Traveling to Portugal during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

(CNN) — If you’re planning to travel to Portugal, here’s what you need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The basics

Portugal saw an increase in cases following the emergence of Omicron, but cases have since fallen. The country remains open to tourism with some restrictions in place. See more details below.

What is offered

Ancient cities, some of the most beautiful coasts in Europe and many pasteis de nata. Portugal have long been overlooked in favor of Europe’s biggest hitters, but in recent years that has started to change rapidly.

The capital of Lisbon, with its trams that criss-cross the hills and its breathtaking views of the Tagus, is the starting point. Then there’s the Algarve, whose resorts sit atop crumbling cliffs, and the dramatic Atlantic coast, popular with surfers, and the vast Alentejo region, whose landscapes and hilltop towns have been barely touched by tourism.

who can go

Residents of EU and Schengen associated countries can travel to Portugal for non-essential travel.

Arrivals from the following destinations may also enter Portugal for non-essential travel: Brazil, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, Bahrain, Chile, Colombia , Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Taiwan and Hong Kong. See below for the rules.
Travelers from all other destinations can only travel to Portugal for trips classified as “essential”. Examples of essential travel are given here.

What are the restrictions?

These restrictions reflect arrivals in mainland Portugal.

There are no more travel restrictions for Madeira Island. For instructions on visiting the Azores, see here.

All travelers entering mainland Portugal must either present proof of vaccination, or a valid recovery certificate, or a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before boarding, or a negative antigen test taken 24 hours before boarding.

EU travelers to Portugal can show their EU Covid digital certificate proving vaccination, test or recent recovery. Vaccinated travelers from non-EU countries that have a reciprocal agreement with the EU can present the relevant vaccination certificates. For a list of these affected countries, see here.

Arriving in Portugal by sea involves the same entry rules as by air.

Those entering Portugal by road or train must present an EU digital Covid certificate proving vaccination, recent test or recovery from Covid-19. Instead of an EU Covid digital certificate, travelers arriving overland must present either a PCR test performed within 72 hours or an antigen test performed within 24 hours.

What is the Covid situation?

Portugal had more than 3.4 million cases and more than 21,400 deaths as of March 23.

More than 91.6% of the population has been fully vaccinated.

What can visitors expect?

Face masks are mandatory on public transport. They are also mandatory in enclosed spaces.

It is no longer necessary to present proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter Portuguese bars and clubs, eat indoors in Portuguese restaurants, visit tourist establishments, stay in local accommodation or attend events .

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