COVID-19 Information

Last updated: May 26 2022

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Portugal – Travel Advisory: Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions

If you are planning to Travel to Portugal:

If you are flying to the US:

  • Negative test required: All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.

 

Country Specific Information: Portugal

 

Non-essential travel to Portugal is PERMITTED. Non-essential travel (i.e., tourist travel) from the United States to Portugal is currently permitted.  See “Entry and Exit Requirements” below for testing details.

COVID-19 TESTING IN PORTUGAL

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Portugal? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
  • Many testing locations are available, for all testing requirements.
    • Testing is not paid for by the government for travel purposes; U.S. citizens must pay for their own testing.
    • Delivery of results vary, but the majority of major laboratories have the ability to deliver result via email, text message, and custom apps. These usually come with a scannable QR code.
  • For the nearest testing facilities 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 Testing Facilities
    • Madeira – (+351) 800 24 24 20

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

Entry and Exit Requirements: PORTUGAL

 

Opening information US Citizens:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes (Airport temperature scans and random screenings)

Testing / Vaccination requirements for entry: All passengers 12 years old older must present EITHER

  1. EU Digital Vaccination Certificate OR
    • No specific guidance exists indicating if US CDC vaccine card are accepted for proof of vaccination. As such U.S. Embassy Lisbon strongly recommends all U.S. citizens travelling from the United States to Portugal follow option 2, present a negative COVID 19 test before boarding (see below)
  2. Negative COVD Test
    • PCR / NAAT test 72 hours before boarding or
    • Rapid Antigen / TRAg test 24 hours before boarding.

Permission to enter Portugal is the sole responsibility of the Portuguese Government. As part of the admission process prior to boarding flights and at the border, travelers must present written evidence of or the appropriate visa permitting entry to Portugal. Please note that Portuguese Immigration (SEF) does not review evidence and does not make any determination about admission prior to the travelers’ arrival at the border control.

Passengers without vaccination documentation or a negative test:

  • Foreign nationals / non-residents arriving without a test will be fined (along with the airline) and returned on the next available flight.
  • Portuguese residents may be subject to mandatory testing at the airport at their own expense upon arrival, in addition to a mandatory quarantine by Portuguese health authorities until a negative COVID test can be produced.
    • Important Entry Information:
  • Expired Portuguese document validity was extended until June 30, 2022 residency documents, visas and permits concerning the stay of foreign nationals in Portugal. Validity for Portuguese-issued, citizen cards (cartão de cidadão) and Portuguese driver’s license were extended until December 31, 2022
    • Permits and visas regarding stays in Portugal are still accepted under the same terms after March 31, 2022, as long as citizens submit supporting evidence that a request for an appointment for renewal has been submitted to SEF.
    • For more information and guidance, contact the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate or the Portuguese immigration authorities at the following link: SEF
  • Travelers holding a residency permit or possessing a residency visa issued by the Portuguese authorities, or legal residents of an EU country or family members of an EU citizen, are also allowed to enter or transit Portugal for non-essential travel. Essential travel as determined by Portuguese authorities is currently permitted such as for professional purposes, study, family reunification, medical, or humanitarian travel.
    • Non-essential travel (tourist travel) from the European Union, from Schengen-associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), and from the U.K. is also allowed.
    • 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 permits entry.
    • Borders: Land borders between Portugal and Spain are open.

Movement Restrictions (Country Opening Status)

Is a curfew in place? No

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

  • Country Status: Portugal is in a countrywide State of Alert.
    • Bars and discos are open
    • Full capacity at public spaces such as shopping malls
    • Schools are open
    • Restaurants, cafés, and cultural events/shows continue to function under normal hours at full capacity.
    • Weddings, christenings, and similar celebrations now at full capacity
  • Safety Measures
    • Masks: The majority of mask mandates have been reduced, with notable exceptions for health facilities, on public transportation, and in nursing homes. Local health authorities (DGS) may require use of face mask for certain outdoor events.
    • Distancing: Social Distancing measures are recommended.
    • Curfews: Is a curfew in place? No.

Quarantine Information

Can U.S. citizens be required to quarantine? Yes. Under the State of Alert, the Portuguese Government can impose mandatory quarantine for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and individuals deemed by health officials to require special medical observation. The U.S. Embassy Lisbon will be unable to help travelers avoid quarantines, and U.S. citizens should expect increased cost and time on their travel. 

Positive COVID test while traveling in Portugal  – What to do? 

  • Contact the Portuguese National Health Authorities (SNS24) for guidance and instructions
    Call: 808 24 24 24 (press 9 for English) 
    Email: atendimento@sns24.gov.pt
  • Quarantine.  According to the Portuguese National Health Services, U.S citizens who test positive while visiting Portugal are required to isolate for seven days and can not travel until cleared. 
  • CDC Guidance Differences: Though Portugal issues travel clearance after seven days, the CDC issues after ten days.  Different airlines have different interpretation of this inconsistency which has led to U.S. bound passengers being denied boarding.  Always confirm documentation requirements with your airline before booking travel. 
  • Costs: Travelers should be aware of the risks of testing positive for COVID on travel budgets and timelines, especially as mandated quarantine will likely result in increased travel costs for hotels, flights, and incidentals. 
  • Obtain Discharge Letter (Declaração de Alta).  The “Declaração de Alta”  is a letter stating that the person has completed the isolation period and is cleared to travel.  Similar to a certificate of recover, “Declaração de Alta” letter is issued by the National health Authority after a completion of seven days of isolation, counting from the date that the person tested positive.
  •  SEND a copy of your passport bio page and the positive test result and request a “declaracao de Alta” to the emails of the  Unidade de Saude Publica (USP) in the town/area where you are isolating:  
  • Northern Region  (45KB)
  • Algarve Region 
  • Lisbon Region 
  • Tourists in Lisbon city center must know the Parish (Área de Abrangência) where they are isolating. Specific parishes are located in the second box on the website (“Quadro 2. Áreas de Atuação das Unidades de Saúde Pública”)
  • Private physicians’ letters: Some travelers have been able to obtain Certificates of Recovery or similar letters from private physicians, however, these documents are not typically accepted by air carriers or for official purposes. 

 *Please note that procedures may change with little or no notice.  

NOTE: The SNS24 number is experiencing extremely lengthy wait times, up to several hours. U.S. Citizens that have tested positive for COVID and require a Declaração de Alta to travel have reported significant difficulties initiating contact and receiving travel clearance documentation.   

Especially with respect to travelers, the Portuguese health authorities have been unable to provide clear and consistent guidance or support for addressing tourists who test positive for COVID.  While the Embassy will continue to attempt to assist where possible, travelers should be aware of the risk and general lack of guidance for obtaining adequate travel documentation (Declaração de Alta, travel clearance, or other recovery certificates) to return to the United States.   

Non-resident visitors who contract COVID in Portugal should be prepared for unexpected costs and extended travel delays due to difficulties obtaining recovery letters from Portuguese authorities.  The U.S. Embassy will continue to work closely with the Portuguese Government to clarify Portuguese processes for our citizens. 

  •  Breakthrough Cases: There have also been instances of breakthrough cases. Vaccinated individuals should remain vigilant and ensure that they adhere to all COVID restrictions and health guidelines.
  • U.S. Embassy Lisbon is unable to help travelers avoid or shorten government-mandated quarantines.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Non-compliance with restrictions and measures can be punishable with fines and /or prosecution for “disobedience”.
  • Failure to present a COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival in Portugal is a violation resulting in fines. Portuguese authorities enforce this requirement.

Azores Specific

  • Passengers arriving to the Azores on domestic (national) flights no longer must show proof of vaccination nor proof of a negative test. There is no longer health control at airports in the Azores for national flights.
  • For international flights, the Azores now follows the same policy as mainland Portugal.
    • Passengers, aged 12 or older must submit either an EU Digital Vaccination Certificate or must present a negative COVID 19 test:
      • PCR / NAAT test 72 hours before boarding or a rapid Antigen / TRAg test 24 hours before boarding.
    • Tests for travel to the United States are readily available at labs and pharmacies in the Azores on Monday – Friday. Please note that outside Sao Miguel testing is not available/extremely limited on weekends. Those travelling to the United States on the weekend or on Monday should account for the lack of testing on weekends when making plans.

For more information on testing and other requirements, visit: Covid19Azores. For more information on entry requirements, visit: SEF Covid 19 FAQS.

Madeira Specific

  • All passengers arriving to Madeira. Must either provide proof of a negative COVID test or provide proof of vaccination or a recovery certificate issued in the last 180 days. Passengers who do not present a COVID test upon arrival, may test free of charge at Madeira and Porto Santo. Airports.
  • For more information on testing and other requirements, visit Covid19Madeira. For more information on entry requirements, visit: SEF Covid 19 FAQS

Entry and Exit Requirements: United States

 

Overview

  • Testing Requirements: All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States 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.
  • Vaccinations: All non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. Vaccination exemptions will be considered by the CDC on an extremely limited basis. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States. – CDC Waiver Request

Testing / Vaccination Requirements for U.S. Citizens (incl. LPRs and U.S. Nationals)

 

Adults

  • S. citizens traveling to the United States must present documentation of their vaccination status alongside their negative test result conducted one day prior to boarding.

Children

  • Children under 2: Children under two years of age are excepted from the testing requirement, however the CDC recommends a pre-departure test for these children whenever possible.
  • Vaccinated Children: Vaccinated children are eligible to travel alone; must show 1) proof of vaccination and 2) a negative COVID test result taken within one day of travel.
  • Unvaccinated Children: Children between 2 and 17 are required to take a pre-departure test but are not required to be fully vaccinated.
  • Traveling with a vaccinated adult: If an unvaccinated citizen child is traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, 1) the accompanying adult must demonstrate proof of vaccination 2) the child must have a negative COVID test result taken within one day of travel.
  • Traveling with an unvaccinated adult: If an unvaccinated U.S. citizen child is traveling with an unvaccinated adult(s), the child must have a negative COVID test result taken within one day of travel.

Testing / Vaccination Requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens

 

Adults

  • Noncitizens seeking to enter the United States by air must show 1) proof of vaccination and 2) a negative COVID test result taken within one day of travel.

Children

  • Children under 2: Children under two years of age are excepted from the testing requirement, however the CDC recommends a pre-departure test for these children whenever possible.
  • Vaccinated Children: Vaccinated children who are eligible to travel alone must show 1) proof of vaccination and 2) a negative COVID test result taken within one day of travel.
  • Unvaccinated Children: Children between 2 and 17 are required to take a pre-departure test but are not required to be fully vaccinated.
    • Traveling with a vaccinated adult: If an unvaccinated non-U.S. citizen child is traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, proof of vaccination 1) the accompanying adult must demonstrate proof of vaccination 2) the child must have a negative COVID test result taken within one day of travel.
    • Traveling with an unvaccinated adult: Non-citizen children traveling with unvaccinated, non-citizen parents are not eligible for travel.
    • Traveling Alone: Unvaccinated non-citizen children traveling alone are not eligible for travel.

Proof of Vaccination: Proof of vaccination should be a paper or digital record issued by an official source and should include the traveler’s name and date of birth as well as the vaccine product and date(s) of administration for all doses the traveler received.

Returning on an Expired U.S. Passport: If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until June 30, 2022. You may qualify for this exception if all the following are true:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are currently abroad seeking direct return to the United States.
  • You are flying directly to the United States, a United States territory, or have only short-term transit (“connecting flights”) through a foreign country on your direct return to the United States or to a United States Territory.
  • Your expired passport was originally valid for 10 years. Or, if you were 15 years of age or younger when the passport was issued, your expired passport was valid for five years.
  • Your expired passport is undamaged.
  • Your expired passport is unaltered.
  • Your expired passport is in your possession.

Please read https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html for more information.

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