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Portugal is Open to US Travelers

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As of June 15th 2021, Portugal is open to non-essential travel for US nationals.

Traveling to Portugal is now possible as we currently meet the necessary conditions to welcome back US nationals safely. To ensure that traveling through the country is perfectly safe and unforgettable, Portugal invites travelers to follow a set of rules and measures that are in place in our destination such as mandatory use of facemask, alcohol consumption in public spaces will continue to be prohibited (except restaurants and terraces), and some commercial establishments and tourist attractions will continue to have restrictive opening hours (especially shopping centers) and limited capacity (namely restaurants and other closed spaces).

Through the Clean & Safe Seal, visit Portugal has already trained more than 23,000 tourism professionals and issued 21,700 seals to tourism companies from airports and handling companies to cultural facilities, golf courses, accommodation providers, museums, palaces, monuments, and archaeological sites to restaurants and tourist offices. The aim is to help the tourism sector identifying and implementing the necessary health & safety measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and reinforce confidence in Portugal as a tourist destination.

“These measures convey our responsibility as a tourism destination, to the Portuguese, to international visitors, and to our tourism industry partners. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Portugal,” said Visit Portugal’s President, Luís Araújo.

By the current restrictions, in effect until June 28th, airlines and cruise lines should now allow passengers to board flights with destination or stopover in mainland Portugal after presenting at boarding:

  • NAAT – Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (RT-PCR, NEAR, TMA, LAMP, HDA, CRISPR, SDA, etc), performed within 72 hours prior to the time of departure on the 1st embarkation point, OR
  • an antigen test (TRAg) performed within 24 hours prior to the time of departure on the 1st embarkation point and approved by the European Commission’s Directorate-General For Health And Food Safety 

Exceptions: Children who have not completed 24 months of age.

Complete the Passenger Locator Card online for each passenger up to 48 hours before travelling. Travelers will also need to present the documentation above to the Border Officers at arrival and no other test or quarantine will be required.

For arrivals at the airports in the Azores and Madeira, the need to present an RT-PCR test also applies, but the same can be done on arrival at the destination, free of charge, and the passenger must wait in isolation at the accommodation that has booked the result of the aforementioned test (between 4 and 24 hours of test delivery) – children up to 11 years old on arrival in Madeira and up to 12 years old on arrival in the Azores are exempt. Also, for those who land at Madeira and Porto Santo airports it is possible to present a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery from Covid-19.

These measures are subject to revision depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the USA and in Portugal. EU countries will also be able to implement the ‘Emergency brake mechanism’ in case the epidemiological situation of a third country or region worsens quickly, or a new variant is detected.

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