From October 15 to October 31
Following the Recommendation of the Council of the European Union of June 30, 2020, the Portuguese Government extended, on October 14, the restrictive measures on air traffic to and from Portugal that will be in force until October 31, 2020. These measures provide for:
- Authorization for air traffic to and from Portugal for:
i. Flights to and from EU countries, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland and the United Kingdom;
ii. Flights with direct connections to Portugal from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay;
iii. Flights originating in countries whose authorization is granted by joint order of the responsible Government members;
iv. Flights to and from countries that are not part of the European Union or that are not countries associated with the Schengen Area, exclusively for essential trips;
v. Flights destined to allow the return to Portugal of nationals or foreign citizens holding a residence permit in Portugal;
vi. Flights intended to allow foreign citizens who are in Portugal to return to their countries, provided that they are promoted by the competent authorities of such countries, subject to prior request and agreement, with due regard for reciprocity.
Under the terms of the order, the following trips are considered essential:
- Those carried out to allow the transit, entry or exit from Portugal, of nationals of the EU, of states associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland), and members of their families, pursuant to Directive 2004/38 / EC of the Parliament and the Council, and third-country nationals legally resident in an EU Member State;
- Those designed to allow the transit, entry into or departure from Portugal, of third-country nationals traveling for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.
Covid-19 test presentation
Mandatory: all foreign passengers that board flights mentioned in point iv. and vi. must present proof of laboratorial test (SARS-CoV-2 detection of infection) with negative result, under penalty of refusal to enter Portugal.
Portuguese nationals and legal residents in Portugal, as well as diplomatic staff posted in Portugal who do not carry proof of the negative result in the test (SARS-CoV-2 detection of infection), on arrival in Portugal, will be referred to carry out the test, at their own or the employer expenses, depending on the circumstances.
Those who refuse to carry out the test on arrival in national territory, under the terms of the aforementioned, are immediately notified by SEF (Border Police) to carry out the test within 48 hours, at their own expense, and which they may incur in crimes of disobedience and spread of contagious disease, with this notification being informed to health authorities and the territorially competent police force in the area of residence.
- Passengers on flights from EU countries, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
- National citizens, foreign citizens holding a residence permit in Portugal, and foreign citizens in transit through Portugal bound for their countries, in the framework of return flights promoted with prior authorization from Portuguese and / or local authorities, unless the worsening of the epidemiological situation in the country of origin requires that, among the conditions for prior authorization by the Portuguese authorities, it is necessary to provide the referred evidence.
Legislation: Despacho n.º 9934-A/2020
Please be informed that the Portuguese consular posts are processing all types of national visas.
As for short-term visas, restrictions still remain, with the exception of visas for EU citizens’ relatives (within the meaning of Directive 2004/38) and for essential travels (third country nationals traveling for professional reasons, study, family reunion, for health or humanitarian reasons), in accordance with the provisions of Article 4 of Order No. 7595-A / 2020.
Short-stay visas for non-essential travel may only be issued to foreign citizens legally residing in the countries listed in Annex 2 of the above referred Order: Australia, Canada, China*, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda , Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
* subject to reciprocity