Foreign travel advice

Portugal

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

Travel in your area, including international travel, may be restricted because of domestic regulations. Different rules apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Follow all the rules that apply to you.

Other countries may close borders, restrict movement or bring in new quarantine rules with little warning. Check our advice on things to consider, and be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. Also check if you need to self isolate.

Summary

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:

  • mainland Portugal based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

If you are travelling to UK from mainland Portugal, you may need to self-isolate on your return (unless you are exempt). Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The autonomous regions of Madeira and Azores are on the list of countries and territories where self-isolation is not required on return to the UK.

Travel to Portugal is subject to entry restrictions

  • On arrival in mainland Portugal you will be subject to health screening
  • If travelling to Madeira, Porto Santo or the Azores, you must take a COVID-19 test before you travel or on arrival
  • If you test positive on arrival, you will have to remain in confinement until you receive a deconfinement certificate from the health authorities

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Portugal, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

The UK has left the European Union. The rules on travel to EU countries will stay the same until 31 December 2020. This page will be updated with country-specific information for travellers to Portugal as things change. Sign up for email alerts and view the latest updates for UK nationals travelling to and living in Europe.

Around 2.5 million British nationals visited Portugal in 2019. Most visits are trouble-free.

There is an increased risk of forest fires during summer months and when the weather is hot and dry. See Forest fires

If you’re living in or moving to Portugal, read the Living in Portugal guide in addition to this travel advice.

Beware of street crime. Thieves tend to target money and passports so don’t keep them all in one place. See Crime

Walking the levadas (ancient irrigation channels) is a popular activity in Madeira, but the walks can be challenging if you are inexperienced.  See Madeira

Terrorist attacks in Portugal can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

You can contact the emergency services by calling 112.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.