COVID Rules update May 6, 2022

This Friday, May 6, 2022, the Portuguese Government reduced Covid-related restrictions again.

Rules that Remain for traveling:

All passengers are authorized to enter national territory, regardless of their origin or purpose of travel. Mandatory to present at border control:

– A valid vaccination EU Digital COVID Certificate (with a complete vaccination schedule or with a complete vaccination schedule and a vaccine booster)

– Or a valid test or recovery EU Digital COVID Certificate,

– Or a valid vaccination certificate (with a complete vaccination schedule or a vaccine booster) or recovery certificate issued by a third country, under reciprocal conditions

– Or a negative RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) – 72h before boarding, or

– Or a negative Laboratorial Rapid Antigen Test- 24h before boarding

Accepted vaccination certificates issued by third countries under reciprocal conditions: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Benin, Cabo Verde, Colombia, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Malasya, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies (Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), Uruguay, The Vatican.


Mandatory mask: in public transports, taxis and similar passenger transports; Access and visits to care and nursing homes and health facilities.

General behavior guidelines: Social distancing; Frequent hand washing; Respiratory etiquette.

Please review these two main sources of information for the latest COVID-rules in Portugal

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office (click here)

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police (click here)

COVID Rules update February 19, 2022

This Friday, February 18, 2022, the Portuguese Government reduced Covid-related restrictions again. For example:

  • Canada has been again added to the list of countries allowed for non-essential travel to Portugal (e.g. tourism).
  • Mandatory mask in closed spaces remains in effect, e.g. public transportation (with very few exceptions, like restaurants);
  • Access without restriction to events, bars and clubs and other public spaces/services.
  • The obligation to present a certificate or test was eliminated, except at border control, where the restrictions are maintained.
  • Mandatory negative test or recovery certificate, except for those who have already been vaccinated with a booster dose of the vaccine for at least 14 days, only when visiting care and nursing homes and health facilities.

Here is a link to the new law (in Portuguese; English link below as well):

Portuguese (original text): click here

English translation: click here

Please review these two main sources of information for the latest COVID-rules in Portugal

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office (click here)

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police (click here)

COVID Rules update Dec. 21, 2021

This Tuesday night (December 21) the Portuguese Government decided to extend the precautionary period from December 25 to January 10 due to the increasing number of Omicron COVID-19 cases despite the relatively low number of hospitalizations and deaths. For example: International travel remains allowed (except from a few southern African countries); Pretty much everything but Bars and Discos remain open; Remote work is advised for those professions that can be done remotely; A negative Covid test is required to access indoors restaurants (but not cafes). Read more details here:

These are the main sources of information for the latest COVID-rules in Portugal

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office:

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police:

COVID Rules update Nov. 25, 2021

We would like to inform you that this Thursday night (Nov. 25, 2021) the Portuguese Government announced stronger precautionary measures to be implemented starting on December 1 due to the winter wave that has been increasing in recent weeks. In addition the Government also announced that schools, bars, and discos will be closed during the week of January 2 to 9, 2022 (and teleworking mandatory during said week for all feasible occupations) – this precautionary measure is being implemented because this first week of January was very bad in 2021 due to the New Year and Christmas gatherings and lack of vaccination. 

Briefly, the main rules starting on December 1 are:

– Travel from the EU, UK, USA, Canada, Schengen Associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), and several other countries (see list) remains allowed for all purposes, however, as before, you need to show a negative RT-PCR Test done 72 hours before boarding or a negative Rapid Antigen Test done 48 hours before boarding. Which you also need to show for check-in at the lodging establishment. 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 passengers need to fill a Passenger Locator Card (individually) before departure to Portugal or on board at

– Use of face masks is mandatory in all indoor settings (including public transportation, taxis, etc.)- Vaccination certificate (or negative test) required to access hotels, lodging, restaurants (indoors), events with marked places, and gyms.

– Mandatory negative test (even for vaccinated people) to access large events without market seats, improvised venues, and sport events, as well as when visiting people in care facilities and patients in health facilities.

– From January 2 to 9, 2022, clubs (bars and discos) will be closed and teleworking is mandatory for occupations that are feasible to adopt. During this week schools will also be closed (that is, Christmas vacation for students has been extended one week). 
Here is a news article in English:

Here is the announcement from the Portuguese Government:

Here is Portuguese Government announcement translated to English using google translate:

For your information, the “state of calamity” is one level below the “state of emergency” (and three levels below “martial law”, the highest level). The Portuguese government reinforced that it is not expecting lock-downs to be imposed again because the fully vaccinated rate is above 87% for the entire population.

These are the main sources of information for the latest COVID-rules in Portugal

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office:

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police:

COVID: Portugal has highest Vaccinated rate in the World. October 1 is “Freedom Day”!

Portugal has fully vaccinated 84% of its 10.3 million population, thus surpassing every country in the World on this measure. The average among the 27 EU countries is 61.6%, in Canada is 69.8%, in the UK is 65.3%, while in the USA is 54.2%.

Consequently the Government announced today that will lift pretty much all restrictions by October 1 – e.g. Discos, Bars, Restaurants, etc., will now be allowed to operate at full capacity, after dealing with restrictions over the last 19 months. However, indoors access will be granted solely to individuals with a Vaccination Certificate – approved by EU, which includes certificates issued by most non-EU countries as long as those individuals were vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty), and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) – or a negative Covid test (e.g. self-rapid test). The Portuguese Government will disclose more specifics by October 1.

You can read more details from these 3 sources:

COVID-19 e Regras nas Praias (Beach Rules)


Com vontade de ir para a Praia? Leia este resumo das regras.

Não cumprir as regras estabelecidas nas praias este ano pode dar multa de 100 a 500 euros aos banhistas.

Deveres dos banhistas:

a) Cumprir as normas e orientações emitidas pela Direção-Geral da Saúde (DGS) em matéria de etiqueta respiratória;

b) Assegurar o distanciamento físico de segurança entre utentes no acesso e na utilização da praia e no banho no mar ou no rio – e aqui o diploma inclui disposições como ser obrigatório distância de três metros entre chapéus, no máximo cinco pessoas por toldo ou o facto de ser obrigatório usar calçado na utilização de instalações ou duches.

c) Proceder à higienização frequente das mãos;

d) Usar máscara até chegar ao areal sempre que o distanciamento físico recomendado pelas autoridades de saúde se mostre impraticável;

e) Evitar o acesso a zonas identificadas com ocupação elevada ou plena;

f) Cumprir as determinações das autoridades competentes;

g) Depositar os resíduos gerados nos locais destinados a esse efeito.

Fonte / Source:


Ready to go to Beach in Portugal? Read this summary of the rules.

Failure to comply with the rules laid down on the beaches this year could lead to a 100 to 500 euro fine for swimmers.

Individual’s Duties at the Beach:

a) Comply with the norms and guidelines issued by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) in terms of respiratory etiquette;
b) Ensure the physical safety distance between users when accessing and using the beach and when bathing in the sea or in the river – and here the diploma includes provisions such as mandatory a distance of three meters between hats, a maximum of five people per awning or the fact that it is mandatory to wear shoes when using facilities or showers.
c) Proceed with frequent hand hygiene;
d) Wear a mask until you reach the beach whenever the physical distance recommended by the health authorities proves to be impractical;
e) Avoid access to areas identified with high or full occupation;
f) Comply with the determinations of the competent authorities;
g) Deposit the waste generated in the places destined for that purpose.

May 17 Portugal opens to UK and most EU tourists

The Portuguese Government has announced that on Monday (May 17) Portugal will allow entry to tourists from UK and EU countries with “less than 500 cases of infections per 100,000 people”, but “passengers must show a negative coronavirus (PCR) test on arrival” and done at most 72 hours prior to traveling. More details in links below.

News Source:

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office:

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police:

Latest COVID-19 travel rules (Links to Portuguese Government)

If you are looking for information about travel rules and COVID-19 requirements per country of origin, these are two essential sources of information in Portugal:

Website of the Portuguese Tourism Office:

Website of the Portuguese Borders Police:

Government announces new COVID-19 plan

March 11th, 2021

As the COVID-19 situation is again under better control after the Christmas Holidays spike, the Portuguese government just announced the plan to end the “confinement”. The link below gives you a summary of the measures and key dates in English, as well as a link to the original document in Portuguese. Briefly, the reopening of the activities that have been severely restricted since Christmas, for example bars and restaurants, will begin gradually on March 15 and the impact of the incremental freedoms assessed every 2 weeks. By April 5, outside seating (open air) in bars and restaurants will be allowed (with a maximum of 4 people per table). By April 19, indoor seating in bars and restaurants is expected to be allowed, and venues like shopping malls, theaters and cinemas will open. By May 3, there will be very little restrictions – e.g. big outdoor events will be allowed, and Weddings can resume at 50% indoor capacity.

Know that hotels and Lodging remain open, without any restrictions (besides the health and hygiene guidelines issued early in the pandemic). However, know there still are travel restrictions, particularly for countries NOT in the European Union.


Greetings from Portugal. Links below:


Portugal’s PM presents country’s “step-by-step” deconfinement plan: Monday sees life begin to open

The plan in PORTUGUESE (PDF file):

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Praias abertas desde 19 Maio / Beaches open since May 19

(English version available below the Portuguese text)

Foi com grande alegria que recebemos a notícia que desde segunda-feira, 19 de Maio, já se pode ir à praia, estender a toalha na areia e dar uns mergulhos! – embora mantendo as regras de distanciamento.


O avô Vitor e o neto Augusto foram logo dar um mergulho quando souberam da notícia!

“A diferença entre ir à praia agora ou a partir do dia 6 (de Junho) é que, nessa altura, as regras serão mais apertadas, a vigilância policial aumentada e os nadadores-salvadores já estarão de serviço. Será a abertura oficial da época balnear.” – como menciona o artigo do jornal Público, que também explica as regras em mais detalhe

Lei: Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 38/2020

Embora com cuidados adicionais, cá vos aguardamos para umas merecidas férias em MONTE GORDO!

***** ENGLISH ******

The Portuguese Government has lifted the prohibition to access beaches, effective on May 19th. Until further notice, people can now go to the beach, put down their beach towels, enjoy the sun and dive in the ocean.

The first link above is an article from a premier Portuguese newspaper  (Público), describing the new law (second link).

The picture shows grandpa Vitor and grandson Augusto immediately going to the beach once they heard the news!

Despite the additional precautionary measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we look forward to welcome you for a well deserved vacation in MONTE GORDO!