Portugal entry requirements: Covid travel restrictions for the UK

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Proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid or a negative test result is required to access certain services and facilities in Portugal

Changes introduced in February mean that fully vaccinated arrivals no longer have to take a Covid test on their return to the UK, while those who are not double-bitten do not need to take a test on the eighth day after their arrival, or to self-isolate.

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UK visitors are allowed to travel to Portugal for any purpose (Picture: Getty Images)

Testing and isolation requirements are also being relaxed at some popular tourist sites, although rules are still in place in many countries.

Thus, holidaymakers may be required to take a test before traveling to their chosen destination, while some holiday spots still remain off-limits to unvaccinated tourists.

If you’re planning a trip to Portugal, here’s what you need to know about the country‘s entry requirements and the Covid rules you’ll need to follow once there.

What are the entry requirements to Portugal?

UK holidaymakers can travel to mainland Portugal and the regions of Madeira and the Azores for all intents and purposes.

A passenger locator form is no longer required to enter mainland Portugal, but travelers will need to complete a form to enter the Azores, Madeira or Porto Santo.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter mainland Portugal without having to undergo a test.

To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have had a full course of a covid-19 approved vaccine/covid-19-vaccines-authorised”>European Medicines Agency at least 14 days and not more than 270 days before your arrival, or a complete cycle of a vaccine, plus a booster given at least 14 days before your arrival.

Portugal will accept the NHS Covid Pass from the UK (paper or digital format) to prove your vaccination card.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must show proof of:

  • a negative PCR test, performed no later than 72 hours before boarding, or
  • a rapid lateral flow test, performed no later than 24 hours before boarding, or
  • recent resumption of departure from Covidon to mainland Portugal

Tests must be performed by a qualified healthcare professional, as self-administered tests will not be accepted.

Travelers who have tested positive for Covid within the past year can enter mainland Portugal with a Covid recovery certificate indicating that you have recovered from coronavirus no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days before your trip. You will not need to take a test.

You can use your United Kingdom COVID Pass to demonstrate proof of Covid recovery when checking in for your flight.

There are no entry requirements to Madeira and Porto Santo. Children aged 11 and under do not need to take a test or present proof of vaccination or recovery to enter mainland Portugal and the Azores.

And the Azores?

To enter the Azores, travelers are required to pass a test on arrival, unless:

  • you have a valid EU vaccination or recovery certificate, or
  • you have had a PCR or rapid lateral flow test before traveling

Your PCR or rapid lateral flow test must be performed by a qualified healthcare professional, as self-administered tests are not acceptable.

The rapid lateral flow test must be performed no later than 48 hours before boarding a flight to the Azores and meets the standards set out in the Common EU list of rapid antigen tests. The PCR test must be carried out no later than 72 hours before boarding.

EU vaccination certificates must show that you have completed your vaccination course at least 14 days and no more than 270 days before arrival in the Azores, and your recovery certificate must show that you have recovered from Covid at least 11 days and not more than 180 days before the trip.

What Covid rules are in place in Portugal?

Mainland Portugal is on high alert and although most restrictions have been lifted, wearing a mask is still mandatory:

  • at the entrance to medical establishments, nursing homes and nursing homes
  • In public transports
  • in taxis and VTCs, and
  • while traveling by plane

This requirement does not apply to children aged nine and under.

Madeira is in a state of emergency and certain measures are in force which differ from the mainland. This includes the obligation to:

  • wear a face covering in all enclosed spaces and outdoors where maintaining 1.5m social distancing is not possible. This measure applies to anyone aged 6 and over
  • show that you are fully or partially vaccinated or have recovered from Covid at the entrance to retirement and nursing homes, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gymnasiums, cultural, social, sporting and recreational events

If you are not vaccinated, you will have to present a negative antigen test, which must be renewed every week. This requirement does not apply to children aged four and under, or to those who, for medical reasons, cannot be vaccinated. In this case, you will need to present a formal statement from your doctor confirming that you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.

The Azores archipelago is on high alert and some restrictions still remain. This includes the obligation to:

  • use face masks at the entrance to medical facilities, retirement and nursing homes, on public transport, in taxis and private rentals and when traveling by air. This measure applies to anyone aged nine and over
  • present a negative Covid test on entry to medical establishments, retirement and care homes in the form of a PCR test carried out within the previous 72 hours, or a rapid antigen test carried out within the previous 48 hours and certified by a healthcare professional. This requirement does not apply to children aged 12 and under or those with a Covid recovery certificate
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