Holiday boost in Portugal as the country lifts all Covid restrictions for the summer

BRITs heading to Portugal have received a welcome holiday boost as the country scraps more of their Covid rules.

Holidaymakers no longer need to show Covid vaccines or tests to enter mainland Portugal.


Tourists no longer need Covid vaccines or tests to visit PortugalCredit: Reuters

Previously, tourists had to have proof of vaccine or a negative Covid test.

This is no longer necessary if you are going to popular holiday hotspots such as Lisbon or the Algarve.

This also applies to the island of Madeira, although the Azores have enforced the rules so that all Britons over the age of 12 need a vaccine certificate or negative test.

A statement from Visit Portugal confirmed: “From 1 July 2022, passengers entering the national territory will no longer have to prove that they have taken a test to screen for SARS-CoV-2 infection with a negative result or a COVID-EU digital certificate or vaccination or recovery certificate issued by third countries, accepted or recognized in Portugal.”

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has since adjusted its travel advice to reflect this.

The website states: “There are no COVID vaccination or testing requirements for entry into mainland Portugal, Madeira and Porto Santo.

When you check in for your flight to the Azores, you must provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated.

“If you have not been fully vaccinated, you must provide a negative PCR test (taken no more than 72 hours before boarding), a rapid lateral flow test (not more than 24 hours before boarding), or valid evidence of recent recovery of COVID-19.

It’s not the only good news for Brits who had to go to Portugal this year.

The country recently confirmed that British travelers can use their e-gates when entering and exiting the country.

They are one of the few countries where Brits have been allowed to use them since the UK left the EU, and travelers now have to use queues outside the EU at security.

However, holidaymakers should be aware that they still need to get their passports stamped when leaving the country or else they will run into trouble later on.

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And we went to Porto – this is what you can expect from a holiday in the Portuguese city.

Holidays in mainland Portugal and Madeira are back to normal for Brits


Holidays in mainland Portugal and Madeira are back to normal for BritsCredit: Getty

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