International Travel

IATA International air travel information

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

 

Flights to and from Portugal

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

 


 

Informal Translation into English for information purposes only

Order No. 6948-A / 2020

Publication: Diário da República no. 129/2020, 1st Supplement, Series II of 2020-07-06

 Issuer: Infrastructure and Housing – Office of the Assistant Secretary of State and Communications

 Diploma Type:Dispatch

 Part: C – Government and direct and indirect State administration

 Number: 6948-A / 2020

 Pages: 357- (2) to 357- (3)

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Original Portuguese version here

 

SUMMARY

Determines temperature control and tests for COVID-19 at airports

 

TEXT

Order No. 6948-A / 2020

Summary: Determines the performance of temperature control and tests to COVID-19 at airports.

Conducting temperature control and testing of COVID-19 at airports

The epidemiological situation has evolved differently in several countries and the measures related to air traffic and the circulation and control of passengers at airports have been adapted to this evolution, according to the risk analysis of the origin of flights and measures taken by the European Union.

Order No. 6756-C / 2020, of 30 June, signed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, National Defense and Home Affairs and by the Assistant Secretary of State and Communications, determined in its paragraph 5, the the obligation for passengers on flights originating in Portuguese-speaking countries or the United States (referred to in paragraph 3 of that Order) to submit tests to COVID-19 with a negative result, upon departure, under penalty of being refused entry into national territory.

In addition, it determined in its paragraph 6, that «National citizens and foreign citizens with legal residence in national territory who, exceptionally, do not have proof of the COVID-19 test, with a negative result, pursuant to paragraph 5 , are immediately forwarded by the competent security authorities to carry out the said test at their own expense. ”

It is therefore important to ensure that Portuguese airports ensure the logistical conditions, the segregation of passenger flows and the availability of the testing service on arrival, preventing the entry and circulation of untested passengers from risky countries or at-risk regions in Portugal epidemiological – countries that are periodically defined by the Directorate-General for Health – in order to minimize the risk of new outbreaks of contagion in Portugal.

In addition, regardless of the mandatory testing at departure, it is important to maintain temperature control for passengers arriving in Portugal, as a means of general prevention, complementary for those who carried out the test and primary for passengers on flights from countries where the analysis epidemiological risk did not determine the requirement for testing at the outset.

Thus, I determine the following:

1 – ANA, SA, at the Portuguese international airports that it manages, must continue to carry out infrared temperature screening for all passengers arriving in Portugal.

2 – Passengers who are detected with a relevant fever, as defined by the Directorate-General for Health, should be immediately directed to a dedicated and private space, where they will be subjected to a second fever screening. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subjected to a molecular test RT-PCR to COVID-19 on site or the INEM will be called. Monitoring of infrared fever control and the second screening – carried out by qualified health professionals – will be the responsibility of ANA, SA, which may subcontract the service.

3 – Passengers detected with fever or subjected to the RT-PCR molecular test to COVID-19 under the terms of the previous number may leave the airport, after providing the contact details and will remain confined to their home destinations, until they receive the negative results of the RT-PCR molecular test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these cases.

4 – Airlines that operate from sources that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health and those that operate from Portuguese-speaking countries and the United States, as established in paragraph 5 of Joint Order No. 6756-C / 2020, of 30 June, non-Portuguese passengers or non-residents of Portugal, destined for Portugal, who do not present proof of carrying out a RT-PCR molecular test with negative result to COVID-19, in the 72 hours before the flight.

5 – If, despite the prohibition provided for in the previous paragraph, passengers are shipped without proof of having performed the RT-PCR molecular test with a negative result, they will be subjected to the RT-PCR molecular test on arrival in Portugal, at their own expense, companies must notify all passengers that – with the exception of the Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal – entry into Portugal will not be authorized without submission to the RT-PCR molecular test. In addition, the companies concerned, immediately after check-in, must inform the airport of arrival, of the number of passengers who boarded without proof of completion of the RT-PCR molecular test.

6 – Passengers traveling without a RT-PCR molecular test will be immediately subjected to tests at the airport and – except if they are Portuguese or foreign citizens residing in Portugal – cannot enter Portugal if they refuse to do so, supporting the company that o carried the cost of returning to the country of origin on the first flight.

7 – The tests referred to in the previous number will be carried out and made available by ANA, SA, through qualified health professionals, and this service may be subcontracted, and people should wait for the results of the tests confined in their residence destinations, making available the data of contact, following the rules of the Directorate-General for Health.

8 – Companies that violate the prohibition of not boarding passengers that are not Portuguese or residing in Portugal, without tests with negative results will be subject to a fine, which will be instituted under the legal terms, in the amount of 1000 (euro), per passenger without test molecular RT-PCR. Urgent and urgent cases, duly substantiated, may be excused. The infraction will be communicated to ANAC, which will instruct the respective infraction process and apply the fines and assess the exceptional circumstances that may be mitigating. The proceeds of the fines will be allocated to the reimbursement of costs that ANA, SA may incur in carrying out tests on arrival and temperature control. For this purpose, ANA, SA, will present the respective costs to ANAC on a monthly basis, which will make the payment within fifteen days.

9 – This Order applies to Portuguese airports managed by ANA, SA, with the exception of Madeira and Azores airports, and comes into force as of 00:00 on July 4, with the testing service arriving at airports be made available as soon as possible and no later than 8 July.

July 3, 2020. – The Assistant Secretary of State and Communications, Alberto Afonso Souto de Miranda.

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Travel outside of EU

Updated 1st July Flights to and from Portugal outside of the EU

Order No. 6756-C / 2020

Publication: Diário da República no. 125/2020, 4th Supplement, Series II of 2020-06-30

 Issuer: Foreign Affairs, National Defense, Home Affairs, Health and Infrastructure and Housing – Offices of the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, the Ministers of National Defense and Home Affairs, the Minister of Health and the Assistant Secretary of State and Communications

 Diploma Type: Dispatch

 Part:C – Government and direct and indirect State administration

 Number: 6756-C / 2020

 Pages:219- (2) to 219- (3)

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Informal translation into English for Information purposes below

Original in Portuguese with legal value

 

SUMMARY

Extension of air traffic restrictive measures to and from Portugal, with certain exceptions

TEXT

Order No. 6756-C / 2020

Summary: Extension of restrictive air traffic measures to and from Portugal, with certain exceptions.

In the context of the epidemiological situation caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the exceptional measures adopted to deal with the disease COVID-19, the ban on air traffic to and from Portugal from April 17, 2020 was determined. all flights to and from countries outside the European Union, with certain exceptions, through Order No. 3427-A / 2020, published in the Diário da República, 2nd series, 1st supplement, no. 55 , of March 18, 2020, successively extended until 23:59 on June 30, taking into account the assessment of the epidemiological situation in Portugal and the European Union and the guidelines of the European Commission.

Despite the progress made, there remains a need to extend air traffic restrictive measures, providing for new guidelines, taking into account the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020 on the temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the EU and the eventual lifting of such a restriction.

Thus, in the combined terms of paragraph 1 of article 18, paragraph 1 of article 19, paragraph 1 of article 27 and article 29 of Decree-Law no. 169-B / 2019, of 3 December, of no. 2 of article 33 of Law no. 27/2006, of 3 July, and no. 1 of Order no. 819/2020, of January 15, from the Minister of Infrastructure and Housing, published in the Diário da República, 2nd series, no. 14, of January 21, 2020, the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, the Minister of National Defense , the Minister for Home Affairs, the Minister for Health and, in the use of the powers delegated by the Minister for Infrastructure and Housing, the Assistant Secretary of State and Communications determine the following:

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 originating in countries with a positive epidemiological assessment, taking into account the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020, concerning direct air connections with Portugal and included in the list attached to this order, of which it is an integral part, subject to confirmation of reciprocity.

3 – Prohibit air traffic to and from Portugal of all flights to and from countries that are not part of the European Union or that are not countries associated with the Schengen Area, except for essential journeys only:

a) Flights originating in Portuguese speaking countries; from Brazil, however, only flights from and to São Paulo and to and from Rio de Janeiro will be admitted;

b) Flights originating in the United States of America, given the presence of important Portuguese communities.

4 – Authorize flights originating in countries whose authorization has been granted by joint order of the Government members responsible for the governmental areas of Foreign Affairs, Internal Administration, Health and Infrastructure and Housing.

5 – Passengers on flights referred to in paragraph 3 must present, at the time of departure, proof of test to COVID-19, with a negative result, carried out in the last 72 hours before departure, under penalty of being refused entry in national territory.

6 – National citizens and foreign citizens with legal residence in national territory who, exceptionally, do not have proof of the COVID-19 test, with a negative result, pursuant to paragraph 5, are immediately forwarded by the competent security authorities to the performance of said test at their own expense.

7 – For the purposes of paragraph 3, essential journeys are those intended to allow transit or entry to or exit from Portugal:

a) Citizens of the European Union, nationals of States associated with the Schengen Area and members of their families, in accordance with Directive 2004/38 / EC of the Parliament and of the Council, and third-country nationals legally resident in a Member State of the Union European;

b) Third-country nationals traveling for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons, and in accordance with the principle of reciprocity.

8 – 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.

9 – The provisions of paragraph 3 do not apply to flights intended to allow national citizens to return to Portugal or to holders of a residence permit in Portugal, nor to flights intended to allow return to the respective countries of foreign citizens who are in Portugal, provided that such flights are promoted by the competent authorities of such countries, subject to prior request and agreement, and in compliance with the principle of reciprocity.

10 – This order does not apply to State aircraft and the Armed Forces, to aircraft that integrate or will integrate the Special Device to Fight Rural Fires, to flights for the exclusive transportation of cargo and mail, as well as to flights of character humanitarian or medical emergency and on technical scales for non-commercial purposes.

11 – 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 accordance with the Council Recommendation of 30 June 2020, and the assessment epidemiological situation by ECDC.

12 – The present order takes effect from 00:00 on July 1, 2020 and until 23:59 on July 15, 2020, with the exception of paragraph 5, which takes effect 24h after the day of publication.

June 30, 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 Feared by Almeida Simões. – The Assistant Secretary of State and Communications, Alberto Afonso Souto de Miranda.

ATTACHMENT

List of countries referred to in paragraph 2:

1 – Algeria;

2 – Canada;

3 – South Korea

4 – Morocco;

5 – Tunisia;

6 – China.

 

This replaces Law Order no: 5503-C/ 2020

 

Portugal’s Borders with Spain Update 1st July 2020

The border between Portugal and Spain was fully opened as at 00.01 hrs on 1st July and no restrictions are in place.

 

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Decree Law Extract 13th May  Read full Law here 

Please read in conjunction with the Decree law 16th March below

Covid-19: Land borders with Spain will remain controlled until June 15

The land borders between Portugal and Spain will remain controlled until 00:00 on June 15 due to the pandemic of the covid-19 disease, according to the resolution of the Councils of Ministers today published in Diário da República.

The control of land borders with Spain has been carried out since 23:00 on 16 March at nine authorized crossing points due to the covid-19 pandemic, and this control ends at 00:00 on Thursday.

The resolution published in Diário da República extends, “on an exceptional and temporary basis, the reinstatement of the control of people at the borders with Spain until 00:00 hours of June 15, 2020”.

Some changes

Para 4b) is replaced by 

“b) Road traffic is prohibited at internal land borders, regardless of the type of vehicle, with the exception of international freight transport, international passenger transport in the cases provided for in paragraph 5, transport of cross-border workers and seasonal workers with documented work relationship, the circulation of emergency and relief vehicles and emergency service”;

Para 5c) is Replaced by:“allowing purposes of family reunion” 

Additions:

Para 10 – To determine that the entry of passengers on flights from Member States of the European Union that do not implement the Schengen acquis is authorized only for professional reasons in national territory, duly proven and for their performance, for family reasons, or force majeure , return of nationals and holders of residence permits to their respective countries.

Para 11 – To establish that, in order to avoid procedures for the refusal of citizens to enter internal borders, resulting from the reinstatement of people control provided for in this resolution, the collaboration of the Portuguese authorities with transport operators, as well as with other States, is promoted. Member States and Schengen Associated States with a view to preventing departure from departure.

We hope to provide further clarification  on the above in due course

The following are revoked

 

Decree Law extract 16th March Full version in Portuguese here 

Amended by the above

Article 4 – Determines that:

a) All flights, from all airlines, commercial or private, originating in Spain or destined for Spain, with destination or departure from Portuguese airports or aerodromes, with the exception of State aircraft, of the Armed Forces, flights to transportation of cargo and mail, as well as flights of a humanitarian or medical emergency nature and on technical stopovers for non-commercial purposes;

b) Road traffic is prohibited at internal land borders, regardless of the type of vehicle, with the exception of international goods transport, the transport of cross-border workers and the circulation of emergency and rescue vehicles and emergency services;

c) Rail traffic is suspended, except for the transportation of goods;

d) River transport between the two countries is suspended;

e) It is prohibited to dock pleasure boats and disembark people;

f) The granting of licenses to come ashore to crew members of vessels in national ports is suspended, without prejudice to, on a case-by-case basis and subject to the opinion of the Health Authority, the change of crews or disembarkation for the purposes of return may be authorized. the country of origin;

g) The ban on disembarkation of passengers and crews of cruise ships in national ports remains, with the exception of national citizens and residents in Portugal, determined by Order No. 3298-C / 2020, published in the Diário da República, 2 Series, no. 52, of March 13, 2020.

5 – Establish that the traffic constraints referred to in the preceding paragraph do not affect:

a) The right of entry for national citizens and holders of residence permits in the respective countries;

b) The circulation of diplomatic personnel, the Armed Forces and security forces and services;

c) The circulation, exceptionally, for the purpose of family reunion of spouses or similar and family members up to the 1st degree in the straight line;

d) Access to health facilities, under the terms of bilateral agreements regarding the provision of health care;

e) The right of exit for citizens residing in another country.

6 – To provide that upon entry into the national territory, health controls may be introduced as well as requested to fill out a declaration according to the model attached to this resolution and of which it forms an integral part.

Update 26th April

Decree Law No. 17/2020


Publication: Republic Diary No. 80/2020, Series I of 2020-04-23
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 17/2020
  • Pages: 3 – 6

Establishes exceptional and temporary measures related to the tourism sector, in the context of the disease pandemic COVID-19

 

Ferries

Update 7th April

From Brits in Portugal update

DFDS passenger services from Dieppe, Calais and Dunkirk, and P&O are under review. Important information for people considering making that journey is available on Travel Advice pages for France and Spain on GOV.UK.

Existing ferry services remain under review, and are also subject to French and Spanish Government restrictions imposed in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19. Eurotunnel / Le Shuttle services also continue to operate but, similarly, restrictions apply.

 

Update  2nd April

Under the previous emergency powers Health authorities had imposed a 14 day self isolation for those arriving at the airport, land and sea borders in the Algarve. This has been revoked by an overriding national decree from DGS  that this will no longer be the case any where in the country. People are subject to health screen on arrival to determine the appropriate measures to undertaken on an individual basis.

 

Update 24th March

The CEO put the airline’s planes at the service of “all governments”.

Irish low cost airline Ryanair announced today that it does not plan to operate flights during the next months of April and May, due to restrictions imposed to stop the Covid-19 pandemic .

The carrier also recalled that as of midnight today, almost its entire fleet of planes will be on land, although a few days ago it needed to maintain a reduced number of flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom for the moment.

“Right now, we do not expect to operate flights during the months of April and May, but this clearly depends on the Government’s recommendations, and we always follow these instructions,” explained Ryanair’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael O ‘ Leary.

The CEO made Ryanair’s planes available to “all Governments” to carry out “repatriations” and “essential flights” for the “transportation of medicines, personal protection teams and, if necessary, emergency food”.

O’Leary acknowledged that “nobody knows” how long the “confinement” caused by the pandemic will last, although “the experience of China” suggests that “the period of containment and reduction” of the spread of the pandemic could be “three months” “.

“Since Europe’s borders are congested or closed, it is vital for Ryanair to play its part in maintaining the transport of essential medicines and food,” said O’Leary, who said that “all these flights” operate “with the utmost security “, with” daily disinfections “.

n this sense, he regretted that the company has reduced “office workers” by 50% to comply with the “social distance” measures, so he asked for “patience” from customers who try to get in touch with the support service.

“They will receive an e-mail in due time. Please do not call our telephone lines, since given the lack of personnel, only the most urgent cases, which will be rescue flights during the next few days, can be dealt with,” he said. O’Leary.

 

 

 

Update 21st March 2200 hrs

The Algarve Regional Health Authority today determined the mandatory 14-day quarantine for all citizens returning from abroad to the Faro district, a measure to contain the spread of covid-19.

 

“I determine that all citizens returning from abroad remain in prophylactic isolation for a period of 14 days, counting from the date of their arrival”, reads in the dispatch signed by the regional health delegate of the Algarve, Ana Cristina Guerreiro, and published in Algarve Regional Health Administration website.

 

The person responsible for public health in the Algarve region determines the “immediate application” of the quarantine to those who return from abroad, justifying that, in view of the current epidemiological situation of the disease, “it is urgent that measures be taken to contain the maximum possible contagion”.

 

Summary of travel restrictions and arrangements here

  • Ban on disembarking passengers from cruise ships.
  • Portugal and Spain have agreed to restrict the circulation of transport between the two countries, with road traffic being prohibited, regardless of the type of vehicle, with the exception of international goods transport, the transport of cross-border workers and the circulation of emergency and rescue vehicles and emergency service; permitted road traffic circulates through the following border points:
    • Valença-Tuy;
    • Vila Verde da Raia-Verín;
    • Quintanilha-San Vitero;
    • Vilar Formoso-Fuentes de Oñoro;
    • Monfortinho-Cilleros Thermal Baths;
    • Marvão-Valencia de Alcântara;
    • Caia-Badajoz;
    • Green Village of Ficalho-Rosal de la Frontera;
    • Vila Real de Santo António-Ayamonte.

In accordance with the respective criminal law, the crossing of the border outside authorized crossing points will be sanctioned.

  • Portugal and Spain agreed to condition the passage of transport between the two countries, with rail circulation being suspended, except for the transport of goods.
  • Portugal and Spain agreed to restrict passage of transport between the two countries, with air passenger traffic being suspended.
  • From the 24 hours of March 18th: suspension of flights to and from Portugal of all flights to and from countries that are not part of the European Union, except:
    1. Countries associated with the Schengen area (Iceland, Liechenstein, Norway and Switzerland).
    2. Portuguese speaking countries; from Brazil, however, only flights from and to São Paulo and to and from Rio de Janeiro will be admitted;
    3. the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Venezuela, Canada and South Africa, given the presence of important Portuguese communities;
  • The government determined with effect from March 10, the suspension of flights from the most affected areas of Italy, updating the geographical scope, with effect from 12:00 am on March 11, covering the flights of all airlines, commercial or private with origin or destination in Italy and for a period of 14 days, thus adding air restrictions to previous cancellations of flights to and from China.
  • Airport manager calls on passengers with cancelled flights to use telephone contacts and / or electronic means for information about their condition, avoiding travel to airports and crowding in facilities, rooms or waiting lines.
  • Face-to-face services at airports are under additional pressure due to the emergency situation in the country. Therefore, the airport manager is articulating with the security authorities access limitation procedures in order to avoid large crowds, favouring safe routes, trying to respect social distance, and trying to minimize the risk of contagion, also, with screening procedures body temperature on arrival at national airports.
  • Portugal and Spain agreed to restrict the circulation of transport between the two countries, suspending river passenger transport between the two countries and the docking of recreational vessels and disembarkation of passengers in marinas.
  • Regional governments of the Azores and Madeira decreed placing passengers arriving at the quarantined airports, consequently the Portuguese Government strongly advises national citizens who are not resident in those archipelagos to fly to the autonomous regions, as it is not possible to ensure their evacuation during the period of quarantine.
  • Government decreed Civil Requisition in the Port of Lisbon, taking into account the ongoing dockers’ strike and the finding of non-compliance with the obligation to provide minimum services. The evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak and the redoubled need to ensure an adequate level of supply of goods essential to the satisfaction of imperative social needs in some sectors recommended to determine the civil requisition, proportionately and to the extent necessary to ensure the satisfaction of needs imperative social conditions and the functioning of vital sectors of the national economy, in particular the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira. The exceptional nature of the civil requisition is also due to the current contingency framework, within which an extraordinary influx of people was found in supermarkets and pharmacies, which led to stockouts. In view of this circumstance, non-compliance with the minimum services established is of particular gravity with regard to supply to the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira, since the supply of goods is mostly ensured by sea.

 

19th March

TAP Flight Restrictions

TAP will reduce from 90 to 15 the destinations in which it operates, following the declaration of a state of emergency in Portugal due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airline explained this reduction will take effect between March 23 and April 19, but the decision “can be revised at any time whenever the circumstances so require”.

The list of routes that will be operated by the airline can be consulted in the image below:

TAP also states that “customers affected by flight cancellations in this period may go to the  website to obtain their voucher in the amount paid for the purchase of the ticket”.

 

Exceptional travel advisory notice – 17th March 1420 hrs

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. This advice takes effect immediately and applies initially for a period of 30 days.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice.

If you now need to change or cancel your travel plans, follow these steps:

  1. contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers
  2. get in touch with your insurance provider
  3. continue to follow the NHS coronavirus guidance

 

 

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