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Portugal Coronavirus journey restrictions 2022 and present guidelines

After 318 updates and a variety of loopy adjustments alongside the best way, this submit is now retired and now not being up to date. With the masks mandate being dropped (aside from care properties, hospitals, and on public transport) in mid-April, and day-to-day life *just about* being again to regular, there is no such thing as a want for this text to be up to date anymore..

I’m maintaining it right here as a reminder of some loopy years, and all of the superb folks I’ve related with, and helped plan their journeys and even weddings (thanks to each the invitations I received to attend for serving to to plan them – cheers!) across the seemingly ever-changing guidelines. Hopefully, I don’t should resurrect this submit once more sooner or later.

-Something past this level is OLD-

For probably the most up-to-date journey guidelines relating to covid, please go to the devoted Go to Portugal web page.






It’s an extended article, as numerous guidelines relying on the place you might be coming from and plenty of updates during the last weeks – simply scroll previous something not of curiosity, or try to discover the ‘bounce to’ hyperlink within the contents desk under.

This text has been reside since Might 2020, and I replace it weekly or at any time when a serious announcement is made about Portugal coronavirus journey guidelines. Our lockdown has come to an finish and issues are practically all open once more, and I wish to provide the very best data round Portugal COVID guidelines for journey. I’ve tried to at all times put (supply: hyperlink) in to the information I’m giving under, so you may see on official PT web sites the place I get my knowledge from.

Please observe, this can be a fast-moving state of affairs and the data offered under is finished so in good religion on the time of writing. There are numerous sources linked out to all through the article, and significantly on the backside, nonetheless, DanFlyingSolo takes no duty for the data offered right here and urges you to examine all official sources for updates.

July – LOTS of latest guidelines, 23:00h curfew and extra restrictions in components of the nation…

eighth July

Firstly, these are new guidelines for mainland Portugal (not Madeira and Azores who’ve their very own governments) and solely then to particular areas – though they do apply to many standard vacationer places within the Algarve and Lisbon.

Secondly, I’m nonetheless attempting to get my head round them myself, after which will add them right here. What we’re seeing is an entire host of latest guidelines within the ‘excessive danger’ areas that we haven’t seen earlier than, and are complicated AF. For instance, within the extraordinarily excessive danger areas you’ll need a unfavourable take a look at or EU digital certificates to eat inside on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday however not on a weekday, however no take a look at is required in case you sit outdoors on the weekend… complicated proper? On the plus aspect, that is changing the early closing on the weekends of eating places, so I assume doing a fast covid-test earlier than sitting down is healthier than the eating places being shut. The take a look at/covid go can be required for checkin in to lodges it appears in these areas. It appears that evidently the fast antigen assessments might be executed on arrival on the restaurant earlier than coming into, somewhat than needing to do one earlier than going – this may begin from Saturday tenth July. The restrictions on motion between Lisbon space and the remainder of the nation at weekends are additionally ending.

Anyhow, for now you may learn the foundations for the mainland right here – – see the checklist on the entrance web page of the realm of the nation you might be in, or wish to go to, after which click on the hyperlink under ‘Regras que se aplicam a estes Concelhos” to see the foundations presently in place. DO NOT depend on the EN model of the web site within the high menu because it’s old-fashioned, however as a substitute go to that web page utilizing a web-browser like Chrome which may auto-translate for you. I’ll attempt to distill them right here within the subsequent day or two.

UK Travellers to MAINLAND (solely) Portugal who aren’t vaccinated now required to quarantine in Portugal

twenty seventh June

Final minute and sudden information has simply been printed by authorized decree (right here) and confirmed by the UK Gov in Portugal web page (right here) stating that from the twenty eighth June, travellers from the UK who haven’t obtained their 2nd dose of vaccine at the least 14 days previous to journey will likely be required to quarantine in Portugal for 14 days on arrival. That is just for Mainland Portugal and NOT the island teams of Madeira or The Azores it appears, who will proceed with their very own guidelines for entry. Kids below 18 are exempt from this rule (reported right here BBC) if their dad and mom/guardians are vaccinated, as Portugal recognises it’s not attainable/anticipated for minors to have the vaccine. For many who will now have to quarantine (and I assume this will likely be residents as vacationers will cancel) it is advisable register with the border power for the quarantine location earlier than journey on this way – it applies to arrivals by air, street and sea.

Confirmed: non important journey (tourism) flights from the USA allowed as of in the present day

fifteenth June

Sliding in to an in a single day decree (see right here) is the information that many have been ready for ‘5 – Permitir viagens não essenciais de e para os Estados Unidos da América’ which states that non important journey from the USA can resume as of in the present day. There doesn’t seem like any clarification both that it is just to vaccinated travellers, nonetheless all arrivals from the USA (as per all different international locations presently permitted to journey to Portugal) would require a unfavourable take a look at previous to their journey. This (unusually) hasn’t actually made the information but, and even been printed on VisitPortugal, however the USA Embassy has been up to date to mirror this variation (see right here).

This decree will run till June twenty seventh, as they’re up to date and re-issued each two weeks, so if journey is to renew to/from every other international locations, we anticipate the following announcement to be on that date.

Assessments for entry to mainland Portugal can now be antigen, in addition to PCR

fifteenth June

The take a look at necessities to enter mainland Portugal for international locations the place non-essential journey is allowed (EU, UK & USA) have modified. PCR assessments inside 72-hours of journey stay a legitimate choice to enter Portugal, however you now have the choice of a fast antigen take a look at (TRAg) taken inside 24-hours of journey – the antigen take a look at should be of the usual authorised by the EU (see checklist right here). Nevertheless, some airways will solely enable folks to journey with PCRs it appears, so double examine together with your airline, and when you have a connecting flight by one other nation, have in mind their guidelines additionally.

Lisbon restrictions

fifteenth June

Presently Lisbon (in addition to Braga) haven’t moved to the following stage of re-opening, so within the capital closing instances are nonetheless 22:30. We’re slightly apprehensive right here that as most new circumstances are within the metropolis, we may even go backwards and see indoor eating shut once more, or different restrictions positioned within the subsequent week – however hopefully the case numbers stabalise within the metropolis. Nevertheless, one thing to bear in mind in case you are planning to go to the capital within the close to future.

Spain re-opening to tourism and street border confusion

eighth June

The street border from Spain reopened Might 1st 2021, and since then I crossed from the Algarve (PT) to Ayamonte (ES) and there have been no controls or checks on the border – and the official assertion is that this: ‘On land borders with Spain there aren’t any restrictions on motion since 1 Might.’

Nevertheless, with Spain re-opening its exterior borders on the seventh June, as a part of all their new guidelines for entry they printed a legislation requiring a Unfavourable take a look at or vaccine certificates to enter Spain. This appears to have been very quick lived, as Portugal’s authorities weren’t impressed, and plainly this rule is being scrapped as shortly because it was carried out (official decree replace right here). There may be NO checks or take a look at necessities to enter Portugal, past the conventional random Schengen checks which have been in place without end – so in case you are on one of many international locations that may now fly to Spain, in idea there is no such thing as a cause you may’t then drive throughout to Portugal – simply regulate the state of affairs incase Spain create anymore final minute adjustments.

Extra re-opening scheduled from June 14th – some areas received’t have prolonged hours

eighth June

Some extra adjustments are anticipated (however as at all times, by no means assured) from June 14th with additional restrictions being relaxed. Consider, there’s a weekly evaluation and part of the nation might have regional restrictions imposed or not transfer ahead within the reopening plan, that is changing into very unusual and solely results two (not very touristed) areas proper now. Nevertheless, it has been confirmed Lisbon Metropolis & Braga will stick with the present 22:30 closing hours, and never re-open later with the remainder of the nation on the 14th (report right here).

The principle change for vacationers from the 14th would be the change of opening hours for eating places and cafes (bars and nightclubs stay closed, nonetheless a variety of the ‘bars’ in Portugal are classed as cafes as they really serve snacks. So, if all goes to plan, then these can open till midnight (final entry) and shut at 1:00am. Cultural occasions and theatres also can keep open till midnight.

The legislation relating to masks being worn inside and out of doors on streets (when a distance of two metres cannot be maintained) has been prolonged till mid-September, with fines continued. That is separate to the legislation relating to sporting masks when strolling across the seashore (for instance arriving, going to the bar and so on) as that may run all bathing season (summer season) because the seashores get busier.

UK ‘Amber Listing’ now for Portugal

eighth June

To everybody who has had their vacation plans, or journeys to see household ruined – I’m tremendous sorry. My dad and mom had been meant to go to in June, and I used to be going to return again to the UK for a marriage in July, and now every thing is chaos once more, So I actually perceive the stress and upset you should be feeling. Anyhow, in case you are right here in Portugal, or planning a visit, here’s a tough overview of the Amber state of affairs

1. Already right here – proceed your vacation as deliberate…

Possibility Two – Proceed your vacation as is, and nonetheless fly residence later. I admire this may imply 10-days of isolation, however for some folks I assume if they’re working from residence or haven’t any plans, it may be a worth they’re prepared to pay. On this case, as per the Amber checklist guidelines, you’ll need to isolate for 10 days at residence, and take 2 assessments (day 2 and day 8) somewhat than one take a look at, so contact whoever you booked your testing packs with earlier than journey and request the second take a look at. It’s possible you’ll wish to examine together with your journey insurance coverage what this implies, and if the amber checklist change will impact your coverage in case you are already travelling

Possibility Three – Proceed your vacation, however do ‘take a look at to launch’ on day 5 As above, proceed your vacation, however choose to do the ‘take a look at to launch scheme’ on day 5. You’ll nonetheless have to do the 2 assessments talked about, however can go for an extra take a look at, on day 5, which is able to minimize your isolation quick. Particulars on that take a look at, and learn how to e book it right here

2. You may have an upcoming journey to Portugal in June and I’m undecided what to do?

Effectively – though the UK Gov have this amber checklist, and on the official checklist it says “You shouldn’t journey to amber checklist international locations or territories.” I don’t suppose it’s really unlawful too, somewhat only a advice from them – so you continue to may take your journey (though please don’t quote me on this, it’s simply my interpretation and I’m in no place to present authorized recommendation seen as I nonetheless can’t fairly imagine they outlawed hugging for a interval). What this implies for insurance coverage is one other query too.

Take your vacation as deliberate – If you happen to do nonetheless take your journey then you’ll need to do 10-days of isolation at residence in your return, and take 2 assessments (day 2 and day 8) if you get again. You may additionally choose to do the ‘take a look at to launch scheme’ on day 5. You’ll nonetheless have to do the 2 assessments talked about, however can go for an extra take a look at, on day 5, which is able to minimize your isolation quick. Particulars on that take a look at, and learn how to e book it right here. Double examine together with your insurance coverage what this implies, and in case you are lined, as some insurance policies may deem Amber checklist or authorities recommendation to not journey as a cause to invalidate your insurance coverage. An organization right here particularly gives insurance coverage packages with COVID in thoughts for international locations which might be advising in opposition to journey, I don’t know a lot about them so do your personal analysis on them – their web site is right here.

Change your vacation – you’ll need to examine together with your particular person airways/lodges and so on relating to adjustments and refunds, because the UK gov by saying you shouldn’t go to amber checklist international locations, however not making it unlawful, makes a tousled gray space of their very own making in terms of refund insurance policies. I hope you’ll be able to get your a refund, or at the least, re-schedule your journey.

I’ve an upcoming journey to Portugal after June twenty sixth?

The inexperienced checklist is about to be reviewed each three weeks, so this might be round June twenty sixth and there’s a probability Portugal will go inexperienced once more, though who is aware of – as plainly the UK Gov are mainly attempting to place anybody off happening vacation, particularly as this checklist didn’t see international locations like Malta who’ve on common lower than 10 circumstances per day, and 64% of the inhabitants with 1 dose, and 43% of the inhabitants totally vaccinated – this alone simply reveals the checklist isn’t been pushed by science, however one thing else completely. So, it’s a raffle to see what’s going to occur after the following evaluation – I’m slowly loosing religion within the UK Gov ever wanting the journey trade to renew….

Beautiful Madeira
Stunning Madeira

Re-opening to Schengen/EU international locations for tourism

(Replace Might thirty first – Cyprus, Lithuania & Sweden Faraway from Quarantine Listing – VisitPortugal are nonetheless to replace their web site, however the Gov decree might be discovered right here)

Tourism and non-essential journey resumed from some EU+EEA+Schengen international locations (and the UK – see under) with a unfavourable PCR take a look at – from Monday seventeenth. Following a revision of the standards this week, additional international locations (Cyprus, Lithuania and Sweden) had been moved to the tourism checklist, making it a full pack for freedom of motion to Portugal from the EU once more.

EU Nations with a better incidence fee, above the edge, are solely allowed in for important journey AND should isolate for 14-days on arrival, declaring themselves to SEF earlier than journey (hyperlink). In case your international locations an infection fee does improve, it might be put again on a restriction checklist at a later date.

Third international locations announcement from the EU

(Replace Might thirty first) – TL/DR: We nonetheless don’t know agency dates

thirty first Might – Portugal re-issued their journey restriction checklist, with the one adjustments being that Cyprus, Lithuania & Sweden had been faraway from the international locations required to quarantine, no different adjustments for every other international locations in the present day, and final week it was solely Israel which was added. Thus, the under nonetheless stands:

Scenario now Presently nothing has modified but referring to Portugal – thus for different international locations the earlier decree applies, stating all journey from different third international locations (non EU/EEA) stays suspended besides the quick checklist under, aside from important journey resembling EU residents/residents to return residence – PCRs for everybody who’s on a necessary journey journey from these international locations, and 14-day isolation may also be required from India, Nepal, South America and Brazil.

The one exemptions to this checklist in Portugal, for who tourism journey is allowed, are those agreed at EU stage – and most of those international locations don’t even have direct flights to Portugal so it means little. The international locations are: Australia, China, South Korea, New Zealand, Ruanda, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau (+ UK – which is the one extra one Portugal has added to their checklist) – As talked about, Israel has been added to the checklist at EU stage, simply ready to see some clarification at Portugal stage.

Reciprocity One factor to maintain in-mind is that reciprocity is a vital issue for the EU, and a few international locations, just like the USA for instance, nonetheless have restrictions in place for travellers coming in.

When will Portugal/EU Re-open The EU have reached an settlement on re-opening to additional third international locations, however the particulars are slightly slim proper now. It’s essential to notice particular person EU international locations can select their very own guidelines (for instance, I feel Croatia have re-opened to USA travellers with some guidelines about pre-paying lodges, return flights and so on) however it’s anticipated that Portugal will stick to the EU checklist for any additional re-openings, as they’re the nation in control of the response this 12 months.

We did get clarification concerning the standards that will likely be used at EU stage to resolve what international locations will likely be white-listed (resembling variants, incidence charges) and so they have relaxed the incidence fee slightly too now. However, in addition they mentioned that the choice for a person nation will also be modified attributable to a stronger efficiency in a single space, resembling a vaccine. There may be not a ultimate checklist introduced but, neither is there a date when it’s going to come into play, so proper now, we simply have to patiently look forward to this data and something being reported within the USA media is theory, nonetheless effectively knowledgeable it might be – as we have now seen, issues change shortly and peoples guess work has ended up making vacationers free some huge cash on journeys they will’t take. twenty first Might was touted as an replace to the checklist, however we solely received one state added, you may preserve an eye fixed right here for EU bulletins.

Portugals Journey Decree Each 15 days Portugal publishes an inventory of nations for which non-essential journey is now allowed into Portugal. The subsequent one ought to come round thirtieth Might-1st June, and though there’s a tiny probability they might add extra international locations to that replace, it’s actually most unlikely except the EU checklist has been printed by then. Fortunately, they will replace this decree any time, so if the EU guidelines change, it probably wouldn’t be one other 15 days earlier than they launch an replace.

Vaccinations/PCR: The newest EU settlement has mentioned permitting totally vaccinated travellers to enter the EU from sure international locations, and likewise a change in incidence fee which is used to outline the EU ‘white checklist’. The EU Digital Inexperienced Go which will likely be used to facilitate EU residents who’ve been vaccinated to journey round will likely be examined all through June, and launch on July 1st. Thus, I don’t anticipate vaccinations to make a distinction till at the least then, as it will be unusual for journey to be simpler for non-EU residents than precise residents, so a unfavourable PCR take a look at will stay till at the least then. Please observe all international locations within the EU can nonetheless have their very own guidelines over-ride these, so we should wait and see particularly what Portugal does.

Masks mandate extends to seashores with fines + Seashore App

(Replace Might nineteenth)

Already, the legislation which requires masks to be worn in public, on streets and squares and anyplace else outdoors when you’ll not be greater than two meters from one other individual has been prolonged till June – and can probably final all through the summer season. In Lisbon and cities that is most evident, as strolling round using masks is a authorized requirement outdoors given the possibility of passing folks by – however truthfully after a whilst you get used to it, simply have some spare masks to vary all through the day if wanted.

This legislation has now been prolonged to cowl the seashore entry (and it’s a legislation, not only a rule now, because the laws has been printed – decree supply) – which in contrast to the UK press is excitedly making sound is a sudden change particularly for Brits – was introduced weeks in the past, and has now come into power as bathing season formally begins. It’s additionally actually not that a lot of a trouble. You put on it, stroll to the seashore, put your towel down (1.5 metres from anybody else) and calm down with out the masks, similar with going swimming, clearly no masks. Wish to go purchase a drink or go to the kiosk – masks again on. So actually it’s just some minutes of masks sporting, particularly as operating across the seashore or enjoying sports activities isn’t allowed.

The spot-fines (as much as €100) for breaking this are actually in impact, each for breaking the masks mandate, but additionally visiting an overcrowded seashore.

For that, we have now one thing which I feel is genius and actually hope stays – the Information Praia app (Apple | Android) – which is able to present you the standing of a seashore, Inexperienced (50%), Amber (-90%), Pink (+90% = FULL – don’t enter) and that is linked to the solar-powered counters and site visitors mild system already on the seashore. Past covid, that is really nice because the app will present you all of the seashores close to you so you may uncover new ones, choose someplace much less crowded, and likewise see the seashore amenities – resembling cafes, life guards and so on.

Apprehensive about tan-lines? Effectively, I’ve by accident executed a take a look at for you with a full beach-day go to this week in 30degrees and may inform my pale British pores and skin is purple throughout – my masks lined face not saved in any respect – so please, in case you resolve to go to one other nation this 12 months simply observe their guidelines – it’s not an enormous ask.

Masks medical exemptions: Final time I returned to the UK I famous you may self certify in case you don’t have to put on a masks, with one thing printed at residence resembling a badge (undecided precisely the tactic). In Portugal, this isn’t accepted, and exemptions listed here are accompanied by an precise letter out of your physician or different medial skilled. That mentioned, I don’t suppose I’ve ever seen anybody in a grocery store or on a practice for instance right here with out a masks on, besides possibly the occasional one who has a visor as a substitute (once more, these aren’t quite common right here).

Some additional studying from Portugal – Predominant article continues under…

Assessments to fly again – prices and abstract

Antigen assessments are actually being supplied in some airports (supply: Faro airport dataLisbon Airport Information – Porto does have them it appears, however not confirmed on the web site) at round €30, and there are a great deal of labs and clinics doing them round Portugal (I’ll attempt to get collectively an inventory). I anticipate the airport labs to wrestle to deal with a large inflow of travellers, at the least to start out, so it may be a safer guess to do it earlier than heading residence and never on the airport. Whereas the UK Gov have mentioned will settle for a a couple of varieties of take a look at to fly residence (supply: UK Gov) some airways are solely accepting PCR assessments, so double examine together with your airline first. See additional down for extra particulars on labs and firms in your return assessments.

Brexit reminder

Keep in mind that Brexit has occurred, so there are only a couple of latest legal guidelines, resembling passport validity, for travelling to the EU with a British passport (supply: examine on UKGov). Due to the additional checks and passport stamps on arrival for UK Passport holders + with the COVID take a look at checks, it is going to be a barely slower course of than earlier than, however be affected person, Portugal is ready for you on the opposite aspect 🙂



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