Travel Restrictions Entering Portugal from South Africa

International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Summary

The following information is applicable to people who are fully vaccinated and traveling from South Africa to Portugal.

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Governments are changing their policies rapidly in response to the Omicron variant. We recommend checking in regularly and verifying requirements with the linked sources before making travel plans.

Border Status
RESTRICTED

Entry restricted for international travelers

RESTRICTED

Transit is restricted

Policies
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Cases Per Million
5,080.68
Decreased by1,466.77
at 1/25/2022
Vaccinated
93.98%
Increased by0.00%
at 1/25/2022
Return Status
PARTIALLY OPEN

Travel is allowed with restrictions

Border Status

Restricted

Entry restricted for international travelers

Description

Direct flights from selected countries are currently suspended until further notice.

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Start Date
5/16/2021
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Restricted

Transit is restricted

Description

Direct flights from selected countries are currently suspended until further notice.

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Start Date
11/29/2021
Changed

Visas

Before You Leave

Mandatory

Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results

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Travel Purpose
TourismBusinessTransit
Description

Travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (or similar NAAT) test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before the first departure to Portugal. Alternatively, travelers can have a laboratory antigen test (TRAg) taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure to Portugal. Only antigen tests acceptable by the European Union Health Committee are accepted for travel. The results must be in Portuguese, French, English, Spanish, or Italian and may be presented in paper or digital format.

This testing requirement includes travelers in transit.

Different rules may apply to travelers going to the Azores or Madeira. Please check the source for more details.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 12.
  • Travelers with a valid certificate of recovery demonstrated via the EU Digital COVID Certificate;
  • Travelers with a valid certificate of recovery issued not earlier than 11 days but not later than 180 days by Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Switzerland, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.
Testing Options
  • A Rt Pcr Test Up To 72 hours
  • A Nucleic Acid Test Up To 72 hours
  • A Antigen Test Up To 48 hours Before Departure
  • A Rapid Test Up To 48 hours Before Departure
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Mandatory

Mandatory proof of vaccination

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Description

Travelers who are fully vaccinated must present a valid vaccination certificate. Travelers must have received all doses required of the vaccine, including a combination of two different vaccines, at least 14 days before travel.

Vaccine certificates issued by third countries are accepted under reciprocal conditions, and the vaccines must be approved by EMA (Janssen, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria, Moderna/Spikevax, Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Novavax/Nuvaxovid).

Currently, recovery certificates from Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Switzerland, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City are accepted under reciprocity.

Travelers with access to the EU Digital Certificate, non-EU countries with certificates accepted by the EU Digital COVID Certificate system, or NHS COVID Pass may use it to present proof. The US CDC card is not accepted.

Travelers unable to present a valid certificate are required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers.

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This requirement does not apply to :

  • Travelers with a valid certificate of recovery from COVID-19.
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Mandatory

Mandatory health declaration for Madeira

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Description

All travelers are required to fill out a health questionnaire form 48-12 hours prior to departure to Madeira.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 12.
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Mandatory

Mandatory passenger locator form

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Travel Purpose
TourismMedicalBusinessTransit
Description

All travelers must fill in a passenger locator card after checking in for their flight and before arriving in Portugal. The QR Code generated when filling out the PLF must be presented in paper or digital form. Travelers without the QR Code may be denied boarding.

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In Transit

Mandatory

Mandatory proof of vaccination for transit

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Travel Purpose
Transit
Description

Travelers who are fully vaccinated must present a valid vaccination certificate. Travelers must have received all doses required of the vaccine, including a combination of two different vaccines, at least 14 days before travel.

Vaccine certificates issued by third countries are accepted under reciprocal conditions, and the vaccines must be approved by EMA (Janssen, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria, Moderna/Spikevax, Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Novavax/Nuvaxovid).

Currently, recovery certificates from Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Switzerland, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City are accepted under reciprocity.

Travelers with access to the EU Digital Certificate, non-EU countries with certificates accepted by the EU Digital COVID Certificate system, or NHS COVID Pass may use it to present proof. The US CDC card is not accepted.

Travelers unable to present a valid certificate are required to comply with rules for unvaccinated travelers.

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This requirement does not apply to :

  • Travelers with a valid certificate of recovery from COVID-19.
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On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival

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Description

Travelers from selected countries must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test (TAAN) or COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test (TRAGg) test on arrival in Portugal.

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Possible

COVID-19 test may be required on arrival in Madeira

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Description

Travelers who arrive without a negative COVID-19 pre-travel test result will be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival in Madeira.

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Mandatory

Mandatory quarantine until negative test results

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Description

Travelers arriving from selected countries are required to quarantine for 14 days at home, or in a place indicated by the health authorities, upon arrival in Portugal. The quarantine can be stopped if a negative test is performed on the 3rd day. Quarantine does not apply for those who stay in mainland Portugal for a maximum period of 48 hours.

Minimum Number of Days
14 days
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Mandatory

Mandatory health declaration form for the Azores

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Description

Travelers are required to complete a health form before arrival in the Azores. Once the form is completed, travelers will receive a code for presentation to the health authorities on arrival.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers with a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate of vaccination or recovery.
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While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public transportation

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Description

Travelers must wear masks when using public transport, and to enter concert halls, events, and certain establishments. The use of masks is mandatory in closed spaces and recommended outdoors when the distance between people cannot be ensured.

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Mandatory

Mandatory health pass for some public activities

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Description

Travelers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result or recovery certificate to access tourist establishments, bars and clubs, business, cultural or sporting events.

Types of COVID-19 tests accepted include RT-PCR, rapid antigen taken from a laboratory, or a self-test performed at the entrance.

Please see the source for more details.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers who have been vaccinated with a third or booster dose of the vaccine for at least 14 days.
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COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in Portugal.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
5,080.68
Decreased by1,466.77
at 1/25/2022
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
16.55%
Decreased by2.07%
at 1/23/2022
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
93.98%
Increased by0.00%
at 1/25/2022
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
9,555,440
Increased by76
at 1/25/2022
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.34
Decreased by0.05
at 1/23/2022

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

Although restrictions are gradually lifting, they may be re-introduced at any time and preventative health measures remain encouraged. An EU Digital Certificate as proof of vaccination, negative test result, or previous recovery will be required to access some facilities and establishments or to attend events. In high-risk settings such as large events or health facilities, proof of vaccination and testing is required unless proof of having received a vaccine booster can be presented. Information related to the COVID-19 response in Portugal be found at https://www.visitportugal...
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Use of mask

Required
Face masks are required in indoor public places and on public transport.

Public transportation

Operating
Public transportation is operating as usual.

Restaurants

Restrictions in place
Restaurants are open for vaccinated customers, recovered, or recently tested negative customers.

Bars

Restrictions in place
Bars are open for vaccinated customers, recovered, or recently tested negative customers.

Nightclubs

Restrictions in place
Nightclubs are open for vaccinated customers, recovered, or recently tested negative customers.

Shops

Restrictions in place
Shops and services are open at reduced capacity with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

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