UPDATE 15th January 2021
Order No. 666-B / 2021
Summary: Extension of measures applicable to air traffic to and from mainland Portugal until 23.59 hrs 30th January 2021.
In Portuguese here

Extract:

1 – Authorize air traffic to and from mainland Portugal for all flights to and from countries that are part of the European Union, countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland).

2 – Authorize flights to and from countries and special administrative regions, whose epidemiological situation is in accordance with Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/2169, of 17 December 2020, regarding air connections with Portugal and included in the list in annexed to this order, of which it is an integral part, subject to confirmation of reciprocity in accordance with Annex I of the aforementioned Recommendation, as well as the entry into Portugal of residents in countries that appear on the list, whenever they have only carried out international transits or transfers in airports located in countries not listed there.

3 – Authorize air traffic to and from mainland Portugal for all flights to and from countries that are not part of the European Union or that are not countries associated with the Schengen Area, exclusively for essential trips, without prejudice to the provisions of the preceding paragraphs .

4 – For the purposes of the preceding paragraph, essential journeys are considered, under the terms referred to in Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912, of 30 June 2020, namely those designed to allow the transit or entry or exit of Portugal from:

a) Citizens of the European Union, nationals of States associated with the Schengen Area and members of their families, pursuant to Directive 2004/38 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 29 April 2004, and nationals of third countries with legal residence in a Member State of the European Union;

b) Third-country nationals traveling for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.

5 – Authorize flights to support the return of national citizens or holders of residence permits in mainland Portugal, as well as those of a humanitarian nature, which have been recognized by the competent services of the governmental area of ​​foreign affairs and by the competent authorities in matters of civil aviation , as well as, flights destined to allow the return to the respective countries of foreign citizens who are in mainland Portugal, provided that such flights are promoted by the competent authorities of those countries, subject to prior request and agreement, and in compliance with the principle of reciprocity.

6 – Passengers on flights referred to in paragraph 3, with the exception of children who have not completed 24 months of age, only board with presentation of proof of laboratory test (RT-PCR) for screening for infection by SARS-CoV- 2, with a negative result, performed within 72 hours prior to the moment of departure.

7 – National citizens and foreign citizens with legal residence in national territory and their families, as well as diplomats accredited in Portugal, who are passengers on flights under the terms of paragraphs 3 and 5 and who, in violation of the duty to present proof of conducting a laboratory test to screen for infection by SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result, under the terms of the previous paragraph, even so, proceed with the shipment, are forwarded by the competent authorities, upon arrival in national territory, to carry out the said test at own expenses, in a specific place inside the airport, in a service provided by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, SA, through health professionals qualified for this purpose, and this service may be subcontracted.

8 – Citizens who, exceptionally, disembark in violation of the duty to present proof of laboratory test for screening for infection by SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result, must carry out the test upon arrival in national territory at their own expense in a proper place inside the airport, under the terms of the previous number, and incurs the infraction provided for in paragraph 3 of article 3 of Decree-Law no. 28-B / 2020, of 26 June, in the current wording.

9 – Airlines that allow passengers to board without the test referred to in paragraph 6 incur non-compliance with the duties established in paragraph i) of article 2 of Decree-Law no. 28-B / 2020, of 26 June, in its current wording, and are the subject of an administrative offense as provided for in paragraph 2 of article 3 of the same law.

10 – The application of the fines provided for in the preceding paragraph before the departure of nationals and foreigners with legal residence in national territory and their family members under the terms of Directive 2004/38 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 29 April, is exceptional of 2004, and diplomats accredited in Portugal, without the test referred to in paragraph 6 on flights originating in Portuguese-speaking African countries and on flights to support the return of national citizens or holders of residence permits in mainland Portugal or of a humanitarian nature.

11 – Passengers referred to in paragraphs 7 and 8 wait in their own place inside the airport until notification of the negative result.

12 – Foreign citizens who embark without the test referred to in paragraph 6, or whose transit requires them to leave airport facilities, must be refused entry into national territory, the company being the subject of the administrative offense provided for in article 3. of Decree-Law no. 37-A / 2020, of 15 July.

13 – The health measures applicable to the countries referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 are reassessed according to the decisions taken by the respective countries.

14 – The interdictions resulting from this order are not applicable to State aircraft and the Armed Forces, to aircraft that integrate or will integrate the Special Rural Fire Fighting Device, to flights for the exclusive transportation of cargo and mail, of emergency medical and technical scales for non-commercial purposes.

15 – The Ministers of Internal Affairs and Health may adopt, by means of a joint order, specific health control measures that are necessary depending on the origin of the flights, in compliance with Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/2169, of 17 December 2020, and the assessment of the epidemiological situation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

16 – The present order takes effect from 00:00 on January 15, 2021 and until 23:59 on January 30, 2021, and may be revised at any time, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation.

ATTACHMENT
List of countries and special administrative regions referred to in paragraph 2
Countries
1 – Australia
2 – China
3 – South Korea
4 – Japan
5 – New Zealand
6 – Rwanda
7 – Singapore
8 – Thailand

Special Administrative Regions
1 – Hong Kong
2 – Macau

UPDATE 31st December Measures announced by Government

The Government extended, until January 15, 2021, the measures applicable to air traffic to and from Portugal, within the scope of measures to combat the disease COVID-19. Superseding Order No. 12202-A / 2020 – 15th December (Extract) below

Order No. 12727-B /2020 Extension of measures applied to air traffic to and from Portugal in English

In Portuguese: Order No. 12727-B / 2020

If you are planning to travel Also refer to Gov.UK Travel Advice Portugal here

The Announcement

The order, signed by the Ministers of State and Foreign Affairs, National Defence, Home Affairs, Health and Infrastructure and Housing, introduces the following changes, in relation to the previous ones:

The United Kingdom will be considered a “third country” from 1 January and, as such, is covered by the rules foreseen for these countries, allowing only essential trips for professional, study, family reunion, reasons health or humanitarian, in addition to, of course, travel by EU nationals, nationals of States associated with the Schengen Area and members of their families, and third-country nationals legally resident in Portugal;

The children up to 24 months of age are exempted from the obligation of carrying out the laboratory test for screening of infection by SARS-CoV-2, according to the technical recommendations of the European Union agencies.

NOTE: To clarify the above “family reunion” the British Embassy Lisbon have clarified this as “to live with immediate family members,”.

The measures adopted previously are also recorded:

  • Passengers to and from Portugal on all flights to and from countries that are not part of the European Union or that are not countries associated with the Schengen Area, must present, before boarding, proof of laboratory testing (RT- PCR) for screening for SARS-CoV-2 infection, with a negative result, performed within 72 hours prior to the moment of embarkation;
  • The citizens who violate the duty to present proof test performing with negative results, are forwarded by the competent authorities on arrival in the country, for the realization of this test at their own expense, on – site inside the airport service available by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, SA, through qualified health professionals;
  • The citizens who refuse the test upon arrival in the country are immediately notified by the Foreigners and Borders Service to carry out the same within 48 hours, at their own expense and that may incur the crimes of disobedience and disease spread contagious, the health authorities and the territorially competent security force in your area of ​​residence are informed of this notification;
  • Citizens and the airline company should keep in mind that the rule is to have proof of testing and, with a negative result, done at the origin. The possibility of carrying out a test on arrival aims to ensure that no national citizen or resident in Portugal is prevented from entering the country;
  • The fines to airlines that allow the boarding of any citizen, even a national or resident in Portugal, remain without the negative test with 72 hours. The only exception to the application of this fine refers to the boarding of nationals or residents in Portugal of flights originating in Portuguese speaking African countries and on flights to support the return of nationals or holders of residence permits in Portugal or humanitarian nature;
  • Air traffic for all flights to and from countries belonging to the European Union and countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) remains authorized ;
  • Flights to and from special administrative countries and regions with an epidemiological situation are also permitted in accordance with Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1551 of 22 October 2020: Australia, China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, Uruguay, Hong Kong and Macau.

UPDATE 21st December Travel to and from UK

Order No. 12344/2020
Publication: Diário da República No. 245-A / 2020, Series II of 2020-12-20
Issuer: Foreign Affairs, National Defence, Home Affairs, Health and Infrastructure and Housing – Offices of the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, 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 State administration
Number: 12344/2020
Pages: 3 – 4
PDF version: Download
SUMMARY
Adopts measures to strengthen the control of the movement of passengers from the United Kingdom in order to prevent the spread of the new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
TEXT
Order No. 12344/2020

Summary:
It adopts measures to strengthen the control of the movement of passengers from the United Kingdom in order to prevent the spread of the new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Through Order no. 12202-A / 2020, of 14 December, published in the Diário da República, 2nd series, no. 242, of 15 December 2020, an extension was made, until 11:59 pm of December 31, 2020, of the measures applicable to air traffic to and from Portugal, within the scope of the declared state of emergency and currently in force.

Accordingly, air traffic to and from Portugal for all flights to and from the United Kingdom is authorized, under the terms of the Exit Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom, without being subject to any restrictive measure or another specific health control measure.

However, very recently, a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been identified in the United Kingdom, with multiple mutations, the preliminary data of which suggest greater transmissibility, and as recommended by the World Health Organization, measures to reinforce the control of the movement of passengers from that country, given the close relations maintained and the presence of important Portuguese communities.

In this way, through the present order , the necessary measures are adopted with a view to limiting, now, the possibilities of spreading the aforementioned variant of the new coronavirus, in line with what has been applied by other European countries.

Thus, in the conjugated terms of article 21 of Decree no. 11/2020, of December 6, of no. 1 of article 18, no. 1 of article 19, no. 1 of article 27 and of article 29 of Decree-Law no. 169-B / 2019, of 3 December, in its current wording, no. 2 of article 33 of Law no. 27/2006, of July 3, in its current wording, and of article 17 of Law no. 81/2009, of August 21, in its current wording, the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Internal Administration, the Minister of Health and the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, determine:

1 – On flights from the United Kingdom, to allow entry into Portuguese national territory for only Portuguese nationals or holders of (and members of their families) Portuguese residency permits, as well as diplomatic staff posted in Portugal.

2 – To ensure that, for the purposes of Article 21 of Decree No. 11/2020 of 6 December, the United Kingdom is included in the list of countries of origin, for which the boarding of passengers is subject to the presentation of proof of laboratory test (RT -PCR) for screening for SARS CoV -2 infection, carried out within 72 hours prior to the time of boarding and with a negative result, such that the provisions of that Article apply and will apply also in any other that replaces it with the same objective.

3 – Portuguese nationals and foreign citizens legally resident in Portugal, and their family members, as well as diplomatic staff based in Portugal, who are passengers on the flights referred to in 1. above and who, exceptionally, do not carry proof of laboratory testing for SARS -CoV infection with a negative result, under the terms of the previous paragraph, will upon arrival in Portugal be sent by the competent authorities, to carry out the said test at their own expense, at the designated place for this service provided by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S. A , within the airport and carried out by qualified health professionals.

4 – Citizens who have to carry out the test referred to in the previous paragraph, will be compulsorily subjected to isolation at their home or, if not possible, elsewhere defined by the competent health authorities, while waiting for the result.

5 – Airlines that allow the boarding of citizens referred to in paragraph 1 without the test referred to in paragraph 2 incur non-compliance with the duties established in paragraph i) of article 2 of Decree-Law no. 28- B / 2020, of June 26, in its current wording, and are subject to a process of administrative offense as provided for in paragraph 2 of article 3 of the same law.

6 – The provisions of the preceding paragraphs do not apply to State aircraft and the Armed Forces, flights for the exclusive transportation of cargo and mail, medical emergency and technical stopovers for non-commercial purposes.

7 – This order has a special character and prevails over the regime provided for in Order no. 12202-A / 2020, of December 14, published in the Diário da República, 2nd series, no. 242, of December 15 2020.

8 – The present order takes effect from 00:00 am on December 21, 2020 and is effective until 23:59 pm on December 31, 2020.

December 20, 2020. – The Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Augusto Ernesto Santos Silva. – The Minister of National Defense, João Titterington Gomes Cravinho. – The Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Arménio do Nascimento Cabrita. – The Minister of Health, Marta Alexandra Fartura Braga Temido de Almeida Simões. – The Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno de Oliveira Santos.

IATA International air travel information

In connection with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, IATA have published a list of travel restrictions in various countries which may affect your travel arrangements. If any new travel restrictions will be imposed, IATA ensures the list is updated accordingly.

The full latest list of countries can be download from IATA here.

Travellers to/from UK should always check with their travel provider direct or GOV. UK Travel advice Portugal for the latest information and support

Ferries UK, https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/information/coronavirus

Official travel Advice with restrictions to Portugal from the following countries
Australia
Belgium
Canada
France
Germany
Ireland
Netherlands
Norway
Sweden
USA

Flights to and from Portugal Live Departure and Arrivals

The schedule of the arrival and departure of international flights at Portuguese airports can be found from the websites of the airports concerned (live updates) as follows:
Lisbon
Faro
Porto
Madeira

Travel to and from Portugal including Madeira and Azores
Travel within Portuguese territory / Border restriction
There are no specific restrictions on cross land borders, between Portugal and Spain.

Trips to the Azores and Madeira Islands
Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours before embarkation or they will be able to take it upon arrival. More information at www.visitmadeira.pt and Madeira safe to discover

Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained;
3. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
If the stay is longer than seven days, on the 6th day from the date SARS-CoV-2 first test was performed, the passenger must contact the health services of the county where is staying so that a second test can be performed.
More information at https://covid19.azores.gov.pt

Latest News:

Order No. 122o02 B/2020 dtd 15th December 2020
Summary: Extension of the ban on disembarkation and land permits for passengers and crews of cruise ships in national ports.
2 – The present order takes effect from 00:01 hours on 16th December until 23:59 hours on 31st December, 2020, and the interdiction now extended may be subject to a new extension, depending on the evolution epidemiological situation in Portugal.
In Portuguese here

Air traffic to and from Portugal
National Defence and Internal Administration, of the Minister of Health and the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing

Order No. 12202-A / 2020 – 15th December (Extract)

1 – Authorize air traffic to and from Portugal for all flights to and from countries that are part of the European Union, countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland) and the United Kingdom under the terms of Withdrawal agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

2 – Authorize flights to and from countries and special administrative regions, whose epidemiological situation is in accordance with Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1551, of 22 October 2020, regarding air connections with Portugal and included in the list in annexed to this order, of which it is an integral part, subject to confirmation of reciprocity in accordance with Annex I of the aforementioned Recommendation, as well as the entry into Portugal of residents in countries that appear on the list, whenever they have only carried out international transits or transfers in airports located in countries not listed there.

3 – Authorize air traffic to and from Portugal for all flights to and from countries that are not part of the European Union or that are not countries associated with the Schengen Area, exclusively for essential trips, without prejudice to the provisions of the preceding paragraphs.

4 – For the purposes of the preceding paragraph, essential journeys are considered, under the terms referred to in Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1551, of October 22, 2020, namely those designed to allow the transit or entry or exit of Portugal from:

a) Citizens of the European Union, nationals of States associated with the Schengen Area and members of their families, pursuant to Directive 2004/38 / EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 29 April 2004, and nationals of third countries with legal residence in a Member State of the European Union;

b) Third-country nationals traveling for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.

5 – Authorize flights to support the return of national citizens or holders of residence permits in Portugal, as well as of a humanitarian nature, which have been recognized by the competent services in the area of ​​government of foreign affairs and by the competent authorities in matters of civil aviation, and, well, flights destined to allow the return to the respective countries of foreign citizens who are in Portugal, provided that such flights are promoted by the competent authorities of those countries, subject to prior request and agreement, and in compliance with the principle of reciprocity.

6 – Passengers on flights referred to in paragraph 3, with the exception of passengers in transit who do not have to leave airport facilities, must present, before boarding, proof of laboratory testing (RT-PCR) for screening the SARS-CoV-2 infection, with a negative result, performed within 72 hours prior to the time of embarkation, without which they will not be able to embark.

7 – National citizens and foreign citizens with legal residence in national territory and their family members, as well as diplomatic personnel placed in Portugal, who are passengers on flights under the terms of paragraphs 3 or 5 and who, exceptionally, are not carriers of proof of carrying out a laboratory test for screening for infection by SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result, under the terms of the previous number, are forwarded by the competent authorities, upon arrival in national territory, to carry out the said test at their own expense, at a location inside the airport in service provided by ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, SA, through health professionals qualified for this purpose, and this service may be subcontracted,except if they immediately proceed to other national airports where the control and carrying out of these tests is mandatory, on arrival.

8 – Citizens who refuse to carry out the test on arrival in national territory, under the terms of the previous number, are immediately notified by the Aliens and Borders Service to carry out the test within 48 hours, at their own expense, and that they may incur crimes of disobedience and the spread of contagious disease, with this notification being informed to health authorities and the territorially competent security force in their area of ​​residence.

9 – Airlines that allow national or foreign citizens to board without the test referred to in paragraph 6 incur non-compliance with the duties established in paragraph i) of article 2 of Decree-Law no. 28-B / 2020 , of June 26, as amended by Decree-Law no. 37-A / 2020, of July 15, and are subject to an administrative offense as provided for in paragraph 2 of article 3 of the same law.

10 – The application of the fines provided for in the preceding paragraph on the boarding of nationals and foreigners with legal residence in the national territory without the test referred to in paragraph 6 on flights originating in Portuguese-speaking African countries and on flights support for the return of national citizens or holders of a residence permit in Portugal or of a humanitarian nature.

11 – Passengers referred to in paragraphs 7 and 8 must remain in the residence or accommodation indicated by them until the notification of the negative result, under penalty of incurring a crime of spreading contagious disease.

12 – Foreign citizens who embark without the test referred to in paragraph 6, or whose transit requires them to abandon airport facilities, must be refused entry into national territory, the company being the subject of the administrative offense provided for in article 3. of Decree-Law no. 37-A / 2020, of 15 July.

13 – The health measures applicable to the countries referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 are reassessed according to the decisions taken by the respective countries.

14 – The interdictions resulting from this order are not applicable to State aircraft and the Armed Forces, to aircraft that integrate or will integrate the Special Rural Fire Fighting Device, to flights for the exclusive transportation of cargo and mail, of emergency medical and technical scales for non-commercial purposes.

15 – The Ministers of Internal Affairs and Health may adopt, by means of a joint order, specific health control measures that are necessary depending on the origin of the flights, in compliance with Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1551, of 22 October 2020, and the assessment of the epidemiological situation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

16 – The present order takes effect from 00:00 am on December 16, 2020 and until 11:59 pm on December 31, 2020, and may be revised at any time, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation.

ATTACHMENT

List of countries and special administrative regions referred to in paragraph 2

Countries
1 – Australia
2 – China

South Korea
4 – Japan
5 – New Zealand
6 – Rwanda
7 – Singapore
8 – Thailand
9 – Uruguay

Special Administrative Regions
1 – Hong Kong
2 – Macau

International Travel

GENERAL MEASURES

To help find the Information that you may require we have created two specific pages, which includes the latest legislation:

Air Travel 

This covers the laws concerning travel to and from Portugal to countries within the EU as well as others Please refer to the tab to the right 

Land and Sea Travel 

This covers Portugal’s land border with Spain as well as sea travel including that between the UK and Spain. Please refer to the tab on the right 

There are people who are allowed to travel between Portugal and the UK crossing through Spain and France. It is important to know the restrictions and they can be found on the same page.

IATA International air travel information

In connection with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, IATA have published a list of travel restrictions in various countries which may affect your travel arrangements. If any new travel restrictions will be imposed, IATA ensures the list is updated accordingly.

The full latest list of countries can be download from IATA here.

Travellers to/from UK should always check with their travel provider direct or GOV. UK Travel advice Portugal for the latest information and support

Ferries UK, https://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/information/coronavirus

Official travel Advice with restrictions to Portugal from the following countries

Flights to and from Portugal Live Departure and Arrivals
The schedule of the arrival and departure of international flights at Portuguese airports can be found from the websites of the airports concerned (live updates) as follows:
Lisbon
Faro
Porto
Madeira

EU COVID Digital Certificate
Update 25th June 2021
 
Decree 54-A/2021 implements in the internal legal order Regulation (EU) 2021/953 on the EU COVID Digital Certificate
 
 
 
In accordance with DGS guidance, the EU COVID Digital Certificate will be free and issued in Portuguese and English, and may, at this stage, be requested by national and foreign citizens, residing in Portugal and who are holders of the User Number of the National Health Service.
 
Digital Covid certificate will eventually help people travel in and around Europe easily is now available to be downloaded on the SNS24 site.
 
It comes into effect on 1st July 2021
 
Here is what to do:
 
Go to SNS24.gov.pt (link below)  Press Access. This opens to a new page which offers three different options. They are for those who have been vaccinated, For those who have taken a test and for those who have recovered from Covid 19.
 
Once you click on one of the three options you need to fill in your date of birth, your Utente Number and then consent to the DGS using your data.
Click the submit button.
 
In a few minutes you will receive a text message with a code which you will then need to put into the document. Once you submit this you will receive by email your certificate which you can download to your mobile Phone.
 
Access the SNS 24 Portal and download the certificate here