COVID-19 travel restrictions: Portugal

COVID-19 travel restrictions: Portugal

Travel restrictions


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This article was published on January 14, 2022, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Portugal?

As of May 2022, Portugal is open for tourism to all countries. Take your time to learn the information presented below to find out if you can enter Portugal. Please, note that it is no longer required to complete a Passenger Locator Form when traveling to Portugal from April 22, 2022

Can I enter Portugal if I am vaccinated?

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You can enter Portugal if you are fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received a full course of vaccine(s) at least 14 days before entering Portugal.

Currently, five vaccines are approved in Portugal:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Oxford / AstraZeneca
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Novavax

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

If you are vaccinated, present both documents:

  • A document confirming vaccination status (the EU digital COVID certificate for EU travelers)

Please be aware that vaccinated travelers no longer have to present a COVID-19 test when entering Portugal.

Vaccination certificates issued by third countries (not the EU digital COVID certificate) must contain the following information:

  • Given name(s) and surname(s) of the holder
  • Date of birth
  • Disease or agent targeted: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants)
  • Vaccine against COVID-19 or prophylaxis
  • Name of the vaccine against COVID-19
  • Marketing authorization holder or manufacturer of the vaccine against COVID-19
  • Number in a series of doses as well as the total number of doses in the series
  • Date of vaccination, indicating the date of the last dose administered
  • Member State or a third country where the vaccine was administered
  • Entity issuing the certificate

Presently, vaccination (or recovery) certificates from the following countries are accepted under reciprocal conditions:

Can I enter Portugal if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter Portugal if you are unvaccinated.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, you have to present one of the following documents:

  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 dated no less than six months
  • A negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or antigen test less than 24 hours old before arriving

Clarification concerning tests for Madeira and Azores:

  • Tests or COVID-19 recovery proofs are not required on entry to Madeira
  • The validity period of the rapid antigen test is 48 hours for the Azores

Documentation of recovery must include:

  • Given name(s) and surname(s) of the holder
  • Date of birth
  • Disease or agent from which the holder recovered: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants)
  • Date of the first positive result of the diagnostic test
  • Member State or third country in which the diagnostic test was performed
  • Entity issuing the certificate
  • Valid certificate

Can I leave Portugal?

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As of December 2021, both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers can leave Portugal.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

  • A certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 in paper or electronic format

Please ensure to learn the requirements about the presence of a negative test result of your destination country in advance.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of your destination country)

Traveling from Portugal to “high risk” or “low risk” countries

Currently, there is no exact division on “high risk” or “low risk” destinations in Portugal. COVID-19 restrictions change daily. It is recommended to go on the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs official website and check the “Advice to Travelers” section to find out the current requirements of each country.

COVID-19 situation in Portugal currently

As of December 2021, more than 80% of the Portuguese population have been fully vaccinated. The COVID-19 situation is becoming safer. Nevertheless, covid-related regulations are still in place.


Is it safe to travel to Portugal right now?

International travel to Portugal is safe provided you follow the main current COVID-19 requirements:
  • Wearing masks is mandatory only in public transport

Is Lisbon open for travel?

Presently, Lisbon is open for travelers. Covid-related restrictions in the capital are the same as in the rest of Portugal.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Portugal?

At present, you are not obliged to undergo quarantine or self-isolation provided you follow all the requirements mentioned above.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Portugal?

  • For travelers from the EU and Schengen Area — the EU Digital COVID Certificate
  • Avoid close contact with other people
  • For travelers outside from the EU and Schengen Area — please carry your printed documents with you.

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