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What do I need to travel to Portugal?

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Portugal is one of the most popular destinations for UK holidaymakers. However, with a lot of uncertainty around, you may be asking ‘what do I need to travel to Portugal?’ Here, we’ll summarise the current advice and guidance for travel to Portugal.

What Do You Need to Travel To Portugal?

In response to Coronavirus, there have been some changes to what you need to do to travel to Portugal.

You will need to complete a Passenger Locater Form online. This allows the Portuguese authorities to contact you if you have possibly been exposed.

As with most places, you’ll be expected to provide proof of a negative Covid19 test. You can use a negative PCR test within 72 hours or travel. A negative Antigen Test can also be used if it meets EU standards.

You cannot use a test which you have done yourself. 

Make sure your results show the type of test you have taken. They must also show your name, date of birth and the dates and times of the sample and the results.

You should not use the NHS tests for overseas travel. Private tests are available and should be used.

When you arrive you may be given a health screening. Especially if your temperature is 38C or above. 

If you can’t provide a negative test result on arrival you will be made to pay for one at the airport. You’ll also be fined €300-€800. If you test positive you’ll be returned to the UK or told to quarantine in Portugal. 

Some requirements do vary if you are travelling to the Azores or Madeira.

Read through our Coronavirus travel insurance page to find out what you’ll be covered for in relation to the pandemic.

Make sure your passport is valid for at least three months after the date you leave Portugal. It should also be less than 10 years old.

The travel advice, and entry requirements to Portugal, can change quickly. Visit the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office for the very latest updates.

Do I need a Visa to Visit Portugal?

As Portugal is part of the Schengen Area visitors from the UK can travel without a visa. This is as long as your trip is less than 90 days long.

Remember that this limit does apply to other countries in the Schengen area. As long as you’ve spent less than 90 days total in the Schengen area, no visa is needed.

If you want to visit for longer than 90 days, a visa will be needed. To find out what type you will need, visit the Portuguese Embassy

Make sure you read the requirements on the Portuguese Immigration Service site.

Do I need Travel Insurance to visit Portugal?

UK travellers to Portugal should carry their EHIC or GHIC card when in the country. This can cover the costs of some emergency medical treatment, but won’t cover you for other costs such as repatriation. 

Travel insurance also covers a range of other events, such as lost baggage or having to cancel your trip.

Before you go see what options are available for Portugal Travel Insurance.