Where to stay in Lisbon, Portugal

Is Portugal Open for Tourists? – Latest Travel Restrictions

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Last update: 7/11/2021

Portugal began reopening its borders to select countries in June 2020. Now, travelers from most countries can only visit Portugal for essential reasons. Some parts of the country are 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 from within 72 hours of boarding. They must also complete a Passenger Locator Form, either online or during their flight. Travelers from certain countries must register with SEF and quarantine for 14 days from their arrival.

All travelers to Madeira must submit an epidemiological survey 12 to 48 hours before boarding their flight. They must also either present a negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours of departure, present a medical document certifying that they have recovered from COVID-19, present a vaccination certificate for COVID-19, get tested for COVID-19 on arrival and self-isolate until they receive their results, or self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival.

Travelers to the Azores must present a medical certificate for a negative RT-PCR test result from 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 can only enter Portugal for essential reasons, not for tourism.

** Travelers from these countries can only enter Portugal for essential reasons. They must register with SEF and self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival in Portugal.

  • 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.

*Travelers from Brazil, India, and South Africa must register with SEF and isolate for 14 days from their arrival in Portugal.

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.

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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 from within 72 hours of boarding.

Travelers from certain countries (Brazil, Croatia, Cyprus, France, India, Lithuania, Netherlands, South Africa, and Sweden) are required to self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival in Portugal. They must also register with SEF before entering Portugal.

Anyone who is traveling to Madeira should either have a medical certificate for a negative RT-PCR test result that was obtained within 72 hours of boarding, present a medical document certifying that they have recovered from COVID-19, present a vaccination certificate for COVID-19, get tested for COVID-19 on arrival and self-isolate until they receive their results, or self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival.

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 that was obtained within 72 hours of departure; if you don’t have one, you won’t be able to board your flight.

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.

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, nor do they have to self-isolate.

Countries allowed to travel to Portugal

COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Portugal

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Portugal?

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

Children under the age of 2 are exempt from this requirement. Travelers 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. (Travelers to Madeira can also present a medical document certifying that they have recovered from COVID-19, present a vaccination certificate for COVID-19, get tested for COVID-19 on arrival and self-isolate until they receive their results, or self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival, instead of presenting a negative PCR 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 Brazil, Croatia, Cyprus, France, India, Lithuania, Netherlands, South Africa, and Sweden.

Is there a travel ban in Portugal

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Portugal?

If you’re traveling from Brazil, Croatia, Cyprus, France, India, Lithuania, Netherlands, South Africa, 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. You must also register with SEF before entering Portugal.

Travelers to Madeira who get tested on arrival must self-isolate until they receive a negative result from their arrival test. Travelers to Madeira who do not provide proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19, or do not get tested on arrival or prior to arrival must self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival.

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.

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 to mainland Portugal who must self-isolate for 14 days from their arrival must register with SEF before entering Portugal.
  • 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

Many places in Portugal are beginning to reopen, including parks, museums, and restaurants. Certain municipalities have more restrictions in place than others, so keep in mind that what is open may vary across Portugal.

Hotels that are open in Portugal

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. Some of the best open hotels in Portugal are:

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 open in most parts of Portugal.

Museums, monuments, art galleries, and palaces are open across most of mainland Portugal, except for the municipality of Odemira. Theaters, cinemas, and concert halls are open except in the municipalities of Odemira, Carregal do Sal, and Resende. Tours are also operating. Some of the ones we recommend are:

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

Restaurants that are open in Portugal

Restaurants across most of mainland Portugal are open until 10:30 PM.

Groups of up to 6 people can dine indoors and groups of up to 10 people are allowed to dine outdoors.

In the municipality of Odemira, only delivery and takeout are allowed. In the municipalities of Carregal do Sal and Resende, outdoor dining is allowed and groups are limited to 4 people.

In the municipalities of Cabeceiras de Basto and Paredes, restaurants are open until 10:30 PM on weekdays and until 1 PM on weekends and public holidays. Groups of up to 4 people can dine indoors and groups of up to 6 people are allowed to dine outdoors.

Where to stay in Lisbon, Portugal

Restaurants that are open in Portugal

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.

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 20,000+ 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 Brazil, Croatia, Cyprus, France, India, Lithuania, Netherlands, South Africa, 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 from within 72 hours of boarding to travel to mainland Portugal. You must 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, although you can also present a medical document certifying that you have recovered from COVID-19, present a vaccination certificate for COVID-19, get tested for COVID-19 on arrival and self-isolate until you receive your results, or self-isolate for 14 days from your arrival to enter Madeira.

No, there is currently no curfew in place.

No, there are currently no restrictions on intercity or interregional travel.

Yes, 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.

Yes, restaurants are open for indoor and outdoor dining across most of mainland Portugal.

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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