Last updated: 17 September 2020
- The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Portugal due to COVID-19.
- U.S. citizens traveling directly from the United States to Portugal for non-essential (tourist) travel are currently prohibited from entering Portugal. For all other types of travel and for guidance on arriving from destinations other than the United States, please consult the nearest Portuguese Embassy, Consulate, or Portuguese immigration authorities at (SEF), before making travel plans.
- On September 15, the Government of Portugal transitioned the country to a State of Contingency. However, certain areas, including the Lisbon and Porto Metropolitan Areas, are under additional restrictions outlined below.
General Rules for Portugal under the State of Contingency
- Mandatory quarantine for sick people and those under active observation and suspected of being infected with COVID-19.
- All gatherings of over 10 people are prohibited.
- Restaurants may remain open until 1 a.m.; however, restaurants may accept new customers only until midnight.
- Restaurants within 300 meters of schools and all food courts must limit seating to groups of 4.
- Bars and discos will open and operate under the same rules and measures as cafes and bakeries (use of dancefloors is prohibited).
- No consumption of alcohol in public spaces, except in restaurants, cafés, and bars.
- No sale of alcohol after 8pm and no sale of alcohol by gas stations.
- Social distance measures enforced, to include mandatory use of protective masks in closed public spaces.
- Each municipality will coordinate with DGS to determine hours for stores, malls, and libraries – which cannot open before 10am and will close between 8-11pm.
Guide for Beaches:
- See the Safe Communities Webpage for details.
- Occupancy status system – has three colors: green (1/3 occupancy), yellow (2/3 occupancy) and red (full occupancy).
- Information is updated in real time on the website of the Portuguese Environment Association – apambiente.pt.
Local Trade and Culture:
- Reopening of all stores, including in shopping centers and reopening of cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, concert halls – with marked seats, reduced-capacity, and physical distancing.
- Daycare centers/pre-schools are open.
- ATLs (after-school activities) are open.
- Mandatory use of protective masks (except for children in daycare centers or kindergartens).
- Language schools are open.
- Partial teleworking is no longer mandatory. Teleworking will depend on agreement between the employer and the employee.
- Gyms are open according to the DGS safety and health measures.
Lisbon and Porto Specific – On September 15, 2020, the Government of Portugal implemented additional restrictions for the Lisbon and Porto Metropolitan Areas with the following rules:
- Gatherings of a maximum of 10 persons.
- Mandatory use of telework where applicable with 50% teleworking and 50% in office with offset arrival and departure times.
- Public transportation will be increased to reduce congestion.
- All Americans arriving to the Azores must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival. Travelers who wish to remain in the Azores for more than 7 days, will be required to test again on the 5th day. To speed the process on arrival, the Regional Government of the Azores suggests travelers complete a health questionnaire at least 72 hours before disembarking. For more information please visit: Covid19Azores.
- The State of Calamity in Madeira has been extended through September 30. The Government of Madeira decreed a MANDATORY use of protective masks in all public spaces (indoors and outdoors). Exceptions include children under 10, disable persons, participation at sporting events, and use while at the beach. All persons arriving to Madeira, to include U.S. citizens, are subject to one of the following: present a negative COVID-19 test in the last 72 hours, submit to a test upon arrival and isolate until the results are received, self-isolate for a 14-day period, or return to their point of departure. Passengers on flights diverted from Madeira International Airport to Porto Santo airport due to weather conditions must stay in the airport in isolation until there is an available flight connecting to Funchal.
- For more information click on the following link: VisitMadeira
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? U.S. citizens cannot travel directly from the United States to Portugal for tourism.
The Government of Portugal currently prohibits non-essential (tourist) travel for U.S. citizens traveling directly to Portugal from the United States. According to Portuguese authorities, only citizens of the European Union/Schengen associated countries, their family members, or foreign nationals legally residing in a Member State of the European Union, and travelers from third-countries specifically authorized may enter Portugal. Certain exceptions to this prohibition allows for travel for professional, study, family reunification, health or humanitarian reasons. Before arranging travel, please confirm that you qualify to enter Portugal under one of these exceptions by contacting the nearest Portuguese Embassy, Consulate, or Portuguese immigration authorities at (SEF), before making travel plans.
Border controls are the sole jurisdiction of the Government of Portugal, Embassy Lisbon cannot provide you with authorization to enter or facilitate entry on your behalf.
Entry into Portugal is allowed for:
- Portuguese nationals, holders of residency permits, and holders of other long-term visas issued by Portuguese authorities may enter the country.
- Third country national holders of residency permits or long-term resident visas issued by EU member states may transit Portugal to return to their country of residence.
- US citizens who are lawful residents of EU member states may enter Portugal.
- Long-term visa holders are allowed but should contact the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate to confirm that their visa qualifies.
For questions on additional travel requirements, please consult your airline. For other visa or travel eligibility questions for transit/entry, please contact Portuguese immigration authorities at (SEF) and visit their Frequently Asked Questions website.
Some airlines continue to sell tickets for travel between the United States and Portugal. Please confirm your eligibility to enter Portugal with the airline and review the airline’s policy on refunds before purchasing tickets.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
Portuguese airports in Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Ponta Delgada, Funchal and Lajes implemented a body temperature measurement requirement upon arrival. More information is available at http://www.ana.pt/en/corporate/ana/security-measures.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
ALL TRAVELERS must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the last 72 hours – Your airline may refuse to board you without evidence a negative COVID-19 test conducted in the last 72 hours. Passengers arriving to Portugal without these test results are subject to refusal of entry and/or mandatory testing at the cost of the passenger as well as quarantine until the results of the test. Additionally, all passengers arriving are subject to mandatory temperature checks, and may be required to undergo secondary health screening and/or COVID-19 testing.
- U.S. citizens who live in the United States and wish to return should do so through the commercial flight options that currently exist. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from Portugal.
- Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
- Portuguese authorities announced that foreign passengers arriving aboard ships and other vessels will not be allowed to disembark.
- The Regional Government of Madeira announced that cruise ships and yachts will not be allowed to dock.
- There continues to be a State of Calamity in Madeira with additional entry requirements listed below.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Possibly
Under the State of Contingency, the Portuguese Government can impose obligatory quarantine for individuals infected with COVID-19 and individuals deemed by health officials to require special medical observation.
- Passengers arriving to Portugal without a negative COVID 19 test results are subject to refusal of entry and/or mandatory testing at the cost of the passenger as well as quarantine until the results of the test.
- All persons arriving to Madeira, to include U.S. citizens, are subject to one of the following: present a negative COVID-19 test in the last 72 hours, submit to a test upon arrival and isolate until the results are received, self-isolate for a 14-day period, or return to their point of departure.
- For the nearest testing facility or if you have been in contact with an infected person and/ or are experiencing symptoms 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
- Madeira – (+351) 800 24 24 20
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
International commercial flight options currently exist in Portugal and the U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Portugal.
Flights from Portugal to various European and U.S. cities are being offered by the following airlines with limited seating:
- British Airlines & TAP– thru London – Please note the Quarantine Restrictions for the UK and mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form
- Ryan Air-thru Dublin and London (Stansted) – Transit and quarantine guidance for UK: Embassy London-COVID 19 info Webpage
- Lufthansa – thru Frankfurt
- Air France & TAP – thru Paris –Please see additional requirements (PDF 75 KB)
- KLM Airlines – thru Amsterdam
- Swiss Air – thru Zurich
- TAP – currently offers twice-weekly direct flights to Newark. For more information check TAP flight options: http://www.flytap.com/
Useful links with information on flights from/to Portugal:
NOTE: All travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
Mandatory use of protective masks when using public transportation. 2/3 of passengers are allowed for Uber or taxis
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Police presence will be increased to deter large gatherings
- Fines of 100 to 500 euros for individuals and 1000 to 5000 euros for businesses who violate restrictions.
- Organizers and participants of large gatherings will be fined
- ACS services are being offered, such as passport services, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) and emergency notary services for U.S. citizens.
- Contact the American Citizen Services Unit at: email@example.com
- Limited visa services to the U.S., such as student, are being offered, such as Student Visas, Crew visas
- Contact the Nonimmigrant Visa at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about the “Deconfinement Plan”:
- Mainland: https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/
- Azores – https://covid19azores.gov.pt
- Madeira – pt
- Visit – Safe Communities Portugal for COVID-19 guides: https://www.safecommunitiesportugal.com/guides/
- Consult the Portuguese Government’s latest updates on COVID-19 at: Portuguese Director General of Health (DGS) COVID -19 information (for English click on the Globe on the upper side of the page)
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Portugal.
- State Department – Consular Affairs at 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Portugal Country Information
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U.S. Embassy Lisbon, Portugal
(Business hours) – (+351) 21-770-2122
(After hours) – (+351) 21-727-3300