During the outbreak of pneumonia by the new Coronavirus – COVID-19 the Portuguese government has been taking all necessary public health measures to protect the entire population, and is currently in the 3rd phase of the reopening plan, which started in may. The analysis of the evolution of the outbreak is constant and implementation of new measures will be carried out whenever necessary.
In order to prevent the spread of the virus and the possibility of contagion, all services should take hygiene and sanitisation measures according to the indications of the Directorate-General for Health, with specific measures for various sectors of activity.
General behaviour guidelines were enacted, in which all people must adopt a social distance (2 meters) and the use of face masks is mandatory in public transport and services, shops and supermarkets, in closed spaces or in places with many people.
Travel within Portuguese territory / Border restriction
There are no specific restrictions on mobility within the Portuguese territory, but social distancing rules and the use of face masks should always be observed.
On the land border, document control will continue until 30th June, maintaining the right of national citizens, holders of residence or work permits to enter the country. The movement of goods and merchandise is permitted, as well as emergency vehicles.
It will not be necessary to be quarantined (see below, the exceptions for the archipelagos of Madeira and Azores) and you can move freely throughout the country.
Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago will be subject to a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival, except in the case of presenting a negative test to COVID-19 up to 72 hours before the time of arrival.
As of July 1, it is expected that the mandatory quarantine will be eliminated, but passengers will have to present a negative test carried out within 72 hours before disembarkation or they will be able to take it upon arrival. More information at www.visitmadeira.pt
Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained;
3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose;
4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
More information at https://covid19.azores.gov.pt
Border restriction: Since March 16, tourist circulation and leisure trips between Spain and Portugal have been suspended. The movement of goods and merchandise is permitted only by land. The Spain-Portugal border will instead be opened on 1 July.
Embarkation and disembarkation of tourism cruises: Passenger boarding and disembarkation at Portuguese ports was banned, except for resident passengers.
The European Commission launched an online platform – Re-Open EU with real-time information on borders, means of transport and tourist services in the Member States.
This site answers questions about travel restrictions, public health and safety measures, based on practical information provided by the countries of the European Union (EU). Here you can see the measures and restrictions in Portugal.