International Travel Restrictions and Policies

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Summary

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

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Border Status
RESTRICTED

Entry restricted for international travelers

Policies
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Cases Per Million
293.73
Decreased by26.85
at 12/3/2021
Vaccinated
89.04%
Increased by0.13%
at 11/15/2021
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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Portuguese Immigration
Start Date
5/16/2021
Changed

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. Alternatively, travelers can have an antigen test (TRAg) taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure. 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.
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
Relevant Documents and Resources
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Portugal Tourism
Start Date
Changed
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).

Currently, vaccine certificates from Albania, Andorra, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Monaco, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Vatican City, are accepted under reciprocity.

Travelers with access to the EU Digital Certificate 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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Portuguese Tourism
Start Date
Changed
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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Madeirense Tourism
Start Date
Changed
Mandatory

Mandatory passenger locator form

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Travel Purpose
TourismMedicalBusiness
Description

All travelers must fill in a passenger locator card after checking in for their flight and before arriving in Portugal. Proof of the completed form will need to be presented at control points.

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Portuguese Tourism
Start Date
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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).

Currently, vaccine certificates from Albania, Andorra, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Monaco, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Vatican City, are accepted under reciprocity.

Travelers with access to the EU Digital Certificate 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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Portuguese Tourism
Start Date
Changed

On Arrival

Mandatory

Mandatory 14-day quarantine required

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Description

Travelers arriving from selected countries are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Portugal.

Minimum Number of Days
14 days
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Portuguese Government
Start Date
Changed
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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Azores Government
Start Date
Changed
Mandatory

Health screening on arrival for Madeira

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Description

Temperature screening is required for all travelers on arrival to Madeira. Travelers with high temperatures will be referred to health authorities for COVID-19 testing and quarantine.

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Madeirense Tourism
Start Date
Changed

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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Portugal Tourism
Start Date
Changed
Mandatory

Mandatory health pass for some public activities

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Description

Travelers are required to present an EU COVID Digital Certificate to access bars and nightclubs, major cultural, sporting, or corporate events, as well as to visit homes and health facilities.

Mandatory negative COVID-19 tests, even for vaccinated travelers, might be required to access large events without marked seats or in improvised venues and sports venues.

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Portuguese Tourism
Start Date
Changed

COVID-19 Risk Information

Very High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is very high in Portugal.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
293.73
Decreased by26.85
at 12/3/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
4.00%
Increased by-0.50%
at 12/1/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
89.04%
Increased by0.13%
at 11/15/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
9,053,901
Increased by13,170
at 11/15/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.29
Increased by-0.06
at 12/1/2021

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. Information related to the COVID-19 response in Portugal be found at https://www.visitportugal...
Checked
12/4/2021

Use of mask

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

Public transportation

Status
Operating
Severity
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Public transportation is operating as usual.

Restaurants

Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
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Restaurants are open for vaccinated customers.

Bars

Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
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Bars are open for vaccinated customers.

Nightclubs

Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
More Details
Nightclubs are open for vaccinated customers. Nightclubs must close from January 2 until January 9, this may change at short notice.

Shops

Status
Open
Severity
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Shops and services are open as usual.

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