What is the Covid Situation in Portugal? (Dec 2020)

Hello all!

So we want to avoid the dreaded C word at all costs but I want to leave an update here just so you know the situation. Who can enter the country?

Please check our favourite resource to see what the border situation is:


You can also check your embassy or government travel websites for their guidance.

Measures put in place after 24th December 2020

  • Use of masks in public places (including on public streets) is obligatory by law Nationwide

  • Commercial location and places of work have the right to read you temperature using non-invasive methods

  • Diagnostic Covid19 test may be administers at the point of entry to the country

  • Use of the StayAway Covid App is recommended to all citizens and travllers in the country

Rule of 5

  • Social distancing

  • Frequent hand washing

  • Mandatory use of masks

  • “Respiratory etiquette” e.g essentially sneezing or coughing into your elbow

  • StayAway Covid App

Other important national measures

  • Obligatory confinement of those sick with Covid19

  • Weddings and baptism are limited to 50 people maximum

  • Other events and celebrations are limited to 5 people maximum, unless from the same family

  • Establishments can have a maximum of 0.05 people per square meter

  • Closing hours of commercial establishments between 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm, by decision of the local mayor

  • Restaurants: public access until 00:00 and closing at 01:00; capacity limited to 50% of the full capacity; groups limited to 5 people, unless they belong to the same household, or 4 people in establishments within 300 meters of a school and in the food courts of shopping centers; mandatory advance booking

  • The sale of alcoholic beverages is forbidden in service areas and, from 20:00, in any store

  • The consumption of alcoholic beverages on public roads is prohibited

  • Private vehicles with a capacity greater than 5 seats can only drive with 2/3 of their capacity unless all belong to the same household