COVID-19 Information

Last updated: July 01, 2022

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Portugal – Travel Advisory: Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

If you are planning to Travel to Portugal:

New Information for Travelers to the United States:

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.

At 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.

Of note, CDC’s order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Country Specific Information: Portugal

 

Non-essential travel to Portugal is PERMITTED. Non-essential travel (i.e., tourist travel) from the United States to Portugal is currently permitted.  See “Entry and Exit Requirements” below for testing details.

COVID-19 TESTING IN PORTUGAL

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Portugal? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
  • Many testing locations are available, for all testing requirements.
    • Testing is not paid for by the government for travel purposes; U.S. citizens must pay for their own testing.
    • Delivery of results vary, but the majority of major laboratories have the ability to deliver result via email, text message, and custom apps. These usually come with a scannable QR code.
  • For the nearest testing facilities consult 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 Testing Facilities
    • Madeira – (+351) 800 24 24 20

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

Entry and Exit Requirements: PORTUGAL

 

Opening information US Citizens:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes 
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes (Airport temperature scans and random screenings)  
  • Beginning July 1, 2022, COVID entry requirements have been lifted. A negative COVID 19 test, certificate of vaccination or a certificate of recovery is no longer required in airports, borders, air and sea travel. 
  • However, Private carries may have different rules. We recommend all US. citizens to contact the airline/ cruise company for additional travel information before boarding. 

Important Entry Information:

  • Expired Portuguese document validity was extended until June 30, 2022, including residency documents, visas and permits for the stay of foreign nationals in Portugal. Validity for Portuguese-issued, citizen cards (cartão de cidadão) and Portuguese driver’s license were extended until December 31, 2022.
    • Permits and visas regarding stays in Portugal are still accepted under the same terms after March 31, 2022, as long as citizens submit supporting evidence that a request for an appointment for renewal has been submitted to SEF.
    • For more information and guidance, contact the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate or the Portuguese immigration authorities.
  • Travelers holding a residency permit or possessing a residency visa issued by the Portuguese authorities, or legal residents of an EU country or family members of an EU citizen, are also allowed to enter or transit Portugal for non-essential travel. Essential travel as determined by Portuguese authorities is currently permitted such as for professional purposes, study, family reunification, medical, or humanitarian travel.
    • Non-essential travel (tourist travel) from the European Union, from Schengen-associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), and from the U.K. is also allowed.
    • Long-term visa holders, such as students, may be permitted, but travelers should contact the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate to confirm that their visa permits entry.
    • Borders: Land borders between Portugal and Spain are open.

Movement Restrictions (Country Opening Status)

Is a curfew in place? No

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

  • Country Status: Portugal is in a countrywide State of Alert.
    • Bars and discos are open
    • Full capacity at public spaces such as shopping malls
    • Schools are open
    • Restaurants, cafés, and cultural events/shows continue to function under normal hours at full capacity.
    • Weddings, christenings, and similar celebrations now at full capacity
  • Safety Measures
    • Masks: The majority of mask mandates have been reduced, with notable exceptions for health facilities, on public transportation, and in nursing homes. Local health authorities (DGS) may require use of face mask for certain outdoor events.
    • Distancing: Social Distancing measures are recommended.
    • Curfews: Is a curfew in place? No.

Quarantine Information

Can U.S. citizens be required to quarantine? Yes. The Portuguese Government can impose mandatory quarantine for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and individuals deemed by health officials to require special medical observation. The U.S. Embassy Lisbon will be unable to help travelers avoid quarantines, and U.S. citizens should expect increased cost and time on their travel.

Positive COVID test while traveling in Portugal – What to do?

U.S. citizens who test positive for COVID from a laboratory or pharmacy must isolate for 7 (seven) days.  Travel should only resume after isolation period has elapsed.  While not required for travel to the U.S., for information about an EU Digital COVID-19 Recovery certificate please contact the consular section.  

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Non-compliance with restrictions and measures can be punishable with fines and /or prosecution for “disobedience”.

Azores Specific

Madeira Specific

  • There are no restrictions on the entry of travelers at airports, ports and marinas. For more information, visit visitmadeira.pt
  • The use of a mask is mandatory for persons 6 and older for the locations indicated below, in accordance with Resolution nº 316/2022, May 13, 2022).
    • Health facilities and services, including pharmacies
    • Public transport, including for taxis or ride sharing
    • Buildings and covered access areas to public transport, including airports and maritime terminals
    • For COVID positive persons, in all circumstances, until 10 days after the onset of symptoms or a positive test result.

For more information on testing and other requirements, visit Covid19Madeira. For more information on entry requirements, visit: SEF Covid 19 FAQS

Entry and Exit Requirements: United States

 

Overview

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.

At 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.

Of note, CDC’s order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Vaccination Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens

Adults

  • Noncitizens seeking to enter the United States by air must show proof of vaccination. All non-U.S. citizens traveling to the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to boarding a plane to the United States.  For guidance visit: Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.
  • Vaccination exemptions will be considered by the CDC on an extremely limited basis. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions. – CDC Waiver Request .

Children

  • Vaccinated Children: Vaccinated children who are eligible to travel alone must show proof of vaccination.
  • Unvaccinated Children: Children between 2 and 17 are not required to be fully vaccinated.
    • Traveling with a vaccinated adult: If an unvaccinated non-U.S. citizen child is traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, the accompanying adult must demonstrate proof of vaccination.
    • Traveling with an unvaccinated adult: Non-citizen children traveling with unvaccinated, non-citizen parents are not eligible for travel.
    • Traveling Alone: Unvaccinated non-citizen children traveling alone are not eligible for travel.

Proof of Vaccination: Proof of vaccination should be a paper or digital record issued by an official source and should include the traveler’s name and date of birth as well as the vaccine product and date(s) of administration for all doses the traveler received.

Local Resources

Other Links

Assistance

U.S. Embassy Lisbon, Portugal
(+351) 21-727-3300
conslisbon@state.gov