Portugal Travel Test Requirements

 

The information we have collated below was Updated on 06/12/2021.

Whilst we endeavour to keep this page updated regularly, it is possible that travel requirements may change. We recommend that you check the latest advice regarding international travel by visiting - Portugal travel advice - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

The details below were collated using information displayed on the Portuguese and UK government is applicable for those travelling to and from Portugal and the UK, based on the current requirements as of 6th December 2021.

Some airlines may have different requirements for travel, so please check with your airline as to the requirements they have in place.

For all visitors we advise that a comprehensive Travel Insurance policy, that includes relevant cover for Covid-19 is taken out before your holiday.

Travelling from the UK to Portugal

The below rules apply to all passengers arriving by air, as well as by road, rail, or sea.

  • You need to complete your online passenger locator form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in Portugal

https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card

  • All travellers aged 12 years and above must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to or through mainland Portugal.

Your test certificate should meet the following criteria:

- An antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure (If you have an antigen test, make sure it meets the standards set out in the EU common list of Rapid Antigen Tests)

- A RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

- Your test result must identify the following - the type of test taken, your full name, your date of birth, the date and time the sample was collected and the date of the result

Please note

- You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

- Your airline may deny boarding if you cannot show one of these documents when you check-in for your flight.

- If you arrive to mainland Portugal and you do not have a negative COVID test result as described above, you may be made to pay for a test at your own expense at the airport and pay a fine of between €300-800. If the result is positive, you may be returned to your country of origin, or made to quarantine for 14 days at your own accommodation or at a place indicated by the Portuguese health authority.

- You will be subject to health screening on arrival. If your temperature is 38ºC or over or you show signs of being unwell, you may be required to take a further COVID-19 test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.

  • Quarantining on arrival in mainland Portugal

If you have travelled from or transited through any of the following countries in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Portugal, then you will have to self-isolate for 14 days: South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini (former Swaziland), Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, or Mozambique.

If you arrive to mainland Portugal and your Covid test result is positive, you may be returned to your country of origin, or made to quarantine for 14 days.

If the quarantining rules apply to you, complete this form SEF Travel

Before you return to the UK - Travelling from Portugal to UK

Different countries within the UK may have different entry requirements. Please check the government website for the country you are travelling into.

https://gov.wales/rules-international-travel-and-wales-coronavirus

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine/

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-advice

What you must do when travelling to England depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated or NOT fully vaccinated.

To qualify under the fully vaccinated rules for travel to England, you must have proof of full vaccination with a full course of an approved vaccine.

You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. The day you had your final dose does not count as one of the 14 days.

The proof of vaccination must have been issued by either

- The UK vaccination programme

- The United Nations vaccine programme for staff and volunteers

- An overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK

Travelling from Portugal to England if you are fully vaccinated

  • All people aged 12 years and over must take a COVID-19 test before they travel to England.

You must take the test in the 2 days before your service to England departs. If your journey to England is a multi-leg journey, you must take the test in the 2 days before the start of the first leg.

This could include tests such as: a nucleic acid test, including a PCR test, a LAMP test, an antigen test, such as an LFD (lateral flow device) test. You must check with your test provider that the test meets the standards. You must use a private test provider. You cannot use an NHS test for your day 2 COVID-19 PCR test. You cannot take an NHS test abroad with you to use on yourself before you return.

If you have recently recovered from COVID but are no longer infectious, you should use a lateral flow device (LFD) test as they have a lower sensitivity than PCR or LAMP tests, so they are less likely to return a positive result from a historic infection.

If you do not present proof that you have tested negative, you may not be able to board your transport to England. If you arrive in England without proof, you tested negative, you could be fined £500.

You must provide the original test result notification as either a printed document, an email or text message you can show on your phone (make sure your device is charged). Your test result must be in either English, French or Spanish. Translations will not be accepted. It must include the following information: Your full name (which should match the name on your travel documents), your date of birth or age, the result of the test, the date the test sample was collected or received by the test provider, the name of the test provider and their contact details, confirmation of the device used for the test, or that the test was a PCR test.

  • Book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 PCR test - to be taken after you arrive in England

You cannot use an NHS test for your day 2 COVID-19 PCR test. You must use a private test provider.

If you're in England for less than 2 days, you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 PCR test.

  • You need to complete your online passenger locator form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK (You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form).

 Public Health Passenger Locator Form (provide-journey-contact-details.homeoffice.gov.uk)

On arrival in England from Portugal if you are fully vaccinated

  • After you have arrived in England you must take a day 2 COVID-19 PCR test (This is the test that you booked before travel).

You can take the test any time after you arrive and before the end of day 2 at the latest. The day you arrive is day 0.

You must quarantine until you receive a negative day 2 COVID-19 PCR test, or until you leave England, whichever is sooner.

What to do once you have received your day 2 PCR test results

- If your test result is negative, you can end your quarantine.

- If your test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of the test is day 0.

- If your test result is unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0. You may also choose to take another private test. If the result of that test is negative, you can stop self-isolating.

- If your test result is delayed, you must quarantine until you receive a negative test result or until day 14 after arrival, whichever is sooner.

Please Note - Children and other groups that can follow the fully vaccinated rules

Even if you are not fully vaccinated, the fully vaccinated rules apply if you are:

- Under 18 (Children aged 4 and under do not have to take any COVID-19 travel tests. Children aged 5 to 17 must follow the testing and quarantine rules for people who qualify as fully vaccinated on arrival in England. This means that they must quarantine on arrival and take a PCR test on or before day 2).

- Taking part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK or the USA (US residents only for USA trials), or a phase 2 or 3 vaccine trial that is regulated by the EMA or SRA

- Unable to have a COVID-19 vaccination for a medical reason which has been approved by a clinician under the medical exemptions process, and you are resident in England

Travelling from Portugal to England if you are NOT fully vaccinated

  • All people aged 12 years and over must take a COVID-19 test before they travel to England.

You must take the test in the 2 days before your service to England departs. If your journey to England is a multi-leg journey, you must take the test in the 2 days before the start of the first leg.

This could include tests such as: a nucleic acid test, including a PCR test, a LAMP test, an antigen test, such as an LFD (lateral flow device) test. You must check with your test provider that the test meets the standards. You must use a private test provider. You cannot use an NHS test for your day 2 COVID-19 PCR test. You cannot take an NHS test abroad with you to use on yourself before you return.

If you have recently recovered from COVID but are no longer infectious, you should use a lateral flow device (LFD) test as they have a lower sensitivity than PCR or LAMP tests, so they are less likely to return a positive result from a historic infection.

If you do not present proof that you have tested negative, you may not be able to board your transport to England. If you arrive in England without proof, you tested negative, you could be fined £500.

You must provide the original test result notification as either a printed document, an email or text message you can show on your phone (make sure your device is charged). Your test result must be in either English, French or Spanish. Translations will not be accepted. It must include the following information: Your full name (which should match the name on your travel documents), your date of birth or age, the result of the test, the date the test sample was collected or received by the test provider, the name of the test provider and their contact details, confirmation of the device used for the test, or that the test was a PCR test.

  • Book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests - to be taken after arrival in England

 You cannot use an NHS test for your day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests. You must use a private test provider.

 If you're in England for less than 2 days, you still need to book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR test.

  • You need to complete your online passenger locator form any time in the 48 hours before you arrive in the UK (You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference numbers on your passenger locator form).

 Public Health Passenger Locator Form (provide-journey-contact-details.homeoffice.gov.uk)

On arrival in England from Portugal if you are NOT fully vaccinated

  •  After you arrive in England you must quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 full days
  •  Take your day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests test (These are the tests that you booked before travel).

You must take the first test on or before day 2 and the second test on or after day 8. The day you arrive is day 0.

What to do once you have received your day 2 and day 8 PCR test results

- If your day 2 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0. You do not need to take the day 8 test if your day 2 test is positive.

- If your day 2 test is negative, you must take your day 8 test. If your day 8 test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the day 8 test is day 0.

- If your day 2 test is negative, you must continue to quarantine. You must take your day 8 test on or after day 8. If your day 8 test is negative, you can stop quarantine on whichever is later: day 10 (day 0 is the day you arrived in England) or when you receive the day 8 test result.

- If the result of your day 2 test is unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the test is day 0.

- If your day 8 test is unclear, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day you took the day 8 test is day 0.

Test to Release scheme

If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

 

Portugal test centres should you require one during your stay

Please see a full list of covid testing centres and their contact numbers where the PCR test and/or the Antigen test can be done by appointment. These testing centres fulfil all the criteria recommended by WHO and the requirements for travelling to the UK. The results are provided in several languages by email. PCR tests cost from 100€ and the results take 24-36 hours. Antigen tests cost from 30€ and the result take 1-2 hours.