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COVID-19 in Portugal

The Portuguese President of the Republic has renewed the new state of emergency, which will continue from March 16th until the 31st, date in which the government will reassess the current scenario.

The new State of emergency decreed, is in hopes of getting the situation under control and lower the number of cases and deaths. With the improvement and decrease in daily incidents and deaths, the government has put forth a plan to cautiously bring the lockdown we’ve been living in for the last two months to an end. This “opening” plan is to be done through various phases that begin on March 15th and will be carefully analysed, so that there is a lower chance of the scenario worsening once more.

  1. General Measures
  2. Phase 1 of Reopening , March 15th
  3. Phase 2 of Reopening, April 5th
  4. Phase 3 of Reopening, April 19th
  5. Phase 4 of Reopening, May 3rd
  6. Border control & Travel


  1. General Measures
  • Home office, whenever possible;
  • Curfew and remaining home until the 31st of March;
  • Opening hours:
    • 9 pm during the week;
    • 1pm at weekends and holidays or 19h for food retail;
  • It is not  permitted to circulate between municipalities on March 20th & 21st and from March 26th to the 3rd of April (Easter);
  1. Phase 1 of reopening | March 15th, the following will reopen and are allowed:
  • Nurseries, pre-school and elementary school (and ATLs for the same ages);
  • Door commerce (wicket);
  • Hairdressers, manicurists and similar businesses;
  • Bookstores, car trade and Real Estate mediation;
  • Libraries and archives.
  1. Phase 2 of Reopening: April 5th , the following will reopen and are allowed:
  • 2nd and 3rd cycles schools  (and ATLs for the same ages);
  • Social facilities in the area of disability;
  • Museums, monuments, palaces, art galleries and similar;
  • Stores up to 200 m2 with an open doorway to the outside street;.
  • Fairs and non-food markets (by municipal decision);
  • Restaurant and Coffee Terraces (max. 4 people per table);
  • Low Risk sports modalities;
  • Outdoor physical activity up to 4 people and gyms without group classes.
  1. Phase 3 of Reopening: April 19th , the following will reopen and are allowed:
  • High schools;
  • University;
  • Cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, show halls;
  • Citizen stores with presential customer service by appointment only;
  • All stores and shopping centres;
  • Restaurants, cafes and pastries (max. 4 people inside seating or 6 on terraces)until 10 pm or 1 pm at the weekendand holidays;
  • Medium risk sporting modalities
  • Outdoor physical activity up to 6 people and gyms without group classes;
  • External events with limited capacity;
  • Weddings and baptisms with a 25% limited capacity;
  1. Phase 4 of Reopening: May 3rd , the following will reopen and are allowed:
  • Restaurants, cafes and pastries (max. 6 people or 10 in terraces) with no time limit;
  • All sports modalities;
  • Outdoor physical activity and gyms;
  • Large outdoor events and indoor events with limited capacity;
  • Weddings and baptisms at a 50% capacity;
  1. Border Control and Travel:
    1. Which air connections to and from Portugal are allowed?
  • Air connections between Portugal and the following countries are authorized:
  • European Union associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland)
  • At this time, flights to and from the following countries are permitted:
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Spain
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Sweden
  • Australia
  • China
  • South Korea
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Hong Kong
  • Macao

Flights to and from the United Kingdom and to and from Brazil are suspended until further evaluation.

For the purposes of the recommendation, residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered residents of the European Union

          2.  What are the rules for passengers entering Portugal?

  • All passengers, whether national or foreign, who travel from countries outside the EU and the Schengen area: must present proof of test to COVID-19 at the time of departure, with a negative result, carried out in the last 72 hours.
  • Before departure traveling from EU countries and the Schengen area with an incidence rate of 500 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days (list below)have:
    • To present, on departure, proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR teste, carried out in the last 72 hours before departure;
    • fulfil isolation for 14 days in their own home or a place indicated by the Health Authorities, with the exception of passengers traveling on essential trips and whose layover in national territory does not exceed 48 hours;
      • Czechia
      • Slovakia
      • Slovenia
      • Estonia
      • Latvia

3. What if any of the passengers traveling from a country outside the European Union and the Schengen area have not been tested?

  • In the case of traveling without having a negative test to COVID-19, from countries outside the EU and the Schengen area, citizens:
    • Nationals, foreigners with legal residence in Portugal and diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal: must carry out the test on arrival, at the airport, and the cost of the test is the passenger's own
    • Foreigners: entry into Portugal is not permitted, supporting the company that transported you the cost of returning to the country of origin on the first flight and subject to payment of a fine, Airlines must warn all passengers that they cannot enter the country without taking the test, unless they are Portuguese or foreigners residing in Portugal.
    • If the national or foreign citizen with legal residence in Portugal does not want to perform the test at the airport, they are immediately notified by the Border Control Service to perform the test within 48 hours, bearing the costs themselves, and may also incur crimes of disobedience and the conscience spread of contagious disease.
    • If the person is only in Portugal to connect flights, it is not required to be tested, as long as the passenger remains in the airport at all times.


Know more about travels and border control here.

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