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Portugal travel restrictions and resources

Updated: 07 Sept 2021

Non-essential travel is currently permitted between the USA and Portugal and as of 28th June there will be no quarantine requirement.We have prepared this information to help you plan, but you should check the official websites and your airline requirements well in advance of travel.

Travel Restrictions

If you are traveling from the USA you must provide a negative Covid-19 test.

State Dept Advisory for Portugal: Level 4: Do not travel to Portugal.  Read more >

Proof of Vaccination required: No.

Quarantine required: No.

Negative test required:  Every passenger must submit a negative SARSCoV-2 lab result of a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), for example a PCR test, performed in the last 72 hours or a rapid antigen test (TRAg), performed within 24 hours of boarding. Failure to present a COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival in Portugal is a violation resulting in fines from 300€ to 800€  Read more >. A positive test result would require 10 day quarantine.

Those entering Portugal should also complete an online form in advance.

What can I expect when I arrive in Portugal?

Portugal is in a "State of Calamity". Whilst this may sound restrictive, measures are similar to what you might expect across the European continent, for example you should expect to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and maintain high hygiene levels of hand-washing. Shops, bars, cafes etc are all open within restricted hours, and alcohol can only be sold until 8pm. Further easing is due to take place soon, and you should be able to enjoy much of the wonderful food and culture with only very minor adaptations.

One important rule is that to check into a hotel, restaurant (certain hours only), or guesthouse, you must now present an EU Digital Certificate or a negative COVID test result (PCR 72 hours; antigen 48 hours; rapid test before health official 24 hours; or a rapid test immediately on arrival in front of an employee). It is not confirmed if a CDC pass will be accepted so testing would be a requirement for US travelers.

Where can I get Covid tested in Portugal?

Contact Portuguese health authorities (SNS) using the Portuguese COVID-19 Health Hotlines:
Mainland Portugal – (+ 351) 808 24 24 24 (Press 9 for English)
Azores – (+351) 808 24 60 24
Madeira – (+351) 800 24 24 20

Azores and Madeira

Please note there are varied or extra restrictions for Madeira and the Azores. Do check the up to date information for your chosen destination(s).

Returning from Portugal to the USA:

You will need to get tested (PCR or Antigen) no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States (US) and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). Read more >

Camino Portuguese

Check the latest information for travel to Spain if you will be crossing the border, for example on the Camino Portuguese,

Useful information resources:

US Embassy in Portugal Website

US State Department Travel Advisory for Portugal

CDC Travel Advice Page


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