Portugal now allows non-essential travel from 5 additional third countries
The Portuguese government has announced that travelers from five other third countries – Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe – can now enter Portugal for travel purposes.
“The Government has approved an amendment to the rules applicable to air traffic as part of the measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, extending the possibility of making non-essential travel to our country to travelers from Angola, the Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe”, reads the statement of the Portuguese government.
Such a statement suggests that the ban on non-essential travel that was previously imposed on these countries has been officially lifted. However, even though travelers from these areas are no longer subject to an entry ban, they still have to follow additional entry rules, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
Current entry rules explained on Portugal’s official travel website show that the country currently only accepts vaccination and recovery passes issued by one of the EU/Schengen countries or by the authorities of a third country which has concluded a reciprocity agreement with Portugal.
Portugal has a list of third countries whose vaccination and recovery certificates are recognized under conditions of reciprocity. However, among the five countries mentioned above, only Cape Verde is included. This means that citizens of Cape Verde can now enter Portugal without restriction as long as they hold one of the certificates.
On the other hand, the case is not the same for travelers from Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe because these countries do not have a reciprocity agreement with Portugal.
According to the government, travelers from these four regions must undergo pre-arrival testing even if they have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus in order to be allowed entry.
“Passengers who do not have a Covid-19 digital certificate from the European Union or another recognized by law must present, at the time of departure, proof of having carried out a test for amplification of the nucleic acids or a rapid antigen test, carried out within 72 hours or 24 hours before the departure time”, underlined the government.
The rules explained by Portugal’s official travel website have caused confusion among travelers as Portuguese authorities continue to require vaccinated and recovered travelers from several third countries to comply with additional measures.
As Portugal continues to enforce restrictions based on travelers’ country of origin rather than their vaccination and recovery status, some rules remain unclear. Authorities have yet to issue an official statement regarding their restrictions.
Unlike mainland Portugal, Madeira has already lifted its COVID-19 restrictions for inbound travellers. Travelers arriving in Madeira are no longer required to present a vaccination, recovery or test certificate upon arrival. All they have to do is register their participation.