Portugal (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 23 February, 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: Essential only
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeout only
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 15.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter until 1 March 2021.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Portugal and their family members;
– 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 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;
– passengers traveling to Azores.
4. Passengers are subject to medical screening.
5. Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days.
6. 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.
7. 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/ .
8. 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
9. National ID cards issued to nationals of Portugal which have expired on 24 February 2020 or later are considered valid until 31 March 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, 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: EN – PT – ES – DE – FR

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
 

Lockdown Details

State of Emergency in force until 1 March., defining circulation restrictions.

Movement between municipalities at the weekend will be prohibited, between 8pm on friday to 5am on Monday.

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;
– 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.

Establishments and services open to the public
– Essential goods shops, grocery shops, supermarkets and hypermarkets may operate without time restrictions;
– Health services, offices, dentists and pharmacies;
– Restaurants and cafes may only operate on a take-away or home delivery basis;
– Fairs and markets are allowed for food sales only.
Shops must close by 8 pm on weekdays. At the weekend, shops should close at 1 pm, except supermarkets and food shops that may be open to the public until 5 pm.
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.

Establishments and services closed to the public
– Hairdressers / barber shops;
– Gyms closed;
– sports facilities, even outdoors;
– Museums, cultural and leisure spaces;
– Prohibited events.

Religious ceremonies
Religious celebrations were suspended.
 

Sources

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