September 22 – Portugal to recognize “vaccine passports” from third countries.
According to a press release issued by the Portuguese Government, “vaccine passports” issued in non-European countries will be recognized under “reciprocal conditions.”
Among other things, this means that third-country travelers who have been fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) will be permitted entry.
This is great news for all the travelers around the world whose vaccine certificates are being rejected for a number of bureaucratic reasons.
Portugal has recorded 1,050,719 positive cases and 17,826 deaths.
Portugal’s reopening strategy
The 10 Portuguese airports under ANA’s management are responsible for enforcing the following rules and they may demand certain documents from travelers.
Air traffic to and from Portugal with E.U nations (plus Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) is permitted.
Flights from and to countries whose epidemiological situation is under control are also permitted. The situation can change overnight so passengers should check with their embassy before departure.
Visitors and locals can,
Go to In-person classes (from 5th to 9th grade).
Visit museums, monuments, palaces, and galleries.
Go to stores up to 200m2 (with street entrances).
Visit open areas of cafés and restaurants. Capacity is limited.
Do outdoor sports in groups of four people. Gymnasiums are also open.
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August 26 – Portugal eased restrictions two weeks before expected
The Portuguese government decided to move from the “state of calamity,” its highest response to a national emergency, to the “state of contingency,” which is less aggressive in terms of restrictions.
As of now, the number of people allowed to sit together inside restaurants or cafes has gone from 6 to 8 inside and 10 to 15 outside. Also, cultural events, weddings and similar can now fill up to 75% capacity.
Cabinet Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva said that “the pandemic is not over,” and that “It is our responsibility to continue monitoring its evolution and maintaining necessary behaviors to control the pandemic.”
August 10 – Portugal reached 70% of population vaccinated on August 6, more restrictions will be lifted
Portugal has become one of the first EU countries to fully vaccinate 70% of eligible residents, announced the Ministry of Health last week.
This important milestone allows the government to continue implementing its 3-stage lifting plan to remove all or (most) COVID-19 restrictions in the territory.
As of now, bars and clubs can operate late into the night and curfews have been eliminated.
“Vaccination has contributed very significantly to (allowing) these measures… but we cannot ignore the fact that… the virus continues to circulate…. the pandemic has not disappeared,” Prime Minister Antonio Costa told a news conference.
July 25 – Portugal could ease COVID-19 restrictions on July 27
Portugal could “alleviate” its current COVID-19 restrictions, given the percentage of the population who has already received a vaccine against the virus.
Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva said Friday that the reopening of nightclubs is on the table.
“The government has always said that the moment when a very significant percentage of its population has had two doses of vaccine would be a moment of policy change. We are approaching that moment. It is also time to listen to the experts and then take decisions,” she said at a press conference following the latest cabinet meeting.
So far, 48% of the population has received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 65% have received their first dose.
June 8 – Portugal has been removed from the U.K. green list due to the “Nepal variant”
The “Nepal variant” has not been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) but, according to British Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick there is “growing evidence” that the variant first discovered in India which is currently wreaking havoc in Nepal has developed a new potentially dangerous mutation in Portugal.
Portugal has said the decision lacked logic and the U.K. airports are demanding a cash lifeline.
Therefore, visitors from Portugal will be denied entry because the U.K government does not want to “take the risk” ahead of the 21 June reopening date for lifting all Covid-19 restrictions, said Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps.