portugal reopening to tourism

Portugal is open for tourism but PCR test is required from most of the visitors

Portugal is open for EU visitors and some essential travelers from third party countries.

Allowed visitors from non-EU countries must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up 72 prior to boarding. All these passengers must quarantine upon arrival. 

All EU visitors need to present a negative COVID-19 test but not all of them have to quarantine. In view of the country is under state of emergency some passengers may be requested to self-isolate at home. 

All commercial flights from the UK and Brazil have been suspended until further notice. 

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Portugal reopening tourism – Latest Update

March 20

Portugal’s state of emergency has been extended until March 31. However, the government has been easing the nation-wide lockdown and other COVID-19 related restrictions from March 15. 

As of now, the country has allowed the reopening of hairdressers, beauticians, bookshops, libraries, car trades and real estate business. This lifting will be reviewed if the country reaches more than 120 cases per day 100.000 people.

February 26 

The Portuguese government has extended its nation-wide curfew until March 16. Since the country has been experiencing a positive reduction in COVID-19 cases, the President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, asked the government to start working on a strategy that allows them to gradually lift the strict lockdown restrictions after mid-March.

Vaccination rollout

With only 5 doses administered per 100 people, Portugal is currently 35th in the world for vaccinations against Covid-19. Pre-hospital emergency staff, firefighters, and police are among the groups of people who started getting vaccinated since Feb. 12.

January 31- National lockdown renewed

Portugal’s state of emergency will continue at least until February 14. All non-essential activities are forbidden and there are night and weekend curfews in place. 

EU and Schengen members can enter the country if they provide a negative PCR test result, but Portugal citizens and residents are not allowed to leave the country.

January 4 – New travel ban for UK visitors

From January 1, only-essential travelers from the UK can visit Portugal. This includes business trips, permanent residents living in the EU, family reunions, etc. More details here.

November 27 – Portugal enforces a new curfew

A new curfew has been imposed. Mobility among municipalities will be prohibited from November 27, 2020 (11:00 pm) until December 2, 2020 (5:00 am), and from December 4 (11:00 pm) until December 9 (5:00 am)

There are some special restrictions for travel to Madeira and the Azores during this period. Make sure you double-check the official websites before traveling.

Who can enter Portugal now?

  • European Union countries.
  • Schengen Associated Countries such as Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland.
  • Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and Uruguay.

Important: Notice that passengers coming from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Sweden must undergo a 14-day quarantine. 

  • Madeira and Azores may have additional requirements.

For more info check official visitportugal.com website.

portugal - madeira travel restrictions

Madeira Island – Portugal

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

As of March 20, foreign nationals from these countries are allowed entry.

  • Australia,
  • China (including Hong Kong and Macao),
  • South Korea,
  • Japan,
  • New Zealand,
  • Rwanda,
  • Singapore,
  • Thailand,
  • Uruguay

COVID-19 in Portugal

Portugal is overcoming its 3rd wave of coronavirus. So far, the country has recorded 816,623 positive cases and 16,754 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.  
Alfama, Lisbon.

Local restrictions

Updated – March 20

  • Malls and other commercial businesses are allowed to open until 9:00 pm on working days and until 1:00 pm on weekends.
  • Food stores can open until 9 p.m. 
  • Alcohol selling is forbidden from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Some fairs and food markets are allowed to reopen under strict biosecurity restrictions.
  • Bookstores, libraries, parks, gardens, green spaces and leisure areas can be visited for small groups of people from the same household.

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