Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Portuguese Airport Strikes April 13-17


The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon informs all U.S. citizens that, per local media, Portuguese airport security employees are planning a strike that will begin at 12:01 a.m.  Thursday, April 13 and will continue until 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 17.  Airport authorities have advised customers flying out of Portuguese airports during these times to seek or await instructions from their airlines.  The U.S. Embassy cannot assist U.S. citizens by intervening or coordinating with airlines or travel agents for inconvenienced passengers as a result of these strikes. Passengers may also wish to arrive at the airport earlier than normal.

Information about the strike can be found at:

U.S. citizens are reminded that even strikes or demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens also should review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, monitor local news for updates, maintain a high level of vigilance, and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security.  For additional information, please refer to A Safe Trip abroad.

For further information:

  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Portugal, located at Avenida das Forças Armadas, in the neighborhood of Sete Rios near the Jardim Zoológico, at + (351) 217 702-122, 08:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(351) 21-727-3300 or (351) 21-094-2300.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.