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Last updated 02 September 2021

Travelling to Portugal, including The Algarve and Madeira, in 2021

Everything you need to know before you go

This page gives specific information about travelling to Portugal in 2021.  Please also see our main Travelling with Confidence section for general information and details about arriving back in the UK after your holiday.

Travel restrictions and entry requirements are in place for most countries and can change with little notice. It is your responsibility to check the relevant local government websites and comply with all up to date entry requirements for your destination before you travel.

Current requirements for travelling to Portugal

  • Complete a Passenger locator form.
  • All arrivals in Portugal must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival. 
  • If you haven't been vaccinated, you will have to quarantine for 14 days.
  • If you have been vaccinated, you are exempt from quarantine, but must present proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations completed at least 14 days before travel. If you live in England, Portugal will accept the NHS app or your NHS letter to demonstrate your COVID-19 vaccination status. You should not use your NHS vaccine appointment card to demonstrate your vaccine status. Failure to provide proof of vaccination and PCR test may result in your carrier not allowing you to travel.

Please refer to UK Government Foreign Travel Advice website for further updates. We recommend that you sign up for the FCDO travel advice email alert, so you automatically receive the latest travel alert for the destination you are travelling to.  You must have adequate travel insurance in place for your holiday. 

Current requirements for travelling to the UK back from Portugal

Portugal is currently on the Amber list. Please refer to the below table for the relevant requirements

Measure Green Country Vaccinated Amber Country Non-vaccinated Amber Country Red Country
Passenger Locator Form required within the 48 hours prior to arriving in the UK Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pre-departure test required 72 hours prior to arrival in England Yes Yes Yes Yes
Self-isolation No self-isolation required No self-isolation required 10 days self-isolation at home 10 days in a managed hotel
PCR test on day 2 of your arrival back into England Required Required Required Required
PCR test on day 8 of your arrival back into England Not required Not required Required Required
Test to release on day 5 Not necessary Not necessary Optional Not possible

**If you are travelling from/to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, the above tests may not be suitable for you. Please check the latest UK border control rules for you

We recognise that due to the ongoing pandemic, you are required to pay for Covid tests and are doing everything we can to make it easier and lower the cost. We have partnered with several testing firms and secured a discounted rates on PCR and Rapid Lateral Flow tests for our customers.

Provider Type Cost Promo code Notes
Randox PCR £43 OLYMPICH Can be used for either day 2, day 5 or day 8. Can also be used if your destination required a negative test before arriving.
Randox PCR £86 OLYMPICH Price includes 2 tests - useful if you are returning from an amber country and need to test on day 2 and day 8.
Eurofins PCR £44.90 None required Can be used for either day 2, day 5 or day 8. Can also be used if your destination required a negative test before arriving.
Qured Lateral Flow £35 OLYMPIC10 Take it with you on holiday and carry out the test 72 hours prior to your return flight.

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