COVID-19 entry restrictions for Portugal
Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Portugal’s current entry restrictions and requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
Mainland Portugal is currently in a state of alert due to a heightened risk of forest fires. You should familiarise yourselves with local emergency procedures and restrictions in place. See Natural disasters.
There are rules on the entry and exit of children (aged 17 and under) who are travelling unaccompanied or in the company of an adult who is not their parent or legal guardian. See Travelling with children for further information.
Industrial action can occur occasionally and cause delays and disruption to travel. Remain vigilant and follow the guidance provided by your airline or tour operator if you find you are affected.
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.
For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page
There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into the EU for further information.
Around 2.5 million British nationals visited Portugal in 2019. Most visits are trouble-free.
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.