Portugal drops UK quarantine requirement …

… for unvaccinated Brits

Lisbon, Portugal

Unvaccinated Brits travelling to mainland Portugal will now be able to avoid quarantine. In a move that goes against the prevailing trend, the nation no longer distinguishes between arrivals who have been vaccinated against coronavirus and those who have not.

According to the latest Visit Portugal announcement, UK visitors must present a negative Covid test result: either a cheap and swift lateral flow taken within 48 hours of departure, or a slower and more expensive PCR test within 72 hours.

Shengenvisainfo report that the Portuguese authorities have updated the rules of entry for the United Kingdom and Brazil, permitting non-essential travel from the latter after an effective ban for the last eighteen months.

Announcing the decision today, September 1, the authorities announced that travel from the UK will now be possible for all travellers without the requirement of quarantine, including for those unvaccinated. The requirement of providing negative results of a PCR test or a rapid antigen test performed within 72 hours before reaching Portugal, however, remains a requirement.

Up until September 1, only Britons vaccinated with one of the vaccines accepted by Portugal as a valid proof of immunity – including Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca – were eligible to enter without quarantine. Those unvaccinated, on the other hand, were subject to a period of 14 days of self-isolation.

With the new update of the entry restrictions, travellers from Brazil can finally enter Portugal, in spite of being Portugal’s largest emigrant community. The same were, however, eligible to enter for essential purposes, like work, study and family reasons.

COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found in an earlier post

Vaccinations in Madeira: updates can be found in an earlier post

13 thoughts on “Portugal drops UK quarantine requirement …”

        • I agree with ”Madeira is lost” IF this applies to them (and hope that it’s correct that it doesn’t)

          I’ve been following the JM corona figures for Madeira consistently for the past two weeks. During that entire period there was only one day of 14 where there were none listed as coming from the UK.

          In many of those days the only non-mainland Portugal / non-local cases listed were from the UK and otherwise coupled typically with one case only from one other (varying) European country. UK figures were anything between 1 and 5 daily.

          Even in the past few days when total figures have been been between 19 and 25 case / day. There’s with one exception been at least one UK case. Today’s JM gives 18 as the previous day’s total figure – 16 local and two (what else) UK.

          [I am following this carefully because now – for the first time – I can use the justification that Madeiran figures per head are lower than those in Finland, hence there’s no reason to cancel our stay (arriving 25th October)]

      • The Independent article on this includes

        ”Its islands, Madeira and the Azores, have their own requirements – with free tests on arrival, if the travller is prepared to go into ”prophylactic isolation” for between 12 and 24 hours.

        Holidaymakers returning to the UK must take a test before departure, and pre-book a PCR test for after their arrival”

        [The second paragraph followed directly after the first. So you would think that it applies only to Madeira and The Azores, but I wonder if it’s not sloppy writing and it actually applies (only?) to mainland Portugal.]


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