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A Complete Guide to Travelling to Portugal Amid COVID-19

Anyone wishing to taste a glass of the famous Portuguese Port wine, attend a football match, or visit its famous islands, such a thing is possible now that the country has opened the borders and is ready to welcome the tourists.

Portugal, which took strict lockdown measures in January in order to tackle the world’s worst wave of the COVID-19 virus, has lifted most of its restrictions.

As the situation continues to improve and more places are opened in Portugal to prevent the spread of the virus, the authorities have stressed that all services must respect hygiene and sanitation measures in line with the rules set by the Directorate General of Health.

In addition, Turismo de Portugal has implemented a stamp called “Clean and Safe”, which allows tourists and citizens to experience greater safety and confidence when using accommodation establishments at various attractions.

Who is allowed to enter Portugal?

In principle, travelers from countries that have recorded low infection rates in the past two weeks are allowed to enter Portugal for tourism purposes.

Once countries around the world started their vaccination campaigns, the Portuguese authorities decided to open their borders to tourists who plan to visit the country during the summer season.

As such, under the new rules, Portugal currently allows entry to all travelers arriving in its territory from EU countries and the Schengen area.

Except for member states, the country also allows entry into many Schengen area countries, including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Besides the countries mentioned above, Portugal also allows entry to travelers from several third countries that have recorded low infection rates recently. In line with the latest update, arrivals from the third countries listed below are allowed to enter Portugal:

Australia Brazil Canada Chile China South Korea USA Jordan Kuwait New Zealand Qatar Rwanda Saudi Arabia Singapore Taiwan Ukraine United Kingdom Uruguay Hong Kong SAR Macao SAR

Portuguese authorities previously announced that Britons can now travel to the country for non-essential purposes provided they have valid proof of vaccination and meet the country’s entry rules. This means that UK nationals holding an NHS COVID Pass or EU Digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate are no longer required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result in order to be allowed to enter Portugal.

Additionally, earlier last month, Portugal made it clear that the country would continue to allow in tourists from the United States, despite EU recommendations. Moreover, the authorities made it clear that Americans are allowed to enter the country even for tourism purposes.

What are the entry requirements to the EU/Schengen area and third countries allowed to enter Portugal?

All persons entering Portugal are required to submit a negative PCR test result or a rapid antigen test result. The PCR test must be performed within 72 hours prior to entry into Portugal, while the rapid antigen test result must be performed within 24 hours prior to entry.

Children under 12 years of age are exempt from the test requirements.

It should be noted that only rapid antigen tests approved by the European Union Health Commission are recognized.

Passengers who submit a test result that does not comply with the country’s requirements must take the test on arrival at their own expense before entering the territory of Portugal.

However, authorities have made it clear that those with a valid EU COVID-19 digital certificate are not required to take the test. This means that as long as travelers present a vaccination or refund certificate, they will be exempt from the test requirements.

Apart from recognizing the certificate issued by EU/Schengen area countries, it has been revealed that Portugal also accepts documents issued by third countries, under the terms of reciprocity.

The government explained: “All citizens who wish to travel to Portugal by air, with the exception of children under 12 years of age, must present a digital EU Covid certificate, vaccination or recovery certificate issued by third countries whose validity has now been recognized.”

In addition, all those planning to use air travel to reach Portugal are required to fill out a “Passenger Locator Card”. The model was created by the country’s health authorities.

What is open in Portugal?

Portuguese authorities have indicated that although the country is open to visitors, everyone must follow the rules currently in place in the country.

Despite the fact that the country no longer has high rates of COVID-19 infection, everyone is still required to wear a mask when in public.

“The mandatory use of a mask in public transport (including air transport, taxis or TVDE), concert halls and events, large commercial surfaces, residential buildings for the elderly, institutions and health services, workers in bars, clubs, restaurants, commercial and service establishments,” the authorities explained.

In contrast to previous months, public transport, taxis and other passenger transportation are now operating at full capacity.

Additionally, since October 1, the state has relaxed rules in several other places. According to the official Portuguese travel website, VisitPortugal, restaurants no longer have a limit on people allowed in the same place. Local trade establishments, including weddings and other cultural performances, are also no longer restricted.

Moreover, bars and clubs are now open to all. However, the authorities stressed that everyone who attends cultural and sporting events, bars, clubs and health facilities is required to submit an EU COVID-19 certificate.

Requirements when entering the Azores and Madeira

For all people who want to visit the Azores or the Madeira Islands during the COVID-19 pandemic, specific rules have been set by the two regions.

People arriving in the Azores archipelago are required to present a valid EU-issued digital COVID-19 certificate indicating that the holder has been fully vaccinated or has recovered from the disease.

Those without the document must submit a negative PCR test result within 72 hours, or have a rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to entering the country. Children under 12 years of age are exempt from the test requirements.

For those who plan to travel to the Madeira Archipelago, they must submit one of the following documents:

A negative COVID-29 test result; Both PCR and antigen tests are accepted valid EU Digital COVID-19 certification

In addition, travelers can take a free test upon arrival or undergo voluntary isolation.

Travel Insurance: A must when traveling to Portugal during the COVID-19 pandemic

It is recommended that all travelers who wish to visit Portugal or any other country or region during this summer should purchase a travel insurance package that covers epidemics and pandemics. The insurance makes sure that travelers will save most of their spending in the event of a flight cancellation due to the COVID-19 situation.

Portugal medical travel insurance protection can be purchased at a very low cost from AXA Assistance and Europ Assistance.

Portugal passport COVID-19

Portugal announced that the country will begin issuing its first COVID-19 passports last week.

Portugal’s Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, considered the issuance of passports an important step towards the safe recovery of the country and the bloc in general.

“We now have the opportunity to travel freely and safely,” Costa said during the June 14 ceremony at the European Parliament.

Portugal currently accepts a certificate of vaccination as valid proof of immunity only if the document indicates that the holder has been challenged with one of the vaccines approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which are as follows:

AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer / BioNTech (Comirnaty) Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)

In addition, the authorities note that the vaccination must include the following information about its carrier:

Name and surname Date of birth Issuer Name of the vaccine, manufacturer and number of doses given Date(s) of vaccination Country in which vaccination was done

With regard to return certificates, the state accepts the document as long as it meets the required time frame and includes information on the first four points mentioned above, as well as:

Date of first positive test The country in which the test was taken Validity of the current certificate COVID-19 Status in Portugal

Similar to other European countries, Portugal has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the government has managed to keep the situation under control by imposing strict restrictions when needed.

As of October 20, the country had identified 1,080,097 cases of COVID-19 and 18,100 deaths.

Regarding vaccination rates, figures provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) showed that so far, 90.8 percent of all the country’s population have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 98.3 percent have received full vaccinations against COVID-19. -19. Take only one dose.

Vaccines offered by Portuguese authorities include Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Note: This article was originally published on June 23. Since then, it has been constantly updated with the latest changes. The last changes to the article were made on October 20, in line with the latest updates from the Portuguese authorities.

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