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Portugal: Current Travel Restrictions Explained

After taking into account the current COVID-19 cases within the country and the European Union, the Portuguese authorities decided to relax entry rules for all travelers from the European Union earlier this month.

In line with new rules put in place by Portugal, travelers from the European Union and European Economic Area (EEA) can enter the country for all kinds of purposes provided they fill out a passenger locator form and hold a valid certificate that falls under the EU COVID digital card.

This means that all travelers from the EU/EEA are allowed unrestricted entry into Portugal as long as they have a vaccination, recovery certificate or negative COVID-19 test result, reports.

Portugal accepts all vaccination cards indicating that the holder has been vaccinated within the last 270 days with these vaccine doses: BioNTech, Novavax, Moderna, AstraZeneca (all forms), Janssen, Sinopharm, Sinovac and Covaxin. Vaccination certificates proving that the holder has received a booster injection are accepted.

Return certificates are accepted as long as the last positive test was obtained in the last 180 days. For COVID-19 tests, it has been clarified that PCR tests must be performed within 72 hours and a rapid antigen test must be performed within 24 hours prior to arrival for recognition.

Entry conditions for travelers from third world countries

Similar to the EU/EEA countries, travelers from several third countries can enter Portugal for travel purposes. Portugal currently allows non-essential travel from these three countries, Brazil, Canada, the USA, and the UK.

In addition, non-essential travel is also permitted for travelers from Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, China, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Rwanda, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Uruguay and the administrative regions of Macau and Hong Kong, provided they meet the conditions of reciprocity.

Travelers from these third countries arriving in Portugal by air or sea are required to present a certificate of vaccination indicating vaccination against the virus with one of the above-mentioned vaccines or a certificate of recovery.

In contrast, stricter rules are applied to travelers from other countries who arrive in Portugal by road. Travelers without a Digital COVID EU certificate are required to submit a pre-entry PCR test taken in the last 72 hours or a rapid antigen test performed in the last 24 hours when entering Portugal by road.

“Citizens without a Digital Covid EU Certificate in vaccination, testing or recovery methods will have to provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR test (TAAN), taken in the last 72 hours, or a Rapid Antigen Test (TRAg), which was performed in The last 24 hours,” as stated in the Portuguese authorities’ statement.

These entry rules only apply to persons over 12 years of age. Those under the age of 12 are exempted from the requirement to submit a certificate or test.

Travel from any other country not mentioned above is permitted unless someone is traveling for professional, study, health, humanitarian and family reunification purposes.

The Portuguese authorities stated that “flights from countries not mentioned are permitted exclusively for ‘essential travel’, ie to allow entry to Portuguese nationals traveling for professional purposes, study and family reunification, and for health or humanitarian reasons.”

Portugal local COVID-19 restrictions

Except for the relaxation of entry rules, Portugal is now also implementing concessional local COVID-19 restrictions. Travelers can now attend various venues and events, including bars, restaurants, clubs, etc., without the need to present a certificate or test.

The only requirement that currently remains in place in mainland Portugal is to maintain a face mask indoors.

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