COVID-19 Information

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  Global Health Advisory 4 

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Country-Specific Information

Beginning May 4, the Government of Portugal replaced the previous State of Emergency with a State of Calamity.

The Government of Portugal decreed a MANDATORY use of protective masks in crowded, closed spaces such as public transportation, schools, supermarkets and stores.

General Rules:

  • Mandatory confinement for sick people and those under active observation and suspected of being infected with COVID-19.
  • All events with over 10 people are prohibited
  • Family members are authorized to attend funerals
  • Public Transportation – Maximum 2/3 of total capacity and face masks are mandatory.
  • An appointment must be scheduled in advance for tax offices, conservatories and other public offices.
  • Businesses cannot be occupied by more than 4 people per 100 square meters (excluding employees).
  • Beach season will start on June 6 with the following limitations:
    • Groups limited to 5 people
    • All sports activities are banned except if in the water
    • 1.5 m of social distance
    • 3 m of distance between towels or sunbeds
    • App ´Info Praia` (Beach Info) will have three colors: Green (1/3 occupancy) , yellow (2/3 occupancy) and red (Full occupancy). These colors will identify the occupancy level of each beach. 

Measures Effective May 18:

Local Trade and Culture:

  • Opening of stores or parts of stores up to 400 square meters
  • Opening of restaurants, cafés and pastry shops/terraces (maximum capacity of 50%) by reservation only
  • Opening of museums, monuments and palaces, art galleries and similar places (with continued social distancing and reduced capacity)

Schools:

  • Opening of day care centers up to age 6 – with the option for family aid (mandatory use of protective masks, except for children)
  • Social facilities for those with disabilities (mandatory use of protective masks)
  • Secondary School: 11º and 12º grade (only to prepare for final exams)

Nursing Homes:

  • Visits allowed once per week. Appointments must be confirmed prior to visiting family members

Information about the “Deconfinement Plan”:

Mainland:  https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/ 

Azores – https://covid19.azores.gov.pt
Madeira – www.visitmadeira.pt 

International commercial flight options currently exist in Portugal. 

U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible. 

The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Portugal.

There are currently no direct flights to the United States.

Flights from Portugal to various European and U.S. cities are still being offered by the following airlines with limited seating:

 

 

Useful links with information on flights from/to Portugal:

www.flytap.com
www.ryanair.com
www.airfrance.pt
www.azoresairlines.pt
www.easyjet.com

www.ana.pt/en/corporate/ana/flight-restrictions

The Portuguese Government regularly updates information on the situation here: COVID 19

Entry and Exit Requirements:

The Government of Portugal has extended border restrictions until June 15, 2020.

  • 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
  • Holders of residency and other long-term visas are allowed but should contact the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate to confirm that their visa qualifies.

For questions on travel eligibility, please consult your airline. For questions on visa eligibility for transit/entry, please contact Portuguese immigration authorities at (SEF). For more information, please visit Portuguese Immigration’s (SEF) Frequently Asked Questions website.

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.

  • 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.
  • The Regional Government of the Azores announced that cruise ships and yachts must receive approval from health authorities to dock.
  • There continues to be a state of calamity in Madeira. All persons arriving to Madeira, to include U.S. citizens, will be subject to a period of confinement of 14 days. This period of confinement can take place at a person’s home, should they own one in Madeira, or at a hotel designated by the government for this purpose.

Quarantine Information:
  

Under the State of Calamity, the Portuguese Government can impose obligatory quarantine for individuals infected with COVID-19 and individuals deemed by health officials to require special medical surveillance.

  • All new arrivals to the Azores and Madeira are subject to a mandatory quarantine for 14 days, no matter the expected duration of travel on the islands. This is applicable to all travelers, whether they are visitors or residents or citizens.  Travelers to the Azores and Madeira are asked to hand-carry proof of a negative COVID-19 test which has been completed within 72 hours prior to their arrival in those regions.  Travelers who do not have proof of a test will be tested and will remain in mandatory hotel quarantine, at a hotel selected by the Regional Government, until the results are available.  In the case of either scenario, the traveler will then be required to remain in quarantine (at a home or hotel) for 14 days after the initial negative test.    
  • Find more information here: Covid19Azores  
  • Find more information here: visitmadeira  
  • 7 of the 9 islands of the Azores remain under isolation.  The Regional Government of the Azores may authorize the travel of foreign citizens, to include U.S. Citizens, on a special flight to either Terceira or Sao Miguel islands.  From Terceira and Sao Miguel, there are commercial flight options available. U.S. citizens should contact the Consulate in Ponta Delgada for further information.  Upon approval of the Azorean health authorities, U.S. citizens would have to depart the Azores within 3 days. 
  • Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

Resources:

Consult with Portuguese authorities if you have been in contact with an infected person and/or are experiencing symptoms

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

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. 

 

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