Covid-19 in Portugal: quick updates
09 February 2022
Covid tests are no longer required when entering Portugal
Covid tests are no longer required when entering Portugal as long as you carry an approved covid vaccination certificate.
In Portugal, vaccination is already undergoing the 3rd dose against covid for anyone aged over 18; and 90% of the population is fully vaccinated, including the booster shot.
At the moment, there are a few restrictions still in place in mainland Portugal:
- Masks are mandatory in all indoor public places.
- Proof of vaccination is needed when entering hotels, restaurants, shows or events with reserved seats.
- Bars, clubs, and big public events still require a negative Covid test or recovery certificate – except for those already vaccinated with the booster shot for at least 14 days.
Vaccination rollouts and herd immunity
23 September 2021
Last phase of the unlockdown
These conditions have come sooner than expected. Portugal’s current rate of vaccinated population is close to 85% and the country’s taking measures for its last phase of unlockdown. Which means that restaurants and establishments alike will no longer have restrictions on the number of people allowed, either inside or outside. This also applies to events, concerts and personal celebrations.
We are very nearly back to everyday life as we know it, with 85% of the population fully vaccinated. Autumn promises to bring events and concerts at full capacity and bars and clubs for those with EU certificates or a negative test, marking what we hope is the real beginning of the end of the pandemic on these shores.
21 September 2021
Non-essential travel from the US is permitted
Although the US Embassy Lisbon is advising people not to engage in non-essential travels, it is still permitted. You need to have in mind that proof of a negative COVID-19 test is mandatory. Your trip may be severely disrupted and there are some extra things you need to consider.
3 September 2021
As of the 2nd September 2021, 76.03% of the population of Portugal have been fully vaccinated, with at 10,5% having received their first dose, placing the country 1st in Europe and 2nd in the world for first vaccine administered.
15 August 2021
As of the 15th August 2021, 65.3% of the population of Portugal have been fully vaccinated, with at least 74% having received their first dose, placing the country 3rd in Europe and 10th in the world for first vaccine administered. Inching ever closer to the 70% mark the WHO claimed would provide for herd immunity, the rate at which Portugal’s vaccinations are progressing means that the number will soon be surpassed, edging ever closer to the 90 and 100% now saying may be required due to variants of the disease. With the percentage of those fully vaccinated expected to reach 71% in first week of September – with 85% expected to have had their first dose – October has been pinpointed as the start of the end, with restrictions lifting and a return to life as we know it. We are not far off now, all thanks to Portugal’s continued fast responsiveness and quick action.
What the future holds for Portugal
Stage 2 of Portugal’s unlockdown will come into play when 70% of the population is vaccinated, foreseen for the 1st September. Phase 2 will mean no more masks outdoors, and events will be able to run at 75% capacity – well on our way back to normality!
October, however, will mean we are very nearly back to everyday life as we know it, with 85% of the population fully vaccinated. Autumn promises to bring events and concerts at full capacity and bars and clubs for those with EU certificates or a negative test, marking what we hope is the real beginning of the end of the pandemic on these shores.