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Updated on 09 May 2022

Considering that the entry regulations in each country may change at any time, and that each destination has its own specific procedures, please confirm HERE what the entry requirements are and the procedures due to COVID-19.  Always confirm the information with official government agencies.

Please be advised that it is the responsibility of the passenger to comply with all government policies and entry requirements and failure to comply may result in denied boarding for the flight or entry to the destination.


PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM 

With immediate effect, the Passenger Location Form (PLC or PLF) is no longer required.

 

 

PORTUGAL MAINLAND
 
As per the directive of the Portuguese Government, entry into Portuguese territory is authorized for:
  • Passengers on flights from countries in the European Union or a state associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland);
  • Passengers on flights from Brazil, Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe;
  • Passengers from countries with flights authorized for *non-essential travel subject to reciprocity confirmation: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, People's Republic of China, Rwanda and Uruguay, as well as Taiwan and the administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau,
  • Passengers on repatriation or humanitarian flights arranged pursuant to law
 
In the case of countries not mentioned, only "essential trips" are allowed, i.e. those that allow transit and entry into Portugal for professional, study, family reunion and health or humanitarian reasons.

No essential reasons are required for travel for passengers holding EU digital COVID certificates (recovery/vaccination) and passengers holding recovery/vaccination certificates issued by third countries considered equivalent by an implementing decision of the European Commission

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

Effective 07.02.2022

All passengers entering Portugal will need to present:

  • EU Certificate (or equivalent) of Recovery from Covid-19 infection OR
  • EU Certificate (or equivalent) of Vaccination, OR
  • Negative Molecular Test Certificate (NAAT), carried out not more than 72 hours before departure OR
  • Antigen Test certificate, carried out not more than 24 hours before departure  
NOTE: Children under 12 years of age do not need to present a digital EU COVID certificate or proof of having been tested for SARS-CoV-2 infection.

A test performed by a certified laboratory at least 72 hours before boarding at the first point of the trip, containing the following information, is considered a valid PCR COVID-19 test:

  • Identification of the passenger;
  • Identification of the laboratory where the test was performed, mentioning its certification;
  • Reference to the use of the RT-PCR methodology;
  • Date the test was performed;
  • Test result as "negative"/"Not detectable
Important Notes:
  • The mandatory tests can only be accepted in Portuguese, French, Spanish, English and Italian
  • Acceptable formats are paper and electronic (but not mobile text messages – SMS)
  • NHS tests and Trace Test performed in the United Kingdom are not valid for travel.  Only antigen tests acceptable by the European Union Health Committee are accepted for travel as well as the minimum data that must be present on the test result document as set by the same entity - see HERE 
  • Passengers are responsible to verify if their test meets the requirements

TRAVEL FROM UK TO PORTUGAL:

As of 08OCT21, on a reciprocal basis with the UK, fully vaccinated passengers with an EU approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel, and have:

  • an NHS COVID Pass or an EU COVID Digital Certificate of Vaccination OR,
  • an EU Digital COVID Certificate of Recovery, proving that the passenger has recovered from COVID-19 not less than 11 days and not more than 180 days prior to travel

 

QUARANTINE

Passengers coming from Mozambique, or passengers that regardless of their origin, have in their passport a stamp of presence in the last 14 days in South Africa, Botswana, Essuatini, Lesotho, Namibia or Zimbabwe, will have to fulfill 14 days of prophylactic isolation upon arrival in Portugal. The prophylactic isolation may be interrupted if a negative test (TAAN or TRAg) is performed on the 3rd day. It does not apply to those staying in mainland Portugal for up to 48 hours. These passengers should have a RT-PCR test (TAAN) or Rapid Laboratory Antigen Test (TRAGg)to COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport.

MADEIRA AND PORTO SANTO ISLANDS

All passengers bound for Madeira and Porto Santo must;

Check further information HERE

TESTS / EU DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE

All passengers travelling to the Madeira Islands must:

  • Present an EU Digital Certificate OR
  • present proof of a negative result from an antigen test carried out within 48 hours prior to departure OR
  • undergo an antigen test on arrival under the supervision of the Regional Health Authority and in full compliance with self-surveillance and reporting of symptoms until a negative test result is obtained OR
  • undergo confinement for up to 10 days

Exceptions to the test:

  • Children under 11 years of age
  • Passenger in possession of a medical document certifying that the carrier has recovered from COVID-19 disease when disembarking in the territory of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, issued in the last 90 days;
  • Passenger with a document certifying to having been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the recommended plan and respecting the period of activation of the immune system foreseen in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC). 
  • Passenger with a medical certificate certifying to having been vaccinated with only one dose, within a 2-dose vaccination schedule, respecting the period of activation of the immune system provided for in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC), in the case of passengers recovered from SARS-COV-2 infection more than 90 days previously, or diagnosed with the infection after having received the first dose of the vaccine. 

Check the current rules HERE

Learn more at: Travel to Madeira and Porto Santo

It is considered a valid COVID-19 PCR test, an examination by a certified laboratory carried out at least 72 hours before the flight, containing the following information:

  • Identification of the passenger;
  • identification of the laboratory where the test was carried out, mentioning its certification;
  • Reference to the methodology used;
  • Date the test was performed;
  • Test result as "negative"/"Not Detectable
Notes:  
  • In the specific case of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, passengers who need a test to travel may book it at the Private Hospital of Madeira and SYNLAB Bom Jesus.
     
  • In the public area of Madeira's airport there are Synlab laboratories which allow RT-PCR and antigen tests.
     
  • Passengers arriving in Madeira departing from Porto Santo Airport and reciprocally, those arriving in Porto Santo from Madeira, and who are not covered by one of the above mentioned exceptions, must present a Vaccination Certificate against COVID-19 OR a negative result of the SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen detection test carried out within 7 days prior to the flight schedule OR a negative PCR test carried out within 7 days prior to the flight schedule. 

 

AZORES ISLANDS
 
My Safe Azores 

This service has been terminated. For further information please check destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt

Check the current rules in force in the region on the website of the Azores Regional Government.

TESTS / EU DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE

Passengers over 12yrs travelling to or within Azores need either:

  • DIGITAL UE COVID recovery certificate (valid for 180 days after recovery) OR
  • DIGITAL UE COVID vaccination certificate (valid 14 days from the full vaccination scheme OR
  • Test certificate (DIGITAL EU or other), for a negative RT-PCR test performed within the 72h prior to arrival OR
  • Be tested upon arrival

It is considered a valid COVID-19 PCR test, an examination by a certified laboratory carried out at least 72 hours before the flight, containing the following information:

  • Identification of the passenger;
  • identification of the laboratory where the test was carried out, mentioning its certification;
  • Reference to the use of the RT-PCR methodology;
  • Date the test was performed;
  • Test result as "negative"/"Not Detectable

The test result must be presented at check-in, boarding and arrival in digital or paper format. SMS format is not valid..

Detailed rules must be verified at Government of Azores

ACCEPTANCE AND VALIDITY OF EU DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATES

New rules on the validity of EU Digital COVID Certificate and the coordination of safe travel in the EU

As of 1 February 2022, there are new rules in place that establish a binding acceptance period of 9 months for vaccination certificates, used for travel within the EU. Member States must accept vaccination certificates for a period of 9 months following the administration of the last dose of the primary vaccination.

In Portugal, this measure became effective on 07.02.2022 (Decree-Law n.º 22/2022) 

  • As for the vaccination certificate, it now certifies:
    • The completion of the primary vaccination series of the respective holder, more than 14 days and less than 270 days since the last dose, with a vaccine against COVID-19 OR
    • The completion of a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • As for the test certificate, it will now certify that the holder has been subjected to:
    • A molecular nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN), within the past 72 hours, with a negative result
    • A rapid antigen test, within the last 24 hours, with negative results
  • Regarding the certificate of recovery, the rules in force are maintained. 

Read more information HERE

Accepted vaccines:

  • Vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency: Comirnaty (BioNTech and Pfizer), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca), Janssen AND
  • Sinopharm (Vero Cell), Sinovac (Coronavac), Bharat Biotech International (Covaxin)
Notas:  
  • the certificates can be presented digitally or in paper
  • presenting valid UE COVID digital certificate (only recovery or vaccination) or a third country valid vaccination/recovery certificate exempts passengers from essential reasons for travel

 

ACCEPTANCE OF THIRD COUNTRIES CERTIFICATES
Valid vaccination certificates for entry/transfer into Portugal remain EUDCC or considered equivalent by the European Commission. See the list of valid third countries here.

The acceptance of these certificates is based on reciprocity, meaning, Portugal only accepts certificates from countries that accept the EU digital covid certificate

The certificates must comply with the following rules:

  • Vaccination certificate, declaring a complete and valid vaccination, with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Regulation (CE) n.º 726/2004. Vaccination is considered valid after 14 days from:
    • The single dose of a single dose vaccine, OR;
    • The second dose of a two-dose vaccine (even each dose is of a different vaccine), OR;
    • A single dose of a two-dose vaccine, if the certificate indicates that the single dose concludes the vaccination plan, for people that have already been infected with COVID-19
ACCEPTED VACCINES: Only vaccination certificates with the vaccines accepted in the European Union, at least with the original vaccination schedule, and 14 days after the last dose are accepted 
- Janssen: 1 dose
- Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca: 2 doses
Vaccination certificates that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted

The certificate must have at least the following info:

  • Name(s) and last name (s) of the holder
  • Date of birth
  • Name of the disease (COVID-19 / SARS-Cov-2 or a variant)
  • Vaccine against COVID-19 or prophylaxis
  • Name of the vaccine against COVID-19
  • Holder of the authorization for introduction on the market, or vaccine manufacturer name
  • Serial number of the shots and total number of shots in that series
  • Data of vaccination, referring the date of the last administrated dose
  • Country where the vaccine was administrated
  • Entity that issued the certificate
UPDATE 29MAR22 
With immediate effect, we inform you that the recovery and vaccination certificates from the following countries are accepted for travel to Portugal
  • Brazil
  • United States of America
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Australia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Canada
  • Qatar
  • People's Republic of China

Vaccination and recovery certificates issued

  • in the EU (EUDCC)
  • by countries considered equivalent by decision of the European Council, which are currently the following (see updated list in this link)
    • Albania
    • Andorra
    • Armenia
    • Benin
    • Cape Verde
    • El Salvador
    • Faroe Islands
    • Georgia
    • Israel
    • Iceland
    • Jordan
    • Lebanon
    • Liechtenstein
    • Moldova
    • Moldova
    • Monaco
    • Morocco
    • New Zealand
    • North Macedonia
    • Norway
    • Panama
    • San Marino
    • Serbia
    • Singapore
    • Switzerland
    • Taiwan
    • Thailand
    • Tunisia
    • Togo
    • Turkey
    • Ukraine
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Uruguay
    • Vatican

 

  • Recovery certificate, declaring that the person has recovered from COVID-19 infection, in result of a positive NAAT test with at least 11 days and no more than 180 days

The certificate must have at least the following info:

  • Name(s) and last name (s) of the holder
  • Date of birth
  • Name of the disease (COVID-19 / SARS-Cov-2 or a variant) from which the holder recovered
  • Date of the first positive result
  • Country that issued the certificate
  • Entity that issued the certificate
  • Date from which the certificate is valid
Notes: 
  • The certificates can be presented digitally or in paper
  • Presenting valid UE COVID digital certificate (only recovery or vaccination) or a third country valid vaccination/recovery certificate exempts passengers from quarantine upon arrival and essential reasons for travel
  • Minors travelling with a responsible adult that holds a recovery or vaccination certificate are exempted from quarantine upon arrival.
  • The European Commission has validated non-EU certificates in accordance with Regulamento (UE) 2021/953, Jun 14th, 2021 (see the full list HERE.
  • The certificates from these countries are considered under the same rules as the UE Digital Covid Certificates
  • Only valid for certificates issued by those third countries to EU citizens and members of their families, as well as nationals of that third country that remain or reside legally at an EU member country. This equivalence is valid for all EU countries, and must not be mistaken with the reciprocity rule determined by Mainland Portugal

 

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