We will do our best to keep you updated but we are unable to guarantee we will be aware of all specific measures. Please reconfirm all procedures and restrictions in place at each municipality with your hotel reception upon check-in.
Portugal Trails cannot be held responsible for any additional expenses on Covid Related situations during your trip – this includes any covid testing, extended/reduced stay, meals, medical expenses, fines, etc..
Update – 1st of October 2021
As the country reaches 85% of the population completely vaccinated, masks will be required only on public transportation, event venues, shopping centres and hospitals and nursing homes. Plus, the proof of vaccination or negative covid test will only be required when entering the country by air or sea, visit to health facilities, great events and bars and night clubs. Which means that hotel stays and restaurants are now exempted from this. All establishments will also be back to their full capacity and timetables.
Can I Travel to Portugal?
Portugal is looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world! Our people are known for its hospitality and you will feel welcome and at home around the country. You can visit Portugal if you are coming from the European Union, from a country in Schengen Area, Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, South Korea, United States of America, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom and special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao.
What do I need if visiting Portugal Mainland?
Visitors must have a negative Covid-19 test or the EU Covid Digital Certificate, along with proof of vaccination. This test can be a Rapid Antigen test (TRAg), approved by the European Union Health Committee performed within 48 hours of boarding or the RT-PCR, carried out at 72h prior to the departure. All passengers need to fill a Passenger Locator Card (individual) before departure to Portugal or on board.
And what about Madeira?
Passengers arriving at the island must provide proof of vaccination (different official certificates accepted) or recovery of the disease. Alternatively, visitors can also present a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure. This test can also be valid to present at check in on your first hotel, so we suggest doing the test closer to your departure day so that you can use it still in Madeira (check the timings at the laboratory). To speed the process on arrival, the Regional Government of Madeira suggests travelers complete a health questionnaire between 48 and 12 hours prior to disembarking. The Regional government offers each visitor a free PCR test, which can either be taken upon your arrival at the airport or prior to your departure and return home. More information here: http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19).
And the Azores?
People aged 12 or older visiting the Azores must present either the EU Digital Covid 19 certificate or a negative RT- PCR test carried out 72h prior to the departure or proof of recovery from the disease. This test can also be valid to present at check in on your first hotel, so we suggest doing the test closer to your departure day so that you can use it still in the Azores (check the timings at the laboratory). All tests made for travels to the Azores at a network of laboratories with agreement with the Regional Government of the Azores will be paid the Regional Government. After scheduling your test, you should appear at the laboratory at the time and date established and follow the information that was given to you.Travelers who wish to remain in the Azores for more than seven days, will be required to test again on the 6th day.
To speed the process on arrival, the Regional Government of the Azores suggests travelers complete a health questionnaire at least 72 hours before disembarking.
Can I Visit Spain?
Yes, the land borders between Portugal and Spain are open and circulation is permitted freely.
What do I need when returning home?
If you are a holder of an EU Covid Digital Certificate you can fast track this at the airport when returning. (Check for additional official restrictions from your country). Tourists returning to the United States, ages two years and older, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.
What If I am arriving from Portugal and departing from Spain?
If you are a holder of an EU Covid Digital Certificate you can fast track this at the airport when arriving and departing. US tourists are welcome to Portugal as long as they present a negative Covid-19 test, either RT-PCR taken 72h prior to your flight or a rapid antigen test taken 48h prior, and they can departure Spain and enter the US if they have a negative Covid-19 test.
And the other way round?
Before entering Spain, all travelers must fill out a Health Control Form available here: https://www.spth.gob.es/. All US and UK citizens on leisure travel are required to present proof of vaccination to enter Spain. As the land borders between Portugal and Spain are open, you will only need to take your test prior to departing from Portugal back home. Should you fly to Portugal from Spain, you will need to take at least a rapid antigen test (TRAg) 48h prior to your flight to enter the country.
Guidelines while in Portugal
- Social distancing;
- Frequent hand washing;
- Mandatory use of mask for all older than 10, when on public or colective transportation, event venues, shopping centres and health facilities;
- Respiratory etiquette (when sneezing, coughing, etc);
Flights / Airports
The Portuguese airports (Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Ponta Delgada e Funchal) have implemented several initiatives in order to keep staff and passengers safer, such as body temperature measurement system. All passengers need to fill a Passenger Locator Card (individual) before departure to Portugal or on board. This information will be used to contact passengers, in case someone develops COVID-19 symptoms within the same flight. More information at https://www.ana.pt/en/passenger-guide/what-you-need-to-know/covid-19.
Accommodation & Activities
The “Clean & Safe” seal implemented by Turismo de Portugal allows the identification of establishments and services that have implemented enhanced hygiene and safety measures. Each accommodation has its own circulation rules in common areas, as well as hygiene and cleaning procedures.
There is also a plan and specific areas at the hotel should a guest test positive while staying at the hotel and it is mandatory for the hotel to host you if quarantining due to a positive test result taken in its facilities.
Restaurants and cafés
- Regular opening schedule has been resumed;
- Booking in advance is recommended and the hotel reception can help with this;
- For bars and nightclubs, it is required to present a negative Covid-19 test or the EU Covid Certificate.
Public Transports, Transfers and Taxis
- The use of face masks is mandatory;
Monuments, museums and art galleries
- All open and functioning on their regular schedules;
Theaters, Cinemas and concert halls
- All open and functioning on their regular schedules;
- Mandatory face mask usage and social distancing;
- EU Covid Certificate or tests may be required on larger events;
Shops and markets
- All open and functioning on their regular schedules;
- Face masks are required only in shopping centres;
- Fairs and outdoor markets are open (pending on municipal decision).
What should I do if I have Covid Symptoms?
On Portuguese territory, travelers who show symptoms suggestive of respiratory disease during or after travel should immediately contact the National Health Service by calling 808 24 24 24 (SNS24) - press 9 for English. According to Portuguese law, all foreign citizens have access to the National Health Service at a public hospital and you can use the number above to help with screening of your symptoms and so that they can direct you to the nearest hospital.
As a visitor to Portugal, where can I easily test for Covid 19?
Should you need to perform a RT-PCR or a rapid antigen (TRAg) test while in Portugal, you have the following options available:
- Test in one of the laboratories recommended by the National Health Service, a list of which can be found at https://covid19.min-saude.pt/infoadrpcc/.
There are also private city laboratories where you can schedule your test.
- JCS clinics: You can make your booking online at their website, available in English at https://www.jcs.pt/en/exames_covid/clinicas/PCR. Below are the addresses of some of these test facilities throughout Portuguese cities. Visit to these facilities must be scheduled in advance:
Lisbon: JCS Tomás Ribeiro - Rua Tomás Ribeiro, 6 C, 1050-229 (near Picoas metro station)
Évora: JCS Évora - Rua Miguel Bombarda, 62, 7000-919 (near Carmo Church)
Aveiro: JCS Aveiro - Rua Luís Gomes de Carvalho, 28, 3800-211 (near the city hall)
Faro: JCS Montenegro - Rua Prof Egas Moniz, 82 Faro, 8005-316 (near Faro airport)
- Germano de Sousa (Porto): Test must be booked by phone at +351 930 570 152. Even though it is the standard procedure to answer in Portuguese, they are available to answer in English and help you with your test. Address: Rua Heróis e Mártires de Angola, n. 15 Trindade Edf. Domus, Lj. 18, 4000-285 Porto (near Trindade metro station).
- Germano de Sousa (Azores – Ponta Delgada): Test must be booked by phone at +351 912 994 371. Even though it is the standard procedure to answer in Portuguese, they are available to answer in English and help you with your test. Address: Avenida D. João III nº 46 ,9500 310 Ponta Delgada.
- Clinica da Sé (Madeira): Test can be booked via their website http://www.clinicadase.pt/covid-test or by phone (+351 291 207 676). Even though it is the standard procedure to answer in Portuguese, they are available to answer in English and help you with your test. Address: Rua das Murças Nº 42, 9000-058 Funchal (near the cathedral)
- Unilabs: Tests can be scheduled online for one of the drive-through units throughout the country: https://go.unilabs.pt/ and you can drive there, prior to returning your rental car.
Always confirm in advance through the Government and airline websites what are the tests required and approved to return to your country or travel to your next destination.
Is there any travel insurance that covers expenses related to Covid-19?
Portugal has developed a travel insurance for visitors residing abroad - Portugal Travel Insurance - which covers, among other aspects, medical, surgical, pharmaceutical and hospital expenses related to Covid-19, as well as cancellation, interruption expenses or extension of the trip also for reasons of Covid-19. For more information contact email@example.com or visit www.portugaltravelinsurance.com.
Help and support
While you are in Portugal, your safety and security is the responsibility of the Portuguese authorities. You should follow their advice and comply with the measures they have put in place. Updates to current measures in place can be consulted here https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/lockdown-easing-plan-schedule-and-rules/ and here https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal.
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