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Travel to Portugal during Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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TRAFFIC LIGHT STATUS: Amber

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 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.

You will also need to complete a pre arrival passenger locator form online (see below).  You will receive a notification once complete and you will need to show this on check in.

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.  You will need to show proof of your negative COVID-19 test taken before travel and your vaccination certificate if you have been fully vaccinated.

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:

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

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.

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

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are fully vaccinated, then you will no longer need to do this test.  Anyone who is returning from a red list country, or is not fully vaccinated must continue to follow the guidance above.  Children aged 17 and under are also exempt regardless of their vaccination status.  If you are returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you must continue to follow the testing advice above at this time.

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.

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to undergo two COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 and on day 8.  You may be able to take a third test on day 5 to release from self isolation.  Children aged 5 to 17 will be able to continue to guidance above regardless of their vaccination status.  Should you be returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, this does not apply and you should continue to follow the Green list advice.

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.

If you are returning back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to undergo two COVID-19 PCR test at your own expense on or before day 2 and on day 8.  You may be able to take a third test on day 5 to release from self isolation.  Children aged 5 to 17 will be able to continue to guidance above regardless of their vaccination status.  Should you be returning back to Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, this does not apply and you should continue to follow the Green list advice.

Amber list countries

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

if you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Amber list and you are not fully vaccinated, 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.  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.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom and 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,  Wales or Northern Ireland.  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.

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.

If you return back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to complete 10 days of self-isolation at home.  Children aged 17 and under are exempt from this ruling regardless of their vaccination status.

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.

If you return back to England on or after the 4th October 2021 and are not fully vaccinated, then you will need to complete 10 days of self-isolation at home.  Children aged 17 and under are exempt from this ruling regardless of their vaccination status.

Amber list countries

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated

If you are arriving into the United Kingdom from a country that is on the Amber list and you are not fully vaccinated then you will be required to complete a self-isolation period in your own home for a period of 10 days. 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.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated

If you are arriving back to the United Kingdom and 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.  

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:

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: 14.09.2021 at 16:54