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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
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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.

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October 17 – Portugal to allow fully vaccinated UK tourists without testing

Fully vaccinated UK travelers are no longer required to take a pre-departure test before entering Portugal, announced the government this week. 

Authorities have noted that travelers who don’t hold an NHS COVID Pass or an EU Digital COVID Certificate, will be treated as unvaccinated, meaning they are required to present proof of a negative test. 

Portugal’s Director-General of Health, Graca Freitas, announced on Saturday that 85% of the country’s eligible population has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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

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 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 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)