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Covid-19: Travel restrictions and entry requirements
Last updated on: 07 Aug 2020

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.

 

Destination or transit Portugal

According to the provisions of the Portuguese Government ( Order no. 7595-A / 2020, of July 31 - available in Portuguese only), entry into the national territory is only authorized to:

  1. Passengers on flights from countries that are members of the European Union, from countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) and from the United Kingdom under the Exit Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom (regardless of the passenger's nationality )
     
  2. Passengers on flights from countries whose epidemiological situation is in accordance with Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 of 30 June 2020, namely Canada and Morocco
     
  3. Passengers on flights from countries that are not part of the European Union or that are not countries associated with the Schengen Area, exclusively for essential trips, namely:
    1. European Union nationals, nationals of States associated with the Schengen Area and members of their families, under Directive 2004/38 / EC, of the Parliament and of the Council, and third-country nationals with legal residence in a Member State of the European Union
    2. Third-country nationals traveling for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons
       
  4. Passengers on repatriation or humanitarian flights organized under the law

Passengers on flights described in subparagraphs a) and b) are not required to present a negative RT-PCR molecular test to COVID-19 performed within 72 hours prior to the flight.

All passengers (including Portuguese non-Portuguese citizens and non-Portuguese citizens with legal residence in Portugal and their families) on the flights described in paragraphs c) and d) must present proof of negative RT-PCR molecular test to COVID-19 performed within 72 hours prior to the time of departure, or they will be denied boarding.

Exceptions to the rule of mandatory presentation of a negative test before boarding:

  • Passengers transferring in Portugal with an onward flight to another country are exempt from presenting the test as long as the onward flight takes place on the same calendar day and provided they do not leave the airport boarding area.
     
  • Passengers of Portuguese nationality and passengers with legal residence in Portugal, on flights originating in African Portuguese speaking countries or any origin in third countries on repatriation or humanitarian flights:
    • are allowed to board without proof of test
    • will be tested on arrival at the Portuguese airport of entry, at their own expense, and must wait for the results at their residence (for reference, the test costs 100 €).

TAP advises passengers in these circumstances to carry out the COVID-19 test in the country of origin before boarding,  in order to make the arrival in Portugal faster and simpler.

EXAMPLES

Portuguese national / resident in Portugal traveling EWR - LIS

Must provide a negative test to board

non-Portuguese citizen traveling GIG - LIS

Must provide a negative test to board

non-Portuguese citizen traveling GRU - LIS - MAD

No test proof required (if in transit on the same day, provided they stay inside the boarding areas)

Portuguese national / resident in Portugal traveling  RAI - LIS

Can take the test on arrival

Portuguese national / resident in Portugal on repatriation flight DSS - LIS

Can take the test on arrival

Foreign passenger traveling LAD - LIS

Must provide a negative test to board

Foreign passenger traveling on repatriation flight DSS - LIS

Must provide a negative test to board


Note:
Passengers who are unable to comply with the test requirements and who have a travel date until the 9th of August can change the trip for the following week and shall be exempt from paying the change fee
, however, the fare difference will be charged, if applicable and the change will be according to flight availability. For travels from the 10th of August onwards, normal fare rules of the ticket will apply.

 

Consult the Portuguese Government’s latest updates on COVID-19 at Portuguese Director General of Health (DGS) COVID -19 information (for English click on the Globe on the upper right side of the page)


Traveling to Portugal: Islands of Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores

a. 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.

As of the 1st of July:

  • 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 their destination. The passenger will be informed of the result within the following 12 hours.

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.

For the safety and protection of all, comply with the recommendations.

For further clarification, passengers can send an email, uesp.madeira@iasaude.madeira.gov.pt and / or contact the following numbers: +351 291208700 / +351 969320327 / +351 969320235.

Tourism reopening in Madeira

From the 1st of July, Madeira and Porto Santo islands will be fully open to international travelers and have developed a plan to ensure security for both tourists and residents.
The Madeira Promotion Bureau has created the "MADEIRA SAFE TO DISCOVER" with valuable information and recommendations for all travelers to these enchanted Portuguese islands.

Disembarkation channels for FNC and PXO passengers

Disembarkation channels have been created at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, with different colors for a better distribution of passengers and improved Covid-19 control:

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

NOTE: As stated above, all passengers, with or without tests performed, must register online 12 to 48 hours prior to the flight. Passengers with the result of their PCR tests must also download the results. There are no longer any 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.

b. Azores

As of the 15th of June,  all passengers disembarking at the airports of Ponta Delgada, on the island of S. Miguel, or Lajes, on the island of Terceira, will be presented with a statement which they must fill out and sign. The statement will present various possibilities and the passenger will have to opt between one of the following:

  1. To have been tested for SARS-CoV-2 virus on the 72 hours preceding the flight to the Azores and the result was negative. In this case, a physical document that proves that the test for SARS-CoV-2 has been performed within the 72 hours before departure must be presented. That document must contain the passengers' identification, the lab where the test was performed, the date of the test, the signature of the people who performed the test, and the NEGATIVE result. If the stay will be longer than seven days, the passengers must, on the 6th day from the date SARS-CoV-2 test was performed, contact the health services so that another test can be performed by the Health Authorities that will inform them of the result.
     
  2. Complete a screening test for SARS-CoV-2, done by the local health authority, with the collection of biological samples upon arrival, and must remain, in prophylactic isolation at home or the location where they will be staying, until the test result is received. In this case and if the stay is to be longer than seven days, the passenger must, on the 6th day from the date SARS-CoV-2 test was performed, contact the health services so that another test can be performed by the Health Authorities that will inform them of the result.
     
  3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, in which case until the time of the flight mandatory prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for the purpose must be fulfilled;

All passengers must comply with the rules for the use of a mask, physical distance and respiratory etiquette defined by the regional health authority.

If the passenger refuses to comply with all the procedures provided, the local health authority may, within the scope of its competence, determine mandatory quarantine, for the period necessary to obtain the SARS-CoV-2 virus screening test result, or if the passenger does not agree to this, then until the time necessary to complete 14 days since the arrival to the Region, stay in a hotel designated for this purpose, in which the cost will be charged to the passenger.

Failure to comply with the prophylactic isolation in the aforementioned terms and period, as well as failure to comply with the mandatory quarantine, in cases where it is determined, implies the immediate presentation, by the health authority of the municipality where the passenger resides or is staying, of a complaint about the practice of crime disobedience.

Necessary information concerning the hotel units determined for this purpose and the associated services and conditions will be available through the COVID-19 Line for non-medical issues - 800 29 29 29 or by email esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt.

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

Traveling from the United States Of America and Brazil

As a result of restrictions implemented by the Government of Portugal, passengers traveling from the United States and Brazil will only be authorized to enter Portugal if they meet the following conditions:

FROM THE USA

Only the following passengers may enter Portugal:

  • Portuguese nationals
  • Foreign nationals holders of residency permits in Portugal
  • non-Portuguese citizens of the EU and nationals of States which are members of the Schengen Area and their families following Directive 2004/38 / EC of the Parliament and the Council, and nationals of a third-country if they are legal residents of an EU Member State
  • Third-country nationals traveling for business, study, family reunions, health reasons or humanitarian reasons;


In addition to meeting the conditions for travel as stipulated above, passengers entering from the USA must also:

  • At time of departure, present proof of the results of a negative COVID-19 test administered in the 72 hours preceding their flight, otherwise passengers will be denied entry in Portugal
  • Nationals of Portugal and foreign nationals holders of legal residency in Portugal, who exceptionally do not have proof of COVID-19 testing, will be immediately escorted upon arrival in Portugal by the competent security authorities to have the test administered at passengers’ own expense.

    Passengers who are unable to comply with the test requirement and who have a travel date until the 31st of July can change the trip for the following week and shall be exempt from paying the change fee, however, the fare difference will be charged, if applicable and the change will be according to flight availability. For travels from the 1st of August onwards, normal fare rules of the ticket will apply.

 

FROM BRAZIL

Only the following passengers may enter Portugal:

  • Portuguese nationals
  •  Foreign nationals holders of residency permits in Portugal
  • non-Portuguese citizens of the EU and nationals of States which are members of the Schengen Area and their families following Directive 2004/38 / EC of the Parliament and the Council of Europe, and nationals of a third-country if they are legal residents of an EU Member State
  • Third-country nationals traveling for business, study, family reunions, health reasons or humanitarian reasons;


In addition to meeting the conditions for travel as stipulated above, passengers must also:

  • At time of departure, present proof of the results of a negative COVID-19 test administered in the 72 hours preceding their flight, otherwise passengers will be denied entry in Portugal
Traveling to the USA - State of Massachusetts

As of August 1, 2020,  all travelers arriving in the state of Massachusetts, whose state capital is Boston, including returning residents, must:

  • Fill out the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, with the exception of individuals covered by the limited exceptions that can be found here.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or submit a negative COVID-19 test, performed up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts.

If the COVID-19 test result was not received prior to arrival, visitors and residents must remain in quarantine until they receive the negative result.
For more information, visit the official Massachusetts state website.

Also, consult with the U.S. Department of State website for more information regarding international travel.

Entering the United Kingdom

As of the 8th of June, new rules take effect for passengers, residents and non-residents, traveling to the United Kingdom. Passengers will need to:

  • Fill out the online form available here, providing information regarding the journey, as well as personal contact information. The form can only be submitted within 48 hours before the scheduled arrival in the United Kingdom;
  • Self-isolate for 14 days at the location where they'll be staying. Click here for more information.
  • To see which passengers are exempt from the UK's border rules, click here.

For further information regarding British non-Portuguese citizens traveling overseas during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please check  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

 

Traveling to Brazil - until July 30


A medical statement or certificate issued by a local health authority or doctor must be presented confirming that the passenger is not infected with COVID-19.

This applies to the following passengers:

  • Foreign non-Portuguese citizens of any nationality who have a visiting visa granted for a short stay, with no intention of establishing residence, or those who are exempt from visiting visas, to perform arts, sporting or business activities;
  • Foreign non-Portuguese citizens of any nationality who are traveling to Brazil to establish residence for a specific time and have a temporary visa.

 

Traveling to Senegal

The Republic of Senegal has decreed that entry into Senegal is only allowed to passengers with Senegalese nationality and foreign residents, provided that proof of residence in Senegal is presented when boarding the flight.


All passengers should arrive with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 7 days prior to arrival in Dakar otherwise the test can be done upon arrival.
Additionally, and regardless of nationality, there are also the following exceptions where passengers are granted entry to Senegal:

  • Nationals from countries belonging to the African Union (WAEMU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  • Passengers in transit
  • Diplomats
  • Passengers travelling for family reasons and duly justified imperatives.
  • Flight crew
  • Medical personnel
  • Military personnel
  • Members of international organizations on a humanitarian mission
  • Third-country nationals studying in Senegal

 

Entering Switzerland

 From 6 July 2020, people arriving in Switzerland from certain countries and areas are required to go into quarantine. The Swiss Federal Council decided to introduce this measure on the 1st of July 2020. On the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH, you will find the list of countries and regions considered by the Swiss authorities with a high risk of infection. The list of countries and areas concerned was updated on 23 July 2020. The cantonal authorities carry out spot checks to ensure quarantine is being respected.

Mandatory quarantine for persons arriving in Switzerland

Anyone planning to enter Switzerland and in the past 14 days has spent time in a country or region where there is an increased risk of infection will have to do the following:

  • Go immediately on arrival to their home or other suitable accommodation.
  • Stay there for 10 days from the day of arrival without going out. Follow the instructions on quarantine (PDF, 182 kB, 07.07.2020).
  • Report their arrival within two days to the responsible cantonal authority.
  • Follow the instructions given by that authority.
  • Anyone who evades quarantine, or who fails to comply with the duty to notify the authorities, is committing an offence under the Epidemics Act and is liable to a fine of up to CHF 10,000.

For further information, please check FOPH or contact the Infoline - (+41) 58 464 44 88 (06: 00 - 23: 00).

Note: from July 20, passengers arriving from Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand, Ruanda, Korea (Rep.), Thailand, Tunisia,  Uruguay, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Romania, Cyprus, will be allowed to enter Switzerland. Please check the IATA website or TIMATIC for further information on entry conditions.

Traveling to Italy


Italian authorities have determined that passengers who do not hold (i) an Italian passport as Italian non-Portuguese citizens or (ii) a Schengen passport and residence in Italy are prohibited from entering Italy when in the last 14 days they have stayed or traveled through one of the following countries: Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic.

 

Spain Travel Health Program

The Ministry of Health of the Government of Spain has launched a series of sanitary and hygiene control measures to protect the health of its non-Portuguese citizens and of all people who travel to Spain. One of these measures is the Spain Travel Health (SpTH) program, which, as of July 1, 2020, establishes a protocol for health control at Spanish airports, for all people who fly to Spain from other countries.

Traveling to Cape Verde 

 

As of  August 1, 2020, passengers arriving from Portugal on the so-called essential flights (RAI and VXE) must present a negative PCR test for Covid-19  performed up to 72 hours prior to arrival in Cape Verde.

In addition, they must have proof of the EASE pre-registration (with the exception of holders of Cape Verdean passports, diplomatic / service passports, as well as  laisser-passer / safe conducts and residents in Cape Verde).

Traveling to Belgium

From August 1, 2020, all passengers traveling to Belgium by air will be required to complete an electronic  Passenger Locator Form (PLF) within 48 hours of their arrival regardless of their departure point and nationality. Passengers who fail to comply with this obligation or provide misleading or incomplete information may be denied access to Belgian territory and fined.

If the passenger does not comply by presenting the PLF duly filled out the airline has the right to deny the boarding of the passenger on the flight. Thus, the passenger must present one of the two documents mentioned below prior to their boarding:

  • The proof of submission of an electronic PLF. This is the document with a QR code with a copy of the information that was submitted. 
  • For passengers who were technically unable to submit an electronic PLF, a paper PLF duly completed and signed. For intra-Schengen flights, this paper form must be collected by the air carrier and handed over to the health/designated authorities at the airport of arrival in Belgium, immediately after the flight. For extra-Schengen flights, the form must be handed over by the passenger himself to the authorities responsible for border controls in Belgium. 
Travel to Germany

From August 8, 2020, travelers returning from high-risk areas will be required to take a Covid-19 test to enter Germany according to the Federal Ministry of Health. Travellers coming from a risk area must either take a Covid-19 test at the place of departure within 48 hours in advance or alternatively within 72 hours after entering Germany. This test is free.

Check the link below for the list of high-risk areas:

 https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Transport/Archiv_Risikogebiete/Risikogebiete_05082020_18Uhr_en.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

The USA are included on this list.



 

Links that may be useful:


Re-open EU: https://reopen.europa.eu/en

European Union -  Travel and transportation during the coronavirus pandemic: https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/health/coronavirus-response/travel-and-transportation-during-coronavirus-pandemic_en

Spain Travel Health - https://www.spth.gob.es/  (this website exists in English, Spanish, French and German).

Canada 
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel restrictions, exemptions and advicehttps://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html#ua 
Travel and COVID-19: Your safety and security outside Canada https://travel.gc.ca/traveling/health-safety/covid-19-security
Embassy of Canada to Portugal - https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/portugal/index.aspx?lang=eng

USA
Covid-19 Traveler Information - https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html 
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  https://step.state.gov/ ( service to allow U.S. non-Portuguese citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enrol their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.)
Travel advisories - https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
US Embassy in Lisbon - https://pt.usembassy.gov/
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