19 vaccine – AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson – at least 14 days before their trip.

-a negative antigen test (taken at most 48 hours prior to boarding), or

-a NAAT/PCR test (taken at most 72 hours prior to boarding), or

-an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC), or

Passengers from high-risk countries (https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/covid-19/faqs/#1621260535009-137b54b5-ae9a) must quarantine at home or in a place designated by the health authorities for 14 days.

Travelers also need to complete an online passenger locator card (https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card) before arriving to Portugal. Passengers from high-risk countries must register at https://travel.sef.pt/ before traveling to Portugal.

Special rules and restrictions apply if traveling to Madeira or the Azores.
– http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)99
– https://www.azoresairlines.pt/en/mandatory-procedures-for-entry-to-destinations

Check all the travel details and regulations on the Portuguese Immigration Service website.
 

Lockdown Details

From December 1st

-Mandatory mask in closed spaces
-General recommendation for regular testing
-Mandatory digital vaccination certificate when accessing:

– Restaurants
– Tourist establishments and local accommodation
– Events with marked places
– Gyms

Mandatory negative test (even for vaccinated) when accessing:
– Visits to homes and patients in health facilities
– Large events without marked seats or in improvised venues and sports venues

From 2nd to 9th January

Closing of bars and clubs

National measures – https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/ (in Portuguese)
Azores – www.visitazores.com / https://www.visitazores.com/en/trip-info / https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt
Madeira – www.visitmadeira.pt / www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19 / https://covidmadeira.pt
Updated information on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal at WHO – World Health Organization (https://covid19.who.int/region/euro/country/pt) or at DGS – Portuguese General Directorate of Health (https://covid19.min-saude.pt/).

 

Sources

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