The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Portugal due to COVID-19.
Commercial flight options remain available in Portugal, and U.S. citizens returning to the United States should check state and local public health websites for information before you travel.
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On July 1, the Government of Portugal transitioned to a general State of Alert. However, certain areas, including the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, remain under additional restrictions.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
The Government of Portugal currently prohibits non-essential (tourist) travel to Portugal by U.S. citizens. However, some airlines continue to sell tickets for travel between the United States and Portugal. Please confirm your eligibility to enter Portugal with the airline and review the airline’s policy on refunds before purchasing tickets.
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.
- 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.
- US citizens who are Lawful residents of EU member states may enter Portugal.
- Long-term visa holders are allowed but should contact the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate to confirm that their visa qualifies.
- As of July 1, the Government of Portugal permits essential travel to Portugal by U.S. citizens for professional, study, compelling family emergencies, health, or humanitarian reasons. For these exceptions, please check with the nearest Portuguese Embassy, Consulate, or Portuguese immigration authorities at (SEF) to confirm you qualify, before making travel plans.
- 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.
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.
- There continues to be a State of Calamity in Madeira with additional entry requirements listed below.
- 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
- Flights from Portugal to various European and U.S. cities are being offered by the following airlines with limited seating:
- British Airlines & TAP– thru London – Please note the New Quarantine Restrictions for the UK and mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form
- Ryan Air-thru Dublin and London (Stansted) – New transit and quarantine guidance for UK: Embassy London-COVID 19 info Webpage
- Lufthansa – thru Frankfurt
- Air France & TAP – thru Paris –Please see Additional Requirements (PDF 75 KB)
- 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:
Under the State of Alert, the Portuguese Government can impose obligatory quarantine for individuals infected with COVID-19 and individuals deemed by health officials to require special medical observation.
General Rules for Portugal under the State of Alert:
- Mandatory confinement for sick people and those under active observation and suspected of being infected with COVID-19
- All events with over 20 people are prohibited
- Restaurants may remain open until 1 a.m. and may accept new customers until midnight.
- Bars and discos will open and operate under the same rules and measures as cafes and bakeries (use of dancefloors is prohibited).
- No consumption of alcohol in public spaces, except in restaurants, cafés, and bars.
- Social distance measures enforced, to include mandatory use of protective masks in closed public spaces.
- Fines of 100 to 500 euros for individuals and 1000 to 5000 euros for businesses who violate restrictions.
- Beach season began on June 6. See guide on limitations below:
Guide for Beaches – Occupancy status system: The pp ´Info Praia` (Beach Info) has three colors: Green (1/3 occupancy), yellow (2/3 occupancy) and red (full occupancy). These colors identify the occupancy level of each beach. The information is updated in real time on the website of the Portuguese Environment Association – www.apambiente.pt.
Lisbon Specific – On August 1, 2020, the Government of Portugal implemented a State of Contingency for the Lisbon Metropolitan Area with the following rules:
- Gatherings reduced to a max of 10 persons
- All public spaces will close at 8 p.m. except for supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, funeral homes, and medical centers which will close at 10 p.m.
- Restaurants may remain open until 1 a.m. and accept new customers until midnight.
- No consumption of alcohol in public spaces, except in restaurants, cafés, and bars.
- Gas stations are prohibited from selling alcohol
- Police presence will be increased to deter large gatherings
- Organizers and participants of large gatherings will be fined
- 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 fill in a health questionnaire at least 72 hours before disembarking. For more information please visit: Covid19Azores.
- The State of Calamity in Madeira has been extended to August 31. 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 connection to Funchal.
- For more information here: VisitMadeira
NOTE: All travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
Local Trade and Culture:
- Reopening of Stores over 400 square meters or in shopping centers Reopening of cinemas, theaters, auditoriums, concert halls – Marked seats, reduced capacity and physical distancing.
- Daycare centers/pre-schools are open.
- ATLs (after-school activities) are open.
- Mandatory use of protective masks (except for children in daycare centers or kindergartens)
- Language schools are open
- Partial teleworking is no longer mandatory. Teleworking will depend on agreement between the employer and the employee.
- Gyms are open according to the DGS safety and health measures.
Information about the “Deconfinement Plan”:
- Mainland: https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/
- Azores – https://covid19azores.gov.pt
- Madeira – VisitMadeira.pt
- Visit – Safe Communities Portugal for COVID-19 guides: https://www.safecommunitiesportugal.com/guides/
- 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
- 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.
- List of the current 15 U.S airports receiving flights from travel-restricted countries: Airports in U.S.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Portugal.
- U.S. Embassy Lisbon, Portugal
(Business hours) – (+351) 21-770-2122
(After hours) – (+351) 21-727-3300
- State Department – Consular Affairs at 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Portugal Country Information
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