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Covid’19: PCR required and testing on arrival for unvaccinated travelers – Portugal

Portugal health authorities have reinstated PCR tests and the testing requirement for inbound unvaccinated travelers arriving in Portugal by air or sea.

For fully vaccinated, inbound travelers can present proof of vaccination as an alternative to taking a test. Travelers visiting the Azores or Madeira may have to comply with different requirements.

Following the SchengenVisaInfo.com. recommendations, Portugal requires PCR tests must be performed within 72 hours of travelling, while rapid antigen tests must be performed within 42 hours before departure.

It is also required to present a valid certification confirming full Covid vaccination, recent recovery or a recent negative test result for inbound travelers entering the country, while the requirement to present a passenger locator form has been abolished. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the requirement.

Currently, the transmissibility index (Rt) of Covid’19 rose slightly in Portugal to 1.02 and the average daily cases increased to 9,474, according to latest data from the National Institute of Health (INSA).

As reported on Thursday, the average value of the Rt for the days of April 18 to 22 was 1.02, at the national level, which represents an increase compared to the value of 1.00 recorded in the previous week.

According to the data released, the average number of daily cases for five days went from 8,931 to 9,474 at the national level, being lower in mainland Portugal (8,842).

Between January 21 and February 15, this indicator registered a sharp decline, reaching 0.71.

When visiting Portugal, the Azores and Madeira, visit the US Embassy in Portugal for updates on Covid’19 testing requirements

When visiting other EU countries, check Schengen.News to get the latest information and updates on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in the EU & Schengen Area. Schengen Area refers to the EU passport-free zone that covers most of the European countries. It’s the largest free travel area in the world.

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