COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: April 6, 2021

COVID-19 Testing required for all passengers boarding flights for the United states: TESTING REQUIREMENT

All airline passengers to the United States, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Travelers must also present an attestation confirming one of the two options is true. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

Portugal is in a country-wide State of Emergency. The State of Emergency is divided into four levels of risks with specific measures corresponding to those levels:

Information on the specific levels of risk and each municipality visit: https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/renovacao-do-estado-de-emergencia/

Effective March 15, 2021, the Government of Portugal will implement the following Deconfinement Measures for the entire country.  For more information visit  https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/plano-desconfinamento-datas-regras/:

  • Stay Home, except for authorized travel.

March 15

  • Schools: In-person classes open for pre-school, primary school 1st to 4th grade (1º ciclo), and daycare centers. ATLs and study centers open only for children and students participating in educational activities. 
  • Local Trade: Non-food retail and services must close at 9.00 pm on weekdays, and at 1.00 pm on weekends and holidays.  Vendors may only sell non-food products through street-facing shop doors or open-air fairs and markets, if authorized by municipal authorities.
  • Grocery Stores and Supermarkets must close at 9.00 pm during weekdays, and may remain open on weekends until 7.00 pm.
  • Restaurants, Bars and Cafes: Limited to take-away and home delivery only. Restaurants in shopping centers are closed. Take away of drinks permitted.
  • Alcoholic Beverages can only be sold until 8.00 pm in all establishments, including supermarkets.
  • Hairdressers, Manicurists, and Barbers open by appointment only.
  • Bookstores, Libraries, Gardens and Open-air Leisure Spaces open to the public.

April 5, 2021

  • Schools: In-person classes will resume for 5th to 9th grade as well as study centers (ATL) for students participating in educational activities.
  • Museums, Monuments, Palaces, and Galleries open to the public.
  • Stores up to 200m2 (with street entrances) open to the public.
  • Outside Open Areas of Cafés and Restaurants: limited to groups of four people.
  • Sports: Outdoor exercise limited to groups of four people. Gymnasiums open without group classes.

April 19, 2021

  • Schools: In-person classes open for Secondary Schools and Universities.
  • Cinemas, Theaters, Auditoriums, and Cultural Centers open to the public.
  • Public Services: Lojas do Cidadão open for in-person services by appointment only.
  • Stores and shopping centers open to the public.
  • Restaurants and Cafes open until 10:00 pm during weekdays and, 1:00 pm on weekends and holidays. Limited to groups of 4 inside and 6 outside.
  • Sports: Outside exercise limited to groups of six people.
  • Outdoor Events resume at reduced capacity determined by health authorities.
  • Weddings and Baptisms allowed at 25% capacity.

May 3, 2021

  • Cafés and Restaurants limited to groups of 6 inside and 10 outside.
  • Sports: All sports activities permitted including outdoor exercise and gymnasiums.
  • Events: Large outdoors and indoor events resume at reduced capacity.
  • Weddings and baptisms allowed at 50% capacity.

GENERAL RULES:

  • A general Stay at Home order is still in effect.
  • Telework whenever possible.
  • Limit Contact to only your household.
  • Travel only for essential needs.
  • Social Distance measures enforced, to include mandatory use of protective masks in closed public spaces.
  • Masks are Mandatory outside when social distancing is not possible.
  • Protective masks are mandatory inside workplaces.
  • Avoid small, crowded, or unventilated indoor spaces without a protective mask.
  • Mandatory quarantine for illnesses, those under active observation, and those suspected of being infected with COVID-19.
  • Expired Portuguese document validity were extended until December 31, 2021. This extended validity period applies to Portuguese issued, citizen’s card (cartão de cidadão), residency documents and visa permits, etc. to stay or reside in Portugal.
    Please note that this extended validity of visas and other documentation is contingent upon submission of a request for appointment with SEF. For more information and guidance on qualifying documents, visit: sef.pt
  • Please consult local restrictions for travel to Madeira and the Azores.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Non – compliance with telework is considered a violation with fines.
  • Failure to present a COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival in Portugal is a violation resulting in fines from 300€ to 800€
  • Fines on individuals and businesses are doubled during the State of Emergency.
  • Portuguese authorities will enforce supervision.

Azores Specific:

  • Anyone arriving to the Azores, even on domestic flights from outside 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 seven days, will be required to test again on the 6th day. Those wishing to remain in the Azores for more than two weeks must test again on the 12th 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 on testing and other requirements, visit: Covid19Azores. For more information on entry requirements, visit: SEF Covid 19 FAQS.

Madeira Specific:

  • Anyone arriving to Madeira, even on domestic flights from outside Madeira, must either provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to arrival or provide proof of vaccination or recovery from the disease. To speed the process on arrival, the Regional Government of Madeira suggests travelers complete a health questionnaire between 48 and 12 hours prior to disembarking.
  • For more information on testing and other requirements, visit Covid19Madeira. For more information on entry requirements, visit:  SEF Covid 19 FAQS.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Portugal? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email LisbonCDCWaivers@state.gov.
  • For the nearest testing facilities and collection 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

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

    • Has the government of Portugal approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
    • Are vaccines available in Portugal for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes, Portugal Health Authorities have an ongoing vaccination campaign.
    • Which vaccines are available in Portugal?  Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. Additionally, the Janssen single-shot vaccine may be available in the future.
    • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States and consult the CDC for information on U.S. COVID-19 vaccination plans.
    • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No, U.S. citizens cannot travel directly from the United States to Portugal for non-essential travel (i.e. tourism).
    • Only Portuguese nationals, holders of Portuguese and EU-member residency permits, and holders of other long-term visas issued by Portuguese authorities may enter the country.
    • US citizens who are lawful residents of EU member states may enter Portugal.
    • For more information contact the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate or the Portuguese immigration authorities at www.sef.pt

PLEASE NOTE: All authorized travelers arriving from the United States must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the last 72 hours before boarding and at the airport.  Passengers without a negative test result will be subject to mandatory testing at the airport at their own expense upon arrival, in addition to a mandatory quarantine by Portuguese health authorities.

  • Additional controls on Portuguese land and river borders will be in place.
  • Crossing land borders is generally prohibited. Exceptions may include transport of international goods, workers, and circulation of emergency vehicles.
  • Rail traffic between Portugal and Spain is suspended, except for the purpose of transporting goods.
  • Transportation by river between Portugal and Spain is also suspended.
  • 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 qualifies.
  • For questions on additional travel requirements, please consult your airline.

Some airlines continue to sell tickets for travel between the United States and Portugal. Please confirm your eligibility to enter or transit Portugal with the Portuguese Embassy/Consulate and/or airline and review the airline’s policy on refunds before purchasing tickets.

  • Suspension of flights, mandatory confinement, and other additional measures may occur with little or no warning.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

Movement Restrictions

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, it is possible they will be required to quarantine

Under the State of Emergency, 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.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • 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

  • Failure to present a COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival in Portugal is considered a violation. Fines range from 300€ to 800€ All individual fines (previously 100€ to 500€) and business fines (previously 10,000€) are doubled during the State of Emergency.

Consular Operations

Due to the COVID-19 situation in Portugal and for the health and safety of the public and our personnel, routine Consular services remain suspended.

  • Emergency American Citizen Services are being offered for urgent situations only.
  • Visa services have been suspended.
    • If you have an urgent life and death situation requiring travel, contact the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit at: visaslisbon@state.gov

Local Resources:

Other links:

Assistance:

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