Portugal Coronavirus Travel Restrictions and Advice
Portugal has initially been in a state of emergency which was declared on 18 March which was done in response to the pandemic outbreak of Coronavirus, but has ended on the 2nd of May. Portugal is currently in a new phase of its de – escalation strategy and certain requirements have been put in place which travelers and visitors should take good note of.
- In Portugal, confinement is mandatory if you are being actively monitored by the health authorities for COVID – 19 symptoms.
- You must strictly observe social distancing and hygiene procedures including obligatory use of face masks in enclosed spaces, good hand hygiene and rules on maximum capacity.
- Local and inter – regional travel is permitted in Portugal but avoid travelling at peak times, make sure to disinfect your hands before and after journey, and maintain social distancing from other passengers as much as possible.
- All taxis are operating but as a passenger, you’re advised to use the back seat, open the window and respect the rules of maximum capacity. Note that facemasks are mandatory for everyone in all forms of public transportation and private hire from age of 10.
- You will be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulation.
- In Mainland Portugal, restaurants, cultural venues, leisure parks and sports facilities are open but drinking alcohol in public places except pavement cafes and restaurants is banned.
- Gatherings are limited to 20 people except family events and religious ceremonies. Attendance at funerals is limited to the space available at each cemetery or crematorium.
- Tourist centers should implement the use of online booking and pre – booking to avoid long queues at attractions.
- At Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, there is a state of emergency due to localized outbreaks. So, private and public gatherings should be 10 people (max.) and the sale of alcohol at service stations is prohibited.
- Certain parishes within the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area have remained in a state of calamity including open air fairs and markets are banned.
- Most hotels, private apartments, holiday residences, private villas and campsites have reopened and it is advisable to follow all hygiene and cleaning standards started by each of these landmarks.
For more enquiries: Visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal/coronavirus