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Portugal

Travel to Portugal during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS: Amber

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Proof of vaccination:

YES

Test pre-travel:

YES

Form pre-travel:

YES

Test on arrival:

NO

Screening on arrival:

YES

Quarantine on arrival:

NO

Test during stay:

NO

RETURN REQUIREMENTS

Test pre-return travel:

YES

Test on return:

YES

Quarantine on return:

YES

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Proof of vaccination:

If you have been fully vaccinated then you may be able to follow different entry requirements to enter this country.  Please read the 'Test time' section under Entry Requirements below, for the full details.

Test pre-travel: PCR or Antigen
PCR Test locations: https://covidtraveladvice.kuoni.co.uk/pcr-test-locations
Test time:

All passengers whether you have been vaccinated fully or not, must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to Portugal.  This test can be:

- An RT-PCR test taken within 3 days (72 hours) of travel or,

- An Antigen test that meets the performance standards set by the EU which must be taken within 2 days (48 hours) of travel.

You must show your test certificate before you board the flight.  Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the above.

You should also ensure that your test result identifies the type of test taken and gives your name, date of birth, the date and time the sample was collected and the date of the result.

On arrival:

Upon arrival into Portugal all passengers will be subject to health screening.  If your temperature is 38C or over, or you show signs of being unwell, you may be required to take a further PCR COVID-19 test and remain at the airport until you get your result.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

You will need to show proof that you have received both doses of your COVID-19 vaccination and that the last dose was given more than 2 weeks (14 days) before you travel to Portugal.  You will be able to download this from the NHS app.

Non-Vaccinated Travellers

If you have not been fully vaccinated, you will need to quarantine in your hotel for a period of 14 days.  You will need to remain in your room and you will not be able to use any facilities or travel around the local area.

If anyone in your party is under the age of 12, they will not need to take a test or isolate in Portugal as long as their parents or guardian are fully vaccinated. 

If anyone in your party is aged between 12 and 18, then they will need to take a PCR or Antigen test as above (see test details).  If this result is negative then as long as their parents or guardians are fully vaccinated they will not need to isolate.

 

Form pre-travel: Traveller Health Declaration must be completed 24 hours prior to arrival.
Traveller Health Declaration: https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card
RETURN REQUIREMENTS
Test pre-return travel:

On your return a negative test must be taken in the 3 days (72 hours) before you depart to the UK. You will be required to show your test results before you board the return flight home.

The test must meet the performance standards of above 97% specificity and above 80% sensitivity at viral loads above 100,000 copies\ml. The test can be a PCR test, a LAMP test or an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device as long as they meet the performance standards

Your test result can be provided as:

  • a printed document
  • an email or text message you can show on your phone - make sure your device is charged

Children under the age of 11 are exempt from this testing prior to returning back to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Test on return:

You will be required to take a test on your return back to the United Kingdom.  The details of which will vary as below, depending on the classification of the country you are arriving from. 

Children, under the age of 4 will be exempt from any testing on return to England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Children under the age of 5 will be exempt from testing on return to Scotland.

Green list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green list then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  You must ensure that this test is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Should you be arriving into Northern Ireland from either Portugal, Israel or Singapore you will also be asked to take an additional free PCR test on Day 8.

Green watch list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is currently on the green watch list, then you will be required to undergo a further COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return into the country.  Please remember that countries on the green watch list are able to move to the Amber or red lists.  Therefore should the country you are travelling from move before arrival, you will need to follow the guidance below, depending on the new category.  You must ensure that the testing requirements needed are booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Amber list countries

if you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Amber list then alongside your self-isolation period at home, you will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return into the country, unless you are returning to England, Scotland or Wales after the 19th July and have been fully vaccinated.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day isolation period.  You may also able to take advantage of the test to release scheme which will allow for a PCR test to be taken on day 5 to release you from isolation.  You must ensure that your 2 tests are booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

If you are returning back to England, Scotland or Wales from the 19th July 2021, are fully vaccinated with at least 14 days since your last dose and are able to provide proof of this through a vaccination certificate, then you will be not be required to self-isolate on your return to England, Scotland or Wales.  You will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return, however the test on day 8 will not be needed.  You must ensure that your test is booked before returning as you may need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form which needs to be submitted before your departure home.  This guidance is currently only applicable for customers returning to England, Scotland and Wales.  Customers returning to Northern Ireland should follow the original advice above.

Red list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the red list then you will need to ensure you have booked yourself into government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period.  You will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on your return to the country in your quarantine hotel.  These tests will need to be taken on or before day 2 and on day 8 of your 10 day quarantine period.  You must ensure that your hotel quarantine. along with your test package is booked before returning to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You will need to place the confirmation reference number on your Passenger Locator Form.  this needs to be completed and submitted before your departure home.

Quarantine on return:

From the 17th May 2021, the following guidance is in place for quarantine requirements for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Children under 18 do not need to follow quarantine requirements, unless they are returning from France.

Green list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Green list, then you are not required to quarantine or self-isolate at your home on return.  You will need to follow the testing guidance as above.

Green watch list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Green watch list, then you are not required to quarantine or self-isolate at your home on your return.  You will need to follow the testing guidance as above.  Please remember that countries on the green watch list are able to move to the Amber or Red lists.  Therefore, should the country you are travelling from move before your arrival into England or Scotland,  you will need to follow the guidance below, depending on the new category.

Amber list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Amber list, then you will be required to complete a self-isolation period in your own home for a period of 10 days, unless you are returning to England. Scotland or Wales after the 19th July and have been fully vaccinated. You will also need to follow the testing guidance as above.  You are able to reduce the time in self-isolation should you wish by taking advantage of the test to release scheme.

If you are returning back to England, Scotland or Wales from the 19th July 2021, are fully vaccinated with a least 14 days since your last dose and are able to prove this through a vaccination certificate, then you will not be required to self-isolate on your return to England, Scotland or Wales.  If you are travelling back to Northern Ireland, then you should continue to follow the original advice as above. 

Red list countries

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Red list, then you will be required to book yourself into a government approved hotel quarantine for a 10 day period.  This must be booked before you travel to the country.  You will also need to follow the testing guidance as above.  The cost of the hotel quarantine is to be covered by the traveller.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Foreign Office Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal
Local regulations:

There is a curfew in place from 2300 until 5am each day in the following areas: Algarve -  Albufeira, Faro, Lagos, Lagoa, Loule, Olhao, Portimao and Silves. 

You should maintain social distancing of at least 2 metres where you can.  Face masks should be worn in all public spaces indoors and outdoors if you are unable to maintain the 2 metre distance.  You must ensure you wear your mask whilst walking, and in restaurants and cafes until you are seated.

At the beach, follow the one way entry and exit signs and use a mask until you reach your spot on the sand.  You should also look to place your towel and items 3 metres from the next group of people on the beach.

In Lagoa and Portimao regions shops will close by 9pm each evening.  restaurants and cafes will close by 10.30pm each evening with a maximum of 6 people at a table indoors.

In Albufeira, Faro, Lagos, Loule, Olhao and Silves, shops will close by 9pm on weekdays and by 7pm on weekends.  Restaurants and cafes will close by 10.30pm.

If you are entering a restaurant in any of the areas above, you will need to provide a negative test certificate or show your fully vaccinated status to enter on a weekend (from friday evening to sunday evening)

In other areas restaurants and cafes will operate to normal hours.

You will be required to show your negative test result or fully vaccinated status to your hotel upon check in.

Bars and nightclubs remain closed.  It is illegal to drink alcohol outside in public places, except for on pavement cafes and restaurants.  Alcohol cannot be sold after 9pm unless it is with a meal.

There is no exemption for the use of face coverings if you have a medical lanyard.  If you are medically exempt in the UK from wearing a face covering, please carry with you a doctor's note stating that you are exempt.

Remember to check countries you’re due to transit through as well as your destination.

The Information contained on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge. It is provided as guidance only and is subject to review and change. Please check with official sources before booking and again regularly prior to travel, as information and requirements can change frequently and with little notice. Please visit the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office website at gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or visit gov.uk/travelaware for country-specific information.

Last updated: 09.07.2021 at 12:26