Portugal is open to tourism, but remains under national control

Portugal is open to visitors from the EU and to some essential travelers from third countries.

Permitted visitors from countries outside the EU must present proof of a negative result from the COVID-19 test done 72 before boarding. All such passengers must be quarantined upon arrival.

All visitors to the EU must have a negative COVID-19 test, but not all need quarantine. Considering that the country is in a state of emergency, some passengers may be asked to isolate themselves at home.

All commercial flights from the UK and Brazil have been suspended until further notice.

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Portugal reopening tourism – Last Update

April 13 – Madeira, the preferred location for remote workers in Portugal, will fully reopen in October

Miguel Albuquerque, leader of the PSD / CDS-PP coalition, announced that the island will be fully reopened to international visitors in October, when 70% of its inhabitants will be fully vaccinated.

“The first big event and the reopening, as it were, of normalcy, will be the Flower Festival, which is scheduled for the first week of October,” said Albuquerque yesterday.

As of today, Madeira is in curfew from 7 pm to 5 am, at least until April 19. Most commercial activities close at 6 pm.

On the other hand, mainland Portugal reopened yesterday, after 3 months of closure, museums, terraces and secondary schools.

“We are turning the page and hope there is no turning back,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal.

March 20

Portugal’s state of emergency was extended until March 31. However, the government has eased the national blockade and other restrictions related to COVID-19 as of March 15.

As of now, the country has allowed the reopening of hairdressers, beauticians, bookstores, libraries, car workshops and real estate businesses. This survey will be reviewed if the country reaches more than 120 cases per day 100,000 people.

February 26

The Portuguese government has extended the national curfew until 16 March. As the country has been experiencing a positive reduction in the cases of COVID-19, the president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, asked the government to start working on a strategy that will allow them to gradually lift the rigid blocking restrictions after mid-March.

Vaccination implementation

With only 5 doses administered per 100 people, Portugal is currently the 35th country in the world in vaccination against Covid-19. Prehospital emergency teams, firefighters and police are among the groups of people who started vaccinating since February 12.

January 31 – Renewal of the national blockade

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From Portugal state of emergency will continue at least until February 14. All non-essential activities are prohibited and there is a curfew at night and on weekends.

EU and Schengen members can enter the country if they have a negative PCR test result, but Portuguese citizens and residents are not allowed to leave the country.

January 4 – New travel ban for UK visitors

As of January 1, only essential UK travelers can visit Portugal. This includes business trips, permanent residents living in the EU, family reunions, etc. More details here.

November 27 – Portugal imposes a new curfew

A new curfew was imposed. Mobility between municipalities will be banned from November 27, 2020 (23:00) to December 2, 2020 (5:00 am), and from December 4 (11:00 pm) to December 9 (5:00 am)

There are some special travel restrictions for wood and the Azores during this period. Make sure to check the official websites before you travel.

Who can enter Portugal now?

  • European Union countries.
  • Associated Schengen countries, such as Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland.
  • Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and Uruguay.

Important: Please note that passengers arriving from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Sweden must undergo a 14-day quarantine.

  • Madeira and Azores may have additional requirements.
portugal - madeira travel restrictions

Madeira Island – Portugal

Are non-EU citizens allowed to visit Portugal?

As of April 13, foreigners from these countries are allowed to enter.

  • Australia,
  • China (including Hong Kong and Macau),
  • South Korea,
  • Japan,
  • New Zealand,
  • Rwanda,
  • Singapore,
  • Thailand,
  • Uruguay

For more information, check visitportugal.com official website.

COVID-19 in Portugal

Portugal is overcoming its 3rd coronavirus wave. So far, the country has registered 828,173 positive cases and 16,923 deaths.

Portugal’s reopening strategy

Portugal Airlines

The 10 Portuguese airports managed by ANA are responsible for complying with the following rules and may require certain documents from travelers.

  • Air traffic to and from Portugal with EU countries (plus Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) is allowed.
  • Flights to and from countries whose epidemiological situation is under control are also permitted. The situation may change overnight, so passengers should check with their embassy before departure.
Alfama, Lisbon.

Local restrictions

Updated – March 20

Local restrictions

Updated – as of April 5, visitors and residents can,

  • Go to face-to-face classes (from 5th to 9th grade).
  • Visit museums, monuments, palaces and galleries.
  • Go to stores up to 200m2 (with street entrances).
  • Visit open areas of cafes and restaurants. Capacity is limited.
  • Practice outdoor sports in groups of four. Gyms are also open.

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