[Updated on 1 July]
Entry Requirements can vary greatly during the Covid-19 pandemic. We do our best to update these as new information is released, but please confirm travel eligibility with Government issued information here.
Entry Requirements for Travelers to Portugal
Depending on your country of origin, you may need a passport, visa or simply your national ID card to enter Portugal.
Traveling with a Passport
EU citizens within the Schengen area are able to enter the country simply by exhibiting their ID card – which is mandatory when flying, for example, but may not always be asked for when entering via land. Passports are of course valid as well, while no visa or return ticket is required.
International travelers (outside EU) must provide a valid passport with at least six months’ validity, as well as proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay. A return ticket is recommended but not compulsory.
Traveling with a Visa
European citizens do not need a visa to enter Portugal, however should their stay be longer than 90 days they will need to apply for a residence permit.
Citizens of non-EU countries mentioned in the table above do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days in any 180 day window if they are traveling with the purpose of visiting friends or family, for business reasons, or to attend cultural and sports events. If the purpose of travel is different, it is recommended to check with the respective embassies or consulates in order to obtain correct information.
Nationals of countries not mentioned above may be able to visit Portugal and other Schengen countries for up to 90 days. More detailed entry requirements can be checked here when planning your trip.
Traveling During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As the Coronavirus pandemic evolves, so do entry requirements for Portugal. The local government has implemented a series of public health measures to protect citizens and visitors alike.
A digital certificate with full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test is no longer required to enter Portugal! You can travel to Portugal without a test or proof of vaccination.
Covid-19 Rules in Portugal
Most COVID-19 restrictions in Portugal have been lifted. For mainland Portugal and the Azores, you ONLY need to wear a mask in public transport, taxis as well as when visiting nursing homes and health facilities. You do not need to wear a mask in restaurants, bars, shopping malls, etc.
In Madeira, the mask rules are slightly different. The use of a mask is mandatory for people over the age of 6 in the following scenarios:
- Health facilities and services, including pharmacies;
- In public transport, taxis and similar passenger transport;
- Platforms and covered access areas to public transport, including airports and maritime terminals;
- In confirmed cases of COVID-19, in all circumstances, whenever the person is out of the location of isolation, until the 10th day after the onset of symptoms or a positive test result.
According to an update by DGS on July 7 to norm 004/2020, here are the full Covid-19 isolation updates:
- People with asymptomatic infection or mild illness: 5 days
- People with asymptomatic infection or mild illness, hospitalize or in an elderly residence: 7 days
- People with moderate illness: 10 days
- People with serious illness: 20 days or 10 days with a negative rapid antigen test
- People with serious immunosuppression: case by case basis decided by medical professionals
It is also no longer necessary to quarantine after being in contact with someone with COVID. You do not need to provide an EU Covid Digital Certificate when entering a restaurant, club, or bar, meaning you no longer need a vaccine or test to enter these locations.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we advise you to always check with your embassy or consulate for advice on your trip. You will also find useful information here. SEF (Portuguese entity for borders control) also has up-to-date information we recommend checking before traveling, as well as this official European website.