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Is Portugal Open for Tourists? – Latest Travel Restrictions

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Last update: 4/11/2021

Portugal began reopening its borders to select countries in June 2020. Now, travelers from most countries can only visit Portugal for essential reasons. The country is also currently under a stay-at-home order, so we do not recommend traveling to Portugal right now.

All travelers to mainland Portugal must present proof of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of boarding. They must also complete a Passenger Locator Form, either online or during their flight.

All travelers to Madeira must submit an epidemiological survey 12 to 48 hours before boarding their flight. They should also present a medical certificate for a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of boarding, although if they do not get tested before they arrive in Madeira, they can undergo testing on arrival.

Travelers to the Azores must present a medical certificate for a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of departure and complete a Questionnaire for Risk Assessment and Early Detection within 72 hours of departure.

Can I travel to Portugal right now?

You can travel to Portugal from some countries right now. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Portugal at the moment.

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  • Andorra*
  • Australia
  • Austria*
  • Belgium*
  • Bulgaria*
  • China (including Hong Kong and Macau)
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus*
  • Czech Republic*
  • Denmark
  • Estonia*
  • Finland
  • France*
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary*
  • Iceland
  • Ireland*
  • Italy*
  • Latvia*
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania*
  • Luxembourg*
  • Malta*
  • Monaco*
  • Netherlands*
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland*
  • Romania*
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia*
  • Slovenia*
  • South Korea
  • Spain*
  • Sweden*
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Vatican City*

*Travelers from these countries should only enter Portugal for essential reasons, not for tourism.

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • The Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • The Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Russia
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Travelers from these countries can only enter Portugal for essential reasons, such as for professional, educational, or humanitarian reasons.

Portugal COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

Portugal’s entry requirements differ depending on whether you are traveling to the mainland or one of the islands.

Is Portugal open to travel

Portugal COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements

If you’re traveling to the mainland, you must complete a Passenger Locator Form. You can either complete it online or during your flight. You must also have proof of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of boarding.

Anyone who is traveling to Madeira should have a medical certificate for a negative RT-PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of boarding. If you do not have one, you can get tested for free on arrival in Madeira, in which case you will have to self-isolate until you receive a negative result (results usually take about 12 hours).

You must also submit an epidemiological survey 12 to 48 hours before boarding your flight. All travelers will be subject to temperature checks on arrival in Madeira.

If you’re traveling to the Azores, you must complete a Questionnaire for Risk Assessment and Early Detection within 72 hours of departure. You should also present a medical certificate for a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of departure; if you don’t have one, you can get tested on arrival, in which case you will have to self-isolate until you receive a negative result.

If your trip to the Azores is longer than seven days, on the 6th day of your trip, you must contact the municipality’s health services so you can get tested a second time.

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Portugal?

All travelers to mainland Portugal must have proof of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of boarding.

Children under the age of 2 are exempt from this requirement. If EU/EEA nationals do not have a negative test result, they will be tested on arrival at their own expense and must wait at the airport until they receive their result. Travelers from all other countries who do not have a negative test result will not be allowed to enter Portugal.

Travelers to Madeira and the Azores should have a medical certificate for a negative RT-PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of departure. If they do not, they can get tested for free on arrival and must self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

Children age 12 and under are exempt from the testing requirement for Madeira and the Azores. Travelers who are staying in the Azores for more than 7 days must contact the municipality’s health services on the 6th day after their arrival so that they can get tested a second time.

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Portugal?

There is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Portugal as long as you are not traveling from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, or Sweden.

Is there a travel ban in Portugal

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Portugal?

If you’re traveling from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, or Sweden, you must quarantine for 14 days from your arrival, unless you are traveling for essential reasons and your stay does not exceed 48 hours.

Travelers to Madeira and the Azores who get tested on arrival must self-isolate until they receive a negative result from their arrival test.

Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Portugal

Travelers are not required to have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Portugal, but it is always safest to have some kind of travel health insurance coverage when traveling.

Heymondo is a great option for travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage. Their policies offer extensive coverage, particularly for COVID-19 testing and treatment abroad, at an affordable price, so you don’t have to break the bank to make sure you’re covered. You can even save 5% on Heymondo insurance with the discount link below.

COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Portugal

Travelers to Madeira who can provide proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 do not have to get tested for COVID-19 before their trip or on arrival.

Countries allowed to travel to Portugal

COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Portugal

Other travel restrictions for Portugal during COVID-19

Portugal has implemented a few other travel restrictions:

  • All travelers to mainland Portugal must complete a Passenger Locator Form, either online or during their flight.
  • All travelers to Madeira must complete an epidemiological survey 12 to 48 hours before boarding their flight. They will then receive an email with a QR code, which they should present on arrival in Madeira.
  • All travelers will undergo temperature checks upon arrival in Portugal.
  • Face masks are required in all indoor and outdoor public spaces.
  • Social distancing rules must be observed.
  • You may need a tourist visa to visit Portugal. Check if you need one below.

What’s open in Portugal

Portugal is currently under a nationwide stay-at-home order. That means residents can only leave their homes for essential reasons, such as for essential shopping, health reasons, walking pets, or exercise. Furthermore, many places are closed in Portugal right now, but there is a reopening plan for many businesses, including restaurants and attractions.

Hotels that are open in Portugal

Some hotels and accommodations in Portugal are open right now. Turismo de Portugal has created a Clean and Safe stamp for accommodations that comply with the National Tourist Authority’s COVID-19 health and safety recommendations.

At Clean and Safe accommodations, employees have received training for issues like disinfection, breathing etiquette, and symptom self-assessment. All high-contact surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected several times a day. The accommodation will have masks available for guests, as well as hand sanitizer at all entrances and exits.

More information on the Clean and Safe stamp is available here and here.

Beaches that are open in Portugal

It is not currently beach season, so beaches are not being monitored at the moment, meaning there are no lifeguards on duty.

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Beaches that are open in Portugal

If you do visit a beach, follow basic health and hygiene measures: wear a mask, social distance, and sanitize your hands.

Attractions that are open in Portugal

Attractions, such as museums and monuments, are currently closed but will be reopening soon.

Museums, monuments, palaces, and galleries can reopen from April 5, 2021. Cinemas, theaters, and cultural centers are allowed to reopen starting on April 19, 2021.

More information on attractions’ reopening can be found here (in Portuguese), here, and here.

Restaurants that are open in Portugal

Restaurants in Portugal are currently closed for dining in. Only delivery and takeout are allowed at the moment.

Outdoor dining at restaurants and cafes will reopen from April 5, 2021, and groups will be limited to four people. Starting April 19, 2021, restaurants and cafes can stay open until 10 PM on weekdays and until 1 AM on weekends and holidays. There will be a limit of four people per group inside and a limit of six people per group outside.

Where to stay in Lisbon, Portugal

Restaurants that are open in Portugal

From May 3, 2021, restaurants and cafes will have a limit of six people per group inside and ten people per group outside.

More information on restaurant regulations and reopening can be found here, here, and here (in Portuguese).

Airports that are open in Portugal

Portugal’s busiest airports are open and international flights are operating. These airports are Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira, and Ponta Delgada.

Travelers must wear face masks and social distance. They will be subject to temperature checks on arrival in Portugal.

Curfew in Portugal

There is no nationwide curfew in place at the moment, but there is a nationwide stay-at-home order. Additionally, there is currently a curfew in Madeira. The curfew is from 7 PM to 5 AM on weekdays and from 6 PM to 5 AM on weekends and holidays.

COVID-19 testing in Portugal

Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get a PCR test in Portugal, you can find more information on getting tested here.

Portugal reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.

Check out these FAQs related to Portugal reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.

Yes, you can travel to Portugal from the EU and EEA countries, as well as from a few other countries.

There are currently 40,000+ active cases and 16,000+ deaths due to COVID-19 in Portugal as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Portugal as “Level 4- Very High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to Portugal. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you should reconsider travel to Portugal.

Yes, travelers from most countries outside the EU/EEA cannot enter Portugal, unless it is for essential reasons.

No, you do not need to quarantine upon arrival as long as you’re not traveling from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, or Sweden. If you are traveling from one of these countries, you must quarantine for 14 days from your arrival in Portugal, unless you are traveling for essential reasons and your stay is less than 48 hours.

Yes, you must have proof of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of boarding to travel to mainland Portugal. You should also have a medical certificate for a negative RT-PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of departure to enter Madeira and the Azores, but you can get tested on arrival if you don’t get tested before you travel.

Yes, Madeira currently has a curfew in place. The curfew is from 7 PM to 5 AM on weekdays and from 6 PM to 5 AM on weekends and public holidays.

Yes, travel between municipalities is prohibited from March 20-21 and March 26-April 5.

Yes, some hotels in Portugal are open.

Yes, Portugal’s busiest airports, Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira, and Ponta Delgada, are all open, and commercial flights are operating.

No, restaurants in Portugal are closed except for delivery and takeout. Outdoor dining will reopen on April 5, 2021.

Yes, beaches in Portugal are open, but it is not currently beach season, so there are no lifeguards on duty.

No, attractions in Portugal are currently closed, but they will reopen soon.

No, Americans cannot travel to Portugal for tourism right now. They may only enter Portugal if they have an essential reason for travel.

No, Canadians cannot currently visit Portugal as tourists.

Sources

We will update this guide on Portugal reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Portugal, you can check these official sources:

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