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Portugal Is Open To Tourists (incl. U.S.) And Lifting More COVID-19 Restrictions

Portugal is open for most E.U. visitors and vaccinated tourists from some third-party countries (including U.S).

Allowed visitors from non-EU countries must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up 72 prior to boarding or a vaccine certificate.

All commercial flights to and from the U.K. and Brazil have recently resumed.

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Portugal reopening tourism – Latest Update

Alfama, Lisbon.

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. 

Source: SchengenVisaInfo

September 9 – Portugal remains open to U.S. visitors and lifts more COVID-19 restrictions

Portugal was one of the first EU countries to announce it will remain open to American Tourists after the EU Council recommendation. 

But that’s not all. The country also lifted the quarantine restriction for – unvaccinated – visitors from the U.S., Canada, UK, and some other countries. 

Earlier today, the Porto Chamber approved to reopen and finance more bars and clubs in the city. 

The measure is expected to be extended to other regions of Portugal.

Source: The Portugal News

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Madeira Island – Portugal

Are non E.U. citizens allowed to visit Portugal?

As of September 22, foreign nationals from the European Union, Schengen Associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland) plus these third-party countries are allowed entry.

  1. Albania
  2. Armenia
  3. Australia
  4. Azerbaijan
  5. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  6. Brazil
  7. Brunei
  8. Canada
  9. China
  10. Hong Kong 
  11. Japan
  12. Jordan
  13. Macao
  14. New Zealand
  15. Qatar
  16. Republic of Moldova
  17. Saudi Arabia
  18. Serbia
  19. Singapore
  20. South Korea
  21. Taiwan
  22. Ukraine
  23. United 
  24. United States of America

For more info check the official visitportugal.com website

COVID-19 in Portugal

COVID-19 cases in Portugal

Portugal has recorded 1,050,719 positive cases and 17,826 deaths.

Portugal’s reopening strategy

Portugal airlines

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.  

Local restrictions

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.

Portugal reopening tourism: Latest Updates Archives

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.”

Source: Reuters

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. 

Source: Portuguese American Journal

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.

Source: Portugal Resident

July 9 – Portugal to request hotel and restaurant customers a PCR test or a vaccination certificate from July 9.

Effective July 9, tourists checking into Portuguese hotels and restaurant customers will need to submit proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test to be allowed entry. 

The new restriction will be enforced in 60 cities including in Lisbon and Porto.

The decision came after the country registered a spike in COVID-19 cases linked to the Delta variant.

For the same reason, France and Germany have warned its citizens not to visit the country and Belgium reimposed quarantine restrictions on travelers visiting from Portugal since July 5. 

Source: Reuters

June 25 – Portugal reopened to U.S. travelers from mid-June with a COVID-19 test

Portugal has reopened to American travelers. Effective June 15, visitors who test negative for COVID-19 can visit the country for tourism and other reasons. 

The COVID PCR result should be taken no more than 72 hours before departure. A rapid antigen test performed within 24 hours of boarding is also accepted by the Portuguese authorities.

The decision to allow entry to American tourists will be reviewed every two weeks.

It’s possible that on June 27, testing requirements would be lifted for vaccinated visitors, but it’s not confirmed yet. 

Source: Travel&Leisure

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.

(Source: BBC News)