COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: June 15 2021

COVID-19 Testing required for all passengers boarding flights for the United States: TESTING REQUIREMENT

All airline passengers to the United States, including U.S. citizens, 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. Travelers must also present an attestation confirming one of the two options is true. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

Beginning June 15, non-essential (i.e. tourist travel) from the United States to mainland Portugal is permitted for travelers with proof of a negative COVID-19 test.  Except for children 24 months old and under, every passenger must submit a negative SARSCoV-2 lab result of a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), for example a PCR test, performed in the last 72 hours or a rapid antigen test (TRAg), performed within 24 hours of boarding.  Please consult the Azores and Madeira specific sections below for additional requirements in effect for these autonomous regions.  For more information on testing requirements visit: https://imigrante.sef.pt/en/covid-19/faqs/#1621260535009-137b54b5-ae9a.  This measure will be reviewed every two weeks and currently expires midnight on June 27 unless renewed.

Portugal is in a country-wide State of Calamity.  Restrictions vary regionally, based on levels of risk by municipality, and deconfinement measures are being implemented progressively by date.  For more information visit: https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/novas-fases-de-desconfinamento/#

Current Measures

  • Telework: still recommended, when possible
  • Schools: In-person classes open for all schools and universities.
  • Local Trade – normal opening hours:
  • Cinemas, theaters, museums, conference centers, and cultural centers open to the public.
    • Theaters at 50% of capacity; Outside theaters, rules as determined by health authorities.
  • Grocery stores and supermarkets must close at 9.00 pm on weekdays, and may remain open on weekends until 7.00 pm.
  • Public Services: Lojas do Cidadão open for in-person services by appointment only.
  • Cafés and Restaurants limited to groups of 6 inside and 10 outside, are permitted to be open until midnight for admission; closing is mandatory at 1:00 am.
  • Stores and shopping centers permitted to remain open until 9.00 pm on weekdays, and 7.00 pm on weekends and holidays.
  • Sports: All sports activities permitted including outdoor exercise.
    • Sport facilities at 30% of capacity; Outside sport facilities, rules as determined by DGS.
  • Gymnasiums fully open according to DGS health and safety regulations
  • Cultural events: Open to the public until midnight
  • Events: Large outdoor and indoor events resume at reduced capacity as determined by health authorities.
  • Hairdressers, manicurists, and barbers open by appointment only.
  • Weddings and baptisms permitted at 50% capacity.
  • Alcoholic beverages can only be sold until 8.00 pm in all establishments, including supermarkets.

 Planned for June 28, 2021

  • Public Services: Lojas do Cidadão open without prior appointment.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Restrictive measures will be applied to all municipalities presenting consecutively high levels of risk. For more information visit: https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/novas-fases-de-desconfinamento/#

GENERAL RULES:

  • Telework is recommended when possible.
  • Beaches: Mandatory use of masks at access points to and while moving on the beach (sand).  Masking is not required when stationary on your towel. Mandatory social distance of 1.5m between towels.
  • Social Distance measures enforced, to include mandatory use of protective masks in closed public spaces.
  • Masks are mandatory when social distancing is not possible.
  • Protective masks are mandatory inside workplaces.
  • Avoid small, crowded, or unventilated indoor spaces without a mask.
  • Mandatory quarantine for illnesses, those under active observation, and those suspected of being infected with COVID-19.
  • Expired Portuguese document validity was extended until December 31, 2021. This extended validity period applies to Portuguese-issued, citizen cards (cartão de cidadão), residency documents and visa permits, etc. for lawful stays or residency in Portugal.
    Please note that this extended validity of visas and other documentation is contingent upon submission of a request for an appointment with SEF. For more information and guidance on qualifying documents, visit: sef.pt
  • Please consult local restrictions for travel to Madeira and the Azores.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Non-compliance with restrictions and measures can be punishable with fines.
  • Failure to present a COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival in Portugal is a violation resulting in fines from 300€ to 800€
  • Portuguese authorities will enforce this requirement.

Azores Specific:

  • Passengers aged 12 and older arriving to the Azores, even on domestic flights from outside the Azores, must either provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure or proof of recovery from the disease or must test upon arrival and remain in isolation until the results are known. Travelers who wish to remain in the Azores for more than seven days, will be required to test again on the 6th 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.
  • Passengers aged 12 or older who travel from the island of Sao Miguel to any of the other eight islands of the Azores, must either provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure or proof of recovery from the disease or must test upon arrival and remain in isolation until the results are known. The costs
  • For more information on testing and other requirements, visit: Covid19Azores. For more information on entry requirements, visit: SEF Covid 19 FAQS.

Madeira Specific:

  • Anyone arriving to Madeira, even on domestic flights from outside Madeira, must either provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to departure or provide proof of vaccination or recovery from the disease. To speed the process on arrival, the Regional Government of Madeira suggests travelers complete a health questionnaire between 48 and 12 hours prior to disembarking.
  • For more information on testing and other requirements, visit Covid19Madeira. For more information on entry requirements, visit: SEF Covid 19 FAQS.

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 information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email LisbonCDCWaivers@state.gov.
  • For the nearest testing facilities and collection 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

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, from June 15 – 27, U.S. citizens can travel directly from the United States to Portugal for non-essential travel (i.e. tourism) with proof of an accepted COVID-19 test (see below for approved tests). This measure will be reviewed every two weeks and unless renewed expires midnight on June 27.
  • 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 proposes, study, family reunification, medical, or humanitarian travel.
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Permission for entering 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 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.  Embassy Lisbon strongly encourages prospective travelers to contact the nearest Portuguese Embassy for confirmation of their eligibility to travel to Portugal, before purchasing tickets.
  • Some non-essential travel (tourist travel) from European Union, from Schengen-associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), and from the U.K. is also allowed.
  • For more information and guidance, contact the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate or the Portuguese immigration authorities at sef.pt

PLEASE NOTE: All authorized travelers arriving from the United States, except for children of 24 months old and under, must submit a negative SARSCoV-2 lab result of a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), for example a PCR test,  performed in the last 72 hours or a negative rapid antigen test (TRAg) performed within 24 hours of boarding.  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.

  • Land borders between Portugal and Spain are open (with testing restrictions).
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Suspension of flights, mandatory confinement, and other additional measures may occur with little or no warning.
  • 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, rapid, and/or serology) required for entry? Yes,

ALL TRAVELERS, except for children of 24 months old and under, must submit a negative SARSCoV-2 lab result of a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), for example a PCR test, performed in the last72 hours or a rapid antigen test (TRAg), performed within 24 hours of boarding.  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 Calamity, 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

June 14, 2021: 

  • Public transportation only with seating options at full capacity
  • Public transportation with seating and standing options: Capacity of 2/3 

June 28, 2021:

  • Public transportation at full capacity.
  • Mandatory use of protective masks when using public transportation. Failure to present a COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival in Portugal is considered a violation. Fines range from 300€ to 800€

Consular Operations

Due to the COVID-19 situation in Portugal and for the health and safety of the public and our personnel, routine consular services have been significantly reduced.

  • American Citizen Services are being offered online for most routine services. Please visit our website at pt.usembassy.gov for more information.
  • Visa services have been significantly reduced. Please visit our website at pt.usembassy.gov for more information related to visa services and travel restrictions.
    • 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
(+351) 21-727-3300
conslisbon@state.gov