Safe Communities Portugal (SCP) closely monitors (where we can) the various Decree Laws, which have been published during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sometimes these can be quite complex and difficult to understand, presenting a challenge when translating into English.

In order to assist people SCP has produced various FAQs which can be found on our page below.

However, where a more complete picture is required on the most general issues, SCP has been able to translate some of the shorter official Guides produced by Government, particularly those which are health related. These are there to help both businesses and individuals. We thank Jenny Byers a volunteer with SCP for undertaking most of this translation work

Some of those produced during the State of Emergency laws are no longer relevant as the laws have been revoked. Those below however came into effect during the Situation of Calamity law that came into effect on 3rd May 2020.


Portugal Government Vaccination Plan launched 3rd December  2020  (In Portuguese) Download here

Passenger Locator Card Guideline – For use by air passengers travelling to or returning to Portugal to enable the tracing persons and contacts of cases of COVID-19 that have travelled by air, in order to promptly interrupt any possible chains of transmission

Download guideline here

Download online form for completion before flying here


The following guide produced by DGS on 19th June provides a list of recommendations by sector of activity with reference to more detailed guides produced 

Download the Guide in Table format here


The following guide produced by DGS  (030/2020 updated 20th July is for operator and user of sporting and leisure facilities such as gyms, health clubs and swimming pools

Download DGS Guide in English here


The following guide are designed both for restaurant and customer and were effective from 18th May 2020

Information for Food Handlers HERE

DGS Guideline Restaurants 23-2020 English  HERE

Precautions to be taken in catering and beverage establishment HERE

Re-opening of Establishments FAQ DGS English HERE


New Guide – DGS Guide establishes standards for contact tracing 

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) has published a Standard on the tracing of contacts (identification, risk assessment and implementation of measures), which is one of the key elements for the early detection of cases and limiting the spread of COVID-19

Download the introduction only to the  guide here

Download full guide here


Recommendations Manual for Youth Associations and Youth De-Confinement For You- Covid 19,

These two publications produced by the National Federation of Youth Associations (FNAJ), are primarily aimed at those involved in the running of youth associations and provide the information for the safety of facilities , contingency planning and those who are attending such facilities. The second publication Youth De-confinement is a very useful as it provides information for younger people in the role their age groups play in prevent the spread of disease especially contact with those who are vulnerable

Download  Recommendations Manual for Youth Associations here in English

Download Youth De-confinement Manual here in English


Covid-19 Mitigation Phase – Recovery Guide 28th May 

This guide by DGS for includes cultural events and facilities, museums and cinemas. It is intended both for operators and users as well in terms of hygiene conditions and arrangements and social distancing to be applied in these facilities/events.

Download DGS Recovery Guide in English here 


Turismo de Portugal – Guide for Local Lodging (AL)

Download this guide in English here

Download in Portuguese here


This guide for beaches was now in effect from 6th June.

Summary Beaches PDG English HERE


This guide is specially for the use of public transport for passengers and for taxi/Uber drivers and passengers

DGS Guideline Public transport users (passengers) HERE


Guide Urban Rentals 6th April – 

Note: The President of the Republic enacted Monday 25th May a law that extends until September the regime that allows struggling housing tenants to use a loan to pay rent and non-housing to defer their payment. (publication awaited)

Guide to the Decree Law 4C 2020 in English covers delays in the payment of rent


Guide to the Use of Facemasks

Please note that since this guide was produced on 13th April it is now mandatory for those 10 years of age or over to wear Facemasks in indoor spaces such as supermarkets and also outdoors when social distancing can´t be secured, for examples in shoppingareas.

DGS Guide to the use of Facemasks


Guide for Tattoo parlours

This guide is for the hygiene standards to be adopted by operators of Tattoo parlours and those carrying out body piercings

DGS Guide for Tattoo parlours


Guide produced by DECO (an association of Consumer Rights in Portugal) entitled  Tourism and Leisure Guide in Times of Covid-19.

This covers a number of useful topics including tourist accommodation, cinemas, shows and festivals, and package tours etc.

Download the Guide Here


Guide on the Safe use of Golf Course produced by the Portuguese Golf Federation

Download from their website here



General Situation of Calamity Guide in three phases in table format issued 2nd May 2020

Table of Measures


For more information please refer to our FAQ page here.

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  • Interview with President of the Algarve Biomedical CentreDownload
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  • Tourism and Leisure Guide in EnglishDownload
  • DGS Standards for Contact Tracking Covid-19Download
  • DGS Guideline 015-2020 Contact TracingDownload
  • Document Youth Deconfinement in EnglishDownload
  • Recommendation Manuel for Youth Associations - Covid 19Download
  • Beaches table 3 pdfDownload
  • JOINT GUIDELINE. Passenger Locator CardDownload
  • DGS Guide 030-2020 Sporting facilities -UPDATEDownload
  • Portugal Government Vaccination PlanDownload
  • Disposal of Rubbish for those in Isolation DGS.Rev 1 docxDownload
  • National Food and Nutrition Strategy for the Portuguese Covid-19 Response.Download
  • Golf ACP State of Emergency until 30th January 2021Download
  • How to Stay at Home_INGLESDownload