COVID-19 Information

Last updated: January 15, 2021

Country-Specific Information:

  • 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.
  • For guidelines and additional information on COVID-19 testing and vaccination in Portugal, visit the Portuguese National Health Serviceand Portuguese Health Passport sites.
  • Beginning January 26, 2021, all travelers (age 2 and older), including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, are required to present a negative viral COVID-19 test taken within 3 days prior to departure on their U.S.-bound flight itinerary. See details from the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
  • For additional travel requirements to the United States consult the latest CDC, State-specific, and airline guidance.

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:

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.
  • No sale of alcohol after 8pm and no sale of alcohol at gas stations.
  • 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: sef.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/

Effective January 15, 2021 the Government of Portugal announced the following new restrictions for all country under the State of Emergency:

  • Stay Home, except for authorized travel.
  • Mandatory Telework when possible.
  • Schools: All schools are open (students are allowed to attend school in person).
  • 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.
  • Grocery stores and Supermarkets: Open with limited capacity to 5 people per 100 square meters.
  • Restaurants, bars and cafes: Limited to take-away and home delivery.
  • Sports: Gyms and other sport facilities are closed. Individual outdoor exercise is permitted.
  • Courts: Are open.

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.
  • 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 – www.apambiente.pt

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

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).

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 allow travel for professional, study, family reunification, health or humanitarian reasons. In addition to checking with airlines’ specific requirements prior to arranging travel, please confirm that you qualify to enter Portugal under one of these exceptions. We recommend that you read the information provided by the Portuguese Immigration authorities at https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/covid-19/faqs/ prior to traveling. If you have further questions, contact Portuguese immigration authorities at (SEF), before making travel plans. You may also wish to contact the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate as certain categories of travel may require a visa.  

Border controls are the sole jurisdiction of the Government of Portugal. Please note that Embassy Lisbon cannot provide you with authorization to enter Portugal or facilitate entry on your behalf.

Entry into Portugal is allowed for:

  • 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. 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 or transit Portugal with the Portuguese Embassy/Consulate and/or 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 Emergency in Madeira with additional entry requirements listed below.

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.

COVID-19 Testing:

 

  • 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

Transportation Options:

 

  • 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 and Ryan Air thru the UK – Please consult airlines for UK travel bans from Portugal.
  • Lufthansa – thru Frankfurt
  • Air France & TAP – thru Paris – Please see additional requirements
  • 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:

 

  • 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 Resources:

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Lisbon, Portugal
(Business hours) – (+351) 21-770-2122
(After hours) – (+351) 21-727-3300
conslisbon@state.gov