Portugal plans to start reopening borders to tourists from May 17
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Portugal is open for some EU visitors and essential travelers from third-party countries but starts reopening for vaccinated UK tourists from May 17.

Allowed visitors from non-EU countries must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up 72 prior to boarding. All these passengers must quarantine upon arrival. 

All EU visitors need to present a negative COVID-19 test but not all of them have to quarantine. Considering the country is under state of emergency some passengers may be requested to self-isolate at home. 

All commercial flights from the UK and Brazil have been suspended until further notice.

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Portugal reopening tourism – Latest Update

Alfama, Lisbon.

May 13 – Portugal will reopen on May 17 and entry rules are still not clear

According to a statement released by the European Commission on May 3, current entry restrictions will be eased “for all persons coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation but also all people who have received the last recommended dose of an EU-authorized vaccine.”

This statement does not mention easing restrictions for unvaccinated people who can produce a negative COVID-19 test result. 

According to local media, the Portuguese government wants to wait until the end of this week to give time for “the dust to settle” because they will probably reopen with less restrictions than the EU is expecting from its members. 

Also, local media argues that this “confusion” has led people to not know if they will be denied entry at the border. So, the best advice would be waiting until the government clarifies the issue. 

April 27 – Portugal reports no daily COVID-19 deaths in almost a year into the pandemic

Portugal has given at least one dose of a vaccine against COVID-19 to 10 million locals and residents. As of today, more than 90% of its population aged 80+ (the group at highest risk of severe COVID-19) have also been immunized.

For the very first time since last August, Portugal’s health authority announced on Monday (April 26) that no coronavirus-related deaths were reported over the last 24 hours. The good news came after two months of severe restrictions where restaurants, schools and multiple other non-essential businesses were not allowed to open. 

The government also announced it will reopen for vaccinated British visitors from May 17. 

April 13 – Madeira, remote workers’ favorite place in Portugal will fully reopen in October

Miguel Albuquerque, the PSD/CDS-PP coalition leader has announced the island will be completely reopened for international visitors in October when 70% of its inhabitants would be fully vaccinated.

“The first big event and the reopening, so to speak, of normality, will be the Flower Festival, which is intended to be held in the first week of October,” said Albuquerque yesterday. 

As of today, Madeira is under curfew from 07:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m, at least until April 19. Most commercial activities should close at 6:00 pm.

On the other hand, mainland Portugal reopened museums, terraces and high schools yesterday after 3 months of closure. 

“We are turning the page and we hope there will be no turning back,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal.

Who can enter Portugal now?

  • European Union countries.
  • Schengen Associated Countries such as Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland.
  • Australia, China (including Hong Kong and Macao), South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and Uruguay.

Important: Notice that passengers coming from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Hungary, Malta, Sweden must undergo a 14-day quarantine. 

  • Madeira and Azores may have additional requirements.
portugal - madeira travel restrictions

Madeira Island – Portugal

Are non E.U. citizens allowed to visit Portugal?

As of May 13, foreign nationals from these countries are allowed entry.

  • Australia,
  • China (including Hong Kong and Macao),
  • South Korea,
  • Japan,
  • New Zealand,
  • Rwanda,
  • Singapore,
  • Thailand,
  • Uruguay

For more info check the official visitportugal.com website.

COVID-19 in Portugal

Portugal is successfully overcoming its 3rd wave of coronavirus. So far, the country has recorded 840,929 positive cases and 16,999 deaths.

COVID-19 cases in Portugal

Portugal’s reopening strategy

Portugal airlines

The 10 Portuguese airports under ANA’s management are responsible for enforcing the following rules and they may demand certain documents from travelers.

  • Air traffic to and from Portugal with E.U nations (plus Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) is permitted. 
  • Flights from and to countries whose epidemiological situation is under control are also permitted. The situation can change overnight so passengers should check with their embassy before departure.  

Local restrictions

Updated – March 20

Local restrictions

Updated – Starting April 5 visitors and locals can,

  • Go to In-person classes (from 5th to 9th grade).
  • Visit museums, monuments, palaces, and galleries.
  • Go to stores up to 200m2 (with street entrances).
  • Visit open areas of cafés and restaurants. Capacity is limited. 
  • Do outdoor sports in groups of four people. Gymnasiums are also open.

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