Data Last Updated: May 17, 2021
Portugal has reopened its borders to tourists last June of 2020, but closed it again at the start of 2021 after the second wave of Covid-19 infections hit the country.
As of May 2021, Portugal is once again allowing the entry of tourists from EU and Schengen countries as well as citizens and residents of some third-party countries including Australia, China, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. All travelers must fill in a passenger locator form and provide a negative test result taken within the past 72 hours.
The autonomous archipelago of Madeira has opened a ‘green corridor’ for international visitors who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 within the previous 90 days.
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.
Due to an increase in Covid-19 infection rates, authorities In Portugal will tighten restrictions in the municipalities of Lousada, Felgueiras e Pacos de Ferreira on Oct. 23. In these locations, citizens are to remain at home and avoid public spaces and roads, except for certain preapproved activities, including grocery shopping, attending work-related functions, seeking medical help, assisting vulnerable people, going to school, exercising outdoors, and walking pets.
In addition, all retail and service entities except for pharmacies and gas stations, are to close at 22:00. Celebrations and other gatherings are limited to five people unless they belong to the same household. Working from home is mandatory whenever possible. Existing nationwide measures remain in place.
Locals and visitors are required to social-distance at all times and wear face coverings on public transport and enclosed public spaces.
It’s worth noting that island provinces outside mainland Portugal such as Azores and Madeira will apply stricter rules.
Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained;
3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose;
4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
More information for Azores are available at covid19.azores.gov.pt
Airlines & Transport
Portugal is open for air travel for EU and Schengen citizens and residents, except for Italy and Spain. Flights are already running to Portugal’s three major airports and more airlines are resuming routes soon.
Land border with Spain remains closed.
Flights to and from Portugal
Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed to:
- European Union countries;
- Schengen Associated Countries - Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland – and the United Kingdom;
- Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
It is not necessary to present the COVID-19 Test on these flights unless the destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
Last Updated: October 28, 2020
Since June, Portugal has reopened its doors for tourists from selected countries. The country opened its borders in different stages, and travel restrictions would vary from region to region. Health checks will be provided at airports, but there will be no mandatory quarantine for visitors at the Mainland region.
Portugal first reopened its doors to tourists from the EU countries. Then on July 3rd, the country has welcomed a few more third-party countries, as recommended by the EU council.
Who Can Enter Portugal?
Portugal is open to tourists from the EU countries, as well as Portuguese-speaking countries and those with large Portuguese communities. It has also opened its doors to a few third-party countries.
Here’s a list of countries that can enter Portugal:
- Czech Republic
- South Korea
Starting October 31, 2020, visitors coming from Canada will no longer be allowed entry into Portugal except if they are visiting for essential reasons.
Travel Entry Requirements to Portugal
If you came from countries that are eligible to travel to Portugal, here are the travel entry requirements, rules, and procedures. Take note that this will vary by region.
The Mainland region includes most of Portugal on the Iberian Peninsula, right next to Spain. Currently, there’s no mandatory testing or quarantine required when entering the Mainland.
Temperature checks are in place at the airports using thermal scanners. Border agents are monitoring these, and anyone who will show symptoms of Covid-19 may be asked to do a test or go on quarantine.
Madeira is one of the regions in Portugal that had very low COVID-19 cases, and they are keen to maintain it. Thus, Madeira has imposed stricter rules of entry for all tourists visiting the region.
- First, travelers must present a negative Covid-19 test taken 72 hours before arrival. Otherwise, the passenger will have to undergo a Covid-19 test upon arrival.
- All visitors must download an app, the MADEIRA SAFE TO DISCOVER, and upload health documents into the app before entering Madeira. They can also download the documents through the website.
- A thermal screening will take place on arrival. Those who are carrying a negative Covid-19 test result will have expedited processing at the airport and will be the first to leave.
- Travelers can take advantage of a free test at the airport. However, it will take 12 hours for the result to be available, so you need to stay in isolation at your accommodation while waiting. If the result is negative, you will be allowed to go out and enjoy your holiday.
- For those who test positive, the health service will check you in at a confinement hotel along with your group. The local government may cover the cost. After a week, another test will be conducted. Only when you test negative will you be allowed to go out and explore the region.
Just like Madeira, The Azores has very low cases of Covid-19 compared to the rest of Portugal. Thus, the local government has imposed stricter entry requirements to protect its residents.
- All visitors are required to submit health form information upon arrival. Those who can provide proof of a negative result that’s taken 72 hours before arrival will be cleared for entry.
- Travelers who cannot provide proof of a negative test before entering the Azores will be tested upon arrival at the airport. While waiting for results, the traveler must stay in isolation.
- Another test will be conducted on the 6th day for those who will stay for more than seven days in the Azores.
- If you will refuse another test, you will be asked to stay in isolation until you take your flight out of the region. Otherwise, you must go on a 14-day quarantine at a dedicated isolation facility at your own cost.
For the other regions in Portugal, the travel entry rules and requirements are pretty much similar to that of the Mainland. However, this can change very quickly, depending on the situation. It’s therefore important that you keep yourself updated with the latest news and be prepared for any changes.
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Information for Non-Tourists
All travelers are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours upon arrival. Portuguese citizens, permanent residents, and foreign diplomats accredited in the country who do not posses a negative test will have to take a test upon arrival, in facilities inside the airport at their own expense. All foreign travelers who are not in possession of a negative test upon arrival will be refused entry into the country.
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