COVID-19 | Information on measures and restrictions in Portugal
[Updated March 20]
For the protection of the entire population, in order to take all necessary public health measures during the pneumonia outbreak by the new Coronavirus - COVID-19, the Portuguese government declared the State of Emergency declared as of midnight March 18. This overall period of social containment will last 15 days until April 3 and can be renewed in accordance to how the situation evolves.
A mandatory restriction on movement and social isolation measures have been taken throughout the country.
During 30 days from midnight on 16 March, tourist circulation and leisure trips between Spain and Portugal are suspended. The movement of goods and merchandise is permitted only by land.
On the land border, document control of people was restored. National citizens and holders of residence permits may still enter the country. Returning tourists may still cross the border so as to allow them to return to their country of origin.
Authorized Crossing Points at the Land Border - www.sef.pt
In the northern region of Portugal and in the Algarve, all nationals and non-nationals arriving by land, air or sea should be in a prophylactic isolation for 14 days.
Trips to the Azores and Madeira Islands
Passengers on flights to the Azores and Madeira and between the islands of each archipelago will be subject to a period of 14 days of quarantine upon arrival.
On Portuguese territory, travellers from affected areas who show symptoms suggestive of respiratory disease during or after travel should immediately contact the National Health Service by calling 808 24 24 24 (SNS24).
As of March 19, flights were cancelled in the Schengen area (suspension of flights within and outside Europe). All flights with Spain, Italy and Czech Republic, commercial or private, to or from the Portuguese airports or aerodromes, have been suspended.
Portuguese airports (Lisboa, Porto, Faro, Ponta Delgada e Funchal) implemented several initiatives in order to keep staff and passengers safer. A body temperature measurement system was implemented on arrival at Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Madeira airports, and soon at Ponta Delgada Airport. More informatoin at www.ana.pt/en/corporate/ana/security-measures
From March 23, anyone entering Portugal must be quarantined for 14 days from the day of arrival.
Before making a trip, it is important to consult the alerts and restrictions in the country of destination. It is suggested to consult the border services in the country where the trip begins or consular representation at destination.
If you are a foreigner and you need to contact your embassy, please consult the website of the Diplomatic Corps in Portugal: www.portaldiplomatico.mne.gov.pt/rede-diplomatica/corpo-diplomatico-em-portugal
Useful links with information on flights from/to Portugal:
Portuguese travel outside Portugal
If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, in case you have a scheduled trip, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades:
Alerts (in Portuguese) - www.portaldascomunidades.mne.pt
Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese) - www.portaldascomunidades.mne.pt/pt/conselhos-aos-viajantes
If you are travelling and you need support on your return to Portugal, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
COVID-19 Line - email@example.com / +351 217 929 755
Travellers Emergency Line - firstname.lastname@example.org / +351 217 929 714 / +351 961 706 472
Embarkation and disembarkation of tourism cruises
Passenger boarding and disembarkation at Portuguese ports was banned, except for resident passengers.
Travel within Portuguese territory
Travel within Portuguese territory was reduced to the minimum possible and the car rides are not allowed.
Until March 31, international bus travel has been suspended and national travel has been reduced - www.rede-expressos.pt
As of March 18, train journeys have been reduced - www.cp.pt
In the north region of Portugal, Bragança municipalities have determined a period of quarantine for those arriving from abroad, 14 days from the day of arrival.
Access to commercial premises and catering and beverage establishments
Business premises should not be occupied by more than 4 persons per 100 m² (excluding employees). In supermarkets, pharmacies and stores of essential goods, customers are expected to wait for their turn outside while respecting the safety distance.
Catering and beverage establishments will be closed to the public but may keep orders and home deliveries.
Outdoor terraces, which facilitate people gathering, have been closed.
All camping sites were closed, maintaining only management services.
All public events were cancelled.
Municipal trade fairs and markets were cancelled.
Museums, Monuments and other tourist attractions
All monuments, museums, cultural premises and other tourist attractions have been closed to the public.
The National Maritime Authority has banned all sports or leisure activities that involve people gathering on the beaches of mainland Portugal, Azores and Madeira and recommends avoiding going to the beach.