COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   January 19, 2021

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States 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.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

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

The Government of Portugal announced the following new restrictions for all country under the State of Emergency:

  • Stay Home, except for authorized travel. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Travel between municipalities is prohibited on weekends.
  • Mandatory Telework. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All employees MUST have a letter issued by the employer with a justification to travel to work in person.
  • Schools: All schools are open. (students are allowed to attend school in person). ATLs are open for children up to 12 years old. Exception: Senior Universities are closed.
  • Day centers for the elderly are closed.
  • Public Services: Public services provide in person customer service by appointment.
  • Medical Assistance: Medical clinics and pharmacies are open.
  • Religious Ceremonies: Allowed according to DGS norms.
  • Local Trade and Culture: Local trade and culture events closed. Exception: Fairs and Markets are allowed to be open only to sell food.
  • Commercial Establishments: MUST close at 8.00 pm during weekdays and at 1.00 pm on weekends. Exception: Groceries and supermarkets can be opened until 5.00 pm
  • Grocery stores and Supermarkets: Open with limited capacity to 5 people per 100 square meters.
  • Sales season is suspended.
  • Restaurants, bars and cafes: Limited to take-away and home delivery. Restaurants in shopping centers are closed, including take- away, take-away of drinks at restaurants and cafes as well as the consume of food and drinks next to restaurants and cafes are not allowed.
  • Sports: Gyms and other sport facilities are closed. Individual outdoor exercise is permitted.
  • All outdoors sport equipment including tennis courts are closed.
  • Congregating in public spaces such as gardens, beaches and parks is NOT
  • Courts: Are open.

GENERAL RULES:

  • A general Stay at Home order is in effect.
  • Limit contact only with your household.
  • Travel only for essential needs.
  • Social distance measures enforced, to include mandatory use of protective masks in closed public spaces.
  • The use of masks outside is mandatory when social distancing is not possible.
  • Mandatory use of protective mask inside workplaces.
  • Avoid: Crowed places, Small, 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 extended until March 31, 2021. This extended validity period applies to Portuguese issued drivers’ license, citizen’s card (cartão de cidadão), residency documents and visa permits, etc. to stay or reside in Portugal. For more information and guidance on qualifying documents, visit: pt
  • Please consult local restrictions for travel to Madeira and the Azores during this period.
  • Note: For more information visit https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/renovacao-estado-emergencia-14-janeiro/

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 

  • Non – compliance with telework is now considered a violation.
  • 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, mainly in schools premises

Azores Specific:

  • 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.

Madeira Specific:

  • 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: https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19

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 the nearest testing facility 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
  • After receiving the request for the COVID-19 test, the patient or his representative must:
    • Contact the laboratory where he intends to perform the COVID-19 test by phone. The collection of the samples must be carried out at home or collection points destined for that purpose, according to the List of Laboratory Collection
    • Laboratory tests must be carried out within a maximum of 48 hours, after contact by the patient or his representative. Results will be sent by email or SMS, according to patient request. NOTE: DGS informs that those who are waiting for a test result, should not leave home. In general the result is sent within 12h. Those who have not received the result during this period of time, should contact the laboratory.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Portugal approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • According to Portugal Health Authorities guidelines and additional information on vaccination in Portugal, may be found at: Portuguese National Health Service
  • The United States 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.
  • Information from the CDC regarding 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. 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.
  • US citizens who are lawful residents of EU member states may enter Portugal. PLEASE NOTE: Beginning December 21, 2020 ONLY Portuguese nationals and lawful residents and their family members with residency permits are authorized to enter Portugal on flights arriving from the United Kingdom. All authorized travelers 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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, Consular services are limited to emergencies only.

  • Emergency American Citizen Services are being offered for urgent life and death situations only.
    • If you have such an emergency, contact the American Citizen Services Unit at: conslisbon@state.gov
  • 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
(Business hours) – (+351) 21-770-2122
(After hours) – (+351) 21-727-3300
conslisbon@state.gov