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7 September 2021

Certificate adoption

Prime Minister António Costa said that, from an operational point of view, the European Commission aims to have everything ready by the 1st of June” and “the different countries will now start testing the connection and the functioning of the system”. The objective is that the certificate “will come into force on the 1st of July”, in a bid to save the summer tourism season.


Instrument type

Vaccination based

Certificate name

Digital green certificate / green passport / EU Digital COVID Certificate

Certificate format

The EU digital COVID certificate is available in digital and/or paper format with QR code.

Entry protocol

Travellers from high-risk countries (with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) must complete a 14-day isolation period after entry to mainland Portugal. Isolation should take place either at home or at a place indicated by the health authorities.

For general entry

  • All passengers wanting to go to Portugal by air must complete a “Passenger Locator Card.” The form was created by the health authorities of the country.
  • Travelers from countries where there have been less than 500 Coronavirus infections per 100,000 people in the previous two weeks are allowed to enter Portugal for tourism purposes. Portugal has just opened its doors to tourists from the European Union. Aside from the Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland are among the Schengen Area nations that are allowed access. In addition, the Portuguese government decided to eliminate the quarantine requirement for people of Cyprus, Sweden, and Lithuania, based on data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), because these countries had low rates of COVID-19 infection cases.
  • Apart from the aforementioned nations, Portugal has decided to welcome tourists from a number of third countries with low infection rates. Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, South Korea, United States of America, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Republic of North Macedonia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Regions of Hong Kong and Macau (subject to confirmation of reciprocity). Additionally, travelers from the United States are now permitted to visit Portugal for non-essential purposes if they have a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • All those who are allowed to enter Portugal must have a negative PCR or fast antigen test result. The PCR test must be completed 72 hours before to admission into Portugal, whereas the rapid antigen test must be completed 24 hours prior to entry. However, only rapid antigen tests that have been authorized by the European Union Health Committee are accepted.
  • Travellers who provide a test result that does not meet the country’s criteria must undertake testing at their own expense upon arrival before passing Portugal’s territory.
  • According to a news statement on the government’s official website dated June 30, passengers from South Africa, Brazil, and Nepal must undertake a 14-day quarantine upon arrival for important reasons, either at home or in a location approved by the Portuguese health authorities.
  • Travelers from Brazil could still enter Portugal after 18 months of being barred from doing so, despite being the country’s largest emigrant group. Those who needed to enter for important reasons, such as job, school, or family, were allowed to do so. Travellers from Brazil, Britons, will be free from the quarantine requirement if they produce negative test results. The decision, which was made public on August 31, went into effect on September 1 and is expected to last through September 16.
  • Travellers from the United States are still allowed to enter Portugal as of September 2, even for non-essential activities such as tourism, because the Portuguese government will not strengthen its travel rules for Americans, despite the Council of the European Union’s recommendations.

For vaccinated person

  • Only British people who had been vaccinated with one of the vaccinations recognized by Portugal as acceptable proof of immunity – including Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca – were permitted to travel without quarantine prior to September 1.

For unvaccinated person

  • On September 1, the authorities declared that all passengers, even those who are unvaccinated, will be able to travel from the UK without having to go through quarantine. However, producing negative findings from a PCR test or a rapid antigen test within 72 hours of arriving in Portugal remains a necessity.
  • Despite the ongoing epidemic, Portugal now allows non-essential travel from Brazil, as well as the elimination of quarantine restrictions for arrivals from the United Kingdom, including unvaccinated passengers. They must, however, produce a negative COVID PCR or fast antigen test result before passing Portugal.

For children entry

  • The testing requirement does not apply to children under the age of two.
  • When landing in Madeira, children under the age of 12 are excluded from the testing requirement.

For additional entry

  • The two areas have established particular regulations for anybody intending to visit the Azores or Madeira Islands during the COVID-19 epidemic.

(1) Travelers visiting the Azores must produce a negative Coronavirus test result, which must contain the laboratory where the test was performed, the date of the test, and the signature of the issuer. The test results might be shown digitally or on paper.
(2) For anyone wanting to fly to the Madeira archipelago, one of the following documents must be submitted:
– A COVID-19 test result that was negative within 72 hours after departure
– A medical certificate indicating that you have recovered from the infection within the past 90 days.
– A vaccination certificate certifying that the owner has received all of the necessary vaccine doses.

  • The document is now acknowledged for passengers who have already received a Digital COVID Certificate. Those who did not complete the testing procedure before to departure must do so when they arrive at the airport.

Vaccine authorised to be used in the country

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer BioNtech
  • J&J
  • AstraZeneca

Border status

Portugal adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Portugal are not based on the common “EU Traffic Lights” map.

From 1 May, road traffic between Portugal and Spain is possible again without restrictions.

Accepting travellers from the following countries

  • Portugal has just opened its doors to tourists from the European Union. Aside from the Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland are among the Schengen Area nations that are allowed access.
  • Apart from the aforementioned nations, Portugal has chosen to allow visitors from a number of third countries with low infection rates.
  • Travelers from the United States and the United Kingdom can also enter Portugal without having to pass through quarantine, but they must meet certain conditions.