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Travel advice Portugal | Traveling in times of corona – What do you have to arrange?

The latest travel advice for Portugal | Summer is right around the corner and Portugal sounds like music to our ears! They don't ask crazy things at the moment and that makes travel to Portugal in corona time very accessible. In this article we give you clear information about the corona rules in Portugal, what you need to arrange in advance and what the most recent travel advice is.

Latest update: 07 July 2021 12:19 pm

Tip: Because the travel advice is constantly changing, we advise everyone to check for the latest travel news our Facebook page to follow. Then you can always quickly see when important changes occur while on the road.

Update July 7, 2021: Travel advice Algarve in Portugal back to orange. From July 8, the color code for the Algarve region will be orange. The color code for the Área Metropolitana de Lisboa/Greater Lisbon region is also orange. The color code is green for Madeira and yellow for the rest of Portugal. More information here.

Update June 23: Less nice news from the Dutch government… Due to the worrying delta variant, the travel advice for the Portuguese capital Lisbon Thursday 24 June orange?: only necessary trips. From then on, travelers from Lisbon will have to show a negative test when they travel back to the Netherlands and they will be quarantined upon arrival in the Netherlands. The rest of Portugal and the Azores and Madeira remain yellow. You can read more information about this in this news item.

Update June 18: It is prohibited to go to and from the area from June 18th to 15.00:21am on Monday June 6.00st Lisbon Metropolitan Area to travel. You are allowed to move within this area, which consists of 18 municipalities. It is also allowed to travel to and from Lisbon airport to another destination. You must be able to prove this, for example, with a hotel reservation that was made before June 18, 15.00 pm, or by showing your ticket. The 18 municipalities are: Alcochete, Almada, Barreiro, Amadora, Cascais, Lisboa, Loures, Mafra, Moita, Montijo, Odivelas, Oeiras, Palmela, Seixal, Sintra, Sesimbra, Setúbal and Vila Franca de Xira.

Update June 9, 2021: Portugal to color code YELLOW. If you travel to Portugal, you no longer need to be in (home) quarantine upon arrival. If you travel by plane, you will still need to submit a PCR test. There is no obligation to test before returning from Portugal to the Netherlands (including Madeira and the Azores) and you do not need to be in (home) quarantine. †source)

Update June 03, 2021: The so-called 'phase 4 relaxations' are still in effect. See update of 03 May 2021. In addition, the Ministry of Health in Portugal has prepared a handy visual overview of the current rules and restrictions, which can be seen below (in English).

– Since 1 May, the border between Portugal and Spain has been open to regular traffic – until now, however, this was limited to the 8 major border crossings. As of June 02, all border crossings with Spain will be open again for regular traffic.

Update 23 May 2021: If you travel to Portugal, you no longer need to be in (home) quarantine upon arrival. If you travel by plane, you will still need to submit a PCR test. There is no obligation to test before returning from Portugal to the Netherlands (including Madeira and the Azores) and you do not need to be in (home) quarantine.

Update 3 May 2021: Portugal has announced further easing. The land goes from phase 3 to phase 4, which means that more and more land is possible in the country. Below is an overview of the most recent rules and relaxation.

Opening hours:
– Restaurants and shows until 22.30 pm ;
– General Trade: on weekdays until 21.00 p.m. and on weekends and public holidays until 19.00 p.m.
– Restaurant in shopping centers : until 22.30 p.m. on weekdays and until 19.00 p.m. on weekends and public holidays;

Restaurants, cafes and patisseries are allowed to work with a limitation of a maximum of six people per table inside and ten people per table on the terraces.

Highlights update from Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • After a stay in Portugal or the Azores, you no longer have to quarantine in the Netherlands from 9 April 2021.
  • There is also no longer any obligation to test before you return to the Netherlands. These measures still apply to Madeira.
  • There is a test obligation for air travel from the Netherlands to Portugal.
  • Since 1 May, the border between Portugal and Spain has been open to regular traffic.
  • Anyone traveling overland does not have to show a mandatory PCR test.

Portugal entry restrictions

For travelers from 2 years old who come by plane from the Netherlands, it is mandatory to show a negative PCR test (taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure) to enter Portugal. As a traveler from the Netherlands you no longer have to go into (home) quarantine upon arrival in Portugal.

These measures apply to passengers from European Union countries with fewer than 500 cases of Covid-19 per 100.000 inhabitants. The Portuguese government maintains a list of countries to which this applies. The Netherlands is currently on this list. 

Depending on developments, flights to and from certain countries may be suspended and/or other measures may be taken. Keep a close eye on the information from your airline and the Portuguese government.

For an up-to-date and complete overview of measures, see the official website of the Portuguese government (information only in Portuguese) and follow the Facebook page of the Dutch embassy in Portugal.

General measures

Measures have been taken to keep the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) stable in Portugal. The most recent information with instructions and advice can be found on the website State of affairs Covid-19 (for information in English, click on the translate button at the top right of the screen). Follow the guidelines of the Portuguese government.

Different measures apply in Portugal than in the Netherlands. In Portugal, a distance rule of 2 meters applies and the use of mouth caps in closed places and outdoors is mandatory. In the open air this obligation applies if it is not possible to keep the distance of 2 meters advised by the authorities. The mouth mask obligation in the open air does not apply to children up to 10 years old, people who belong to the same household and people with a medical certificate.

The measures and sanctions that can be imposed after contracting a corona infection or contact with an infected person can differ greatly in Portugal from those in the Netherlands.

At the moment the state of emergency applies in Portugal (except for Madeira and the Azores). There are relaxations in the measures in different phases. There are relaxations in the measures in different phases. Depending on the situation in a municipality, these relaxations can be continued or reversed. Read carefully what the rules are in your municipality on the official website of the Portuguese government (information in Portuguese and English).

Azores and Madeira

Different measures apply to the archipelagos of Azores and Madeira than to the mainland. For a trip to the Azores and Madeira you must meet the following conditions:

You must show a document from a recognized health institute, which shows that you have taken a Corona test in the 72 hours before arrival, the result of which is negative.

Only on Madeira you can take a test at the airport if you have not been tested. You then have to wait for the results in your accommodation. You may only leave this after a negative test result. The authorities are trying to have the result available as soon as possible.

If the test result is positive, always follow the advice of the local health authorities. This also means that you may be required to go into isolation, your travel companions and/or family members may also be required to quarantine. Always contact the GGD in your place of residence in the Netherlands if you have tested positive.

In Madeira it is mandatory to wear a face mask in all public places and outdoors. This does not apply to children up to 6 years old and people who cannot put on or take off the mouth cap independently.  

In the Azores, local measures may differ per region. Look for an up-to-date overview on the local government website (information in Portuguese).

Vaccination proof and exceptions

For travel to Madeira only, persons with a vaccination certificate (document proving complete vaccination) and/or proof of recovery from COVID-19 not older than 90 days, are eligible for direct entry to the Autonomous Region of Madeira (without testing obligation) . You can register and add these documents before you leave via Madeira Traveler Registration.

General health situation

In general, the health situation in Portugal is comparable to that in the Netherlands. If you want to check if there are specifics for Portugal, check the website of the National Coordination Center for Traveler Advice.

Negative COVID-19 test result and home quarantine in the Netherlands

There is no longer a test obligation for return from Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores). After a stay in Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), you no longer have to quarantine when you return to the Netherlands.  

Land border with Spain

Since 1 May, the border between Portugal and Spain has been open to regular traffic. Recently our bloggers (vandemics) crossed the border with Spain with the camper, because wild camping in Portugal is no longer possible. For more information, see the Safe Communities website with information in English or the website about visiting Portugal.

Also read: Wild camping Portugal banned in 2021 | Campers move to Spain

Border crossings:

  • There are 8 permanent crossing points (24 hours a day), namely: Valença, Vila Verde da Raia, Quintanilha, Vilar Formoso, Marvão, Caia, Vila Verde and Castro Marim.
  • There are also 5 authorized crossing points on weekdays from 7.00am to 9.00am and from 18.00pm to 20.00pm, these are: Monção, Miranda do Douro, Termas de Monfortinho, Mourão and Barrancos.
  • The Rio de Onor crossing point is only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

For information, see the website Safe Communities with information in English or the website about visiting Portugal.

Test Locations in Portugal 

For more information about the test locations in Portugal, see the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (information in English). 

health situation

In general, the health situation in Portugal is comparable to that in the Netherlands. If you want to check if there are specifics for Portugal, check the website of the National Coordination Center for Traveler Advice.

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If you are planning to travel to Portugal this spring or summer, watch this beautiful video of Portugal's wild coastlines or read one of the blogs below. Click on the links to open the relevant travel blog or itinerary.

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Motorhome route through southwest Algarve | The ultimate #vanlife experience

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Motorhome route through southwest Algarve

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Motorhome route through eastern Alentejo

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RV Route through Eastern Algarve
RV Route through Eastern Algarve
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  • The border with Spain may be open, but to get there you have to drive through France and that country still needs a few forms and tests. This is not mentioned.

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