Algarve News 2021 01
Algarve Tourism Bureau - News - january 2021

Non-essential travel is not recommended.

Essential journeys are those intended to allow transit, entry or departure from Portugal from:

European Union nationals, nationals of States associated with the Schengen Area and members of their families.

third-country nationals legally resident in a Member State of the European Union

third-country nationals traveling for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons, and in accordance with the principle of reciprocity.

From EU countries to Portugal

  • Travel from EU countries and the Schengen area: they do not have to submit a test to COVID-19 on departure, they will only be subjected to temperature control upon arrival at the airport;
  • Other countries which from flights are allowed: Austrália, China, Coreia do Sul, Japão, Nova Zelândia, Ruanda, Singapura, Tailândia and Hong Kong and Macau.

From UK to Portugal

A new variant (strain) of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been identified in the United Kingdom and, therefore, measures have been taken to reinforce the circulation of passengers from this country:

  • allow entry only into the national territory of nationals or holders of residence permits in Portugal and their family members, as well as diplomatic personnel placed in Portugal;
  • passenger boarding is subject to presentation of proof of laboratory test (RT-PCR) for screening for SARS-CoV-2 infection, with a negative result, performed within 72 hours prior to the time of boarding;
  • passengers who, exceptionally, do not present the test are directed by the authorities to carry out the test at the airport, the costs being borne by the passenger. In addition, while awaiting the result, they are subject to isolation at home;
  • Airlines that allow citizens to board without proof of testing incur non-compliance and are subject to an administrative offense.

From other countries to Portugal

All passengers, whether national or foreign, who:

  • travel from countries outside the EU and the Schengen area: they must present, at the time of departure, proof of test to COVID-19, with a negative result, carried out in the last 72 hours before departure


What if some passengers travel without having a test?

  • In the case of traveling without having a negative test to COVID-19, from countries outside the EU and the Schengen area, citizens:
  • nationals, residences with legal residence in Portugal, and diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal: they must carry out the test on arrival at the airport, and the test costs are the passenger's own;
  • explaining: entry into Portugal is not allowed, supporting a company that transported you the usual one to return to the country of origin on the first flight and request for payment of a fine;
  • Airlines must warn all these passengers that they cannot enter the country without taking the test unless they are portuguese or foreigners residing in Portugal.






#CantSkipTomorrow is the challenge launched today by Turismo de Portugal that calls for the promotion of more responsible and sustainable tourism in the markets of the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Brazil, and Germany.

This is an appeal to mobility, a call to unity, to collective conscience, and to the will and responsibility of these destinations to protect what has been attributed to them by nature, which is the essence of their identity and which must be preserved forever. This nature dazzles travelers and that will only be maintained if each one is responsible for attracting more respectful and more conscious visitors.

This concept derives from the global guidelines of the World Tourism Organization, which indicates that the responsible recovery of the sector, after the pandemic of COVID-19, will allow it to resume its activity even stronger and more sustainable.

Hello Britain. It's me, Tomorrow.  

Hello France. It's me, Tomorrow. 

Hello Spain. It's me, Tomorrow. 

Hello Germany. It's me, Tomorrow.


Algarve and Alentejo, Madeira and Azores among the “safest destinations” for holidays in 2021.

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