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.
Travel is currently allowed between Portugal and EU countries, as well as the UK and the US. (The measure allowing US citizens will be reviewed every two weeks and unless renewed, expires at midnight on June 27).
If you are traveling from any other non-EU/EEA country, you can only enter for essential purposes.
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. This applies to passengers arriving by air, as well as by road, rail or sea.
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.
All passengers, excluding children up to the age of 2, traveling to Portugal must show:
Arriving passengers must fill in a Passenger Locator Card.
Traveling to Portugal? You may need travel insurance to get your Schengen visa.
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.
Mainland Portugal is in a ‘state of calamity’. In response to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, travel to and from the Greater Lisbon area will be restricted from 3pm on Friday, 18 June until 6am on Monday, 21 June. You should not travel to/from the Greater Lisbon area during this period. If you have to travel, be prepared to show evidence of the essential nature of your journey if you are stopped by the police.
Face masks are required in all public places, and businesses must take protective measures including following social distancing guidelines. Specific rules apply to the beaches. The lifting of lockdown restrictions will take place in 4 phases, which may be reviewed every 15 days according to the epidemiological evolution. Various municipalities may lift restrictions at different times. Follow the advice of local authorities, and be prepared for disruptions to your travel plans.
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.
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:
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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