Covid-19 Travel Traffic Light System - May 24, 2021

Portugal: your guide to 2021 travel

Covid-19 Travel Traffic Light System - May 24, 2021

Travelling to Portugal - your complete guide to testing, restrictions and recommendations

With Portugal on the UK’s list of Green counties, Brits are beginning to travel to Portugal for their holidays this summer. In this article, we give you a rundown of what tests are required to travel to Portugal, any restrictions in place, and a couple of recommendations to get your wanderlust brewing.

What tests do you need to travel to Portugal?

To enter Portugal, you must take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure. A PCR Fit to Fly test usually takes between 24-48hrs for a result once the test has reached the lab. If you are using Royal Mail delivery for your tests, you should factor this into your timeline. Once you have a negative result, you will be able to board your flight to Portugal.

Once you arrive in Portugal, you will be subject to a health screening, where a member of the airport staff will take your temperature. If your temperature is more than 38º, you will be required to take another test. If your temperature is within the normal range, you are free to leave the airport and get on with all your holiday plans!

Before your departure, you must take a Return to the UK test due to UK Government regulations. All arrivals must have tested negative for Covid-19 at least 72hrs before their arrival. You can use Qured’s rapid antigen/lateral flow test for Returning to the UK. You should order this test before you leave the UK and take it with you. While you are in Portugal, you will have a video consultation with one of our Health Advisors while you take your test.

Once you arrive back in the UK, you need to take a PCR test on Day 2 post-arrival. You must book this before you arrive in the UK (border control will ask for proof of purchase). You do not need to quarantine when you arrive unless your Day 2 test comes back as positive.

Don’t forget to fill in your passenger location forms for both legs of the journey!

Restrictions in Portugal

Portugal has some restrictions in place currently to ensure they can manage their Covid-19 case rates. They include:

  • Mandatory mask-wearing

  • Prohibition of alcohol consumption in public spaces

  • Restaurants and shows close at 10:30 pm (local time)

  • Commercial establishments close at 9 pm on weekdays and 7 pm on weekends (local time)

  • Maximum of 6 people per table indoors and 10 people per table outdoors

  • Follow social distancing guidelines

  • Wash your hands frequently

For up-to-date restrictions, check out Visit Portugal.

Portugal recommendations


Porto is the town that gave port its name and is still home to many port distilleries. You can soak up the sun at a bar on the River Douro, find out about how port is made (and bag yourself some delicious souvenirs) and wander around this beautiful town. Great for if you love a slow city, culture and port!


Lisbon is Portugal’s capital city, set on the coast. It’s known for being one of the ‘coolest’ cities in Europe, offering tourists a wide range of nightlife, history and glorious year-round climate. Lisbon can be great for young travellers, families and as a base for a beach holiday. It’s the ultimate city escape in Portugal.


Sintra is a town based in the hills of Serra de Sintra, surrounded by pine forests. It is full of whimsical castles, fairytale-esque buildings and stunning landscapes. Sintra offers a more relaxed and slow-paced holiday, perfect for a weekend getaway. It also has excellent transport links to Lisbon, making it the ideal day trip.

Faro District

Faro District is home to the Algarve and famous for its sandy beaches, cliffs and coves, luxury resorts and beautiful towns. It’s in the very south of Portugal, offering sun 300 days of the year and exceptional seafood. It’s the perfect place to relax, after what has been quite the year.

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