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Portugal Is Open To Tourists But Azores Islands Tighten Entry Restrictions

Portugal is open for most E.U. visitors and vaccinated tourists from some third-party countries (including the 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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Alfama, Lisbon.

December 14 – Portugal’s Azores Now Requests visitors to Present a COVID-19 test 

All travelers aged 12 and up on international flights to or transiting the Autonomous Region of Azores must submit a negative COVID-19 test to be permitted boarding.

“Until January 9, 2022, presentation of proof of vaccination does not exempt the requirement to submit proof of a negative test result,” Azores Airlines explains in a guide regarding travel to the region amid COVID-19.

The requirement is not needed from vaccinated or recovered travelers who reach the region from mainland Portugal or Madeira. However, those must get retested on arrival. 

November 11 – Portugal To Accept Non-EU COVID-19 Certificates Under Conditions

Portugal will recognize third-country vaccination and recovery certificates as long as other nations accept its own.

That means that countries that do not recognize the validity of the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate issued in Portugal, will be denied entry to the country until they do.

“Non-reciprocity in the recognition by third countries of the validity of the EU COVID Digital Certificate, in the modalities of vaccination or recovery certificates, issued by Portugal, prevents recognition of the validity of certificates issued by these third countries,” the statement of the Government reads.

Due to the epidemiology situation inside the country and across Europe, this restriction will be enforced until further notice. 

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Madeira Island – Portugal

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

As of October 17, foreign nationals from the European Union, Schengen Associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland) plus these third-party countries are allowed entry.

Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, South Korea, United States of America, Jordan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, UK, Hong Kong, and Macao.

For more info check the official visitportugal.com website

Is Portugal open for Americans?

Yes, Americans are allowed to enter Portugal but all travelers must have a vaccination certificate or proof of negative Covid PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure.

COVID-19 in Portugal

COVID-19 cases in Portugal

Portugal has recorded 1,196,602 positive cases and 18,673 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

Update: most of the local restrictions have been lifted!

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.