Entering Portugal

Written By Francesca Pisanu

Entry Requirements can vary greatly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please confirm travel eligibility with Government issued information here.

Entry Requirements for Travelers to Portugal


Passport Required Return Ticket Required Visa Required
EU See below No No
USA Yes Yes No
Canada Yes Yes No
Australia Yes Yes No
UK Yes Yes No

Depending on your country of origin, you may need a passport, visa or simply your national ID card to enter Portugal.


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.


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 travelling 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.


As the Coronavirus pandemic evolves, so do entry requirements to Portugal. The local government has implemented a series of public health measures to protect citizens and visitors alike.

Entering Portugal by air

Both essential and non-essential travel to mainland Portugal is now allowed. Citizens of countries mentioned in the table above would need to provide:

a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72h prior to boarding, or

a rapid antigen test 48h prior to boarding, or

a valid EUDCC (European COVID Digital Certificate)

Children under 12 are exempt from testing.

All passengers must also fill in a Passenger Locator Card before departure or on board.

Visitors travelling to the Azores and Madeira will need to observe slightly different requirements to mainland Portugal, such as observing a period of self isolation or getting tested on arrival. Please check essential requirements for the Azores here and here for Madeira.

Entering Portugal by land

There are no restrictions at the moment.

Entering Portugal by sea

Same rules and restrictions as arriving by plane apply.


Remember you are required to wear a face mask when travelling by public transport in Portugal as well as in indoor spaces such as concert halls and large shopping facilities.

You will be asked to provide a valid EU Covid Digital Certificate when attending a major event (sport or culture related), when entering bars and clubs and when you visit a healthcare facility.

The information we provide is accurate at the time of writing. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we advise to always check with your embassy or consulate for advice relevant to 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 travelling, as well as this official European website.

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