- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? U.S. citizens cannot travel directly from the United States to Portugal for tourism.
The Government of Portugal currently prohibits non-essential (tourist) travel for U.S. citizens traveling directly to Portugal from the United States. According to Portuguese authorities, only citizens of the European Union/Schengen associated countries, their family members, or foreign nationals legally residing in a Member State of the European Union, and travelers from third-countries specifically authorized may enter Portugal. Certain exceptions to this prohibition allows for travel for professional, study, family reunification, health or humanitarian reasons. Before arranging travel, please confirm that you qualify to enter Portugal under one of these exceptions by contacting the nearest Portuguese Embassy, Consulate, or Portuguese immigration authorities at (SEF), before making travel plans.
Border controls are the sole jurisdiction of the Government of Portugal, Embassy Lisbon cannot provide you with authorization to enter or facilitate entry on your behalf.
Entry into Portugal is allowed for:
- Portuguese nationals, holders of residency permits, and holders of other long-term visas issued by Portuguese authorities may enter the country.
- Third country national holders of residency permits or long-term resident visas issued by EU member states may transit Portugal to return to their country of residence.
- US citizens who are lawful residents of EU member states may enter Portugal.
- Long-term visa holders are allowed but should contact the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate to confirm that their visa qualifies.
For questions on additional travel requirements, please consult your airline. For other visa or travel eligibility questions for transit/entry, please contact Portuguese immigration authorities at (SEF) and visit their Frequently Asked Questions website.
Some airlines continue to sell tickets for travel between the United States and Portugal. Please confirm your eligibility to enter Portugal with the airline and review the airline’s policy on refunds before purchasing tickets.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
Portuguese airports in Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Ponta Delgada, Funchal and Lajes implemented a body temperature measurement requirement upon arrival. More information is available at http://www.ana.pt/en/corporate/ana/security-measures.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
ALL TRAVELERS must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the last 72 hours – Your airline may refuse to board you without evidence a negative COVID-19 test conducted in the last 72 hours. Passengers arriving to Portugal without these test results are subject to refusal of entry and/or mandatory testing at the cost of the passenger as well as quarantine until the results of the test. Additionally, all passengers arriving are subject to mandatory temperature checks, and may be required to undergo secondary health screening and/or COVID-19 testing.
- U.S. citizens who live in the United States and wish to return should do so through the commercial flight options that currently exist. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from Portugal.
- Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
- Portuguese authorities announced that foreign passengers arriving aboard ships and other vessels will not be allowed to disembark.
- The Regional Government of Madeira announced that cruise ships and yachts will not be allowed to dock.
- There continues to be a State of Calamity in Madeira with additional entry requirements listed below.