Portugal Travel Alerts and Warnings

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel: The situation around the world is changing dramatically. Various governments have changed their travel warnings to restrict travel during this time. To understand how this may impact cover under your policy, please go to our FAQs and select your country of residence.

For the latest travel warnings and alerts around the world, read about lockdowns and border restrictions.

How are coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions affecting travel to Portugal? Read the latest travel warnings and alerts.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions in Portugal – updated 28 September, 2020

Who can travel to Portugal?

Commercial flights to Portugal are allowed from the UK, EU countries, Schengen Agreement countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), and approved non-EU countries based on a positive epidemiological assessment. Approved non-EU countries include: Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Arrivals from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their final destination is in Portugal's archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

Flights between Portugal and all other destinations are only permitted for essential travel. Foreign travelers from these countries must present proof of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test that has been taken no more than 72 hours before boarding.

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.

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

Face masks are required in all public places, and businesses must take protective measures including following social distancing guidelines. Follow the advice of local authorities.

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

Listen to the World Nomads Podcast: Portugal

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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  • mr fenwick said

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


  • 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.



  • 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 ?


  • 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.


  • Alfredo santisgp said

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



    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


    • 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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