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Travel to Portugal during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS: Green

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' and 'On Arrival' sections under Entry Requirements 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 who have not been vaccinated fully, 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.

If you are fully vaccinated you do not need to follow this advice.

On arrival:

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

You will need to show your fully vaccinated status on arrival.  This can be done by the COVID pass either digitally or in paper form.  You must have had at least 14 days since your last dose of the vaccine. You will be subject to health screening on vaccination.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

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.  You will need to show proof of your negative COVID-19 test taken before travel.

You may be required to show your fully vaccinated status, or your negative test result to check into your hotel.

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:

If you are fully vaccinated and returning from a Green / Rest of World list country, then you will not need to take a pre-departure test before returning to the UK.  Children aged 17 and under are also exempt, regardless of their vaccination status if returning to England, Scotland or Wales.  If you are returning to Northern Ireland and are aged 11 or over, then you must take a pre-departure test before you return.

If you are returning back from a red list destination, or are not fully vaccinated, then you must take a test and return a negative result within 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

Many hotels around the world will be able to assist in arranging the test for you, either by having a doctor to visit the hotel, or directing you to the nearest clinic and booking an appointment for you.

It is advisable to speak with the hotel once you arrive on the options available to ensure you are able to book an appointment for an appropriate time.  There are also companies who will provide you with a test from the UK and arrange a video call in your destination to verify the test and the result.

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. 

Green / Rest of World list countries

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW 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.

If you are returning back to England from the 24th October 2021, then you will be able to book and undergo a lateral flow test at your own expense on or before day 2 of your return.  You will still need to book this test before returning to England and place a confirmation reference number on your passenger locator form.  If you are returning to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you must continue to follow the PCR guidance as above.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the green / ROW list, then you will be required to undergo 2 further COVID-19 PCR tests at your own expense on or before day 2 and also on day 8 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 number on your Passenger Locator Form.  This will need to be completed and submitted before your departure home.  You will also need to follow the quarantine requirements, detailed in the 'Quarantine on return' section.

If you are aged between 5 and 17 and reside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, then you will need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  If you are aged between 11 and 17 and reside in Scotland, then you will also need to book and pay for a day 2 test on your return to the UK.  Anyone under these ages (10 and under in Scotland and 4 and under everywhere else - will be exempt from these tests)

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 whether you are fully vaccinated, or not.  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 to the United Kingdom.

Quarantine on return:

Green / Rest of World List countries

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are able to prove that you have been fully vaccinated in the United Kingdom, then you will not need to quarantine on arrival back into England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  This also applies to children aged 17 and under regardless of their vaccination status.

To be classed as fully vaccinated, at least 14 days must have passed since the second of your two dose vaccination was given.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

If you are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to complete 10 days of quarantine at home once you arrive back into England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  You may be able to take a test on day 5 which will release you from quarantine early if negative.

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.  This applies to all travellers whether you are fully vaccinated, or not.  Children will also need to follow these rules.

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

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.

to eat or drink at a restaurant, you will need to provide a negative test certificate to enter on a weekend (from Friday evening to Sunday evening) On weekdays this is not needed. You may also need to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter into a hotel accommodation.  The NHS COVID pass will allow proof of vaccination status, however you cannot use this to eat in restaurants locally and you will need to follow the test guidance above.

Bars and nightclubs remain closed.  It is illegal to drink alcohol outside in public places, except for on pavement cafes and restaurants.  

You should ensure that you keep the confirmation notification from the Passenger Locator form completed before travel, either digitally or printed for the duration of your trip as you may be asked for this.

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: 10.10.2021 at 22:08