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Travel to Portugal in 2021

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Last updated November 27, 2021

Yes, Portugal is open to American tourists

On 15th June Portugal made the decision to reopen to US tourists and on August 31st reconfirmed that the country would continue to welcome travelers from the US, providing they have been fully vaccinated.

Entry Requirements

To enter Portugal, from 1st September US travelers will only be permitted to enter Portugal if they are fully vaccinated (two weeks after final dose) with any of the Covid-19 vaccines approved for use in the US AND have a negative PCR test taken in the last 72 hours, or Antigen test taken in the last 24 hours.

Antigen or PCR Testing for Returning Home

If you need to get tested for your journey home, whether it is required by the airline or for re-entry into the U.S. we will help you schedule that at the most convenient location possible, at the appropriate time. For re-entry to the US you need to have a negative result from a Covid-19 viral test up to 3 days before departure (not counting the day of departure, so for a flight at 1pm on a Friday, you could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after.) Since May 12 2021, the CDC have approved Antigen tests for travel. Antigen tests are quicker (results in 30 minutes, not 24 hours) and cheaper (around 1/3 the price or less) than PCR tests and often more readily available. If you are flying direct back to the US, the only test you’ll need is an Antigen test. If you are transferring in another country on the way back to the US other requirements may apply. We advise to check with the airline in this case.

General COVID-19 measures to be aware of

  • maintain physical distance (2 meters)
  • maintain hand hygiene and disinfection (we will provide a personal bottle of hand sanitiser to you upon arrival)
  • wearing protective masks is mandatory in all indoor spaces throughout the country (we will provide one disposable mask per day of your vacation)
  • These measures apply to everyone over the age of 10 on mainland Portugal and in the Azores, and over the age of 5 in Madeira and Porto Santo. You can be fined up to €100 if you breach the regulations.

Curfews and Movement Restrictions

There is no curfew in place.

Restaurants & Cafes

Restaurants, cafés, and pastry shops must close at 1 am, with admission until midnight. Restaurants and hotels require proof of vaccination, or a negative test.

Please note walk-ins are possible but we advise making reservations due to limited capacities. We are happy to make recommendations and help with reservations.

Sightseeing

Cultural facilities must close at 1 am, with admission until midnight. 50% capacity limit. If there is a site you are particularly interested in visiting, please let us know ahead of time so we can check for you.

Shops

All shops can open with no limitations.

Useful Links

US Embassy in Portugal’s Covid-19 Info Page (not frequently updated or inconsistent with current measures)
Portugal Passenger Locator Form

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