Portugal Plans to Open to US Travelers

 Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira announced that fully vaccinated US tourists would be permitted to enter Portugal, with more details in the coming week. Vieira did not give a specific date or additional requirements, other than vaccination, for US tourists.


After a lengthy border lockdown, Portugal has begun to reopen its borders. The border with Spain opened on April 30, 2021, and travelers can pass between the two countries without providing a COVID-19 negative test results. Travelers coming from South Africa, Brazil, India, or Nepal are required to quarantine for 14 days at home or in a location indicated by health authorities.

Currently, till 11:59 pm on June 27, several restrictions related to air travel to Portugal are in effect. The following travel is permitted:

  • Flights from and to the European Union countries, and from the Schengen Associated Countries (Lichtenstein, Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland) as well as to and from the UK.
  • Flights from countries with a positive epidemiological assessment, according to Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 of the Council, of June 30, 2020, and amendments thereto (Australia, South Korea, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, Republic of China and Special Autonomous Regions – Hong Kong, Macau).
  • Flights from and to non-EU or Schengen countries to allow the transit or entry into Portugal of citizens traveling for professional reasons, study, family reunification, for health or humanitarian reasons.
  • Flights returning nationals or holders of a residence permit in mainland Portugal and repatriation flights to return foreign nationals staying in Portugal to their home countries.