UK travellers - Travelling and Testing procedures

Welcome Back

Travelling to Mainland Portugal
NEW measures for UK travellers as from the 28 June to mainland Portugal
(excludes Madeira and Azores)

Before departure
Complete before boarding the Online Passenger Locator Card (https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card)

Covid 19 Tests 
The airline can refuse boarding to passengers that fail to show the documentation below: 

  • All travellers to mainland Portugal aged 12 or older are required to show a negative Covid-19 test:
    - RT-PCR taken within 72 hours of departure or
    - Lateral flow test taken 48 hours prior to departure

  • The test result must include:
    - type of test taken
    - passenger name (as per passport)
    - date of birth
    - clear identification of the laboratory including the certification
    - the date and time the sample was collected and the explicit negative test result
    - SMS is not a valid format

  • All travellers to mainland Portugal aged 18 or older are now required to show proof of vaccination / immunisation

  • Children under 12 years old to not need to show a negative C-19 test or proof of vaccination

  • Minors (children aged 12 and under the age of 18) that travel to Portugal mainland accompanied by one or both parents or another person responsible for the child, are exempt of quarantine if the responsible adult(s) is(are) fully vaccinated

  • Vaccination / immunisation has to be completed at least 14 days prior to their travel with the required number of doses

  • The NHS App/Certificate is accepted by the Portuguese Authorities

  • A compulsory quarantine of 14 days is imposed to all passengers arriving from the UK without proof of immunisation

  • If required to quarantine upon arrival in Portugal please fill in the online from here SEF Travel


Can I cross the land border between Portugal and Spain?
Yes, the control of persons at land borders, between Portugal and Spain, ended on April 30th. Random controls will be carried out by borders authorities on all vehicles to inform citizens of the duties to which they are subject.
Passengers required to undergo prophylactic isolation must register at https://travel.sef.pt

For further information check the Portuguese Immigration Service website

Travelling to Madeira

Before departure

  • Epidemiological Survey
    Complete the mandatory epidemiological survey, provided by the Regional Health Authority, on the digital platform madeirasafe.com.

    The completion can be done in the 48h to 12h prior to boarding and must be done, individually, by each passenger, except for dependents up to age of 11 years old, whose registration must be included in the survey of one of the accompanying adults.

    After completing the registration, the passenger receives a notification, via e-mail, with his access code for the madeirasafe.com platform. The passenger should login to his madeirasafe.com account where will find the respective QR Code, to be presented upon arrival at Madeira Airport. The PCR test result can also be submitted in advance on the platform.

  • Testing for COVID-19

    All passengers that carry a negative PCR test for COVID-19 at the time of arrival will be free to proceed to their accommodation. The test has to be carried out within 72 hours prior to boarding in laboratories certified by national or international authorities.

    Passengers who have not undergone PCR testing upon arrival to Madeira will be tested at the airport (free of charge).

    The traveller will proceed to their booked accommodation where they must wait for the result of the test (on average 12 hours).

    Positive Result
    If the passenger has tested positive for C-19 must comply with mandatory confinement for a period of 14 days at a health establishment or at home or booked accommodation (depending on the decision of the health authorities).

    Exemptions on presenting the PCR test for COVID-19

√ Vaccinated / recovered COVID-19 Patients
√ Vaccinated travellers (at least 14 days prior to their flight) and individuals that can show proof of infection and recovery within 180 days of their arrival to Madeira are exempt of showing a C-19 test
√ Proof of vaccination / immunisation must be submitted to madeirasafe.com or the MadeiraSafe app before traveling.

Travelling to the Azores

Before departure

Travellers must register on the My Safe Azores platform before the start of the trip.

All passengers travelling to the Azores must show proof of a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test either on digital or printed format. The test must be taken within 72 hours of departure.

The test result must include:
- type of test taken
- passenger name (as per passport)
- date of birth
- clear identification of the laboratory including the certification
- the date and time the sample was collected and the explicit negative test result
- SMS is not a valid format

Children aged 12 years or less are exempt from showing a C-19 test.

Arriving to the Azores with a negative test
International travellers arriving to the Azores by air or sea WITH a negative RT-PCR test will be offered a €35 euro voucher that can be used at partner companies of the Azorean Government.

Arriving to the Azores WITHOUT a negative test
International travellers arriving to the Azores by air or sea WITHOUT a RT-PCR test will have to take a test on arrival – the test is FREE – the traveller will have to wait for the result in isolation at their accommodation (max 24h)

Positive Result
Passenger that test positive or is a high-risk close contact will have to comply with mandatory confinement for a period of 10 days.
Travel companions referred as high-risk close contacts will have to comply with prophylactic isolation for a period of 14 days.
Mandatory confinement and prophylactic isolation take place in the accommodation initially booked by the passenger.

In case the declared situation lasts for a period longer than that initially booked by the passengers, the Azorean Government assumes the expenses with accommodation and meals, in a hotel designated for that purpose.

In case the accommodation booked by the passenger does not guaranty conditions for the declared situation, the passenger will be transferred to a hotel designated by the Azorean Gov and assumes the expenses with the accommodation and meals.

Stays longer than 6 nights
All travellers remaining in the archipelago of the Azores for 6 or more nights will have to be re-tested on the 6th day – the test is FREE.

Exemptions on the mandatory presentation of the test:

- Recovered COVID-19 Patients
- Tourists are now eligible for direct entry to the Azores without the need for testing if they can provide a proof of Covid-19 recovery within 90 days, validated by the respective country of origin, which should include complete information of the patient including: name, date of birth, type and date of the test and the explicit mention “recovered”.
- The declaration must be signed by the doctor and include the professional details of the signatory

It is compulsory to fill in the form MysafeAzores before travelling.

Inter-Island sea or air travel from S. Miguel
It is compulsory to carry out a C-19 PCR test for inter-island travel. The test must be taken within 72 hours departure.


Covid 19 measures – Returning to the UK

Before departure
You are required to complete a passenger locator form.

You must show on departure a negative C-19 test – it can be a RT-PCR or lateral flow test.

You must show proof of that you have booked a RT-PCR test for C-19 for the second and eight day of your arrival to the UK (mainland Portugal and Azores) or second day of your arrival for travellers arriving from Madeira.


Planning See your selected contents and create your own Plan or Brochure

This site uses cookies to enhance the browsing experience and does not keep data on the identification of users.
You can disable this feature in your browser settings. To learn more, see the Terms of Use and Personal Data Processing