UPDATE 31st May 2021
Order No. 5418-C / 2021
Summary: Extends permission for embarkation, disembarkation and licenses for the land of passengers and crews of cruise ships in ports located in mainland Portugal, with the exception of passengers whose origin or destination are countries for which only essential voyages are permitted .
1 – Extend the terms of paragraphs 2 to 7 of Dispatch no. 4957-B / 2021, of 14 May, published in the Diário da República, 2nd series, no. 94, 2nd supplement, of May 14, 2021. (see below update 15th May)
2 – The present order takes effect from 00:00 hours on May 31, 2021 and until 23:59 hours on June 14, 2021.
UPDATE 15th May 2021
Order No. 4957-B / 2021
Publication: Diário da República no. 94/2021, 2nd Supplement, Series II of 2021-05-14
Issuer: National Defence, Home Affairs, Health and Infrastructure and Housing – Offices of the Ministers of National Defence and Home Affairs, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing
Diploma Type: Dispatch
Part: C – Government and direct and indirect administration of the State
Number: 4957-B / 2021
Pages: 732- (5) to 732- (6)
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It allows the embarkation, disembarkation and licenses for the landing of passengers and crews of cruise ships in ports located in mainland Portugal, with the exception of passengers whose origin or destination are countries for which only essential voyages are allowed
Order No. 4957-B / 2021
Summary: Permits the embarkation, disembarkation and licenses for cruise passengers ‘and crews’ landing in ports located in mainland Portugal, with the exception of passengers whose origin or destination are countries for which only essential journeys are allowed.
The Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Internal Administration, the Minister of Health and the Deputy Secretary of State and Communications determined the prohibition of disembarkation and licenses for the landing of passengers and crews of cruise ships in national ports, through Order no. 5520-B / 2020, of May 14, published in the Diário da República, 2nd series, no. 94, 2nd supplement, of May 14, 2020, as of 00:00 hours of the day May 14, 2020 and until 00:00 hours on June 15, 2020.
This interdiction has been extended by successive orders from members of the Government of the governmental areas of national defence, internal administration, health and infrastructure and housing.
The aforementioned ban, as well as the subsequent extensions, were justified as measures to contain the possible contagion lines, in order to control the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 disease, and the epidemiological situation, both in Portugal and in most other countries, it is beginning to show signs of some control.
Through Order No. 4473-B / 2021, of 30 April, it was understood that it is necessary to authorize the docking of cruise ships in national ports for supply, maintenance and waiting (“in lay-up”), without being subject to the constraints previously applicable, maintaining, however, the disembarkation and land permits for passengers and crew.
However, cruise lines have developed contingency plans with the implementation of testing passengers, as well as the crew, which has allowed for some resumption of activity.
Thus, in the combined terms of paragraph 1 of article 18, paragraph 1 of article 19, paragraph 1 of article 27 and paragraph 1 of article 29, all of Decree-Law no. 169-B / 2019, of 3 December, in its current wording, and no. 5 of article 27 of the regime attached to the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 45-C / 2021, of April 30, in the wording conferred by Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 59-B / 2021, of May 14, the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Internal Administration, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing determine:
1 – Extend the term of Order No. 4473-B / 2021, from April 30, until 11:59 pm on May 16, 2021.
2 – Allow the embarkation, disembarkation and licenses for the landing of passengers and crews of cruise ships in ports located in mainland Portugal, with the exception of passengers whose origin or destination are countries for which only essential voyages are permitted, in the terms of paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 23 of the regime attached to the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 45-C / 2021, of 30 April, in the wording conferred by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 59- B / 2021, of May 14.
3 – For the purposes of the preceding paragraph, essential journeys are considered to be those that are carried out for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.
4 – Allow the embarkation, disembarkation and land licenses provided for in paragraph 1 exclusively upon presentation of proof of carrying out a molecular test by RT-PCR to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result, carried out in the previous 72 hours at the time of embarkation or disembarkation, as the case may be.
5 – The provisions of the preceding paragraph are not applicable to children who have not yet reached 24 months of age.
6 – Apply, with the necessary adaptations, the provisions of paragraphs 1 to 3 of article 25 of the regime annexed to the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 45-C / 2021, of April 30, in the wording conferred by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 59-B / 2021, of 14 May, to passengers and crew members who permanently disembark at ports located in mainland Portugal.
7 – The security forces and the SEF shall inspect the provisions of this order, with the identification data of passengers and crew members to which the provisions of the preceding paragraph apply, transmitted, as soon as possible, to the health authorities for compliance with the provisions of paragraph b) of no. 1 of article 3 of the regime attached to the Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 45-C / 2021, of April 30, in its current wording.
8 – The present order enters into force on the day following that of its publication.
9 – The provisions of paragraphs 2 to 7 of the present order take effect from 00:00 hours on May 17, 2021 and until 23:59 hours on May 30, 2021.
May 14, 2021. – The Minister of National Defence, João Titterington Gomes Cravinho. – The Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Arménio do Nascimento Cabrita. – The Minister of Health, Marta Alexandra Fartura Braga Feared by Almeida Simões. – The Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno de Oliveira Santos.
Article 27 Resolution of Council of Ministers – State of Calamity 45-C/2021 dated 30th April valid until 23.59 hrs 16th May 2021
Measures applicable to land and river borders
1 – Citizens who enter the national territory by land or river, coming from the countries included in the list provided for in paragraph 4 of article 25, must comply with a period of prophylactic isolation of 14 days, at home or in a place indicated by the health authorities.
2 – The provisions of the previous number are still applicable to citizens who, regardless of origin, have left South Africa, Brazil or India, in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Portugal.
3 – For the purposes of this article, mobile controls are instituted for vehicles for the collective transport of passengers, motorhomes and light vehicles, in order to inform citizens of the duties to which they are subject.
4 – The security forces and the SEF shall inspect the provisions of the preceding paragraphs, with the identification data of the citizens covered by this article being transmitted, as soon as possible, to the health authorities for compliance with the provisions of paragraph b). of article 3, citizens are responsible for completing the form on the travel.sef.pt platform.
The land border with Spain is now open for all traffic. However with regards to the situation in some countries regarding the high levels of Covid-19 infections, people arriving from some countries will need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
They are also required to complete the locator form and deliver to a SEF office within 72 hours of arrival in the country, which you can find here. https://travel.sef.pt/Forms/Form.aspx
People who arrive from the following countries are required to quarantine for 14 days at a place of their choosing or one chosen by the SEF.
Order 4473-D/2021 valid until 23.59 hrs 16th May 2021 states:
1 – To approve, in annex i to this order, which is an integral part, the list of third countries and, as well, of European countries with an incidence rate equal to or greater than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, drawn up based on information provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, from which only essential trips are permitted and whose passengers on flights and citizens traveling by land or river must comply, after entering mainland Portugal, a period of prophylactic isolation of 14 days, at home or in a location indicated by health authorities.
Annex i – South Africa, Brazil and India. (List updated 29th May 2021)
Spain’s state of alarm ended on May 9th, and while curfews and border closures will be abolished in most regions, there are still some restrictions in place. Read on to find out what the new rules will be in your region.
The use of masks will still be required in all regions.
Many of Catalonia’s rules will change from May 9th and will be in place until at least May 23rd. These include:
The de-escalation of restrictions in Andalusia will happen in three phases. The first phase will last until May 31st, the second phase from June 1st to June 21st and then after June 21st they hope to introduce a normalisation phase.
Minister of Justice Enrique López has explained that there will be no curfew in Madrid, “although the only thing you’re allowed to do after midnight is walk,” he said.
The new restrictions in the Balearics will remain in place until at least May 23rd.
Castilla y León
Castilla La Mancha
So far Castilla-La Mancha has only announced a few rule changes, however, the rest are still to be announced.
The following rules will stay in place in Navarra from May 9th until May 20th:
The borders of Extremadura already reopened on May 7th and on May 8th, the curfew is set at midnight.
Anyone travelling through Spain to France and beyond, before you arrive in France, you’ll need a negative Covid-19 test carried out no more than 72 hours before departure. This must be a PCR test, not one of the rapid-result antigen tests.
You will also need a completed travel certificate from the French authorities – the ‘Attestation’ – explaining the reason for travelling through the country. Like in Spain these are specific such as for work, medical appointments or imperative family-related responsibilities. Be prepared to show proof of your reason to travel as well.
For general information about the curfew in France go to this site. https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19
You must also complete a sworn health declaration, which you can find at the French Interior website here
There are different forms for those 11 years old and over and those under.
There is currently a curfew in France running from 7pm to 6am. If you intend to drive within these times then you will need to complete a Travel Exemption Certificate stating your reasons for travelling outside curfew hours.
You can find and download the certificate at the French Interior website here
It’s only available in French, but if you want something in English you can download the TousAntiCovid app on your phone and present this to the authorities instead. Failure to have a filled-out form, or breaking curfew for a non-authorised reason, can result in a €135 fine.
Shops, apart from large malls, are open in France, so you’ll be able to stop and buy food for your journey, however restaurants and cafés remain closed so if you want something more substantial, you’ll have to get a takeaway.
Some hotels remain open, so if you need to stop overnight along the way, this will be possible.
Masks are compulsory in all indoor public spaces in France, as well as in the street for 400 towns, which includes all of the larger French cities.
When you arrive at the ports, you may find limited ferry availability. P&O Ferries are currently running services between Dover and Calais, check their Twitter page for updates on schedules. Brittany Ferries are only running one weekly service between Cherbourg and Portsmouth for essential passenger travel and freight only. They will have an expanded timetable from the 6th June 2021. Before arrival in the UK you must fill out a passenger locator form here
You must also buy a travel testing package costing £210. This pays for you to get a Covid-19 test on day two and eight of quarantining. The test package must be booked before you start your journey. Full details can be found here
When you arrive at the UK border, you’ll be asked to show another negative PCR test, no older than three days and when you finally reach your destination, you’ll need to quarantine for a total of 10 days. For the moment, neither Spain nor France are on the UK’s ‘red list’ so you can quarantine at home.