Traveling to Portugal during Covid-19: what you need to know before you go


(CNN) – If you are planning to travel to Portugal, here is what you need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Portugal is in what the government calls a state of calamity as the number of cases and deaths has peaked in four months, according to the government.

Portugal is open to tourism for EU citizens as well as for arrivals from countries like the United States, Canada and Japan. See travel conditions below.

What’s on offer

Ancient towns, some of the most beautiful coasts in Europe and many pasteis de nata. Portugal have long been overlooked in favor of Europe’s biggest hitters, but in recent years that has started to change quickly. The capital Lisbon, with its trams that climb the hills and its breathtaking views of the Tagus, is the starting point. Then there is the Algarve, whose seaside resorts are located at the top of ruined cliffs, and the spectacular Atlantic coast, beloved by surfers, and the vast region of Alentejo, whose landscapes and hilltop towns have been hardly affected by tourism.

Who can go

Residents of the EU and countries associated with Schengen can travel freely in Portugal.

Portugal recently lifted its ban on arrivals from Brazil. Are also allowed for non-essential travel arrivals from the following destinations: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, South Korea, United States, Japan, Jordan, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. See below for the rules.

Arrivals from UK and Brazil must also provide a negative Covid-19 test – see more below.

Only essential travel is permitted from India, Nepal and South Africa. Anyone eligible to come from these countries must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

What are the restrictions?

These restrictions reflect arrivals in mainland Portugal. To find out how to get to the Azores or Madeira, see here.
For mainland Portugal, those from the main slice of destinations – including EU countries – must produce either a PCR test carried out within 72 hours of embarkation or an antigen test carried out within 48 hours or boarding, or a valid EU digital Covid certificate. Children under 12 do not need to be tested. All passengers must also complete a passenger location map before leaving.

Travelers aged 12 or over from the UK and Brazil must also show a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure, or an antigen test performed within 48 hours.

Previously, arrivals to the UK had to produce a vaccination certificate, showing the cycle ended more than 14 days ago, or quarantine for 14 days. This is no longer necessary since September 1st.

Arriving by sea involves the same entry rules. Arriving by train or train, those coming from the main list of destinations have no restrictions. Again, those coming from the UK must either show proof of vaccination or quarantine for 14 days.

What is the situation of the Covid?

Portugal had more than a million cases and 17,766 deaths as of September 3.

The 13,901 new cases recorded in the week to September 3 are nowhere near the record 86,389 in a week in January 2021, but cases were increasing during the summer months. However, they now appear to be on the decline.

As of September 3, more than 14.8 million doses of vaccine had been administered in Portugal and 74.6% of the population had been fully vaccinated.

What can visitors expect?

Face masks are mandatory on public transport. If you rent a car with a capacity of five seats, they can only be fully occupied if everyone in the car is from the same household.

Public transport now has unlimited capacity.

Groups in restaurants and bars are now increased to eight indoors and 15 outdoors, while cultural facilities are capped at 75% of capacity.

Alcohol cannot be sold in service areas or gas stations.

You must present an EU Covid digital certificate or negative test when checking into accommodation, eating at restaurants on Friday evenings, weekends and holidays, and entering spas, casinos and exercise courts. PCR testing within 72 hours or antigen testing within 24 hours and certified by a healthcare professional is acceptable. Children under 12 are exempt.

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