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Written on Sunday 30 May 2021

Updated 2nd September 2021.

The Portuguese Government announced changes to the Travel Order on 1st September 2021 for travellers from the U.K.

The existing order states that arrivals from South Africa, Brazil, India, Nepal  require a quarantine for 14 days and a negative TAAN test within the previous 72 hours or a Rapid Antigen Test within 48 hours. Quarantine will be either at home or in a place designated by the health authorities. 

Citizens, who are holders of the EU COVID Digital Certificate of Vaccination or recovery are exempt from quarantine.

With effect from Tuesday 7th September 2021 travellers from UK to Portugal will NOT need to be fully vaccinated to avoid quarantine. Instead, UK visitors will only need to show proof of a negative PCR antigen test to get into the country. This new rule will be in place until 16th September.

The measure also applies to passengers embarking and disembarking on cruise ships on the coast of Portugal mainland.

UK travellers, aged 12 and above, must show a valid PCR or antigen test certificate to airline check-in staff to board flights to Portugal. 

A PCR test must be taken 72 hours before departure, or an antigen test up to 48 hours before travel.

Children aged 11 or under are not required to present proof of a negative COVID test and do not have to be vaccinated.

Passengers are also required to complete the SEF form at this link and hand it in to SEF within three days of arrival

This latest order for travel also includes a list of countries and administrative regions whose epidemiological situation is in accordance with Council Recommendations (EU) 202/912 whose air travel to and from mainland Portugal is authorised, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. This includes Saudi Arabia, Canada, USA, Japan etc. More details of all the countries included in this list are detailed on the Safe Communities Portugal website. 

Before you travel:

ALL citizens who intend to travel to Portugal by air with the exception of children up to the age of 12 must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to or through Portugal. 

The test can be:

You must show your test certificate before you board your flight to Portugal. Your airline is likely to deny boarding if you cannot show this at check-in. Check with your airline before you travel.

For UK Nationals - Please check your passport and ensure that you have more than 6 months validity left on your passport. There has been an instance where a family where refused travel to another country in EU because  of an issued with one passport. Go to GOV.UK for more information.

All passengers need to complete an online passenger locator card before you arrive in Portugal. 

All passengers travelling to Portugal will be subject to health screening on arrival. If your temperature is 38ºc or over or you show signs of being unwell, you may be required to take a further RT-PCR COVID-19 test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.

As with air travellers it is a requirement that ALL arrivals have the ability to show a negative PCR test, if required.

Transiting Spain and France:

Please check the requirements for entering and transiting France and Spain on FCDO Travel Advice, before you travel.

As Europe begins to reopen, the restrictions in force will vary from country to country. Use this link to find information on each country for those travelling across Europe

Returning to UK:

Portugal remains on the AMBER the UK Government travel list announced on 26th August 2021 which means that:

On return to the UK travelers MUST also take a pre-departure test within 72 hours before you travel. For more details on where these tests can be taken then please check the Vendici PCR Blog.

Fully vaccinated travelers to Maderia may also present complete NHS vaccine certificates or the small NHS wallet cards as a condition of entry instead of a negative RT-PCR test.

Safe Travel in and across Portugal……

Measures are in place throughout Portugal to control the spread of the virus. You are required to observe the rules on social distancing when in public:

  • Keep a social distance of 2 meters
  • Use a face covering in enclosed spaces, and outdoors where a distance of 2m cannot be maintained
  • Wash your hands regularly

Your temperature can be taken on access to enclosed spaces, as determined by the health authorities.

In May 2021, the UK Government announced the first tentative steps to unlock international travel.
They introduced a Traffic Light System of RED, AMBER, GREEN countries which came into effect from Monday 17th May and is available to view on GOV.UK website.

Following further announcements in June arrivals into the U.K. were required to quarantine and were required to take PCR tests on Day 2 and Day 8. 

However, The U.K. Government announced on 28th July that with effect from Monday 2nd August passengers arriving from AMBER COUNTRIES who have been fully vaccinated in EU and USA will NOT have to quarantine on entering ENGLAND. An announcement for SCOTLAND, IRELAND and WALES is expected shortly.  

This means that passengers who are fully vaccinated in the EU arriving with vaccines authorised by EMA (European Medicines Agency) or FDA (Food and Drug Administration) United States of America will be able to travel in ENGLAND without having to quarantine or take a Day 8 test on arrival.  

Arrival from AMBER COUNTRIES, who have been fully vaccinated in EU and USA will still be required to complete a PRE-Departure Test before arrival into ENGLAND, alongside a PCR test on or before Day 2 after arrival.

Separate rules will continue to apply for those arriving from France.

Anyone vaccinated in the USA will need to provide proof of US residency.

ALL passengers MUST complete a passenger locator form.

Full details of the RED, AMBER, GREEN LIST countries can be found on GOV.UK along with details if travelling by ferry etc.

Before you travel therefore you must:

  • Complete a passenger locator form
  • Take a COVID-19 test
  • Book and pay for a Day 2 covid-19 test

These new regulations apply only to ENGLAND and we are awaiting updates from Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

All content is valid at date of publication and should only be used as a guide.

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