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Seeing vaccinated travelers allowed to enter destinations once more is becoming quite the regular occurrence, with dozens of countries now letting the inoculated across their borders in time for summer. What is less common, is seeing reduced restrictions for those who have yet to be vaccinated, for one reason or another.

Portugal and France To Allow Unvaccinated American Travelers To Enter

However, in the last few days, two of Europe’s hottest travel destinations – Portugal and France – have changed some of their travel restrictions, and are now allowing unvaccinated travelers to enter for non-essential reasons, like leisure travel and tourism. Here’s everything you need to know about the changes France and Portugal have made to their entry requirements.

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Portugal Allowing Unvaccinated Travelers – What You Should Know

Despite a few recent scares that saw daily cases breach the 1,000 mark, Portugal’s Covid-19 situation is well and truly under control, a far cry from the second wave the country suffered at the turn of the year. On top of this, around 2.3 million Portuguese citizens have been vaccinated against Covid-19 – almost a quarter of their 10,000,000 population. As a result, the country is in a strong position to kickstart its tourist industry – and they have their eyes on American travelers.

lisbon skyline

Portugal has recently become one of the most recent countries to allow American travelers to enter for non-essential purposes, such as for vacations – with both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers eligible. In order to be able to visit mainland Portugal, American travelers must submit a negative SARSCoV-2 lab result of a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), the most popular example a PCR test, performed in the last 72 hours or a rapid antigen test (TRAg), performed within 24 hours of boarding.

porto scenic river

For those heading to the Azores, the rules are slightly different. In addition to completing a health questionnaire at least 72 hours prior to disembarking, they must either provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure, proof of recovery from the virus or, alternatively, they must test upon arrival and remain in isolation until the results are known. In addition, those staying longer than 7 days must test again on the 6th day. Similarly, those traveling to Madeira must complete a health questionnaire between 48 and 12 hours prior to disembarking, and they must also provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure or proof of vaccination or recovery from the virus.

porto riverfront buildings reflection

Portugal still has strict rules regarding mask-wearing rules. Masks must be worn in public spaces and when social distancing is not possible. Whilst travelers may go mask free on the beach, they must still wear a mask when walking on the sand. Cafes and restaurants are limited to groups of 6 inside and 10 outside, and must close at 1AM. Cinemas, museums and theatres are permitted to open, but must operate with reduced capacities. 

US On France’s Green List – What This Means For Travelers

The US – along with northern neighbour Canada – were placed on France’s green list on Thursday, which will make traveling from the two countries to France much easier for travelers. Not only will travelers now be able to enter for non-essential reasons, such as tourism, they will also be able to do so without having to quarantine upon arrival.

Eiffel Tower in Spring

Those who have been vaccinated will only need to provide proof of vaccination, whilst unvaccinated travelers can now enter, but will need to provide a negative PCR or antigen test taken less than 72 hours before boarding the plane. The news comes at a good time, as France has recently announced that their mandatory outdoor mask-wearing and curfew policies are set to come to an end on Sunday, June 20th. 

France COVID-19 Entry Requirements For International Travelers

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Rich

Saturday 26th of June 2021

US pp holder here, leaving from NY. Can I transfer through Lisbon en route to Paris with just vacc card? Reading conflicting info from Portuguese government sites 6 hours before my flight is always fun. Thanks!

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 27th of June 2021

I am not 100% sure, however if you DID need a test to transit, your airline would know, as they would be the ones checking for it at the gate

Brian Headley

Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

For Portugal can vaccinated American enter if flight comes from Ukraine to Frankfurt to Porto? Actual trip begins from USA but then to Bulgaria a few days. Hoping to end in Portugal.

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

We believe if you come directly from the US, or another approved country (like in the EU) then you will be fine. But.. if you leave the EU (like coming from Ukraine) then you will likely not be permitted

Eric

Saturday 19th of June 2021

We are all US citizens and my family is flying from San Francisco to dominican republic for 1 week before flying straight to Paris from Punta Cana. Both me and my wife are vaccinated and my kids are both under 11. Does that mean me and my wife will need negative PCR or Antigen test for entering France since Dominican Republic is currently on the orange list?

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 19th of June 2021

Yes, I believe you will need the tests as well

D

Saturday 19th of June 2021

Sorry. So, can vaccinated Americans from third party Amber countries enter France without the Amber requirements? Is this the case with Spain too?

D

Saturday 19th of June 2021

This post is missing Germany. Allowing unvaccinated people on Sunday the 20th and vaccinated third parties on June 25th.