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Portugal is open: what you need to know

One of Britain's favourite holiday destinations, Portugal, is quarantine-free for double-jabbed travellers. Get the lowdown on what you need to know before you go.

Portugal is open again. The popular holiday destination is making it easier for vaccinated travellers to visit, by removing the 14-day quarantine for tourists who have had a full vaccination against COVID-19. Whether your perfect break means basking on the beaches of the Algarve, hopping between wine cellars in Porto or soaking up contemporary culture in Lisbon, if you’re double-jabbed it’s time to get back to Portugal.

Remember: entry requirements and traffic light status can change quickly. Always check the latest information from official sources, such as the FCDO’s Foreign Travel Advice and Portugal Clean and Safe.

Which COVID-19 vaccines does Portugal accept?

Colourful fishing boats and cottages on a sandy beach in the Algarve, Portugal
Enjoy the sandy beaches of the Algarve

Portugal is open for anyone who has received any of the COVID-19 vaccines approved by the EMA (European Medicines Agency):

  • Moderna (Spikevax)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty)
  • Astra Zeneca (Vaxzevria)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)

You need to have had the final dose at least 14 days before travel.

Find out more about COVID vaccine certificates for travel.

Can I visit Portugal if I’ve had the Astra Zeneca vaccine?

Young woman enjoying the vew in Lisbon
Soak up the views from Lisbon’s miradouros

Portugal, like many European countries, doesn’t currently acknowledge the Covishield version of AstraZeneca. Anyone who has had this vaccine will still need to quarantine for 14 days.

If you’ve had both doses of the Vaxzeveria dose, you can travel to Portugal quarantine-free.

Check your vaccine certificate to check which you have been given.  

Can my children visit Portugal without a vaccine?

Man lying in a hammock on the beach cuddling with his two children, a boy and a girl,
Hit the beach with the kids

Yes. Portugal is open for families. Children under 18 don’t need to quarantine, as long as they are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult.

Do I need a COVID-19 test to travel to Portugal if I’m fully vaccinated?

View of Porto from Vila Nova de Gaia
with Dom Luis I bridge in the background and old-fashioned boats in the foreground
Take in the historic sights of Porto

Yes. Travellers aged 12 and older need to take a Lateral Flow test within 48 hours of departure.

If you have an EU digital COVID vaccination certificate, you won’t need to take a test.

You also need to fill in a Passenger Locator Form, and have your temperature taken once you land.

Alternatively, show proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 180 days

What do I need to do when I come back to the UK from Portugal?

Typical whitewashed village in Portugal
Stroll through quiet streets in the Algarve

Portugal is currently on the amber list for travel. Here’s what fully vaccinated travellers need to do before coming back to the UK:

  1. Take a COVID-19 test up to three days before departure (children under 10 don’t need to do this)
  2. Book and pay for a day-two COVID-19 test to take after you get back (children under four are exempt)
  3. Fill in a Passenger Locator Form.

Portugal is open, but what are the rules for visiting Madeira?

Black sand beach fringed with palm trees and houses in Madeira
Visit black sand beaches in subtropical Madeira

The Portuguese island of Madeira, near the Spanish Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, has slightly different rules from the mainland. Before you go, you need to:

  • Complete a traveller questionnaire. If you’re travelling with a child aged 11 or younger, include their details on your form
  • Take a PCR test 72 hours before you travel, OR take a test on arrival and quarantine until it comes back negative (around 6 to 12 hours)
  • Alternatively, show proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 180 days
  • Show your vaccine certificate.

What are the rules for visiting the Azores?

The lush green landscape of the Azores islands
Get back to nature in the Azores

The lush, green Azores islands are a popular eco-tourism destination. Like Madeira, they’re autonomous, so the entry restrictions are slightly different.

All visitors need to:

Those aged 12 and over need to:

  • Take a PCR test 72 hours before you travel, OR take a test on arrival and quarantine until it comes back negative (around 6 to 12 hours)
  • Alternatively, show proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the last 180 days
  • If you have an EU digital vaccination certificate, you won’t need to take a test or provide evidence of recovery.

Double-jabbed? Say ola to Portugal

Portugal is a top holiday destination for many reasons, not least its dramatic beaches, historic cities and sunshine. Why not beat the upcoming autumn blues and book an end-of-year trip?

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