Covid-19 – Frequently Asked Questions

According to Decree Law n.º 22-A/2021, of 17 March, visas and permits concerning the stay of foreign nationals in the national territory which have expired after 24th February, 2020 are accepted until 31st December, 2021.

The permits and visas regarding the stay in the national territory are still accepted under the same terms after 31st December, 2021, as long as their holder submits supporting evidence that he already has an appointment for the corresponding renewal.

Order n. º 4473-A/2021 of 30 April provides that every foreign national with applications pending before SEF, submitted between March 18 2020 and April 30 2021, is deemed temporarily regular in national territory. Foreign nationals in that situation have guaranteed access to every public service, specifically with regards obtaining the National Health Service user’s number and access to the NHS, as well as access to social benefits, rental contracts, employment contracts, opening of bank accounts and hiring of essential public services.

It is not an automatic legalisation. The procedure remains suspended, during its appreciation and processing period, ensuring an equal treatment for foreign nationals.

Foreign nationals who have submitted an Expression of Interest, pursuant to Act 23/2007, as amended, between March 18 2020 and April 30 2021, are deemed legal in Portugal.

Their application document for an expression of interest extracted from SAPA Portal is proof of the regular status of the person concerned. At SAPA webportal you can consult and download the certificate of registration of the expression of interest under articles 88 and 89, n.º 2 (clicking on the QR Code icon) which may be validated within SEF by public and private authorities through an access and reading key of the QR Code.

This document shall be accepted and deemed valid by all public services, specifically with regards obtaining the National Health Service user’s number and access to the NHS, as well as access to social benefits, rental contracts, employment contracts, opening of bank accounts and hiring of essential public services.

Foreign nationals who have pending proceedings before SEF, pursuant to Act 23/2007, as amended, submitted between March 18 2020 and April 30 2021, are deemed legal in Portugal.

The proof of an appointment at SEF or the application receipt for an application submitted are evidence of the regular status of the applicant.

This document shall be accepted and deemed valid by all public services, specifically with regards obtaining the National Health Service user’s number and access to the NHS, as well as access to social benefits, rental contracts, employment contracts, , opening of bank accounts and hiring of essential public services.

Foreign nationals who have pending proceedings before SEF, pursuant to the Asylum Act (Act 27/2008, as amended), submitted between March 18 2020 and April 30 2021, are deemed legal in Portugal.

The procedure remains suspended, during its appreciation and processing period, ensuring an equal treatment for foreign nationals.

According to Decree Law n.º 22-A/2021, of 17 March, residence documents, visas and documents related to the stay of foreign nationals in the national territory which have expired as from 24 February, 2020, are accepted, under the same conditions, until 31st December, 2021.

Yes. According to Decree Law n.º 22-A/2021, of 17 March, visas and permits concerning the stay of foreign nationals in the national territory which have expired after 24th February, 2020, are accepted, under the same conditions, until 31st December, 2021.

Citizens whose appointments were canceled, due to the suspension of public service, during the last few months, will receive an email from SEF indicating the new date.

Please remember that, according to Decree Law n.º 22-A/2021, of 17 March, visas and permits concerning the stay of foreign nationals in the national territory which have expired after 24th February, 2020 are accepted, under the same conditions, until 31st December, 2021.

These documents continue to be accepted under the same conditions after 31st December, 2021, as long as its holder submits supporting evidence of the scheduling for the corresponding renewal.

According to Decree Law n.º 22-A/2021, of 17 March, residence documents, visas and documents related to the stay of foreign nationals in the national territory which have expired as from 24 February, 2020 are accepted, under the same conditions, until 31 December, 2021.

These documents continue to be accepted under the same conditions after 31 December, 2021, as long as its holder submits supporting evidence of the scheduling for the corresponding renewal.

One should consider that, as defined by the law, the holder of a document certifying that a residence card of a family member or the holding of a residence card or of a permanent residence card is not, in any case, a previous condition for access to a right or the compliance of an administrative formality, and may as a beneficiary of the rights of a resident under the Community regime be certified by any other means of supporting evidence.

Currently, passport’s requests at SEF are made by pre-booking.

At SEF, please address the scheduling request through the email address gricrp.cc@sef.pt. You should indicate the following data: full name, Citizen Card number, desired location for the appointment (Lisbon / Oporto Airport), telephone, as well as preferred date for the attendance.

Please check the IRN and SEF offices where you can apply for the Portuguese Electronic Passport in mainland Portugal.

Yes, the control of persons at land borders, between Portugal and Spain, ended on April 30th and the freedom of movement between the two countries was resumed. To enter Portugal, through Spain, it is not necessary to submit a supporting evidence of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test.

However, citizens who come from South Africa, Brazil, India, Nepal or United Kingdom must comply, forcefully, a 14-days period of quarantine, at home or in a location indicated by health authorities. For the purposes of the current rule, an airport transit in any of these countries is not considered as origin.

Passengers from the United Kingdom are waived from the 14-days prophylactic isolation whenever holding a vaccination certificate carried out in that country attesting the complete vaccine schedule of the holder for, at least, 14 days with a COVID-19 vaccine with marketing authorisation under Regulation (EC) n.º 726/2004.

The quarantine period is also applicable to citizens who, regardless of origin, come from South Africa, Brazil, India, Nepal or United Kingdom, in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Portugal.

These citizens should previously register the data related to the place of stay in national territory at https://travel.sef.pt.

Mobile controls will be carried out by security forces and SEF on vehicles for the collective transport of passengers, motorhomes and light vehicles, in order to inform citizens of the duties to which they are subject.

Order nr. 11740-E/2021, establishing several restrictive measures to air traffic from and to Portugal mainland is currently in force.

1. Passengers from the European Union and Schengen Area countries (Lichtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland), as well as the United Kingdom can enter into Portugal against the submission, at the time of departure, as follows:

– A negative test (TAAn or TRAg from 72 or 48 hours before the time of boarding, accordingly);
or
– An EU COVID Digital Certificate for test or recovery certification.

2. Passengers from Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Indonesia, Kuwait, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, People’s Republic of China, Ruanda, Uruguay, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan may enter into Portugal against the submission, at the time of departure, as follows:
– A negative test (TAAn or TRAg from 72 or 48 hours before the time of boarding, accordingly);
or
– An EU COVID Digital Certificate for test or recovery certification.

3. Passengers from other countries (except South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia or Zimbabwe)
3.1. Essential travelling (Professionals, Study, Family Reunification, Health and Humanitarian issues) and repatriation fights:
– A negative test (TAAn or TRAg, from 72 or 48 hours before the time of boarding, accordingly);
or
– An EU COVID Digital Certificate for test or recovery certification.
3.2 For Non-essential travelling, as follows:
– EU COVID Digital Certificate or alike or recognised vaccination certificate or full recovery;
and
– A negative test (TAAn or TRAg from 72 or 48 hours before the time of boarding, accordingly), or EU COVID Digital Certificate for test or recovery certification;

Passengers from whatever origin not submitting a negative TAAN/TRAg test;
An EU COVID DIGITAL Certificate for test or recovery certification;
An EU COVID Digital Certificate or alike; Recognised Vaccination Certificate or for full recovery:
– Nationals from third countries not living in Portugal, except for PALOP, are refused to entry in to the national territory;
– EU/Schengen Area citizens and legally living in Portugal, their relatives and diplomats, are notified for the COVID testing at their own expenses, waiting for the result in a proper area at the airport.

Citizens from South Africa, Brasil, India, Nepal or United Kingdom must comply with a 14-day prophylactic isolation period at home or place provided by the health authorities.

Passengers from the United Kingdom are waived from the 14-days prophylactic isolation whenever holding a vaccination certificate carried out in that country attesting the complete vaccine schedule of the holder for, at least, 14 days with a COVID-19 vaccine with marketing authorisation under Regulation (EC) n.º 726/2004.

According to the legislation in force, they must register the data regarding the place of stay in the national territory at http://travel.sef.pt, receiving the corresponding certificate which includes the address of the place of destination in the national territory which must be submitted at the border control. The certificate is for consultation purposed by the health authorities (DGS) to determine the compliance of the prophylactic isolation. Any doubts and questions involving the compliance of the prophylactic isolation must be addressed/clarified within the corresponding health authority of the area of residence.

According to the Order n.º 8652-C/2021, passengers travelling from South Africa, India or Nepal arriving to Portugal exclusively for the below mentioned sports activities of international professional competitions, are exempted from the mandatory prophylactic isolation, as long as the compliance of a set of proper measures for the maximum reducing of contagion risks is ensured, in particular avoiding non-sport contacts, and the compliance of rules and guidelines provided by the Directorate-General for Health.

List of competitions:

1 — Sailing — 29 August to 3 September — Cascais — Class SB20 World Championship.
2 — Football — 29 August to 7 September — Oeiras — Under-18 Men National Team — Gathering.
3 — Football — 30 August to 1 September — Quiaios — Women Under-19 National Team
— Gathering.
4 — Paddle — 30 August to 5 September — Cascais — WPT Cascais Paddle Masters.
5 — Football — 30 August to 8 September — Oeiras — AA National Team — Qualifying Game.
6 — Canoeing — 30 August to 6 September — Montemor -o -Velho — Speed World Youth and Under-23 Championship.
7 — Football — 30 August to 6 September — Oeiras — Under -21 National Team — Qualifiers Gathering.
8 — Football — 30 August to 8 September — Oeiras — Under -17 Men National Team — Gathering.
9 — Football — 1 September — Faro/Loulé — AA National Team vs Republic of Ireland — Qualifying Game.
10 — Cycling — 2 to 5 September — Lisboa/Lisboa — 1st Women Volta a Portugal.
11 — Basketball — 3 to 5 de September — Lisboa — Basketball International Tournament Lisboa.
12 — Football — 3 September — Famalicão — Under -19 National Team Men vs Belgium — Friendly Match.
13 — Football — 3 to 5 September — Viseu — Futsal AA National Team vs Paraguay — Friendly Match.
14 — Canoeing — 3 to 6 September — Montemor -o -Velho — Speed World Youth and Under-23 Championship.
15 — Handball — 4 September — Lisboa — European League — 1st qualifier — Benfica X
Kriens -Luzern.
16 — Cycling — 4 September — Anadia — UEC BMX European Cup — Round 5.
17 — Tennis — 4 to 12 September — Beloura, Sintra — ITF Beloura Mens.
18 — Tennis — 4 to 12 September — Leiria — ITF Leiria Ladies Open.
19 — Tennis — 4 to 12 September — Porto — Sistelmar Junior Cup I.
20 — Cycling — 5 September — Anadia — UEC BMX European Cup — Round 6.
21 — Football — 6 September — Amadora — Under -21 National Team vs Belarus — Qualifier.
22 — Football — 6 to 9 September — Oeiras — Under -17 Women National Team — Gathering.
23 — Wheelchair Tennis — 6 to 9 September — Setúbal — Baía de Setúbal VIII Open.
24 — Roller Hockey — 6 to 11 September — Paredes — UNDER 17 European Championship.
25 — Roller Hockey — 6 to 11 September — Paredes — UNDER 19 European Championship.
26 — Paddle — 6 to 12 September — Oeiras — APT Oeiras Open.
27 — Football — 7 September — Oeiras — Under -20 National Team vs Poland — Friendly Match.
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28 — Football — 7 September — Guimarães — Under -19 Men National Team vs Czech Republic — Friendly Match.
29 — Bodyboard — 7 to 12 September — Praia Grande, Sintra — Sintra Pro.
30 — Football — 8 to 12 September — Figueira da Foz — Euro Beach Soccer League.
31 — Squash — 8 to 12 September — Madeira — Madeira Squash International Tournament.
32 — Football — 9 September — Alcochete — UWCL — SL Benfica vs FC Twente.
33 — Motor Racing — 10 to 11 September — Centre of Portugal — ACP 500 Milles.
34 — Equine — 10 to 12 September — Esposende — International Jump Competition 1*.
35 — Dance/Latina «Pairs» — 11 September — Vila Nova de Famalicão — Latina World Cup 2021.
36 — Shooting with hunting guns — 11 September — Vale das Pedras — Portugal Championship + Grand Prix Sport Fedecat.
37 — Tennis — 11 to 19 September — Beloura, Sintra — ITF Beloura Men’s.
38 — Tennis — 11 to 19 September — Caldas da Rainha — ITF Caldas da Rainha Ladies
Open.
39 — Tennis — 11 to 19 September — Maia — Maia Youth International Cup.
40 — Tennis — 11 to 19 September — Porto — Sistelmar Junior Cup II.
41 — Football — 13 to 20 September — Oeiras — Under -16 Men National Team — Gathering.
42 — Football — 13 to 20 September — Luso — Women Futsal National Team — Friendly Match vs Denmark.
43 — Football — 15 September — Guimarães — Women B National Team — Friendly Match vs São Tomé and Príncipe.
44 — Football — 15 September — Lisboa — UCL — Sporting CP vs. AFC Ajax.
45 — Football — 16 September — Oeiras — Under -19 Women National Team vs Denmark — Friendly Match.
46 — Motor Racing — 16 to 18 September — Açores — Azores Rallye.
47 — Basketball — 16 to 19 September — Lisboa — FIBA 3×3 2021 U17 Europe Cup.
48 — Aeromodelling, class F3GPS — 17 to 19 September — Mogadouro — Mogadouro GPS
TR Challenge Cup 2021.
49 — Motorcycling — 17 to 19 September — Gouveia — Nations Trial.
50 — Football — 18 September — Oeiras — Under -19 Women National Team vs Republic of Ireland — Friendly Match.
51 — Rugby — 18 September — Lisboa — European Nations CUP Game, Lusitanos vs Castilla Y Leon.
52 — Table tennis — 18 to 22 September — Lisboa — WTT Youth Star Contender.
53 — Tennis — 18 to 26 September — Beloura, Sintra — Beloura Junior Cup.
54 — Tennis — 18 to 26 September — Braga — ATP Challenger 80 Braga Open.
55 — Tennis — 18 to 26 September — Santarém — ITF Santarém Ladies Open.
56 — Football — 19 September — Oeiras — Under -17 Women National Team vs Republic of Ireland — Friendly Match.
57 — Golf — 19 to 26 September — Óbidos — Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos.
58 — Pigeon Fancier — 20 September — Riachos — Derby de Riachos 2021 — One Loft Race.
59 — Handball — 21 September — Maia/Lisboa — European League — 2nd Qualifier.
60 — Football — 21 September — Oeiras — Under -19 Women National Team vs Norway —
Friendly Match.
61 — Football — 22 September — Oeiras — Under -17 Women National Team vs Republic of Ireland — Friendly Match.
62 — Rowing — 22 September to 3 October — Praia da Torre, Oeiras — 2021 World Rowing
Coastal Championships and Beach Sprint Finals Oeiras.
63 — Handball — 23 September — Porto —Champions League — 2nd Round — Porto X
SG Flensburg -Handewitt.
64 — Paddle — 24 to 26 September — Coimbra — 4th Open Star Paddle Outdoor.
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65 — Judo — 25 September — Coimbra — Kiyoshi Kobayashi International Cup.
66 —Motor racing — 25 to 26 September — Portimão — Pure Mclaren Gt Series.
67 — Pigeon Fancier — 25 September — Moledo do Minho — Moledo Pigeons Race Atlantic
Coast 2021.
68 — Football — 25 to 26 September — Oeiras — Under -15 Men National Team — Gathering.
69 — Tennis — 25 September to 3 October — Lisboa — ATP Challenger 80 Lisboa — Belém
Open.
70 — Tennis — 25 September to 3 October — Lisboa — ITF Lisboa Ladies Open.
71 — Football — 27 to 29 September — Oeiras — Under -19 Women National Team — Gathering.
72 — Handball — 28 September — Maia/Lisboa — Liga Europa — 2nd qualifying.
73 — Football — 28 September — Porto — UCL — FC Porto vs Liverpool FC.
74 — Football — 28 September — Lisboa — UCL — SL Benfica vs FC Barcelona.
75 — Basketball — 30 September — Ponta Delgada — FIBA EuroCup Women/Qualifying
Round.
76 — Football — 30 September — Braga — UEL — SC Braga vs FC Midtjylland.

Flights from and to South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe are suspended.
However, passengers from these countries, calling or staying, must submit as follows:
– A negative test (TAAn or TRAg from 72 or 48 hours before the time of boarding, accordingly), and the EU COVID Digital Certificate or alike;
or
– EU COVID Digital Certificate for test or full recovery certification.
At the arrival, these passengers must be tested at the airport, wait for the assessment of the Health authority, and led to a 14-days prophylactic confinement at their domicile or place provided by the Health Authority.

The passenger does not submit the abovementioned documents:
– In case of European Union/Schengen Area citizens living in Portugal, their relatives or diplomats, a test shall be made at the airport where they will wait for the assessment of the Health Authority and led to a 14-days prophylactic confinement at their domicile or place provided by the Health Authority.

– In case of non-European Union/Schengen Area citizens living in Portugal, their relatives or diplomats, the entry into the national territory shall be refused.

Currently, boarding, landing and shore leaves of passengers and ships’ crew of cruise ships in ports located in mainland national territory is allowed, except passengers which origin or destination are countries to which essential travelling is allowed only  Essential travelling are those traveling made for professional reasons, of study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.

To board, land and shore leaves citizens need to submit a negative SARSCoV-2 lab testing of nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) or rapid antigen test (TRAg), performed within 72 or 48 hours before boarding, respectively, except for children under 12 years old.

Passengers and crew members landing definitely in ports located in mainland national territory, from South Africa, India or Nepal must comply with a prophylactic isolation period of 14 days at home or in a place pointed out by health authorities. For the purposes of the current rule, an airport transit in any of these countries is not considered as origin.

The rules in force for the Autonomous Region of Madeira can be found here. As far as the Azores, the information is available here.​

You can consult all the informations here.