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Last updated 4 October 2021
All travellers (over the age of 12) must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test to travel to or through mainland Portugal. This can include an RT-PCR test (taken within 72 hours) or an antigen test (taken within 48 hours). Airlines are likely to refuse boarding if travellers fail to provide this at check in.
If you have recovered from Covid-19 in the last 180 days, or have had both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel, you will be exempt from showing a RT-PCR test on entry to Madeira and Porto Santo. The authorities in Madeira and Porto Santo will accept the UK’s proof of Covid-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
From 4am on Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England have changed from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status. Fully vaccinated travellers can book a day 2 test with free delivery. Not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers can book their return antigen tests and day 2 and 8 travel packages with Medicspot. Further details can be found on our Covid test page.
As of May 2021, there are currently no restrictions on travelling to Portugal from England and Scotland. Please see the government website for further information.
All passengers over the age of 12 must show proof of a negative coronavirus result. This can include an RT-PCR test (taken within 72 hours) or an antigen test (taken within 48 hours). Airlines are likely to refuse boarding if travellers fail to provide this at check-in. You cannot use an NHS test for travel. Instead, you must use a government-listed provider like Medicspot.
If you have travelled from the UK to mainland Portugal, you must quarantine for 14 days in the place you are staying or at a place indicated by the Portuguese health authority, unless you can show you have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel. Children under 18 are exempt from quarantine if they are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult.
With the exception of children up to, and including, the age of 11, all travellers to Madeira and Porto Santo must complete and submit a traveller questionnaire. Travellers must also take a RT-PCR test 72 hours before travel and upload the test result to the traveller questionnaire or prepare to be tested on arrival; or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination status certificate.
If you have recovered from Covid-19 in the last 180 days, or have had both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel, you will be exempt from showing a RT-PCR test on entry to Madeira and Porto Santo.
Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status. The NHS Covid-19 Pass will allow travellers to show that they have had a full course of the Covid-19 vaccine.
If you have recovered from COVID-19, you will need to show a medical report as evidence of your recovery in the last 180 days before travel.
On arrival in Madeira and Porto Santo, you will be asked to show your RT-PCR Covid-19 test certificate if you have not uploaded it with your passenger questionnaire, or your Covid-19 vaccination status certificate.
Some airlines may not permit you to board without evidence of a negative test – check with your airline before travelling. If you are unable to show one of these certificates, you will have to take a Covid-19 test on arrival and remain in your accommodation until the results are known. This will take about 12 hours.
If your test is positive or inconclusive, you will have to repeat the test until the result is negative and remain in isolation at your accommodation.
All travellers, including children, must complete and submit a passenger questionnaire before arriving in the Azores. With the exception of children up to, and including, the age of 12, all travellers to the Azores must: take an RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel and upload the test result on to the passenger questionnaire or prepare to be tested on arrival, or show a medical report confirming recovery from Covid-19 in the last 180 days, or hold an EU-issued Covid-19 digital green certificate.
If you do not hold an EU Covid-19 digital green certificate or a medical report proving you have recovered from Covid-19 in the last 180 days and your airline has allowed you to travel without a RT-PCR Covid-19 test, you will have to take a test on arrival. Further information can be found on the regional government’s website.
To travel to Portugal, a Covid-19 RT-PCR test costs £75 whilst an antigen test costs just £29. This covers the tests as well as a Fit to Fly certificate.
Yes, Medicspot tests and Fit to Fly certificates are universally recognised by Portugal’s airlines and government.
If your Covid-19 test is negative, Medicspot will provide you with negative test results as well as a Fit to Fly certificate within the 72 or 48 hour testing requirement window.