Americans With a Negative COVID Test Can Now Enter Portugal

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Portugal has officially reopened for non-essential travel from the US.

Portugal had already reopened for tourism from nations in the EU with low infection rates and the UK. As of June 15th, Portugal opened the doors to travelers from the United States, as well. 

Contrary to earlier news speculation and unlike many of the other recent EU reopenings, according to the US Embassy in Portugal, Portugal will not require proof of vaccination for entry. 

All that is currently required to enter the country is a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of takeoff or a negative rapid test taken within 24 hours of takeoff. Alternatively, you can present documentation from a licensed healthcare professional confirming you’ve recovered from covid within the last 90 days.  

Providing one of these two documents means you won’t have any quarantine requirements upon entry.

The Portuguese government has introduced one caveat to this plan. They’ll reassess the covid situation every two weeks to account for current cases within the country and abroad. The current statement expires at midnight on June 27th.

Portugal street car

Here’s what to expect if you head to Portugal soon

  • Failure to present a negative covid test at the airport upon arrival is punishable by a fine of between 300€ and 800€
  • Masks are mandatory when social distancing is not possible
  • Grocery stores are open until 7 p.m. on the weekends and 9 p.m. on weekdays
  • Stores and shopping centers are open until 7 p.m. on the weekends and 9 p.m. on weekdays
  • Cinemas, theaters, museums, conference centers, and cultural centers are open to the public
  • Alcoholic beverages can be sold at both restaurants and supermarkets until 8 p.m.
  • All sports activities are allowed, including outdoor exercise
  • Beaches are open, and masks are mandatory when moving on the beach. You don’t need to wear a mask when stationary on your towel so long as social distancing is possible (1.5m between towels)

Find the latest information at the US Embassy and Consulate to Portugal’s covid page.


Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.