Is Portugal Open for Tourism?

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Portugal – updated 28 September 2021

Who can travel to Portugal?

Travel to Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) is allowed from the EU, Schengen Associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), the UK, USA, and certain other countries. If you are traveling from any other non-EU/EEA country, you can only enter for essential purposes.

All passengers, excluding children up to the age of 12, traveling to Portugal must show:

  • a negative Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) including RT-PCR,  taken within 72 hours of travel, or
  • a rapid Antigen test that meets EU standards, taken within 48 hours of travel, or
  • EU Digital COVID Certificate (from 1 July)

Additional entry requirements may apply for Madeira and the Azores.

Arriving passengers must fill in a Passenger Locator Card.

If you have traveled directly from or through India, Nepal, South Africa, or Brazil in the last 14 days you must self-isolate on arrival for 14 days at home or at a place indicated by the Portuguese health authority.

The rules on quarantining apply to passengers arriving by air, as well as by road, rail or sea. Travelers who test positive for COVID can be required to quarantine for up to 10 days. Due to increased instances of mandatory detention by health authorities, same-day airport testing is strongly discouraged.

Anyone who is obliged to comply with the 14-day prophylactic isolation in Portugal must register with SEF - Foreigners and Borders Service before entering the country.

These restrictions are subject to change at short notice. Get the latest information on entry restrictions and read answers to frequently asked questions from Portugal's Tourism Board.

Traveling to Portugal? You may need travel insurance to get your Schengen visa.

What to expect upon arrival

Upon arrival to Portugal, passengers will undergo a health screening, including temperature checks. If you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to health authorities.

Proof of vaccination or Negative COVID Test required: Hotels, Guesthouses, and private vacation rentals (Airbnb, VRBO, etc.). One of the following is now required upon check-in:

  • Mandatory submission of an EU Digital Vaccination Certificate or
  • A negative COVID test result (PCR 72 hours; antigen 48 hours; rapid test before health official 24 hours) or
  • A rapid test immediately on arrival in front of an employee at offering hotels.

Until 1 October, visitors are required to show proof of full vaccination or negative test result to access services and activities, including:

  • to use gyms and spas
  • to enter restaurants, nightclubs, casinos and bingo halls
  • to attend cultural, sporting, corporate and family events

Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public places, as well as outdoors when social distancing can't be maintained.

Portugal has created a “Clean and Safe” stamp of approval to help travelers select activities and accommodation options that are compliant with hygiene and cleaning requirements for the prevention and control of COVID-19.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

Algarve Coast wildfire – August 2018

A major wildfire burning in the Monchique area in Faro district currently remains out of control, with authorities evacuating affected towns, popular holiday resorts and surrounding areas.

Portuguese authorities have advised that for safety reasons, travel to the affected areas is to be avoided.

If you are traveling in the area, it's important that you listen to and follow all instructions from local authorities such as Portuguese Police and Civil Protection personnel.

Faro Airport remains open and working to schedule.

It's a good idea to touch base with the following:

  • Your home country's embassy
  • Your family and friends
  • And when you are in a safe location, use Facebook's Crisis Response tool.

For World Nomads customers, the cut off for coverage is 8 August 2018 at 3pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Before you buy a travel insurance policy, check your government travel warnings and health advice – there may be no travel insurance cover for locations with a government travel ban or health advice against travel.

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18 Comments

  • mr fenwick said

    I wish to have 2 weeks holiday on 14th july but cannot get insured because of united kingdom restrictions

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  • Brendan Hackett said

    Hello there,
    I have my girlfriend, trying to travel ( Flight wise ) around the 1st of August to Portugal and/or Spain
    For about 12 Days. Do you think this is possible. with the Covid-19 Restrictions.

    Regards
    brendan

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  • Louise Redfern said

    Hi. My partner works as an Engineer in the UK and Portugal. He is a British citizen as am I and we both live permanently in the UK. When will he be allowed to safely return to work in Portugal ?

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  • jackie williams said

    We are driving to Portugal from Cartagena Spain staying at hotels for 15 days. Is this ok to cross the border.

    Please help. We are going 14th August.

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    • Teresa Earle said

      Hi we are in Seville, which is on lockdown, and want to go to Portugal. We are in a motorhome will we be able to leave Seville to drive to Portugal and will we be allowed over the border? Thank you for you help.

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  • Alfredo santisgp said

    When can we come there. We are looking into moving there from the US.

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  • MS SUSAN J HUGHES said

    I have asked a simple question. Do I have to self isolate in Portugal as I am due to fly tomorrow for 12 days. I am desperate for this information as 12 days probably isnt long enough and I dont want to be stuck in one place
































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    • Amelia Brady said

      Hi Susan,

      Have you tried contacting your airline for this information? They will be best suited to answer this.

      Without knowing where you are traveling from, I am unable to help answer this for you.

      All the best,
      Amelia, World Nomads

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      • lwells said

        Hello,
        I am looking to travel to Portugal in mid-March from the US. The current situation in the US is not good. What are the conditions currently like in Portugal? What is the outlook for Spring travel from US?

        Thanks,
        L

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  • C DEFIGUEIREDO said

    Hi, are travelers from South Africa having to quarantine on arrival? I have to be at a parent’s funeral.

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  • Sallyanne Stonell said

    My partner is english but with a Portuguese residency if he books a flight in april will he when he lands have to sray in a hotel for 14 days or can he travel to hes house and self isolate

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  • Lisa said

    Hello, I would like to travel to Portugual coming from the united states. What requirements are needed? Also would it be easier if I travel to spain first?
    Thank you

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  • HD said

    I am a Portuguese resident but my son is a Canadian national. We live in Pakistan. Will he be allowed to enter Portugal if we are coming from Pakistan?

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  • Jane said

    Does anyone know what restrictions will be in place from next week for driving from the Uk through France and Spain to Portugal (with a dog!). I have Portuguese residency. Thank you.

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  • Yogesh chand said

    I want to come portugal from denamrk
    What are the travel restrictions now?

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  • Mrs Marcia Redknap said

    Hi there,

    My daughter and i want to quarantine in portugal before heading back to England. Can we do that?
    We will be flying from Brasil,Sao Paulo. We are british.

    Reply

  • Eva said

    What reasons are considered essential? My brother is coming from Brazil to Portugal. Thanks

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  • will poston said

    what are travel restrictions from either turkey or dubai will we have to quarantine or take a pcr test.

    Reply

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