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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Portugal
Data Last Updated: July 31, 2021

General Information

Partially Open

 Portugal has reopened its borders to tourists since June of 2020, but closed it again at the start of 2021 after the second wave of Covid-19 infections hit the country. 

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 that are considered "low-risk".

All travelers entering Portugal will be asked to provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result. The test should be conducted within 72 hours before entry into the country. If the test is taken through a rapid antigen test, it should be performed within 24 hours. A valid EU Digital COVID Certificate can also be submitted.

Due to the widespread of the Covid delta variant in the UK, British travelers who have not been fully vaccinated must undergo a 14-day quarantine when entering Portugal.

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 Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

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.

Azores Travel Information

Madeira Travel Information

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

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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

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Test Required For Tourists From:

58 Countries

Albania

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Not Allowing Tourists From:

186 Countries

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More Details

Since June 2020, Portugal has reopened its doors for tourists coming from selected countries. The country opened its borders in different stages and rules vary from region to region. Health checks are provided at airports, and travelers are subject to entry restrictions depending on the country they came from.

Portuguese authorities have announced early this year that they plan to reopen their borders for vaccinated travelers. However, like most countries around the world, Portugal's entry requirements are frequently changing due to the unpredictable Covid-19 situation.

If you plan on traveling to Portugal, here's the latest update on Portugal travel restrictions as well as other measures imposed by its authorities for travelers from both EU and third-country citizens.

Who Can Enter Portugal?

Travelers who came from countries with less than 500 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past two weeks are allowed to enter Portugal as tourists. Portugal has been allowing the entry of tourists coming from European Union Member States and the UK. However, entry restrictions have been tightened in June this year due to the widespread of virus variants of concern.

Aside from travelers of the EU member states, Portugal is also allowing the entry of travelers coming from Schengen Area countries, including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Travelers coming from some third countries that have registered low rates of Covid-19 infection will also be allowed to enter as tourists.

Here’s a list of countries whose citizens and residents can enter Portugal as tourists:

  • All EU Member States
  • Schengen Area Countries
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • China
  • South Korea
  • United States of America
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Montenegro
  • New Zealand
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Taiwan
  • Regions of Hong Kong and Macau (subject to confirmation of reciprocity)

Travel Entry Requirements for Tourists Visiting Portugal

All travelers entering Portugal will be asked to provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result. The test should be conducted within 72 hours before entry into the country. If the test is taken through a rapid antigen test, it should be performed within 24 hours. However, only rapid antigen tests approved by the European Union Health Committee will be accepted. Kids below two years old are not required to undergo testing. A valid EU Digital COVID Certificate can also be submitted.

Those who presented a negative test that's not recognized by the Portuguese authorities will be asked to undergo a Covid-19 test upon their arrival and at their own expense.

All travelers entering by air will also be required to fill in a “Passenger Locator Card”, which was established by the country’s health authorities.

Due to the widespread of the Covid delta variant in the UK, British travelers who have not been fully vaccinated must undergo a 14-day quarantine when entering Portugal.

Countries Subject to Stringent Entry Restrictions

Travelers from countries that are not on the list above are still not allowed to enter Portugal as tourists. Those who came from countries considered "high-risk" can travel to Portugal for essential purposes only.

Countries that are considered high risk are those with an incidence rate higher than 500 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and where the Covid-19 mutations have spread widely. As of July 2021, these include Brazil, India, Nepal, and South Africa. However, the list is updated every 15 days. Thus, figures could change from time to time.

All persons coming from high-risk countries must register at the Foreigners and Borders Service before entering Portugal.

Travelers arriving from India, Nepal, Brazil, and South Africa should submit a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry. In addition, everyone should stay isolated for 14 days at a place indicated by health authorities.

The quarantine requirement will not apply to the following:

  • Those traveling for essential purposes and are staying in the country for less than 48 hours.
  • Persons traveling to participate in international sports competitions.
  • Those who need to attend meetings that are within the context of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union’s Council.

Remember that Portugal's travel restrictions are changing constantly. Check the latest travel restrictions of Portugal on our live map.


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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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