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Portugal - Covid-19 regulations:


The Portuguese government has been taking all necessary public health measures and is currently in the 3rd phase of the reopening plan, which started in May. All people must adopt a social distance (2 meters) and the use of face masks is mandatory on public transport, in shops and supermarkets, and in closed spaces or in places with many people.

All services should take hygiene and sanitisation measures according to the indications of the Directorate-General for Health, with specific recommendations for various sectors of activity. In tourism, the “Clean & Safe” seal, defined by Turismo de Portugal, was implemented, which allows tourists to have greater security and confidence in accommodation establishments, when using various tourist services and at tourist attractions.

Madeira is the first region to cover expenses related to coronavirus for tourists (medical, accommodation and meals).

Last updated: 11th August 2020

National movement

There are no specific restrictions on mobility within the Portuguese territory, but social distancing rules and the use of face masks should always be observed.
In the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, both regional governments have enacted some specific measures.


Portugal has opened borders without quarantine requirements and travel restrictions for residents in the European Union, countries that are parties to the Schengen Agreement, Andorra, Monaco, The Vatican City and San Marino.
As per the EU Council recommendation, from 1 July EU member states should start lifting travel restrictions at external borders for residents of the following third countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. This list of third countries should be reviewed every two weeks and may be updated by the Council.
The Brithish goverment requires travelers from Portugal to self-isolate for 14 days temporarily.


Open. Government determines temperature control and tests on arrival.
Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed to:
- European Union countries;
- Schengen Associated Countries - Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland – and the United Kingdom;
- Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
Flights to and from other destinations will only be permitted for essential travel. “Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:
- citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
- citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
- third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
On essential journeys, passengers must present a negative test for COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure.
National and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory, with the airline being subject to a fine.
The Portuguese airports (Lisboa, Porto, Faro, Ponta Delgada e Funchal) have implemented several initiatives in order to keep staff and passengers safer. A body temperature measurement system has been implemented for arrivals. Passangers may be asked to fill out a form from the Portuguese Health Authorities to be traced if they have been exposed to a case of Covid-19 on board.

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Public Transport

Open. Public transport is limited to 2/3 capacity and the mandatory use of a face mask.


In taxis/UBER, the front seats must only be used by the driver, and passenger occupancy cannot exceed 2/3 of the remaining space. The use of masks is mandatory.

Guides / Assistants

The circulation and gathering of groups of more than 10 people is not permitted, in private or in public spaces, unless they belong to the same household. Monuments have been opening since 18MAY and are introducing their own rules for visits.

Guides are also adopting the “Clean & Safe” seal implemented by Turismo de Portugal.


1/3 coach capacity and first two rows must stay empty. Masks are mandatory, and sanitizer is provided.

Rail / Cable Cars

Trains operating as usual inside Portuguese territory and international operations with Spain are being reinstated. Face masks compulsory. The bar and restaurant service of the Alfa Pendular and Intercidades trains (meal service, cafeteria and bar) is suspended. The distribution of headphones and magazines is not carried out either.
The transport of bicycles is forbidden on all trains.


Open. Social distancing must be maintained and the use of masks is mandatory.


Restaurants, cafes, bakeries and outdoor terraces can open with reduced capacity. The use of masks is mandatory. Bars and nightclubs can open with the same rules as cafés, closing at 8pm. Restaurants must close by 1:00 am.


In June, tourist accommodation resumed its activity, being able to adopt the “Clean & Safe” seal implemented by Turismo de Portugal, which allows for the identification of establishments and services that have implemented enhanced hygiene and safety measures.

A general occupancy limitation has not been determined, but each accommodation unit must define a Contingency Plan to be applied in the COVID-19 context, with circulation rules in common areas, as well as hygiene and cleaning procedures.


Most attractions have reopened. Some with no limit of pax and others a maximum of 10 people per group. There are controls at the entrance and the exit. Facemasks are mandatory; always keep a 2-meter safe distance.


Cinemas, theatres, auditoriums and showrooms must have marked seats, reduced capacity and must maintain social distance.

The use of face masks is mandatory.

Outdoor shows can take place in a delimited venue to allow access control, even if free. They must follow social distancing and circulation rules, in order to minimize physical contact.