Portugal received over 20 million annual visitors before the pandemic decimated the tourism sector. Now visitors have began flocking back to the country to enjoy its famous beaches, landmarks, architecture, culture and religious sites.
Below are all the latest COVID-19 entry requirements all travelers need to know before booking their trip.
Temporary Restrictions and Updated News for Portugal
(last updated Feb 14, 2021)
- Portugal is currently under a lockdown that has just been extended until at least March 1, 2021. Non-essential services are closed.
- On January 29, 2021, Portugal will close the land border with Spain until at least March 1, 2021
Countries Permitted To Visit Portugal:
Travelers from the following countries may enter Portugal:
- European Union countries
- Schengen Associated Countries – Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland.
- Third Part Countries – Australia, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay.
COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements
Travelers from approved countries will NOT be required to present a negative COVID-19 test when flying into mainland Portugal.
Traveler WILL be required to present a negative COVID-19 test when flying into:
- Madeira Islands
Travelers will have to present a proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours (Time from when test was performed to arriving in Portugal).
Quarantine Entry Requirements
Travelers arriving in Portugal from approved countries will NOT be required to quarantine.
COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Portugal
All visitors must follow COVID-19 health requirements while in Portugal:
- Face masks are mandatory on all public transport
- Face masks are mandatory in all public areas in the Madeira archipelago
- Social distancing is mandatory in Portugal
COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements
Portugal has not announced any mandates on a proof of vaccine record for entry, nor any exceptions of entry requirements for vaccinated tourists at this time.
Visa Entry Requirements For Portugal During COVID-19
All travelers arriving in Portugal will need to follow regular visa requirements.
Use this government page to find out if you need a visa before traveling to Portugal.
Travelers that require a visa must apply at a Portugal embassy/consulate in their home country.
Portugal Covid-19 Entry Requirements:
- Check if you need a visa for entry to Portugal.
- Check if your country is permitted to visit Portugal during COVID-19
- Get proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test IF you are traveling to Azores or Madeira Islands
- Follow all health protocols while in Portugal
Disclaimer: Current Portugal travel rules can change without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories
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Article originally published August 31, 2020 with updates