COVID-19 travel restrictions: Portugal – Kiwi.com

This article was published on January 14, 2022 and all information in the article is correct at this time. Before booking your trip, we strongly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter Portugal?

From December 2021, Portugal will be open to tourism for a limited number of countries. Please take the time to learn the information below to find out if you are allowed to enter Portugal.

Can I enter Portugal if I am vaccinated?

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You can enter Portugal if you are fully vaccinated. You will be considered fully vaccinated if you have received a full vaccination course at least 14 days before entering Portugal.

Currently, five vaccines are approved in Portugal:

  • Modern
  • Pfizer
  • Oxford / AstraZeneca
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Novavax

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

If you have been vaccinated, submit both documents:

  • A document confirming vaccination status (the EU digital COVID certificate for EU travelers)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result

Tests valid:

  • PCR taken within 72 hours of boarding
  • Rapid antigen testing performed within 48 hours of boarding

Vaccination certificates issued by third countries (not the EU digital COVID certificate) must contain the following information:

  • Holder’s first and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Disease or agent targeted: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants)
  • Vaccine against COVID-19 or prophylaxis
  • Name of the vaccine against COVID-19
  • Marketing Authorization Holder or Manufacturer of the vaccine against COVID-19
  • Number in a series of doses as well as the total number of doses in the series
  • Date of vaccination, indicating date of last dose administered
  • Member State or third country where the vaccine was administered
  • Entity issuing the certificate

Can I enter Portugal if I am not vaccinated?

You can enter Portugal if you are not vaccinated.

Travel documents if I am not vaccinated

If you have not been vaccinated, you must present one of the following documents:

  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 of no less than six months
  • A negative PCR test not older than 72 hours or antigen test less than 48 hours old before arrival

Recovery documentation should include:

  • Holder’s first and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Disease or agent from which the holder recovered: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants)
  • Date of the first positive result of the diagnostic test
  • Member State or third country where the diagnostic test was performed
  • Entity issuing the certificate
  • Valid certificate

Who is not allowed to enter Portugal?

Please note that from December 2021 Portugal will only be open for non-essential travel (including tourism) to a limited number of countries.

You can enter Portugal from the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Bahrain
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chili
  • China
  • Colombia
  • the savior
  • Faroe Islands
  • Georgia
  • Hong-Kong
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Kuwait
  • Liechtenstein
  • Macau
  • Moldavia
  • Monaco
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • The countries of the EU and the Schengen area
  • The Vatican
  • To go
  • Turkey
  • UAE
  • UK
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • USA

If you are traveling from the countries not listed above there is a high risk of being denied entry unless you have essential reasons to visit Portugal.

In addition, from November 2021, special restrictions will be in place for arrivals from certain African countries, namely:

  • Botswana
  • Swatin
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe

If you have been to any of these countries in the past 14 days prior to arriving in Portugal, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. You can complete the quarantine earlier if you have a negative COVID-19 test on the third day of your isolation.

Can I leave Portugal?

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From December 2021, both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers will be able to leave Portugal.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

  • A certificate of complete vaccination against COVID-19 in paper or electronic form

Make sure you are aware of the requirements about the presence of a negative test result from your destination country in advance.

Travel documents if I am not vaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (not more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and type of test may vary, please check the requirements of your destination country)

Traveling from Portugal to “high risk” or “low risk” countries

Currently there is no exact breakdown between “high risk” or “low risk” destinations in Portugal. COVID-19 restrictions change daily. It is recommended to go to the official website of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and consult the section “Advice to Travelers” to find out the current requirements of each country.

COVID-19 situation in Portugal at the moment

Since December 2021, more than 80% of the Portuguese population has been fully vaccinated. The COVID-19 situation is getting safer. Nevertheless, covid-related regulations are still in effect.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel to Portugal now?

International travel to Portugal is safe, provided you adhere to the key current COVID-19 requirements:

  • Wearing masks indoors
  • Showing your vaccination certificate or negative COVID-19 test when entering restaurants (except on outdoor terraces), tourist attractions and events with reserved seats

Is Lisbon open for travel?

Currently, Lisbon is open to travelers. Covid-related restrictions in the capital are the same as in the rest of Portugal.

Do I have to quarantine if I go to Portugal?

Due to an omicron infection, you are only required to self-isolate if you are from the following countries:

  • Botswana
  • Swatin
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zimbabwe
The 14-day self-isolation is mandatory. You can complete self-isolation earlier, provided you show a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken on the third day of your isolation.

How do I get a health pass to travel to Portugal?

  • For travelers from the EU and the Schengen area — the EU Digital COVID certificate
  • Avoid close contact with other people
  • For travelers outside the EU and the Schengen area: bring your printed documents with you.

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