Fully vaccinated UK travellers no longer need a COVID test to enter Portugal

Oct 12, 2021

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Portugal has dropped all COVID-19 testing requirements for fully vaccinated visitors from the U.K.

The decision comes as the popular western European holiday destination looks to attract Brit travellers who seek some winter sun as temperatures drop back home. Portugal has adjusted its entry requirements a number of times this year as it navigates the pandemic and its all important tourism industry. In June, it dropped the negative PCR test mandate and allowed visitors to enter with a cheaper lateral flow test. Now, if you are fully vaccinated, no tests at all are needed. This will save travellers a good amount of money, given that PCR tests are quite expensive, generally costing between £50-£100.

Lateral flow tests are cheaper and offer faster results, both measures that are helpful for travel plans.

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The Foreign Office website has this updated information. No COVID tests are required for U.K. visitors to enter Portugal, “If you have an NHS COVID Pass or an EU digital COVID vaccination certificate showing you have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before you travel, or an EU COVID recovery certificate showing you have recovered from COVID-19 no less than 11 days and no more than 180 days of when you are due to travel.”

You will need to show a digital or paper copy of your COVID vaccination or recovery certificate when you check-in for your flight, and fill out a passenger locator form. Those adults who have not received both jabs yet must still provide a negative test for entry. This pre-departure test must be taken within 72 hours of your flight if it’s a PCR test, or 48 hours from departure if its a lateral flow exam. Unvaccinated adults and children aged 12 or over must take a lateral flow test within 48 hours of entering mainland Portugal.

Quarantine for unvaccinated arrivals from the U.K. is no longer required.

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Portugal, long a popular destination for Brits, joins Spain, France, and Greece in countries removing all restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors. It is no secret that officials in Lisbon are keen to do whatever they can to lure tourists back to their country, as many families begin making winter plans. Easing entry restrictions will likely have a positive impact in that regard.

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