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 December 2021, Portugal is open for tourism for a limited number of countries. Take your time to learn the information presented below to find out if you can enter Portugal.

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)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result

Tests valid:

  • PCR taken within 72 hours before boarding
  • Rapid antigen tests taken within 48 hours before boarding

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

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 48 hours old before arriving

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

Who cannot enter Portugal?

As of the publication of this article, there is no blanket ban on arrivals from any particular country. However, as of November 2021, special restrictions have been in place for arrivals from certain African countries, namely:

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

If you have been present in any of these countries in the last 14 days prior to entering Portugal, you must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. You can complete the quarantine earlier if you have a negative COVID-19 test taken on the third day of your isolation.

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.

FAQs

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 indoors
  • Presenting your vaccination certificate or negative COVID-19 test when entering restaurants (except on outdoors terraces), tourist attractions, and events with reserved seats

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?

Due to omicron infection, you are obliged to self-isolate only if you arrive from the following countries:
  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
The 14-day self-isolation is mandatory. You can complete the self-isolation earlier provided you show a negative result of a COVID-19 test taken on the third day of your isolation.

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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