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Mainland Portugal, Madeira and Azores islands
Updated on 18 Feb 2021

Considering that entry regulations can change at short notice,  we recommend that you start by checking IATA's website  www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm(*) but also seek information on each countries' government websites.

(*) the map is interactive. Click on each country for information about entry regulations.


Mainland Portugal 

Azores | Madeira and Porto Santo islands

 

Following the guidelines of the Portuguese health authorities, all passengers of international flights bound for Mainland Portugal, whether as a final destination, in transit or transfer, will have to complete a Passenger Location Card,  after check-in.

The form must be completed after check-in, so that the seat number can be included and until boarding begins. The form will be checked at the boarding gate, either through printed paper* or presentation on a mobile device.

* passengers who, due to lack of internet access, lack of knowledge of Portuguese or English, or info-exclusion, will be allowed to complete a paper PLC.


Mainland Portugal

With effect from 31 January 2021, following the provisions of the Portuguese Government (Order No. 1242-E/2021 of 29 January) the entry into the national territory is only authorized to:

a)  Passengers on flights from countries belonging to the European Union, countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland).

b)  Passengers on flights from countries whose epidemiological situation is following Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1551, of 22 October 2020.

c)  Passengers on flights from countries that are not members of the European Union or that are not countries associated with the Schengen Area, exclusively for essential travel, thus:

  1. Citizens of the European Union, nationals of States associated with the Schengen Area and members of their families, in accordance to the Directive 2004/38 / EC, of the Parliament and  the Council, and third-country nationals legally resident in a Member State of the European Union;

  2. Third-country nationals traveling for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.

d)  Passengers on repatriation or humanitarian flights organized under the law.

 

COVID-19 TEST WITH MANDATORY NEGATIVE RESULT FOR BOARDING

All passengers (including Portuguese citizens, residents and their families) entering Portugal as well as transit passengers, regardless of their departing country must present proof of laboratory testing (RT-PCR) for the screening of SARS-CoV-2, with a negative result, performed within 72 hours before departure, or they will be denied boarding.

Exceptions: children who have not completed 24 months are exempt from the test.
 

Quarantine - update eff. 15 February 2021

 All passengers originating from:

  • Czech Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia and Latvia, must go into prophylactic isolation of 14 days in their place of residence or other place indicated by the authorities (except if staying in Portugal for less than 48 hours)


NOTES - The test must be a compulsory RT-PCR laboratory test and no rapid tests. The test may also be required by the country of origin of the flight (e.g. departure from São Tomé or Angola), so you should check this locally.

TAP strongly advises passengers to carry out the COVID-19 test in the country of origin, to allow the arrival in Portugal faster and smoother!


Traveling between the UK or Brazil and Portugal

From January 29, 2021, by order of the Portuguese Government (see Order No. 1125-D/2021 of 27 January 2021), flights to and from Brazil and the United Kingdom are suspended.

Permitted flights:

  •  Cargo flights
  • Humanitarian and repatriation of
    • National citizens and their family members permanent residents
    • EU citizens, nationals of countries associated with the Schengen area and their families
    • Third countries nationals with legal residence in an EU country
  • National citizens and permanent residents must:
     
    • Provide the negative COVID19 test result, performed within the last 72h before boarding, or the boarding and entry to Portugal may be denied and,
    • Complete a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
       
  • Nationals of the EU, nationals of countries associated  with the Schengen area and their families and third countries nationals with legal residence in an EU country must:
    • Provide the negative COVID19 test result, performed within the last 72h before boarding, or the boarding may be denied and,
    • Upon arrival at a Portuguese airport wait for the connecting flight in a designated location inside the airport.

Contact our Help Desk for procedures.


 Traveling to the Portuguese islands of  Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores

1. Madeira and Porto Santo islands

When planning a trip to Madeira and Porto Santo, it is important to know the regulations in force in this Region, within the scope of the prevention and containment of COVID-19.

1 - It is mandatory to complete the epidemiological survey. For the passenger's convenience, you can fill it out here in the 12 to 48 hours before departure.

With the reopening of tourism in Madeira on 1 July 2020, 

  • All passengers on flights from abroad who carry a negative test for COVID-19 disease, performed within 72 hours before disembarkation, in laboratories certified by national or international authorities, upon disembarkation, proceed to their destination, upon presentation of the corresponding report which can also be submitted, in advance, together with the inquiry referred to in 1.
  • Passengers disembarking at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, who have not tested for COVID-19, will do so at the airport upon arrival. After performing the test, the passenger will proceed to mandatory confinement until the result is informed. The passenger will be informed of the result within the following 12 hours.

Disembarkation channels exist at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, with different colours for a better distribution of passengers and improved Covid-19 control:

  • Green corridor for passengers with negative PCR tests.
  • Blue corridor for passengers with no tests performed. These passengers must perform tests upon arrival, free of charge.

NOTE: all passengers, with or without tests performed, must register online 12 to 48 hours before the flight. Together with the result of their PCR tests must also download the results. There are no forms to be filled onboard or upon arrival.

Passengers who have not registered can do so upon arrival at FNC and PXO airports, but only online. All passengers without the tools to do so will have the support of the WELCOME TEAM at the arrivals area.

As additional preventive measures for COVID-19 in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, the following are recommended:

  • Use of a mask, especially in closed spaces and public transport (mandatory);
  • Social distance (2 meters between people and avoid crowds);
  • Frequent hand hygiene;
  • Respiratory etiquette.

Madeira Promotion Bureau has developed an action plan "MADEIRA SAFE TO DISCOVER" with valuable information and recommendations for all those travelling to these enchanted Portuguese islands. 

Madeira Promotion Bureau, 17 Feb 2021

MADEIRA ENCOURAGES TOURISM WITH NEW CONDITIONS OF ACCESS TO A GREEN CORRIDOR 


By presenting the vaccination certificate or proof of recovery within 90 days, more tourists are eligible for direct entry, without the need for testing.

The green corridor already existed at Madeira airport for those who arrive with a negative PCR test done within 72 hours. Now Madeira is also receiving tourists vaccinated and recovered from COVID-19 (with proof up to 90 days of validity) who want to enjoy the region.

To do this, tourists must present the appropriate certificates attesting to their new conditions. The decision represents a vote of confidence in this new phase that the world is going through, in addition to encouraging visits to the island and stimulating economic activity, while maintaining a safe destination.

To be eligible, tourists who fall under these new conditions must prove their status through one of two documents:

1) Proof of COVID-19 recovery in the last 90 days, validated by the respective country of origin and state the name, date of birth, health number, type and date of the test and the explicit mention “recovered”.
2) Passport or vaccination certificate validated by the respective country of origin and state the name, date of birth, health number, type of vaccine, date of the two doses taken and respect for the period of immunization according to the instructions for each vaccine.

Any of the above documents in English must be submitted to the app madeirasafe.com before the trip is made.

Passengers recovered from COVID-19 must present a document, valid for 90 days, that proves their recovery. It must specify the type of test, the date of its performance and the word “recovered”. If the document presented indicates that the tourist has recovered for more than 90 days, its holder is subject to normal conditions, retesting at arrival and mandatory confinement pending the result. It should be noted that the tests carried out at the airport and in the registered clinics in mainland Portugal remain free. However, all tourists during their stay must respect the restrictions in force, known as a result of the pandemic, and comply with the Health and Safety rules, which include the mandatory use of a mask, from 6 years old, social distance (2 meters between people and avoid clusters) and frequent hand hygiene.

These new measures of access to the green corridor are due to the entrance of the world into a new cycle of hope, provided by the approved vaccines. The decision reflects not only a vote of confidence in the current situation but also aims to reopen the destination for tourism and stimulate the regional economy.

 

More information at: http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)  or send an email to uesp.madeira@iasaude.madeira.gov.pt and / or contact the following numbers: +351 291208700 / +351 969320327 / +351 969320235.

 

2. The Azores

All passengers traveling to the Azores must complete this online form in the 72h hours before the flight.
The proof of the filled out form will need to be presented at control points upon arrival.

 

Mandatory diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2

  1. Passengers wishing to travel to the territory of the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organisation to be areas of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are required to present, before boarding, proof, in digital or paper form, of a document issued by a laboratory, either national or international, of a diagnostic test with a NEGATIVE result.
  2. The diagnostic tests should be carried out using the RT-PCR methodology, seventy-two (72) hours before the departure to the territory of the Autonomous Region of the Azores.
    If this deadline is exceeded due to operational irregularities resulting from weather conditions or other constraints, a new test will be carried out on arrival.
  3. The proof referred to in the previous paragraph must contain the following elements:

    a) Identification of the passenger;

    b) Name of the accredited laboratory where it was carried out, with mention of its certification;

    c) Reference to the use of the RT-PCR methodology;

    d) Date on which the test was carried out;

    e) Result of the test as "negative".

  4. Extending the stay in the Autonomous Region of the Azores for seven or more days, the passenger must perform on the sixth day, counting the date of the first test, a new screening test for SARS-CoV-2, to be promoted by the local health authority.

Exceptions:

The obligation referred to in the preceding paragraphs does not apply in the following situations:

  1. Passengers aged 12 years or under:
  2. Health professionals on duty for transfer or evacuation of patients and who have the periodic screening of professional scope updated under the technical standard of the Regional Health Authority in force at the time and provided that the period of stay outside the Autonomous Region of the Azores is equal to or less than 72 hours;
  3. Passengers with an illness duly proven by a medical declaration attesting to anatomical and/or clinical incompatibility for the performance of the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test, through the collection of biological material by the nasopharynx, in which case passengers must submit the referred declaration to the Regional Health Authority for validation at least five working days in advance, without prejudice to the performance of a serological test on arrival in the Autonomous Region of the Azores;
  4. Passengers who present a declaration of discharge from clinical surveillance and isolation measures issued by the public health service regarding SARS-CoV-2, which is valid for 90 days;
  5. Passengers who submit a declaration of a funeral home based in the Autonomous Region of the Azores proving the death of a family member, being obliged to undergo screening for SARS-CoV-2, using the RT-PCR methodology, upon arrival in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, as well as prophylactic isolation, until the NEGATIVE result is communicated to them, within a maximum period of 24 hours;
  6. Passengers departing from abroad, whose transit journey exceeds 72 hours of validity of the test done at the origin, in which case they will be required to undergo screening for SARS-CoV-2, by the RT-PCR methodology, on arrival in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, as well as prophylactic isolation, until the NEGATIVE result is communicated to them, within a maximum of 24 hours;
  7. Passengers who leave and return to the Autonomous Region of the Azores within a period of up to 72 hours, being obliged to undergo screening for SARS-CoV-2, using the RT-PCR methodology, upon arrival in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, as well as prophylactic isolation, until the NEGATIVE result is communicated to them, within a maximum of 24 hours.

 

The corresponding exception declarations that are provided can only be submitted in paper or digital format, excluding the SMS format.

 

Mandatory SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests for passengers  boarding at the airports of the islands of São Miguel and Terceira bound for any of the other islands in the archipelago - as per Regional Regulatory Decree No. 28-A / 2020 of 18 December 2020

1 - All passengers boarding at the airports of the islands of São Miguel and Terceira bound for any of the other islands in the archipelago must present proof, in digital or paper form, of a document issued by a duly certified national or international laboratory, attesting to conducting a SARS-CoV-2 screening test, carried out using the RT-PCR methodology, within 72 hours before the flight departs.

2 - The certificate referred to in the preceding paragraph must contain the following elements:

a) Passenger identification;

b) Name of the laboratory where it was carried out with a reference to the respective certification;

c) Date of the test;

d) Test result as Negative.

3 - In the cases referred to in the preceding paragraph, and if their stay on any of the islands of the archipelago is extended for seven or more days, the passengers must, on the 6th day counting from the date of the SARS-CoV2 screening test, contact the local health authority of the municipality of residence or where he /she is staying to carry out, on the 6th day counting from the date of the first test, a new SARS-CoV-2 screening test, conducted by the local health authority, in which case the result will then be communicated to the passenger.

 

For further information:

COVID-19 Line for non-medical issues: (+351)800 29 29 29

Email: esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt

Website: https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/

 You may also read the PDF "Information for Passengers" issued by the Government of the Azores.


Entering Portugal from the United States

Due to restrictions imposed by the Portuguese authorities, only passengers from the United States of America  who meet the following conditions may enter national territory:

  • Nationals of Portugal;
  • Holders of legal residence in Portugal;
  • The nationals of the European Union, nationals of States associated with the Schengen Area and members of their families and third-country nationals legally resident in a Member State of the European Union;
  • Third-country nationals traveling for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons;

Passengers must, at the time of departure, present a proof of a test to COVID-19, with a negative result, carried out in the last 72 hours before departure, under penalty of being refused entry into the national territory;

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