Last updated: Tuesday 17th May at 9PM
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Portugal Travel Rules
Travelling to mainland Portugal
If you are flying to Madeira, Porto Santo or The Azores, please check the entry requirements here – they may be different.
Vaccinated and unvaccinated UK travellers
Fully vaccinated UK travellers can visit Portugal without quarantine or a Covid-19 test. See below for requirements for children and unvaccinated travellers.
Portugal travel rules for vaccinated travellers from UK
Before you travel to mainland Portugal
- Show proof of vaccination – Portugal accepts the NHS Covid Pass
- You no longer need to fill in a passenger locator form
To be recognised as fully vaccinated, you must have have had a full course of a recognised vaccine (e.g. 2 doses of a 2 dose vaccine or a combination of 2 vaccines) at least 14 days before you arrive. If your final dose was more than 270 days ago, you must also have had a booster at least 14 days before you arrive.
You will also be considered fully vaccinated if you caught COVID-19 after just one dose of a 2-dose vaccine, provided your vaccination certificate shows that you have completed your vaccination course after the administration of just one dose of the vaccine.
On arrival in Portugal
• You may be asked to show your proof of vaccination and health form
• Children aged 11 and under do not need to take a test or show proof of vaccination or recovery to enter mainland Portugal and the Azores.
• Children 12 and over must follow the same requirements as adults so please see the options for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers
If you’re not fully vaccinated, you’ll need to show proof of a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before boarding), a rapid lateral flow test (taken no more than 24 hours before boarding) or valid evidence of recent recovery from COVID-19 (see below) on departure to mainland Portugal. See information on getting a test before you travel
Make sure your test is carried out by a trained healthcare professional. Self-administered tests are not acceptable. If you take a rapid lateral flow test, check it meets the standards set out in the EU common list of Rapid Antigen Tests.
If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 in the last year, you can enter mainland Portugal with a COVID-19 recovery certificate showing you recovered from COVID-19, no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days before you travel. You will not need to take a test. You can use your UK COVID Pass to demonstrate proof of COVID-19 recovery when checking in for your flight.
If you’re not fully vaccinated and your airline allows you to travel to mainland Portugal without a negative test or valid recovery certificate, you will be denied entry on arrival unless you’re legally resident. If you are legally resident, you’ll be allowed to enter but you’ll have to take a test at the airport at your own expense and you will be fined a minimum of €300.
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Travelling back to the UK
Portugal is on the “Rest of World” list
All travellers entering the UK from a non-red list country no longer need to test, quarantine or fill in a passenger locator form. This includes children and unvaccinated travellers.
Before you travel to England
• You no longer need to fill in a passenger locator form
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