Holidays in Portugal: FCO Travel Advice Update for Portugal and Madeira as Borders Open | Travel News | Trip
Portugal is a popular vacation destination among many Brits. However, travel to Portugal, including Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores, has been severely limited so far. Today, the Iberian country lifted its ban on arrivals to the UK.
Until Monday April 19, the following lockdown measures are in place.
– public gatherings are prohibited.
– supermarkets and grocery stores can open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 7 p.m. on weekends
– small street shops can open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends
– restaurants and cafes can open their terraces until 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends. Gatherings are limited to 4 people per table.
– the sale of alcohol is prohibited between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., except in restaurants and cafes
– museums, monuments, palaces and art galleries can open until 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. on weekends.
These will ease on Monday. The FCDO explains: “From April 19, 12:01 am, the restrictions on movement and access to services will vary depending on the level of risk in your town.
“For more details on the measures that will be in force in the municipalities of Moura, Odemira, Portimão and Rio Maior, see the Portuguese government website (in Portuguese).
“For more details on the measures that will be in force in the municipalities of Alandroal, Albufeira, Beja, Carregal do Sal, Figueira da Foz, Marinha Grande and Penela, see the website of the Portuguese government (in Portuguese)
“For more details on the measures that will be in force in all other municipalities in mainland Portugal, see the Portuguese government website (in Portuguese).”
Strict testing measures are still in place at the time of writing this article for arrivals in Portugal.
“You will need to show a negative RT-PCR test result for SARS / COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of departure (not required for children two years of age or younger), check the Immigration Service website Portuguese, ”says FCDO.
“Your airline may be denied boarding if you cannot provide proof of a negative RT-PCR test at check-in. Check with your airline before traveling.”
“If you arrive in Madeira or Porto Santo without an RT-PCR test, you will need to pick one up at the airport and wait for the result in government-provided accommodation.”
For the British, it is still currently illegal to travel abroad, but this rule is expected to end on May 17.
Once the holidays are over, Brits will be subject to a traffic light system.
The system will list the countries in red, orange and green.
Green countries will have the fewest restrictions on returning to the UK – and travel experts predict Portugal will be among the green destinations.