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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Portugal
Data Last Updated: October 26, 2020

General Information

Partially Open

At present Portugal is starting to allow travellers from the EEA
 (European Economic Area) and certain low risk countries as recommended by the EU council.

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/PRT

Madeira Islands and The Azores implement different measures, including requiring a test and/or quarantine.

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

https://www.visitportugal.com/ 

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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Open to Tourists From:

49 Countries

Algeria

Andorra

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Georgia

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Monaco

Montenegro

Morocco

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Rwanda

San Marino

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Korea

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Thailand

Tunisia

United Kingdom

Uruguay

Vatican City

Not Allowing Tourists From:

194 Countries

Afghanistan

Albania

American Samoa

Angola

Anguilla

Antarctica

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belize

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bonaire

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Cayman Islands

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

China

Christmas Island

Cocos Islands

Colombia

Comoros

Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Cuba

Curaçao

Democratic Republic of Congo

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Eswatini

Ethiopia

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Fiji

French Guiana

French Polynesia

Gabon

Gambia

Ghana

Gibraltar

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guam

Guatemala

Guernsey

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Hong Kong

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Isle of Man

Israel

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Jersey

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Macao

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Mongolia

Montserrat

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

New Caledonia

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Niue

Norfolk Island

North Korea

Northern Mariana Islands

Oman

Pakistan

Palau

Palestine

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Pitcairn

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Republic of Congo

Réunion

Russia

Saint Barthélemy

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Martin

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Sint Maarten

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

South Georgia

South Sudan

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tokelau

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Turks and Caicos

Tuvalu

U.S. Virgin Islands

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United States

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Venezuela

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

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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:

  • Algeria
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia

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.

Mainland Portugal

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

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.

The Azores

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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