Important COVID-19: travel is different
To understand the risks in a country, including the latest COVID restrictions (including for entry), follow FCDO Travel Advice.
To prevent new COVID variants from entering the UK, you should not travel to red list countries.
COVID-19 entry restrictions for Portugal
Travellers from the UK who have not been fully vaccinated must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in mainland Portugal. For more information, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section before you travel. Entry restrictions and requirements may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.
Returning to the UK
Portugal, including the Azores, is on the amber list for entering England. Madeira is on the green list for entering England. Check what you must do to enter England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
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.
Staff working for airport ground handling services Groundforce, have announced strike action from 31 July to 2 August. If you are travelling during this period, contact your airline or tour operator to check whether you will be 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 is an increased risk of forest fires during summer months and when the weather is hot and dry. See Forest fires
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.