Last updated 1st July 2022
Read on for information about the situation in Portugal regarding Covid-19 and international travel. I update this article when I hear of significant changes and change the date above accordingly, which allows you to see how current the information is.
Portugal has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. Over 91% of the entire 10.3 million population are fully vaccinated.
Everything is currently open and almost all safety measures have been lifted, including the use of masks in indoor public spaces. Now they are only required on public transport and in care homes and medical facilities.
Travel insurance is still vital
Borders, flights and quarantine
Travellers from all countries are allowed to visit Portugal for non-essential reasons.
Rules could change at any time so it’s best to consult the IATA website to see the current status for flying into individual EU countries as a tourist.
Consult the World Health Organisation advice and that of your own governments in terms of whether you should actually be travelling and what the implications of that, e.g. quarantine upon return, might be.
Even if you have an insurance policy that covers you for Covid, it will likely be void if you travel against government policy.
Quarantine is now only necessary for those who have tested positive. The duration is now 7 to10, depending on your symptoms. More details here.
Do you need a Covid test for Portugal travel?
Not anymore! Nor do you need a certificate of vaccination.
EU Digital Certificate
The EU Digital Covid Certificate is operational in Portugal. If you are legally resident in an EU country and have been fully vaccinated, recovered from Covid or tested negative, you can request this “digital passport” to enable you to travel more freely between member states without the need for tests and quarantine etc., unless the country has to introduce special measures.
Where to get a PCR test done in Portugal
There are private labs and pharmacies all over the country that will do a PCR test for you. You can usually book online although some do walk-ins. Do a Google search for “teste covid 19” and add the name of the town to see what comes up. Mike has used Unilabs, which was pretty efficient and they have clinics in many towns and cities.
It is also possible to do your departure test at the airport (Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira and Porto Santo) but you need to book it in advance and make sure you’ve got enough time to get the results back. More details here.
If you are a Portugal resident or citizen, you can get up to 4 free PCR tests per annum, I believe. Mention this when booking.
If you don’t need a PCR test, we used a local pharmacy to get rapid antigen tests before we flew to the UK in September and that was much cheaper (€25).
Note that many testing facilities are closed on Sundays so factor that into your planning if you have an early morning flight on a Monday.
Clean & Safe Portugal
The Clean & Safe certification, which identifies establishments that are following the Health Authority guidelines for protective measures, was launched in April 2020 with great success. It has been revamped and relaunched so look for the symbol below.
You can check in advance which restaurants, golf clubs, hotels etc. have the certificate on the Clean & Safe website.
See this article about checking the safety of your accommodation in Portugal and anywhere else.
How to get up to date information about the situation in Portugal
Visit Portugal also have additional information, which is regularly updated
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