TRAVELLING POST-COVID IN PORTUGAL

27 June 2022

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 – June 27th

A negative covid-19 test (antigen or PCR) or proof of vaccination (for certain countries only - check “What do I need if visiting Portugal Mainland”) is now only required upon arriving to the country, land borders included. All public spaces, restaurants and shops are open and functioning on their regular schedules. Face masks are optional except on public transportation and health facilities.


Can I Travel to Portugal?

All passengers are authorized to enter Portugal, regardless of their origin or purpose of travel.

 

What do I need if visiting Portugal Mainland?

Visitors aged 12 or older must have proof of vaccination (different official certificates accepted for Janssen, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer vaccines) - if coming from Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Benin, Cabo Verde, Colombia, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Indonesia, Israel, Iceland, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malasya, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), Uruguay, The Vatican, Vietnam- or recovery of the disease or the EU Covid Digital Certificate.
The remaining visitors will have to present a negative covid-19 test (antigen 24h prior to departure or PCR 72h prior to departure) to enter Portugal (check the timings at the laboratory).

 

And what about Madeira?

Travellers can entry freely at the airports, ports and marinas of Madeira. Tests undertaken before returning to the country of origin are the responsibility of the passenger, i.e. at his/her own expense. Registration is recommended at https://madeirasafe.com.

 

And the Azores?

People aged 12 or older visiting the Azores must present either the EU Digital Covid Certificate, or a negative RT- PCR test carried out 72h prior to the departure or a rapid antigen test 48h before boarding. 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. Visitors who are travelling between islands are exempted from taking tests, as well as visitors arriving from flights in Portugal Mainland. 

 

Can I Visit Spain?

Yes, the land borders between Portugal and Spain are open and circulation is permitted freely. You may be required to present your vaccination certificate at the border or a negative covid-19 test, antigen or PCR, if on a random check.

If you are travelling by plane, you will need to fill the Spain Travel Health registration and present your vaccination certificate with:

o Name and surname;
o Birth date;
o Vaccine: COVID -19 (SARS -CoV -2 or other variants)
o Name of the vaccine;
o Manufacturer;
o Number of doses administered;
o Serial number for both doses;
o Vaccination date for both doses;
o Country where it was administered;
o Certificate issued by.

 

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 with your airline).

 

What If I am arriving from Portugal and departing from Spain?

You will need to present proof of vaccination (different official certificates accepted for Janssen, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer vaccines) or recovery of the disease or the EU Covid Digital Certificate or negative Covid-19 test to enter Portugal. You can cross the land borders from Portugal to Spain freely, but, according to the return requirements in your country, you may have to perform another covid-19 test before returning home.

 

And the other way round?

Before entering Spain, all travelers must fill out a Health Control Form available here: https://www.spth.gob.es/. See specific arrival requirements in Spain here. All US and UK citizens on leisure travel are required to present proof of vaccination to enter Spain. See specific arrival requirements in Spain here. The borders between Portugal and Spain are open and you will have to perform a negative Covid-19 test (Antigen or PCR) before departing from Portugal back home.

 

Guidelines while in Portugal

General

  • Social distancing;
  • Frequent hand washing;
  • Mandatory use of mask for all older than 10, only when using public transportation or visiting health facilities;
  • Respiratory etiquette (when sneezing, coughing, etc);

 

Flights / Airports
The Portuguese airports (Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Ponta Delgada and Funchal) have implemented several initiatives in order to keep staff and passengers safer, such as body temperature measurement system.
To fly to Portugal you will need either:

  • A valid vaccination EU Digital COVID Certificate (with a complete vaccination schedule or with a complete vaccination schedule and a vaccine booster) or a valid test or recovery EU Digital COVID Certificate.
  • Or a valid test or recovery EU Digital COVID Certificate.
  • Or a valid vaccination certificate (with a complete vaccination schedule or a vaccine booster) or recovery certificate issued by a third country, if coming from Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Benin, Cabo Verde, Colombia, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Indonesia, Israel, Iceland, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malasya, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), Uruguay, The Vatican, Vietnam.
  • Or a negative RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) - 72h before boarding.
  • Or a negative Laboratorial Rapid Antigen Test- 24h before boarding (according to the European Commission list).
    • Children under 12 do not need to present certificate or test. The law that required filling in the Passenger Locator Form on all flights to Portugal has been revoked, so it is no longer necessary to present it at the time of boarding.

Domestic flights
Control measures do not apply to domestic flights.

 

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.

 

Restaurants and cafés

  • All open and functioning on their regular schedules;
  • Booking in advance is recommended and the hotel reception can help with this;
  • Bars and nightclubs are open as well;


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;

 

Shops and markets

  • All open and functioning on their regular schedules;

 

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:

 

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 portugaltravelinsurance@bonus-seguros.pt 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.

 

Other useful links

Support from your country:


UK - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/financial-assistance-abroad/financial-assistance-abroad


USA - https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies.html

 

France - https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/#sommaire_1


Embassies in Lisbon - www.embassypages.com/city/lisbon

Updates on other European countries, should you have additional trips scheduled: https://reopen.europa.eu/en


 

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