The UK government has confirmed that Britons can now travel to Portugal for non-essential purposes as long as they prove they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and comply with the country’s entry rules.
In line with the recent update by UK authorities, UK nationals holding an NHS COVID Pass or an EU digital COVID vaccination certificate are no longer required to hold a negative COVID-19 test result in order to be admitted into Portugal, SchengenVisaInfo reports. com.
However, to be exempt from the testing requirement, travelers must prove that they have been fully vaccinated with the EU-approved COVID-19 vaccine – AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson – at least 14 days before their trip.
In addition, they can also provide evidence of previous recovery for you to skip the exam requirements. The Recovery Certificate must indicate that the holder has recovered from COVID-19 illness within the past 180 days.
However, it has been emphasized that UK travelers who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 are still required to fill out an online passenger locator form.
With regard to travelers who do not hold an NHS COVID Pass or an EU COVID digital certificate, the authorities have clarified that they must follow the rules of pre-departure testing, which means they are required to undergo a COVID-19 test before entering Portugal and completing a passenger locator form.
Once the British enter Portuguese territory, they will undergo a health check to ensure that everyone is in good health.
You will undergo a health check upon your arrival. If your temperature is 38°C or more or you show signs of being unwell, you may be asked to take a COVID-19 test and stay at the airport until you receive your test result,” the UK authorities statement said.
As for the rules for returning from Portugal, the authorities have noted that fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to take a pre-departure test before returning to the UK. However, they must take the test two days after their arrival.
On the other hand, unvaccinated travelers must get tested for COVID-19 within three days before returning to the UK and stay isolated for ten days. Moreover, they are also required to take a test on the second day. Those who wish to shorten their self-isolation period can take an additional COVID-19 test on the fifth day of quarantine.
Previously, Swedish authorities announced that travelers from the UK can now enter their territory for non-essential purposes.