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Portugal: COVID-19 Entry Requirements All Travelers Need To Know

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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. 

Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal

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.
The number 28 Lisbon tram, considered one of the main attractions of the city
The number 28 Lisbon tram, considered one of the main attractions of the city

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:

  • Azores
  • 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).

The beautiful fishing village of Camara de Lobos on the portugese Island of Madeira

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

Travelers arriving in Portugal from approved countries will NOT be required to quarantine. 

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Portugal.

Aerial view of old town of Porto, Portugal

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 
Camilo Beach (Praia do Camilo) at Algarve, 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.  

Azenhas do Mar, Portugal coastal town
Azenhas do Mar, Portugal coastal town

Portugal Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Check if you need a visa for entry to Portugal.
  2. Check if your country is permitted to visit Portugal during COVID-19
  3. Get proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test IF you are traveling to Azores or Madeira Islands
  4. Follow all health protocols while in Portugal

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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 

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Wednesday 20th of January 2021

What’s the latest on transit to another EU country? There were cases last summer, but Portugal was always very ambiguous about it. We were able to do it through the Netherlands, but they’re ending that.

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 21st of January 2021

There are no hard and fast rules for transit through the EU right now. Like you mentioned, Netherlands has effectively shut it down. Really transits need to be looked on as a case-by-case basis, and they are not currently something we can provide a guide for because the rules are so complex right now.

Skylar Fair

Sunday 3rd of January 2021


Is this based on residency or where the traveler has stayed in the previous days/weeks? As an American citizen if I am traveling from Thailand, would I be able to enter Portugal? Thank you

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 4th of January 2021

Portugal has said in the past they want you to be a resident of a safe country, not just travelling from one.