Health Alert: New COVID 19 Protective Measures Effective May 18, 2020

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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
    • 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)


  • 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”:

Azores –
Madeira –

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:

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

Entry and Exit Requirements

Portuguese airports such as Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Ponta Delgada and Funchal implemented a body temperature measurement system on arrival. More information is available at

  • 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. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Portugal at this time.
  • The Government of Portugal extended travel restrictions for countries outside the European Union. Under these travel restrictions, only Portuguese nationals or returning foreign residents may enter Portugal. For further information please consult the Portuguese Authorities
  • 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.
  • The Regional Government of Madeira recommends that all foreign citizens, not normally resident on the island, depart as soon as possible, and announced that all trips to and from Madeira will only be authorized for documented health reasons. All hotels, hostels, and short-term stay accommodations in Madeira are prohibited from accepting new guests. Note: This new prohibition does not affect those with existing accommodation.

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.
  • Find more information here: Covid19Azores
  • Find more information here: visitmadeira
  • The Regional Government of the Azores may require the repatriation of foreign citizens, to include U.S. Citizens, prior to the expiration of any 14-day quarantine. 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.
  • There is a quarantine in Nordeste on Sao Miguel, Azores
  • Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.


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  for the latest information.

Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19  for information on conditions in Portugal.