Portugal to impose Covid-19 test rule for travellers

Portugal is tightening Covid-19 restrictions as case numbers are rising – and introducing the need for arrivals by air to present a negative test result.

Prime minister António Costa announced the changes on Thursday, according to reports, although the country has not seen a surge on the scale witnessed elsewhere in Europe.

Reuters said airlines will be fined €20,000 euros if they transport anyone who does not carry proof of a Covid-19 test, including those who are fully vaccinated.

Passengers can take a PCR or a rapid antigen test, 72 hours or 48 hours respectively before departure.

The new rules come into force on December 1.

Also from that date, wearing a face mask will again be mandatory in enclosed spaces and a digital certificate proving vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 must be shown to enter restaurants, cinemas and hotels.

Reuters said Portugal has one of the world’s highest rates of vaccination against Covid-19, at about 87%, but it saw 3,773 new cases on Wednesday, the highest daily figure in four months.

Picture of Carvoeiro fishing village, Algarve, Portugal, by DaLiu/Shutterstock

Share article

View Comments

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.