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Portugal travel advice

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:

  • mainland Portugal, including the autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks

From 4am on 15 January, direct flights from Portugal (including the autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores) to the UK are prohibited. Visitors who have been in or transited through Portugal (including the autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores) in the previous 10 days cannot enter the UK. British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in the UK from the autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores on or after 4am on 15 January will need to self-isolate along with their households on their return. British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in the UK from mainland Portugal will need to self-isolate along with their households on their return. Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Hauliers who have departed from or transited through Portugal in the last 10 days will not be subject to these measures.

From 1 January onwards people with residence rights include: holders of Indefinite Leave to Remain; holders of existing leave to enter or remain (i.e those with biometric Residence permits) or an entry clearance/visa that grants such leave e.g. students, workers, etc (excluding visit visas); holders of EU Settlement Scheme (“EUSS”) leave; those who have rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements (including returning residents with a right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers); family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Travel to Portugal is subject to entry restrictions

Travel to Portugal is limited to:

  • EU/EEA nationals and their family members;
  • UK and other non-EU/EEA nationals who are officially resident in Portugal or in another EU member state;
  • UK and other non-EU/EEA nationals who are travelling for essential purposes, see Entry requirements and Portuguese Immigration Service website.

You will be required to show a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS/COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of departure (not required for children aged 2 or under), see the Portuguese Immigration Service website. Your airline is likely to deny boarding if you cannot provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR test at check-in. Check with your airline before you travel. See Entry requirements for more information on the type of test you need.

In Madeira, you will be required to take an additional RT-PCR test 5 to 7 days after your initial test. From the day you arrive in Madeira until you receive the results of this additional test, you must remain in isolation

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Portugal, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into the EU for further information.

Around 2.5 million British nationals visited Portugal in 2019. Most visits are trouble-free.

There is an increased risk of forest fires during summer months and when the weather is hot and dry. See Forest fires

If you’re living in or moving to Portugal, read the Living in Portugal guide in addition to this travel advice.

Beware of street crime. Thieves tend to target money and passports so don’t keep them all in one place. See Crime

Walking the levadas (ancient irrigation channels) is a popular activity in Madeira, but the walks can be challenging if you are inexperienced.  See Madeira

Terrorist attacks in Portugal can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

You can contact the emergency services by calling 112.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

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