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ETIAS for Portugal: requirements for Canadian citizens

From 2025, Canadian citizens will need to apply for an ETIAS for Portugal from Canada before visiting the country.

The online Electronic Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) application will be straightforward and take a matter of minutes to complete.

The ETIAS Canada travel document will be an obligatory requirement to enter Portugal from Canada , or any other nation in the Schengen Area.

Do Canadians need a visa for Portugal?

Canadians do not need a visa to go to Portugal for up to 90 days. They can visit Portugal visa-free for tourism, business, or transit.

Although Canadians do not need a visa, from 2025 they will need to register with ETIAS Portugal to enjoy visa-free travel.

Citizens from Canada only need a visa to travel to Portugal if they:

  • Do not meet all the requirements to enter Portugal from Canada with ETIAS
  • Wish to stay for more than 90 days per 180-day period
  • Are going to Portugal for reasons other than tourism, business, or transit

Travellers from Canada who need a visa for Portugal should apply through an embassy.

Etias Portugal for canadians

Am I eligible for ETIAS Canada for Portugal?

Do you have a canadian passport, are you travelling to portugal for tourism, business, or transit, will you stay for 90 days or less.

If you meet all the above conditions you are eligible for ETIAS.

If you answered no to any of these questions you are not eligible for ETIAS and will need an embassy visa to visit Portugal.

How can Canadians apply for an ETIAS visa waiver for Portugal?

Canadians will be able to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver for Portugal by completing the online application. The form involves entering a range of information, including:

  • Personal information
  • Passport details
  • Contact information
  • Travel plans

There will also be some security-related questions. All the data provided will be cross-checked using various security databases such as Interpol and Europol.

To submit the ETIAS application for Portugal it will be necessary to pay the application fee using a credit or debit card.

Passport and document requirements with ETIAS

Canadians with a valid Canadian passport can apply for an ETIAS visa waiver . There will be a section of the form where applicants will need to enter their passport details, including its number, nationality, and expiry date.

The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended date of departure from Portugal and the Schengen Area.

The Portugal ETIAS approval is attached to one specific passport and cannot be transferred. This means that travellers must use the same passport to apply for ETIAS and to enter Portugal . If a passport expires, the attached ETIAS will not be valid.

Travelling to Portugal from Canada with ETIAS authorisation

Once an application has been submitted and approved, the ETIAS Portugal from Canada will be sent to the applicant by email . Canadians will be able to visit Portugal from Canada by presenting the visa waiver , along with their passport, to the border authorities.

Please note that ETIAS will not change the visa-free status of Canadians (ETIAS is not a visa) but will still be mandatory.

There are no internal hard borders within the Schengen Area . There is only a singular, shared border. This means Canadian travellers will be able to move freely between the Schengen countries once they have entered the free-travel zone.

The ETIAS EU visa waiver will be valid for 3 years and will allow Canadians to enter for periods of up to 90 days in Portugal or any country in the Schengen Area.

Travel and Tourist information for Canadians in Portugal

Portugal is a popular destination for Canadian travellers, with many choosing to visit the country as part of a European trip.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Portugal welcomed 351,000 Canadians annually . These visitors stayed in the country for a total of 921,000 nights.

The most popular time of the year to visit Portugal in between July and October , with October seeing the most Canadian tourists.

The data mentioned above was recorded in 2018 by the Instituto Nacional de Estatística in Portugal, with post-pandemic numbers still to be finalised.

Health information for Canadians travelling to Portugal

The level of healthcare is high in Portugal , however health insurance is recommended as it eliminates the risk of high medical costs. Visitors should bear the following things in mind:

  • Bring medication in its original packaging, clearly labelled
  • Emergency services is 112
  • Tap water is safe to drink
  • Be mindful of the sun: drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen

Canadian embassy and consulates in Portugal

Embassy of canada in lisbon.

  • Address: Avenida da Liberdade 198-200, 3rd Floor, 1269-121 Lisbon
  • Telephone: +351 21 316 4600

Consulate of Canada in Faro

  • Address: Rua Frei Lourenço de Santa Maria No. 1, 1st Floor, Apartado 79, 8000-352 Faro
  • Postal Address: P.O. Box 79, Faro, 8001-901
  • Telephone: +351 289 803 757

Consulate of Canada in Ponta Delgada

  • Address: Rua D’Agua, 28, 9500-040 Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores
  • Telephone: +351 296 281 488

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Entry Requirements can vary greatly during the Covid-19 pandemic. We do our best to update these as new information is released, but please confirm travel eligibility with Government issued information here .

Entry Requirements for Travelers to Portugal

Depending on your country of origin, you may need a passport, visa or simply your national ID card to enter Portugal.

Traveling with a Passport 

EU citizens within the Schengen area are able to enter the country simply by exhibiting their ID card – which is mandatory when flying, for example, but may not always be asked for when entering via land. Passports are of course valid as well, while no visa or return ticket is required.

International travelers (outside EU) must provide a valid passport with at least six months’ validity, as well as proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay. A return ticket is recommended but not compulsory.

Traveling with a Visa

European citizens do not need a visa to enter Portugal, however should their stay be longer than 90 days they will need to apply for a residence permit.

Citizens of non-EU countries mentioned in the table above do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days in any 180 day window if they are traveling with the purpose of visiting friends or family, for business reasons, or to attend cultural and sports events. If the purpose of travel is different, it is recommended to check with the respective embassies or consulates in order to obtain correct information.

Nationals of countries not mentioned above may be able to visit Portugal and other Schengen countries for up to 90 days. More detailed entry requirements can be checked here when planning your trip.

Traveling During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the Coronavirus pandemic evolves, so do entry requirements for Portugal. The local government has implemented a series of public health measures to protect citizens and visitors alike.

A digital certificate with full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test is no longer required to enter Portugal! You can travel to Portugal without a test or proof of vaccination.

Covid-19 Rules in Portugal

Most COVID-19 restrictions in Portugal have been lifted. For mainland Portugal and the Azores, you ONLY need to wear a mask in public transport, taxis as well as when visiting nursing homes and health facilities. You do not need to wear a mask in restaurants, bars, shopping malls, etc. 

In Madeira, the mask rules are slightly different. The use of a mask is mandatory for people over the age of 6 in the following scenarios:

  • Health facilities and services, including pharmacies;
  • In public transport, taxis and similar passenger transport;
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  • In confirmed cases of COVID-19, in all circumstances, whenever the person is out of the location of isolation, until the 10th day after the onset of symptoms or a positive test result.

According to an update by DGS on July 7 to norm 004/2020 , here are the full Covid-19 isolation updates:

  • People with asymptomatic infection or mild illness: 5 days
  • People with asymptomatic infection or mild illness, hospitalize or in an elderly residence: 7 days
  • People with moderate illness: 10 days
  • People with serious illness: 20 days or 10 days with a negative rapid antigen test
  • People with serious immunosuppression: case by case basis decided by medical professionals

It is also no longer necessary to quarantine after being in contact with someone with COVID. You do not need to provide an EU Covid Digital Certificate when entering a restaurant, club, or bar, meaning you no longer need a vaccine or test to enter these locations.

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Can you please update travel by air requirements? These are outdated

We have updated the travel requirements, thank you!

Hi Lara I’m hoping to travel from Scotland to Faro 26th March 22 but I’ve just noticed my passport expires 25th April 22 does this mean I can’t travel? Regards Helen

Unfortunately on the Scottish government’s website it says you need at least 6 months on your passport to travel to an EU country. https://www.mygov.scot/travelling-to-europe

But I am pretty sure you can get a passport fast tracked in one week which means you could still make it, check here https://www.gov.uk/get-a-passport-urgently

Wishing you luck!

Hi Lara ,. Good evening I am from Pakistan .I want to know that what is the process of visa for Pakistan. And when registration start for WYD2023 lisbon

Hi Yasir, I recommend contacting an immigration lawyer in Portugal to help you out.

Are Indian nationals living in USA on work visa allowed to travel to Portugal with a Schengen visa? I have tried contacting the embassy here in US but did not get a response and not able to find this information anywhere.

It is my understanding that you can travel to Portugal with a Schengen visa. We recommend trying to contact the Portuguese embassy again so that everything is in order. Check out this list of Portuguese embassies in the US https://www.portugal.com/travel/portuguese-embassies-and-consulates-in-the-usa-uk-and-canada/

To travel to the Azores, I need to complete a Questionnaire. When I click on the link, I see the requirements but cannot find a link to a questionnaire? Where is the questionnaire link?

Hi Patrick! After clicking the link, you must select your airline at the bottom of the page and that will take you to the questionnaire after you fill in your flight information. Let me know if this works for you.

Can a person with dual nationality UK and Australian (holder of both passports) travel to Portugal?

In regard to COVID rules, travel from both the UK and Australia are allowed so if you are coming from those countries (or the list of accepted countries) you can travel to Portugal. If you are not asking about COVID restrictions, but rather visa rules, take a look at this article. https://www.portugal.com/travel/guide-to-portuguese-visas-types-of-portugal-visas/

If my vaccine is over the 270 days but i have had my booster am i classed as fully vaccinated?

I recommend checking the government’s official guidelines here https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Comng from USA to Portugal for visit June 18 to July 2, 2022. Passport expires Dec 10 2022. Have over 5 months after departure from Portugal, I believe I’m ok, correct??

Hi Jose! I believe so but contact your airline to be sure.

Hi lara I have completed my Vaccination 2 doses of Sinopharm from Pakistan and i have its QR code certificate also. I am planning to travel Portugal from Dubai but i can’t find my country Pakistan in given vaccination country list. What does it mean. Can’t I travel to Portugal using my vaccination certificate?

Hi Farfhan, I recommend contacting your airline.

Hi, I am due to enter Portugal by sea, early April, on a cruise ship, and can see that the rules are the same as for by air, however, the Passenger Locator Form does not seem really fit for the purpose by sea, as the questions ie flight number, seat number, where (hotel etc) are you staying are not fully applicable. Yes I can input the ship name, my cabin number, and my port of call, but it mentions that all questions are mandatory. Can you please advise what information I am required to complete in each field?

I recommend contacting your local Portuguese embassy as I cannot find the answer to your question. Sorry about that!

Lara If you have a Canadian passport but enter Portugal from South Africa via Frankfurt will they be alliwed in Portugal ?

Hi Annamie! I would recommend contacting a Portuguese embassy wherever you are located or your airline. For Portuguese embassies in Canada go here https://www.portugal.com/travel/portuguese-embassies-and-consulates-in-the-usa-uk-and-canada/

if I have a Croatia visa can I travel to Portugal

I would suggest contacting an embassy. However, since Croatia is not yet part of Schengen, Croatian visas do not give you the right to enter a Schengen country.

Hi Lara, great that you are replying to each and everyone. Do you have an updated version of those coming from Australia to Portugal? My sister lives in Melbourne and wishes to come and finally visit us in the Algarve, but we both cannot find a satisfactory and official answer. Muito obrigada!

Thank you! My understanding is that you can only travel from Australia to Portugal for “essential travel” right now, such as “to allow the entry into Portugal of citizens traveling for professional, study and family reunion purposes, and for health or humanitarian reasons”. Australia is not on the list of allowed essential travel. You can always check the government’s updates here:

https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

We are entering Portugal via air on 4/8. We are fully vaccinated & boosted (and have our card). Do we still need COVID test to enter? If so, 48 or 72 hours before entering?

Check the travel requirements here https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

We are traveling to Madeira from 13-20 April. My daughter’s passport expires in June. We are EU citizens/ Ireland passport holders. I understand passport validity requirements for EU citizens is up until return date. Does this apply to Madeira? Will we have any problems passing through customs/airport or with airline staff with her passport? Thank you.

Hi Francis! Since Madeira is fully integrated into the EU as an autonomous region of Portugal, the same rules apply. You are unlikely to have problems but maybe contact your airline if you are unsure.

We are from Singapore and planning to travel by land (bus) from Santiago De Compostela to Lisbon in May. May I know if also subject to ““essential travel” only? Please advise.

Technically, since you are coming from Spain, you are allowed in and no border control exists by land. This is still a loophole so I would recommend contacting the Portuguese authorities here so you are 100% sure you are in the clear https://eportugal.gov.pt/en/cidadaos-europeus-viajar-viver-e-fazer-negocios-em-portugal/viajar-para-portugal

Also, “it is mandatory to present the EU COVID Digital Certificate. Citizens who are not holders of the Digital Covid EU certificate in vaccination, test, or recovery modalities, will have to present proof of a negative RT-PCR test (TAAN), performed in the last 72 hours, or rapid antigen test (TRAg), performed in the last 24h.”

Hey I’m Traveling to Portugal from Armenia, do you know about covid restriction? do I need valid vaccine certification for 6 months? I want to enter to Portugal on May 1st and come bake to Armenia on May6, My vaccination 6 month will expire on May 12. Is it ok?

First, make sure you are going for “essential” travel as Armenia is not on the non-essential travel list. “Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle”.

About your vaccine, all should be good if your vaccine expires on May 12. However, make sure that you have your full vaccine schedule and all the doses completed. I recommend contacting the airline to make sure all is in order. You can also check out the official government website about COVID-19 restrictions here https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Hi, I’m travelling to mainland Portugal on 14th May ‘22 returning 21st May. My passport is 10 years old on 05/09/22 and expires on 05/02/23, I believe this is within the rules allowing me to travel? Regards Matt

So your passport will be 10 years old before you travel to Portugal? The passport needs to be less than 10 years old on the day you enter. The expiry date is fine, but the date of issue could be a problem. Contact your airline to clarify the issue.

Hi Lara, my passport won’t be 10 years old until 3 months after I return home from Portugal.

I return home 21 May 22, my passport is 10 years old on 5 September 22, I think this makes it ok?

Thanks Matt

My bad! Yes, then it should be fine. Safe travels 🙂

Thanks Lara

I am flying to Portugal from the Uk 22nd May, return on 25th May. I have a Spanish passport that expires 11th June. I cannot renew it as the Spanish consulate is on strike. Can I travel with it without 3 months validity as it is EU passport even though I’m travelling from UK?

I would not advise traveling without a valid passport. Even though they are on strike, you should call the Spanish embassy in the UK and ask whether they would consider issuing an emergency passport.

Thanks Lara. It will be valid for 2 weeks after I return. I know for EU citizens the rules are different and the passport juts has to be valid for the length of stay, as opposed to 3 months for UK citizens. The question really was which rules apply to me as I travelling from the UK. The Spanish embassy are only dealing with emergencies for Spaniards in the UK. Thank you for the response ☺️

Hi Jessica!

I would contact your airline as I am not sure. Sorry for not being able to help out more!

I am a Zambian national who lives in Cambodia, for 7 seven years now, working with UN. i want to travel to Portugal on 12 April to visit my daughter for 16 days only. I am fully vaccinated, with AstraZeneca 2 doses, Pfizer, 3rd dose. Am I allowed to enter Portugal?

Hi Florence! Check out this link to the official government travel restrictions https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

If I just have a layover (in transit) in Portugal for a few hours, does my passport need to be valid for 6 months?

And the vaccination certificate from the USA is valid correct?

Hi Victoria,

I recommend contacting your airline. In theory, this should not be an issue, but if something happens and you need to leave the airport this could be a problem. A USA vaccination certificate is valid, yes.

I am sorry to ask this but it is a bit confusing and we really need to know. We are traveling from the USA, USA citizens, and going to Portugal. We are both vaccinated with a booster. Do we need to get a PCR or antigen test before we leave the USA? I have read that if vaccinated with a booster we do not need a test. Will Portugal accept our vaccination card from the USA? Thanks, Jim

If you have all your vaccines, you do not need to take a test. And yes, your US vaccination card is accepted. Check out this official link for this information https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

I have the same question. The USA is not listed as a third country on that website.

The information on this is unclear so I would recommend contacting your airline.

I am a US citizen traveling from the US to Senegal for 5 days and then had plans to travel from Senegal to Portugal but am now concerned I will not be allowed entry because I am coming from Senegal. Is it only those with Senegalese passports who are not allowed entry or anyone traveling from Senegal. I am fully vaccinated and have a US vaccination card.

Hi! Senegal is not on the unessential travel list so you could be denied entry. If it’s for essential travel, you should be fine (i.e. to allow the entry into Portugal of citizens traveling for professional, study and family reunion purposes, and for health or humanitarian reasons). I recommend contacting your airline. Check out the official website https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Its good to know that you reply to everyone’s query !!! My question is : I have Portuguese PR card that allows me to travel to all EU countries but i have Pakistani Passport. Will i be allowed to enter Lisbon as i will be coming from Pakistan to Spain for 4 days then Lisbon for 2 days ??

Thank you! I advise you check the COVID travel restrictions before you travel. Currently, Pakistan is not on the non-essential travel list, but you should always check at the time of travel. Regarding your permanent residency status, you should contact the embassy.

My husband and I are traveling to Portugal from the US but will change planes in Munich. I’ve filled out a passenger locator form with information for the first leg of the trip but not the second, which actually gets us from Munich to Lisboa and there does not seem to be an option for that. So I’ve probably provided the wrong information. What now?

Hi Barbara,

I suggest contacting your airline with this question.

Hello Lara, My aunt and nephew, both Indian nationals are going to Edinburgh for a golf tournament after which they would like to visit us. Can they travel to Portugal? Thanks Pam

I do not see why not since they are traveling from the UK. However, it is mandatory to present: Mandatory to present: – A valid vaccination EU Digital COVID Certificate (with a complete vaccination schedule or with a complete vaccination schedule and a vaccine booster) – Or a valid test or recovery EU Digital COVID Certificate, – Or a valid vaccination certificate (with a complete vaccination schedule or a vaccine booster) or recovery certificate issued by a third country, under reciprocal conditions – Or a negative RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) – 72h before boarding, or – Or a negative Laboratorial Rapid Antigen Test- 24h before boarding (according to the European Commission list)

Do check here if there vaccine is valid for entry. https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Will be travelling to Portugal from Malta soon. So PLF form is no longer required?

Nope, no longer required 🙂

Is there a QR code / Form necessary for US citizens entering Portugal? Is the CDC vaccination card an acceptable form of proof of vaccine? Thank you!

Hi we are going on a Douro River cruise in June 2023. My passport was issued August 2016 and expires May 2027. There will be under 10 years left when we travel. will entry be allowed, as I understand some airlines will not allow travel.

I recommend contacting your airline about your passport validity.

Hi my daughters has an irish passport we travel to Portugal in August 2022, her passport runs out April 2023 how can i find out if this is ok?

From what I read since they have an Irish passport, that validity is totally fine. On the Embassy of Ireland on Portugal’s website, it says that your Irish passport must be valid up to your return date. Check out the link here https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/portugal/passports/top-passport-questions/passport-validity-needed-for-overseas-travel/

My brother and I are fully vaccinated Canadians (triple vaxxed) entering Portugal on May 4 to get to Spain. We return to Portugal on May 8 to catch our flight back to Canada.

Does Portugal accept Canadian Vaccination Certificates for entry? Or do we require Negative PCR or Lab Antigen tests?

I’m reading conflicting information on the web. It says Canada is not listed as an approved third party country issuing under reciprocal conditions.

Any information/clarity would be great!

Hi Ravinder,

I recommend contacting your airline as the information available on this is conflicting, as you have said.

hello, I am travelling back to Canada from Spain on May 1st with a transit in Portugal for a few hours. I am fully vaccinated with booster late November. 1. Do I still need an antigen test. My husband and kids (who travelled 3 days ago) said that has been lifted. Is that true? 2. do I still need to fill the passenger locator form for Portugal.

I dont have a travel agency to ask, is there a Portuguese site to answer these questions if you are not able to answer?

Thank you very much!

Check ou the official government website https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

My husband and I will be traveling to Portugal later this month from the US. We are US citizens and have vaccination cards which show that we are fully vaccinated and boosted. Do we need to take an Antigen test 24 hours before we travel? Thank you.

Check out the official rules here https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Hello, we are hoping to travel to Portugal on 18th May. My friend will get his second vaccine today (4th May) around 12.00h, and we arrive into Portugal by air around 21.00h. So we arrive on the 14th day of his vaccine schedule, plus maybe nine hours. Will this be permitted for entry – it is technically just over 14 whole days, but we don’t want to be turned away at the airport? Many thanks for your help.

Please check out the official rules here https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Could you confirm how long a British passport needs to be valid for a visit to Madeira? The gov.uk website says it’s 3 months but I think I’ve been told 6 months in the past, so can you confirm the latest requirement?

I recommend contacting your airline

Hello. I am a US citizen.. traveling from US to Portugal (mainland). 9 June 22. I am fully vaccinated… have received three shots. My third shot was 6 months ago. I have a card from the CDC proving this information. Does this count as a valid vaccination certificate? I would tend to believe that the answer is ‘yes.’ I have an official card from the CDC verifying that I have had two vaccine shots plus a booster. However… the travel requirements are slightly confusing. I ask here to double check to see if I am correct. It would appear that I also need a valid vaccination EU Digital Covid Certificate. Am I correct? Thank you in advance.

or contact your airline 🙂

Hi, Lara, Thanks for answering so many questions. I did check the VisitPortugal site and it doesn’t say the USA is a reciprocal 3rd party unless I missed it? So anyone coming from the USA should get a test.

We fly into Warsaw for the night and then through Spain before Lisbon. We’ll will be right at 72 hours as our test is at 3pm on June 1 (losing 8 hours from USA time) when we land in Spain on June 4th at 2:35pm. I wonder if we’ll be ok with the airline Tap Portugal if we get to the gate a little after 3pm?

I recommend contacting your airline to make sure you will be fine 🙂

Hello Lara,

We are from USA, coming to Portugal from Switzerland through Spain. I see that Portugal is not reciprocal with US so we will need to take a test. For a different trip this year we used the Navica App from Abbott. This is a proctored covid test that is done over zoom and then you are provided with a QR code. will this work for Portugal or is there a specific test that is necessary?

I recommend contacting your airline or DGS to make sure this test is accepted.

Morning Lara i have just been on the website you recommend to check rules regarding travel from UK by air to see if we need PCR test but it says last updated 19th March?? the travel agent says they think? you still have to do one but someone we no who was there last week says they have stopped doing tests now and she wasnt asked for any tests is their a more up to date site we can check or phone

Hi Steve! The official website has been updated May 30 https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

June 16, 2022. Will Portugal accept a Covid recovery letter from the USA?

Hi Michelle! Contact your airline because you might still need a covid 19 test.

Hi Lara, we are planning a trip to Lisbon next year on March 6, 2023 to March 16, 2023. My only concern is my daughter who will be 15 her passport expires on September 25, 2023, it is 6 months before expiration. Do I need to renew her passport?

It depends on your passport. I recommend contacting your airline.

We are travelling to Lisbon on July 8th. We get out boosters on Tuesday, which is 11 days before we arrive in Portugal. Will we have to provide a negative Covid test? The guidelines I have read so do not indicate how long before the booster considered valid.

Hi Christina,

Please contact your airline.

Hello Lara, my daughter is US national with Swiss residency card, we all leave in Switzerland (work permit B). We plan to go to Madeira for holidays July 2022, but noticed her passport expires in September 2022. Do you foresee any issue entering Portugal. Thank you,

btw, airline was not able to comment or provide more information.

Hi Anastasia, I recommend contacting your airline

Is the info about masks updated? Someone in a FB group wrote me that he returned from Lisbon a few days ago and he didn’t have to use a mask neither in taxis nor in flights.

You still have to wear a mask on flights and taxis, according to the SNS website, updated in early July. You can check out the mask rules here https://www.sns24.gov.pt/alerta/medidas-covid-19/

The latest update of that page from 29 August no longer requires masks in public transport.

To travel from Mexico is visa requiered to enter Portugal?

Hello! To travel to Portugal with a Mexican passport you do not need a visa (for up to 90 days). However, if you are unsure, you should always contact a Portuguese embassy.

Hey I’m planning to visit Portugal in octomber. Im nationality Georgian, East Europe. I hold just Georgian passport and visited couple times Germany with no problem. so my question is if I could get to Germany with no problem at all, will I be able to visit lisabon via tourist purposes?

You don’t need a visa to visit Portugal and you can stay up to 90 days visa-free.

Hi Lara, I am a Libyan leaving in Cardiff ,Wales/ UK And I have indefinite leave to remain. I am planing to travel to Djerba, Tunisia from Manchester through Lisbon, and my transit is a bit long it’s 20hr. I am not gonna leave the international airport area. My question is do I have to apply for a vise or I don’t need? Thanks a lot

Hi Shaban, Please contact your airline as they will advise you!

Hello What are passport requirements for entering Madeira from UK? I have read conflicting statements – some say valid for at least 3 months after the date you intend to leave the EU country you are visiting and some say valid for at least 6 months after the date you intend to leave the EU country you are visiting, Could you clarify current situation please. Thank you

Hi Terry, I recommend contacting your airline.

I’m a Ghanaian national with a UK resident card transiting through Portugal to Ghana. Please i would like to know if I’ll need a transit visa to transit through Portugal to Ghana. Thank you.

Hi Sandra, I recommend contacting a Portuguese embassy to address your question.

Hi Lara, we are visiting from the US in March. I have two children under the age of 3 traveling and we are getting their passports this week. It takes about 3-4 months to get the passports and I just read they must be valid for over 6 months to enter Portugal. Will it be an issue that my children’s passports will be less than that? Thank you!

Hi Courtney,

The children’s passports must have at least 6 months of validity in terms of their expiry date. If they travel with brand new passports this is fine.

I come from Hong Kong. Both my citizen card and Portugal passport expired. Can I go to Portugal with my Hong Kong SAR Passport? And then renew my expired citizen card and passport, can it be done?

Hi Stella, Without Portuguese documents you would technically need a tourist visa to visit Portugal (for up to 90 days). However, I would recommend contacting a Portuguese embassy about your case.

This web page says 6 months validity on passport from date of departure. The US Portugal Embassy website says three months. Which is correct?

Hi Robin, It depends on your nationality, but it is only three months for US passports.

Hey I have a silly question. So my husband is Portuguese and he wants to travel back home to Portugal. But his Portuguese passport is not valid. When he leaves Canada to go to Portugal does he need his valid Portuguese passport to travel or can he travel with an expired passport? He has an Portuguese identification card. Is that enough? He does not have a Canadian passport he will be travelling with a PR card to come back.

Hello! Not a silly question. From my understanding, he would need a valid passport, the Portuguese identification card is only valid within the European Union.

I have a US Green card and hold an Indian passport. I plan on visiting Morocco from US and there is a stopover in Lisbon both ways. Do I need a transit visa in Lisbon?

Hi Evita! It’s best to check with a Portuguese embassy or airline.

Hello, still wondering if US Passports are ok with the 3 months from date of departure?

Hi Katie, for US passports its 3 months.

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Portugal is a party to the Schengen Agreement and part of the European Union.

Traveling Through Europe: If you are planning to visit or travel through European countries, you should be familiar with the requirements of the Schengen Agreement. 

  • U.S. citizens may enter Portugal for up to 90 days for tourism or business without a visa.
  • Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.  If you plan on transiting a Schengen country, review our U.S. Travelers in Europe page .   
  • You will need sufficient proof of funds and a return plane ticket. 

For general travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our  Schengen fact sheet . For additional information about visas for the Schengen area, see the Schengen Visa page .

If you are not staying in a hotel or a similar tourist accommodation, you are required to register your presence in Portugal with the Portuguese Immigration Service (SEF) within three working days of entering Portugal. You must download a declaration of entry form (declaracão de entrada) from SEF's website and personally submit it to the nearest SEF office within three business days of entry. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in an administrative offense punishable with a fine from €60 to €160.

Under Portuguese Immigration law, foreign minors under 18 years of age entering or exiting Portugal must possess an authorization letter of parental consent to travel, if travelling with adults other than their parent(s) or legal guardian. The document must be signed and dated, with the signature(s) certified by a notary. The letter of parental consent to travel must include the dates and reason for travel and the details about the adult responsible for the child. More information here .

Find additional information on traveling with minors on the  Portuguese Immigration Service  webpage.

HIV/AIDS Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Portugal.

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction  and  customs regulations  on our websites.

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Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible near-term attacks in Europe. All European countries, including Portugal, remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security.

Crime:  Crimes of opportunity, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, particularly at popular tourist sites, restaurants, and on public transportation, are common. Pickpockets take advantage of crowds getting on and off all forms of public transportation, such as the popular Tram 28, using the jostling of the crowd as a distraction. Avoid standing near the doors on public transportation, as thieves will often strike just as the train/bus doors open and then dash onto the platform and disappear into the crowd.

  • Safeguard your passport and identity documents when traveling throughout Portugal. Foreigners who arrive in Portugal without a valid passport will not be permitted to enter and will be returned to their point of origin.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and take personal security measures to stay safe. Thefts of backpacks, electronics and luggage occur regularly. Do not leave valuables in rental cars, especially those with stickers identifying the vehicle as a rental car. Tourists are frequent victims of petty crime/car break-ins.
  • Avoid using automatic teller machines (ATMs) in isolated or poorly lit areas. Use the buddy system and indoor bank ATMs when possible. Leave extra cash, credit cards, and personal documents at home or in a hotel safe.
  • Keep doors and windows of private rentals locked at all times, taking extra care if easily accessed from the street or other places.
  • Illicit drug transactions increase at night, and travelers are often approached by drug dealers in the downtown area of Lisbon, especially near the bars and restaurants. Some travelers have reported incidents in which criminals used drugs to assault or rob them. Use caution when accepting open drinks at bars or clubs, and do not leave drinks unattended.
  • Always use a taxi from the queue or kiosk. Do not go with someone who walks up to you and offers a ride. If you have called a ride sharing service such as Uber, confirm that the car information in the App matches the vehicle you are entering.
  • Tourists should not leave personal items or valuables unattended while at the beach.
  • Reports of thefts from rental homes and online rental apartments have increased.  Secure belongings and lock windows while away or sleeping.

Demonstrations occur in Portugal. They may take place in response to political or economic issues, on politically significant holidays, and during international events.

  • Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly become violent.
  • Avoid areas around protests and demonstrations.
  • Check local media for updates and traffic advisories.

International Financial Scams: See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information.

Victims of Crime: Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes. Report crimes to the local police at 112 (National Emergency Number) and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(351) (21) 770-2122 or the emergency after-hours telephone: +(351) (21)-770-2122 or +(351) (21) 727-3300.

  • U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should seek medical attention if needed and are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance.
  • For social welfare emergencies such as domestic violence or child abuse, dial the National Social Emergency Line - 144. English-speaking operators are available.

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

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  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide information on  victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • provide information about a Portuguese victim assistance program, administered through an organization known by its acronym “ APAV ”  
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance. Additionally, Portugal has an “SOS” immigrant line with English-speaking operators who are ready to help you in case of emergency. You may contact them at +351 808 257 257 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules regarding best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage, and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .

Natural Disasters: In the event of a natural disaster or other widespread emergency, travelers can monitor the Portuguese Civil Protection Authority’s website at Prociv.pt for the latest information. All U.S. citizens living or traveling in Portugal should also monitor local news reports, follow directions from local officials, and take appropriate action needed.  Additionally, information about areas in Portugal impacted by any events can be found at: http://www.prociv.pt/en-us/SITUACAOOPERACIONAL/Pages/ocorrenciassignificativas.aspx.

We recommend all Americans enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive security messages, alerts, and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

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Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. 

  • Filming and photographing the police or military and certain buildings in Portugal is illegal and could lead to arrest or detention.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol could land you in jail.
  • Possession and/or use of narcotics and illegal drugs can result in fines, administrative penalties, mandatory drug treatment, criminal punishment, or prison, depending on type, quantity and usage. 
  • Penalties for trafficking illegal drugs are severe. Offenders can expect long jail sentences.
  • Pepper spray is illegal and will be confiscated. Persons carrying it are subject to fines or prison.
  • Possession of unlicensed metal detectors is strictly forbidden, and persons caught with them are subject to fines.
  • Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities prior to practicing or operating a business.  

Furthermore, some U.S. laws allow criminal prosecution in the United States, regardless of where the crime was committed. For examples, see our website on  crimes against minors abroad  and the  Department of Justice  website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. Your U.S. passport will not help you avoid arrest or prosecution.

See our  webpage  for further information.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See our following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report  – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report  – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTI Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Portugal. See   our  LGBTI Travel Information   page and section 6 of our  Human Rights report  for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance:   General information on accessibility and accommodations is available on the website of the  Portuguese Tourism Board .

  • Driving : You can drive with your U.S.-issued driver’s license for up to six months. Please note that many highways require a toll for use. Highway tolls in Portugal can be confusing, please visit  https://www.portugaltolls.com/en  for more information.
  • Public transportation : Public transportation, in general, has specially reserved seats for individuals with disabilities, but some vehicles may not be equipped to load and secure wheelchairs mechanically.
  • Trains : The State Railway Operator, Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses (also known as CP – Combóios de Portugal ), has a free service called “integrated mobility service” (SIM), mainly aimed at reduced mobility customers. English-speaking customer service representatives can be reached by phone at + 351 808 100 746 (to request SIM Service) or (+351) 707 210 746 (reduced mobility passengers can request information about various concerns, 24 hours a day). SIM staff provides train and station accessibility, assistance with boarding/exiting or during the train ride, and assistance with trip planning. Some train stations are equipped with elevators. Requests for information or assistance must be made at least 48 hours before travel. For additional information, please visit Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses’ page for Special Needs Customers . 
  • Subway (Metro) : Thirty-one of Lisbon Metro’s 52 stations offer full accessibility to people with disabilities. Elevators and moving walkways at main stations provide access from the platform to street level, as well as payment machines adapted for passengers with disabilities and/or visual impairment. Passengers with visual disabilities can travel with their guide dogs as long as their service animals are leashed and muzzled. Check  Lisbon Metro’s website  for more information. Porto’s new metro system provides system-wide accessibility for passengers  with a network of elevators, ramps, and spaces for wheelchairs onboard metro cars. Check  Porto Metro’s website  for more information about accessibility.
  • Airports : All Portuguese airports provide wheelchairs and bathrooms to accommodate persons with disabilities.
  • Parking : Designated parking with a wheelchair symbol is available in most supermarkets and commercial centers. The National Help Line for the Disabled (Linha Nacional de Apoio à Deficiência) can be reached by phone at +351 21 795-9545 (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday). Assistance is only available in Portuguese.

Students:  See our  Students Abroad  page and  FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for  Women Travelers .

For emergency services in Portugal, dial 112.  Ambulance services are widely available, but training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards. 

The U.S. government does not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.  Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.

  • Good medical care is available, but facilities may be limited outside urban areas. Public hospitals offer services at costs lower than private hospitals.
  • Payment is expected upon admission at private hospitals.
  • Call the national emergency response for an ambulance at 112 for life-threatening emergencies.

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more  information on insurance providers for overseas coverage . We strongly recommend  supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the  Government of Portugal to ensure the medication is legal in Portugal. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. Portuguese law prohibits the mailing of prescription medicines from the United States to Portugal. Any prescription medications mailed to Portugal will be impounded by the Portuguese customs office.

You should bring a sufficient supply of medication with you to cover your anticipated stay in Portugal, along with a copy of your physician's prescription. Portuguese pharmacies generally carry equivalent medications to those found in the United States; however, they may be sold under a different brand name, may not be available in the same dosage, or may require a prescription from a local doctor.

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all  vaccinations  recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals for Medical Assistance . We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  While Portugal has significantly expanded its motorway network with well-constructed roads that decreased the total number of accidents and fatalities, its road-accident fatality rate is still high. Use caution when driving, as aggressive driving habits and high speeds pose special hazards. Use appropriate care and caution while on the roadways, practice safe driving habits, and adhere to the applicable speed limits.

Traffic Laws:  It is against the law to speed, drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or use a mobile phone while driving. Fines for traffic offenses are substantial.

  • Seatbelts are mandatory for drivers and all passengers. Small children must be in a child safety seat in the rear seat with seatbelts fastened.
  • Portuguese law requires you to leave your vehicle where it is and immediately notify the police when involved in a traffic accident. The national emergency phone number 112.
  • Police in Portugal have the authority to fine on-the-spot and most of their vehicles have portable payment machines to facilitate immediate payment.
  • You may drive with a valid U.S. driver's license for up to six months. For international driving permits, please contact AAA or the National Auto Club.

Public Transportation:  Taxis and prominent ride-sharing services such as Uber are a reliable means of transportation. Refer to the crime section of this page to alert yourself to other threats related to taxis and ride-sharing services. Bus service is also reliable.

In the Azores, driving can be challenging due to narrow cobblestone streets, blind curves, blind corners, and livestock on country roads. Public buses are inexpensive. Bus services begin at 7 a.m. and generally operate until 8 p.m., depending on the destination.

See our  Road Safety page  for more information. Visit the website of Portugal’s  national tourist office  and the national authority responsible for road safety.

Aviation Safety Oversight:

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed that the government of Portugal’s Civil Aviation Authority is in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Portugal’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to Portugal should also check for  U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be available on the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency  broadcast warnings .

Please see Fact Sheet for Portugal here.

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  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
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Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Portugal . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA ) report.

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Ready to discover the spectacular cities and landscapes of Portugal ? Arrive at your departure airport, ready to catch a flight to Lisbon.*  Night on board.

* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

Touch down in  Lisbon , the capital of Portugal, known for its dramatic coastline and pastel-colored buildings. Transfer to the hotel* and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Why not explore the oldest parts of the city to admire the ornate architecture or simply enjoy the views of the River Tagus from one of the many riverside cafes and bars. Overnight stay in Lisbon.

*You will have the option to add early check-in on arrival in the next step of the booking process. To guarantee optional services, we recommend that you add them to your current booking, as they are subject to availability.

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Breakfast  at the hotel. Today, set off on a  tour of Lisbon  for an eye-opening overview of this incredible city. Begin your day contemplating the incredible  Belem Tower  and the  “Padrão dos Descobrimentos”  before heading to the church of the  Jerónimos Monastery , home to the tomb of  Vasco de Gama  and the famous poet Camões. Next, try the  Pasteis de Belem  during a mouth-watering  pastry tasting , this typical, delicious Portuguese Tart is perhaps the most famous pastry in the country. Your tour will end with a fascinating  stroll around Alfama quarter , one of the oldest areas in the city, perched upon the hillside with spectacular views across the sprawling cityscape. The rest of the day is free to continue discovering the city at your own pace. Why not explore the Praça do Comercio and Rossio Square area, always a hive of activity perfect for sightseeing or grabbing a bite in a local café! This evening we recommend a fun  optional Dinner  with Fado Show* to fully immerse yourself in Portuguese culture. Overnight stay in Lisbon.

* Optional Dinner & Fado Show:  Head to the historic neighbourhood of Alfama to indulge in an evening of traditional Portuguese cuisine accompanied by the melancholic sounds of Fado music. Soak up the warm atmosphere and listen to the soft melodies of the Portuguese guitar as you experience the authentic musical heritage of Lisbon for yourself! 

Why not upgrade your trip with our Portugal Highlights package of 2 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!

Tour of Lisbon

2 Excursions package - Highlights of Portugal: Dinner with Fado show in Lisbon & River Douro Boat Tour in Porto

Dinner with Fado Show

Breakfast  at the hotel. Set off on an  excursion to Sintra , an unforgettable town and UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with 19th-century Romanticist architecture, fairytale castles and exquisite gardens. Here you'll visit the  Quinta da Regaleira Gardens and Palace  considered the most enigmatic of all the estates in Sintra. The palace is a fusion of ornate and colorful architectural styles but the main attraction is the extensive gardens, filled with symbolism and intriguing constructions. After the tour, enjoy free time in Sintra to explore at your own pace. In the afternoon head to  Cape Roca , the most westerly point of the European continent. Here you can soak up the views of the Atlantic Ocean and explore the village of  Cascais , once the chosen beach destination of the aristocracy. Return to Lisbon and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring the delights of this cosmopolitan city at your leisure. Overnight stay in Lisbon.

Excursion to Sintra

Breakfast at the hotel. Head to  Obidos today, one of the best-known villages in Portugal thanks to its magical cobblestone streets and charming architecture, enclosed within medieval city walls. Next, visit  Nazare , a surfers paradise, home to some of the largest waves in the world and the most popular beach destination on the Silver Coast. Finish the day in the historic and fascinating city of  Fatima , one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Catholics. Sacred sights here include the Capelinha das Aparições, where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to local children in 1917, the Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário, with its golden angels, and the modern church of Igreja da Santíssima Trindade. Spend the evening at your leisure, discovering the sights and sounds of this beautiful city at your own pace. Overnight stay in Fatima.

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Breakfast  at the hotel. Bid farewell to Fatima today as you set for  Tomar  to visit the famous  Convent of Christ  complex, once a stronghold of the Templars in the 12th-century. Uncover the history of the Templars in Portugal, including the beautiful medieval chapel and the ornate cloister, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Explore this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site before continuing to the city of  Coimbra , once the capital of Portugal and today a student city, home to the oldest university in the country. As the day draws to a close, travel to  Porto , in northern Portugal on the banks of the Douro River. With its stunning Old Town, Porto is one of the highlights of any trip to Portugal. Spend the evening at your leisure, exploring the city's atmospheric streets. Overnight stay in Porto.

*Optional Fado and folklore Show with Traditional Dinner:   A fantastic gastronomic show that will highlight the remarkable traditions of the Douro and northern Portuguese culture. This lively evening will combine Folklore songs, traditional dances and an all-inclusive dinner paired with some of the best wines in Portugal. Sing and dance the night away, a true authentic experience to remember.

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Dinner with Live Music in Porto

Breakfast  at the hotel. Begin the day with a  panoramic tour of Porto  to see the main attractions of the city such as the exterior of Clérigos Tower, Aliados Avenue, the impressive Sao Bento train station and the iconic bridge of Luis I. In the afternoon, soak up the delights of Porto at your own pace, admiring the famous tiled facades or sampling the authentic local port in a cosy cafe. Alternatively, we recommend an unforgettable boat tour on the River Douro.* Overnight stay in Porto

* Optional River Douro Boat Tour:  set off on an unforgettable boat tour on the Douro River to enjoy spectacular views of the city. After cruising on the river, visit a local port wine cellar and enjoy a tasting session of this typical Portuguese drink. 

Please note: Entrance to the Bolsa Palace (10 euros per person) and Church of Saint Francis (8 euros per person) is optional and is not included.

Why not upgrade  your trip with our Portugal Highlights package of 2 excursions, available in the next step of the booking process!

Panoramic Tour of Porto

River Douro Boat Tour

Breakfast  at the hotel. Leave Porto this morning, headed for the charming coastal city of  Aveiro  where you can enjoy some free time to explore its picturesque canals and colorful architecture. In the afternoon, return to the capital of  Lisbon  and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to soak up the ambience of this lively city or do some last-minute shopping. Overnight stay in Lisbon.

Visit to Aveiro

Breakfast*  at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for your return flight back to Canada.* Arrive in Canada and end of your trip.

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Included activities

During the tour you will have 2.30hs free for lunch (not included). Pick up time will be reconfirmed upon arrival to Lisbon.

Included activity for day 3 in Lisbon

An eye-opening overview of this incredible city. Stroll through the central neighborhood of Alfama, visit the exterior of the historic Jerónimos Monastery and Belem Tower, then taste the mouth-watering Pasteis de Belem pastry!

Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

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Included activity for day 4 in Sintra

Visit the Quinta da Regaleira Gardens and Palace considered the most enigmatic of all the estates in Sintra. In the afternoon head to Cape Roca and explore the village of Cascais.

Duration 09:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Included activity for day 5

Explore the cobblestone streets and charming architecture of Obidos and pay a visit to Nazare, a surfers paradise, home to some of the largest waves in the world! Finish the day in the historic and fascinating city of Fatima, a Catholic pilgrimage site.

Duration 10:30h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Included activity for day 6

Head to Tomar to visit the famous Convent of Christ complex, once a stronghold of the Templars in the 12th-century. Afterwards, continue to the city of Coimbra, once the capital of Portugal and a student city, home to the oldest university in the country.

Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Available Activities

Suggested activity for day 3 in Lisbon

Make the most of your time in Portugal with this pack of two unmissable experiences: a Dinner & Fado Show in Lisbon and a River Douro boat tour including a visit to a local port wine cellar with a tasting session in Porto

Pick up time: info at destination

You can book this activity individually or through the 2 Excursions package.

Head to the historic neighbourhood of Alfama to indulge in an evening of traditional Portuguese cuisine accompanied by the melancholic sounds of Fado music. Soak up the warm atmosphere and listen to the soft melodies of the Portuguese guitar.

Suggested activity for day 6 in Porto

This evening you will enjoy a fantastic gastronomic show that will highlight the remarkable traditions of the Douro and northern Portuguese culture. This lively evening will combine Folklore songs, traditional dances and an all-inclusive dinner.

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Suggested activity for day 7 in Porto

Set off on an unforgettable boat tour on the Douro River to enjoy spectacular views of the city. After cruising on the river, visit a local port wine cellar and enjoy a tasting session of this typical Portuguese drink.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

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  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Visits to the Monastery of Jeronimos, Quinta da Regaleira & Convent of Christ complex in Tomar.** more information See itinerary
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  • City tour in Lisbon, Porto, Tomar & Coimbra. Visit Fatima, Nazare, Obidos, Sintra & Aveiro.
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* Approximately €2 per person, per night in Lisboa and Porto.

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Please note:  Travelers are required to pay a municipal tax (approximately €2 per person, per night) directly to the hotels in Lisbon and Porto upon departure. A credit card must be presented as a guarantee to the hotels upon arrival.

* Hotel rooms in Portugal are usually equipped with one double bed. If you require twin beds, please let us know at the time of booking and we will try our best to accommodate your request, although it cannot always be guaranteed.

Check-in and check-out times are set as a matter of internal policy at each hotel. As a general rule, check-in begins at 3PM and the check-out time is at noon. Please note that these hours may vary per the rules of an individual hotel.

** In the event of closures or special events, the order of the itinerary may change. In this case, all tours and excursions mentioned in the itinerary will go ahead, but possibly in a different order.

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Portugal requires that all foreigners have a minimum term of validity left on their passport or visa, depending on their nationality. Please check your official state department/foreign office website for more information.

No visa is required.

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There are no mandatory vaccinations.

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Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

Babies: 0-3.

Chiladren: 0-11 (sharing room with parents).

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +1 778 807 9750 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met. While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

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Take in the colours of the romantic Portuguese capital Lisbon

Feel the sheer delight of the colourful city of Lisbon, set over tram-lined hills beside the intersection of the Tagus River and Atlantic Ocean. Intricate hand-painted tiles, flower-filled balconies and numerous antique stores dazzle between alfresco dining and monument hoping.

Enjoy the sounds of fado

Experience a pleasant rush of emotion in the talented guitar sounds of traditional fado. Telling stories of days gone by when lonely sailors and poor families, a sentimental fado will move you to your core and connect you with Portuguese culture.

Stroll through the historic centre of Porto

Be compelled to Portugal’s north by the city of Porto that dates back to the year 300 BC. When not busy sampling fermented grapes here in the home of port wine, peruse the elaborate bookstore of Livraria Lello and soak up art nouveau architecture and ice cream at the beloved Majestic Café.

Go inside the Church of Saint Lawrence in Algarve

A symbol of Portuguese faith and opulent Baroque design, find breathtaking delight in the Church of Saint Lawrence. Though the exterior appears as an unremarkable landmark, the interior’s intricate blue and white tiles and sparkling gold altar make it one of the essential things to do in Portugal.

Visit the religious landmarks of Fátima

Declared the altar of the world for the Catholic religion, Fátima is a pilgrimage site of great importance, where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1917. Beyond the religious structures of the Sanctuary of Fátima, find joy in the town’s limestone caves and nature reserves.

Our top 5 things to do in Portugal

From the soul-stirring sounds of fado music to the gold altar of the Church of Saint Lawrence, we’ll guide you through the most incredible things this country has to offer. 

Gulbenkian Museum

Step inside Lisbon’s Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and enter a world of masterful art housed in a remarkable building that brings the outdoors indoors. Admire statues framed by floor to ceiling windows with foliage-covered views before moving to the garden to contemplate the collection by a pond.

Serralves Museum

Dive into the world of contemporary masterpieces within the art deco walls of Serralves Museum. Found in a striking peach building less than 10-minutes from the heart of Porto, you will quickly understand why this is the most visited museum in the country.

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

Peel back layers of creative talent and history at Portugal’s national museum of ancient art. Allocate a few hours to strolling these well-dressed halls, found in Lisbon’s historically significant Palácio Alvor-Pombal building featuring an iconic pink and yellow facade.

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Portugal tours with Trafalgar unravel the best of the country’s many museums, from the masterful art of Gulbenkian to Porto’s art deco Serralves Museum.

Pastel de Nata

A delicious pastry tart of baked custard and cinnamon, the pastel de nata is best served fresh from the oven in its hometown of Belém. First made by Catholic Monks in the late 17th century, each bite is a taste of culture and history.

A simple preparation of dried and salted codfish, bacalhau is known as a national obsession. Though there’s an accurate Portuguese saying that says there is a different variety of Bacalhau for every day of the year, the most traditional accompaniments are potato and wine.

Often referred to as the Portuguese paella, Cataplana is a fragrant dish featuring pork and clam or mixed seafood with a side of rice. Flavoured by piri-piri sauce, wine and garlic, it is best sampled in the Algarve straight from a copper pot.

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A Portuguese phrase book

Though many travellers can manage a few words next-door when visiting Spain, Portuguese basics are not as widely known. Pack a Portuguese phrase book so you can attempt conversations and courtesies to the praise of locals.

Enjoying over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Portugal’s warm and sunny climate calls for an oversized hat. It’s also the perfect way to complete your outfit for a day at the beach or taking guided walks of the cities.

An appetite for seafood

Visiting an alfresco cafe for an abundant seafood meal is a daily – sometimes twice daily – occurrence on a Portugal trip. With reasonable price tags, pack an appetite for seafood and prepare to indulge.

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Known for its remarkable countryside and beautiful beaches, a wide-angle lens will see you perfectly capturing the landscapes of Portugal.

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HELPING YOU PLAN YOUR PERFECT TRIP TO PORTUGAL

25 essential tips for your first trip to portugal.

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If you’ve never been to Portugal, you’re in for a treat. You might even fall a little bit in love, especially if you know what to expect. My insider Portugal travel tips can help you prepare and make your first trip go as smoothly as possible. 

Knowing a little about local customs, especially in restaurants, will help you feel more confident and avoid that nasty suspicion that you’ve been ripped off.

If you’re still trying to decide if Portugal is the place you want to visit then read my Portugal: 15 Reasons To Make It Your Next Destination post.

Read on for my insider advice on planning a trip to Portugal including what to bring, what to expect when eating out and how you can save money on accommodation, transport, food, shopping and activities. This practical travel guide is based on my 16+ years of travelling around Portugal, and helping other people plan their ideal Portugal vacation.

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I’ve combined these 25 tips with a wealth of other insider insights and practical information to help you avoid costly mistakes and plan your ideal Portugal trip.

Rabelo boat, Porto

Before you book your first trip to Portugal

1 . Try to avoid the hottest, busiest and most expensive months of July and August if possible. You’ll find great deals, good weather (most of the time) and fewer crowds if you travel to Portugal off-season .

Weather-wise, May, June and September are usually hot but not unbearably so and although the risk of rain increases from October to April, and it does get cold at night, it’s possible to get lovely sunny days any time of year. If you’re travelling with young children, these slightly cooler months would make life a little easier – see my practical tips for family travel in Portugal .

Get the full low down on the best time to visit Portugal in this post .

2. Check travel times and distances between places if you’re considering visiting more than one region. It makes far more sense to take your time exploring one area properly and come back later to see another place than to spend half your holiday travelling between destinations. 

If you feel you must cram as much as possible into one trip, you can save a few hours by flying between Faro and Porto. There are flights between Lisbon and Porto but when you factor in getting to and from the airport and security checks, I don’t think you save much time compared to train or road transport and it’s not great for the environment.

See my fully-managed Portugal itineraries if you don’t have the time or confidence to plan your own trip to Portugal.

3. If you’re making your own travel arrangements for touring Portugal, find out how to get from the airport to your accommodation before you book your flights. If you’re relying on public transport for transfers, especially between cities, you could get caught out if services finish earlier than you expected or don’t run at weekends.

You can pre-book an airport transfer if you’d rather keep things simple.

You may also want to get a SIM card on arrival so that you’re connected as soon as you arrive and can order an Uber/Bolt. You can buy data and normal SIM cards from the Vodafone shop at Lisbon and Porto airports or, if you intend to a lot of data-heavy work while travelling, an international SIM card may be a better option.

Discounts on Portugal travel

4. More and more destinations in Portugal offer a tourist card, such as the Lisbon Card and Porto Card , which give free or discounted public transport and discounts on all manner of typical holiday expenditures.

That said, you need to make sure it’s actually going to save you money so find out which of the places you want to visit offer reduced entrance fees with the cards. If you are over 65, most museums give you 50% discount anyway.

Tip: Check the local tourist information website before you travel to see what’s available and start saving money from the moment you step off the plane.

My favourite sites for saving money on accommodation and car hire are here: Where To Find The Best Portugal Travel Deals .

See my Portugal accommodation guides to help you find a great place to stay

Note that major destinations in Portugal have introduced a tourist tax of €1-2 per person per night to cover the increased pressure on the local infrastructure. You pay this at your accommodation so budget accordingly.

Keep in mind that if you’re a non-EU resident you may be able to claim back the tax you’ve spent when shopping. For details check out my Tax free shopping in Portugal for Non-EU Residents post.

Documents to bring on your Portugal trip

5. Double check that your passport is in date – you may need it to be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of travel if coming from outside the EU – and bring a couple of photocopies with you.

By law, you have to carry photo ID when in Portugal but won’t want to risk losing your precious passport so leave that in your hotel safe and keep a photocopy with you and carry some alternative form of photographic ID like a driving licence.

6. If you live in the EU, apply for and bring your European Health Insurance Card . It doesn’t substitute full travel insurance but will reduce the costs of emergency treatment. If you’re coming from elsewhere, you should make sure you have insurance to cover health emergencies as the costs can quickly soar. Get a quote from Yonder

7. The good news is that you don’t need any special vaccinations for visiting Portugal unless you’re coming from a Yellow Fever zone.

8. If you have an EU passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Portugal. Other passport holders should check Visit Portugal’s Entry Formalities  although American, Canadian and Australian citizens can travel visa-free for 90 days (total) within the Schengen area.

9. If you plan on renting a car, don’t forget your driving licence – if you’re coming from certain countries, you may need an International Drivers’ Permit so check with the rental company and, if necessary, get one before your trip. Drivers with licenses issued in the UK, USA and Canada don’t need an IDP.

You need to have your licence with you when driving in Portugal plus the paperwork for the car and your ID.

See these essential tips for renting a car in Portugal

Windows above souvenir shop, Alcobaça

Money matters when visiting Portugal

10. I always like to have some local currency on me when I arrive in a foreign country but if you do land in Portugal without euros, there are ATMs (look for Multibanco signs) in all international airports and towns so you can withdraw euros directly from your bank account or top up your cash if you run out. Avoid Euronet machines as their charges can be extortionate. 

11. Although credit cards are accepted in many places, smaller outlets, including some restaurants, only take cash. Note that if you pay by credit or debit card you will probably be charged for each transaction so check with your bank before deciding how you want to pay for purchases.

12. If you exchange money before travelling to Portugal, try to avoid bringing large bills, i.e. bigger than 50 euros. If your currency exchange provider has given you a stack of 100, 200 or worse, 500 euro notes, take them into a local bank when you arrive to get a stash of smaller notes.

Packing tips for a trip to Portugal

13. Clothes-wise, several thin layers are a good idea as they allow you to adapt to changeable temperatures. Loose, lightweight natural fibres will help you cope with the summer heat but you’ll need jeans/heavier trousers and sweaters in winter.

Bring comfy shoes or sandals, depending on the season, preferably with fairly thick non-slip soles. When you see the uneven cobbled pavements , you’ll understand why. Don’t wear spiky heels unless you want to ruin them or break your ankle.

For detailed advice about what to bring, read my guide to packing for Portugal .

If you’re coming to do a walking holiday, this article about what to pack for long distance hikes may be more relevant.

14. If you’re venturing deep into rural Portugal, you’ll need to be better equipped as local shops stock a more limited range of products. In the natural parks, shops of any description are few and far between.

15. It’s not standard practice for Portuguese accommodations to have tea-making facilities in guest rooms even if they do have a fridge. If you can’t live without your cuppa, pack a travel kettle and a few decent tea bags. Be warned that fresh milk is much harder to find than UHT in Portugal so you might prefer black or herbal teas.

16. Even if you’re travelling to Portugal in winter , you should bring sunglasses and use factor 30 sun cream as minimum if you have fair skin. Bring a fold-up umbrella too, just in case. You’ll need a hat in summer and insect repellent if, like me, you attract mosquitoes and other biting insects.

17. When visiting a major tourist destination like the Algarve, Porto or Lisbon, or basically any large town or city, don’t worry if you forget to pack something or are hampered by hand luggage restrictions. With the exception of obscure prescription medication, you can buy pretty much anything you’re likely to need in Portugal although some things, like sun cream and bug repellent, may be a little pricier.

Learn a little Portuguese

18. While it’s perfectly possible to get by in English in the major tourist areas, learning a few simple phrases in Portuguese will go a long way.

No one expects foreigners on holiday to be proficient in the language but just saying thank you in Portuguese is appreciated. It’s obrigado if you’re a man and obrigada if you’re a woman, by the way.

There are plenty of free and affordable resources to help you learn European Portuguese .

As for Portuguese phrasebooks , the best of the bunch is probably the Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook & Dictionary , which has sections on eating and drinking as well as all the functional language you’d expect and help with pronunciation.

Lisbon streets, cafe Brasileira

Eating out in Portugal – tips for travellers

The most common complaint I see on TripAdvisor is from people who think they’ve been ripped off by Portuguese restaurants. Most of the time, it’s simply a case of not knowing the local customs.

19. It’s standard practice for waiters to bring you little dishes of olives, bread, cheese and cold meats but they are not freebies unless they are part of a set menu.

If you don’t want them, just politely send them back untouched and you won’t be charged. Strictly speaking, you shouldn’t be charged for items you didn’t order but it avoids confrontation if you know how to deal with this in advance.

If you are tempted but worried about the creeping cost of your final bill, check the price before tucking in. The bread and olives are usually very cheap.

20. Super-fresh fish and seafood are among Portugal’s gastronomic highlights.

Seafood restaurants often have a selection of the catch of the day displayed on a bed of ice. You choose the fish and they grill it to perfection. In such cases, it’s hard to know how much it will end up costing as the fish is charged by weight. To get an idea of the price and avoid a nasty surprise at the end of a lovely meal, ask the waiter for an estimate during the selection phase.

Alternatively, order a Cataplana de Marisco (seafood casserole) or Arroz de Marisco (seafood rice) which are usually stuffed with ocean goodies for a fixed price.

Grilled fish and prawns

21. Don’t be surprised if your main course seems lacking in vegetables. Many Portuguese people get their greens and other vegetables by starting a meal with a soup. Ask what the main dish is served with and order a side salad or vegetables if you feel the need.

22. Unlike in the UK where a waiter will usually take your drinks order while you’re contemplating the menu, food gets priority in Portugal. The waiter may bring some unsolicited (but not free – see above) appetisers to your table before taking your order but will often not ask about drinks until the food has been dealt with. If you’re parched and need a drink while deciding, you’ll need to initiate the drinks order when the waiter brings the menu.

23. A great way of economising on eating out is to do what the locals do and have a main meal at lunchtime with a menu do dia (set menu of 2-3 courses) or prato do dia (dish of the day). Check what is and isn’t included before saying yes to everything the waiter offers you but generally speaking, you can get a 3-course meal with wine for under 10 euros.

See this post about Portuguese food you should try

Read about wonderful Portuguese drinks, beyond wine.

More information in How To Order Like A Local At Restaurants, Cafés & Bars In Portugal

The first two of these books about Portuguese food have lots of practical information to help you be more adventurous when trying local dishes.

Festivals and sightseeing in Portugal

24. It’s well worth checking out some of the local events while you’re here. Every town, village and city has at least one food or saint-related festival at some point during the year, especially during the summer months.

My guide to Portuguese festivals and celebrations gives you a seasonal sense of what’s on.

The Visit Portugal website has details of major events including music festivals, sports championships and film festivals.

For smaller events, look out for somewhat garish posters on lamp posts and bus stops or check with the local tourist information office or regional tourism websites such as Visit Algarve to find out what’s on during your stay but don’t expect the information to be published more than a few weeks in advance.

25. If you intend to visit museums and monuments, there are two important things to consider. One is that some offer free admission on Sunday mornings or discounts with the local tourist card.

The other is that most are closed on Mondays so you’ll need to check and plan around this if you have your heart set on seeing something specific.

If you need help with your Portugal itinerary, I can get you on the right track with a range of trip planning services .

Bonus tip: Getting through customs in Lisbon airport

Sometimes there is a very long queue at customs when you arrive in Lisbon airport, often early in the morning when international flights arrive (don’t ask me why they haven’t organised staffing to deal with this!).

If you have an EU passport you can use the EU passport line to avoid the longer “All passports” queue.

If you don’t have that option, the Priority Passport Line, which is mainly for crew, is also an option for anyone who is disabled, pregnant, elderly or traveling with children under two.

If none of those apply, you could be in for a long wait so go to the bathroom before joining the queue.

When it’s time to leave Portugal, you may be able to claim tax back on shopping you’ve bought. To find out what you need to do check out my Tax free shopping in Portugal for Non-EU Residents post.

Looking for a Portugal travel guide book?

Click on the links below to see my top picks via Amazon

My first choice would be a DK Eyewitness Travel Guide to Portugal , partly because I’ve contributed to them in the past and partly because I like the pictures, maps and layout.

The Frommer’s Portugal Guide  is written by two well-respected journalists who live in the Lisbon area, one Portuguese and the other British. Having met them both, I would certainly trust their recommendations.

I also like Rough Guides’ approach to travel guides and their Portugal travel guide is no exception.

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  • Apr 7, 2023

Travel to Portugal from Canada

Portugal is a southwestern European country, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and Spain to the east. The country is known for its vibrant culture, stunning beaches, historic landmarks, and delicious cuisine, making it an attractive destination for travelers. If you are planning to travel to Portugal from Canada, now is the best time to do that.

Can I travel to Portugal from Canada now? Can I travel to Portugal from Canada Covid? What is required to travel to Portugal from Canada?

Is it safe to travel to Portugal now? A lot of people ask these questions. Portugal has become increasingly popular with Canadian travelers in recent years. The country’s warm climate, affordability, and proximity to Canada make it an ideal choice for those seeking a European getaway. Additionally, the Portuguese government has implemented measures to ensure the safety of tourists during the COVID-19 pandemic, making it a secure destination for Canadians looking to travel abroad.

The purpose of this article is to provide Canadian travelers with an in-depth guide to Portugal as a travel destination. It will cover the best places to visit, local customs and traditions, popular foods, and practical travel tips to help Canadians make the most out of their trip to Portugal.

Portugal Travel requirements for Canadians

Travel to Portugal from Canada

Portugal visa requirements: Canadian citizens do not require a visa to enter Portugal for tourism purposes. However, if you plan to stay for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a long-term visa.

Another very important requirement will be new ETIAS visa. Set to be launched in 2024, ETIAS will enable Canadian nationals to visit the EU/Schengen Area countries (except Ireland) for up to 90 days with just a pre-issued digital travel permit, valid for three years.

Portugal passport requirements: Canadian citizens must possess a valid passport to enter Portugal. The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the intended departure date from Portugal.

Portugal vaccination requirements: There are currently no vaccination requirements to enter Portugal. However, it is recommended to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling.

What if I test positive for Covid in Portugal? In this case, you have to consider that travel to Portugal from Canada Covid requirements include PCR test requirements, quarantine requirements, and health forms. Let’s check out some of the Portugal travel restrictions.

Portugal COVID-19 requirements and restrictions:

  • PCR test requirements: Travelers from Canada must present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure.
  • Quarantine requirements: There is no mandatory quarantine period for travelers from Canada. However, if you test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Health forms: All travelers to Portugal must fill out a health form before entering the country. This form includes personal information and asks about recent travel history and any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Travelling to Portugal from Canada fully vaccinated is currently allowed, but travelers may still be subject to COVID-19 requirements and restrictions.
  • COVID-19 related travel restrictions to Portugal from Canada are subject to change and travelers should regularly check official government websites for updates.
  • If someone tests positive for COVID-19 in Portugal, they may be required to quarantine and follow local health protocols.

It is important to note that the COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, and travelers should stay up-to-date with the latest Portugal travel requirements and restrictions. It is advisable to check with the Canadian government’s travel website and the Portuguese embassy or consulate for the latest information.

As mentioned above, ETIAS will change a lot about travel in Europe. Obviously, there will be some ETIAS requirements that everyone will have to meet. Thankfully, applying for ETIAS authorization from Canada is a simple procedure, taking you less than 15 minutes.

The Canadian government has issued a travel advisory to Portugal from Canada, urging Canadians to exercise a high degree of caution due to the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, travelers should purchase travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage to protect themselves against any unexpected medical expenses. Also travel to Portugal from Canada vaccination is recommended, but not currently a requirement for entry.

Canada to Portugal Flights

Travel to Portugal from Canada

Airlines that fly from Canada to Portugal: Some of the major airlines that offer flights from Canada to Portugal include Air Canada , TAP Air Portugal , Lufthansa , and British Airways. Canadians can fly to Portugal from Canada with several airlines, including Air Canada and TAP Air Portugal.

  • Direct and connecting flights: There are both direct and connecting flights available from Canada to Portugal. Direct flights are available from Toronto to Lisbon and Porto, and connecting flights are available from other Canadian cities with layovers in major European hubs such as Frankfurt, London, or Amsterdam.
  • Flight duration and cost: The flight duration from Toronto to Lisbon is approximately 7 hours for a direct flight and can be as long as 13 hours for connecting flights. The flight cost varies depending on the airline, the season, and how early the tickets are booked. Typically, flights during the high season (June to August) are more expensive. However, it is possible to find good deals on flights during the shoulder and low seasons (April to May and September to November).

Additional Booking Tips:

  • Tips for booking flights to Portugal: It is advisable to book flights to Portugal in advance, as the cost tends to increase as the travel date approaches. You can also sign up for alerts on travel websites to be notified of price drops or deals. Additionally, it is recommended to compare prices across different airlines and booking websites to find the best deals. When booking connecting flights, make sure to leave sufficient time for layovers to avoid missing connecting flights. Finally, travelers should take into account any baggage fees and check the airline’s COVID-19 policies before booking the flight . There are many trips to Portugal from Canada available, including group tours and independent travel options.

Overall, there are several options for flights from Canada to Portugal, with a range of airlines, direct and connecting flights, and varying costs. With some planning and research, travelers can find the best flight options to suit their travel needs and budget.

Accommodation in Portugal

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  • Accommodation Options in Portugal: Popular types of accommodation in Portugal include hotels, guesthouses, hostels, apartments and villas. Furthermore there are unique options like farm stays and eco-lodges which offer a more immersive experience in the Portuguese countryside.
  • Popular Cities for Accommodation in Portugal: Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve region are some of Portugal’s most sought-after tourist destinations . Here, travelers will find a range of accommodation options. Lisbon boasts both historic and modern hotels while Porto boasts numerous boutique hotels and guesthouses. Finally, visitors to Algarve should not miss out on its beach resorts and luxury villas.
  • Average Cost of Portugal Accommodation: Accommodation costs vary based on location, type and season. Generally speaking, Portugal’s accommodation is quite affordable compared to other European destinations; budget hostels can cost as little as EUR10-20 per night while mid-range hotels range between EUR50-100. Luxury hotels and villas may cost up to EUR200 or more per night.
  • Tips for Booking Accommodation in Portugal: When making your accommodation booking, it’s essential to consider the location, amenities and reviews from previous guests. Look for accommodation that’s conveniently near attractions you want to visit and check if they provide additional services like airport transfers or breakfast. It is wise to book ahead of time, especially during high season (June-August) when availability can be limited.

Lastly, travelers should review cancellation policies prior to making a booking in case any unexpected changes arise in travel plans.

Overall, Portugal provides a range of accommodation options to suit every budget and preference. By doing some research and planning ahead, travelers can find the most comfortable and enjoyable accommodations during their stay in Portugal.

Transportation in Portugal

Portugal boasts an extensive public transportation system that includes buses, trams, metro and trains. Major cities like Lisbon and Porto boast well-developed metro systems while buses and trams can be found in most towns and cities throughout Portugal. Taxis and ride-sharing services such as Uber and Bolt are widely available in Portugal’s major cities. Taxi prices in Portugal tend to be more reasonable than other European destinations.

Renting a car in Portugal is an excellent option for those who wish to explore the countryside and visit smaller towns and villages. There are various major car rental companies operating throughout Portugal, with rental costs varying according to vehicle type and rental period.

Travelers using public transportation should purchase a rechargeable transport card, such as the Viva Viagem in Lisbon or Andante card in Porto, which can be used on buses, trams and metro. Taxis and ride-sharing services offer convenient options for short trips but make sure you check the fare before getting in the car. When renting a car it is essential that you possess an International Driving Permit and understand Portuguese traffic laws. Furthermore it’s wise to book car rentals ahead of time in order to get the best deals available.

Overall, Portugal boasts an efficient transportation system that makes getting around easy for travelers. By taking advantage of different transportation options and planning ahead, travelers can explore Portugal comfortably and affordably.

Things to do in Portugal

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Portugal is renowned for its historic cities, stunning beaches and stunning architecture. Popular tourist attractions include Belem Tower in Lisbon and Jeronimos Monastery in Porto; Algarve region’s stunning beaches; and medieval Sintra. It offers a multitude of adventure activities such as hiking, surfing, kayaking and rock climbing. The Douro Valley and Madeira Island make excellent hiking destinations while the Algarve region has some of Europe’s premier surfing spots. Finally, the Azores Islands boast breathtaking scuba diving and whale-watching possibilities.

Portugal boasts an exciting cultural heritage that visitors can explore through museums, art galleries and festivals. Some of the top cultural experiences include visiting the National Palace of Pena in Sintra, Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon and Casa da Musica in Porto. Not forgetting Portugal’s vibrant music scene as well as festivals like Festa de Sao Joao de Porto or Festa de Santo Antonio de Lisbon; both worth experiencing! Portugal is renowned for its delectable cuisine, which includes seafood dishes, regional cheeses and wines. Visitors to Portugal can experience traditional Portuguese food and drink by visiting local restaurants, wine bars and markets. The Douro Valley is renowned for its vineyards while Alentejo region stands out with olive oil and wine production.

A Portugal travel guide can provide information on top attractions , activities, and cultural experiences for visitors.

Overall, Portugal provides a range of experiences and activities to suit every taste and interest. Whether visitors are searching for adventure, culture or relaxation, Portugal has something special to offer everyone.

Entertainment in Portugal

When it comes to entertainment, Portugal offers a vibrant and diverse scene that caters to a wide range of interests. Whether you’re a music lover, a theater enthusiast, or a fan of lively festivals, Portugal has something for everyone.

The country boasts a rich musical heritage, from traditional Fado performances that tug at your heartstrings to contemporary music festivals that showcase local and international talent.

Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Portuguese festivals, such as the Lisbon Street Music Festival or the popular NOS Alive in Oeiras, where you can groove to the beats of renowned artists.

For those seeking a cultural experience, theaters and art galleries in cities like Lisbon and Porto offer captivating performances and exhibitions. Additionally, Portugal’s breathtaking natural landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, or simply relaxing on pristine beaches. With its dynamic entertainment options, Portugal ensures that your visit is filled with unforgettable experiences and moments of pure enjoyment.

In conclusion, traveling to Portugal from Canada is an exciting and accessible option for those seeking a unique travel experience. It’s important to remember to fulfill travel requirements such as visa and passport requirements, vaccination requirements, and adhere to COVID-19 requirements and restrictions such as PCR testing and health forms.

Portugal offers a range of activities and experiences, including popular tourist attractions, adventure activities, cultural experiences, and delicious food and drink. Travelers should consider booking their flights and accommodation in advance to get the best deals, and utilize public transportation and other transportation options to get around. Overall, Portugal is a great destination for Canadians looking for a diverse and authentic travel experience. Hopefully this article covered everything about Canadian travel to Portugal.

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I am fully vaccinated but it appears that a covid test is still required.

The test requirements are a little unclear to me.

" negative Laboratorial Rapid Antigen Test - 24h before boarding (according to the European Commission list based on the Council Recommendation of 21 January 2021 + Addendum)"

I cannot access the lis of approved test. When I click on the links I get an access denied message.

I think the 24 hours before boarding means 24 is the maximun time before that the test can be done. This too is a bit unclear.

Any insights?

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Thanks. The pcr test costs about $225 vs $59 for rapid test by a health clinic in my area. Tough call. How much is piece of mind worth 🤔

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If you take a rapid antigen test that is not on the approved list, you may be denied entry to PT.

Thanks. I couldn't find the list in the way that you suggested but I did find it. The test I am registered for is on it!

If anyone else is looking for a list you should be able to access it by copy and pasted of the link below.

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Awesome. Happy travels!

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If you live close to Costco they have rapid tests for $16.99. They are approved by EU, I have already checked that.

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Susan I tried to access the list with your link. I was not able to. I also get the message. going in April and want to verify for a test that would be accepted.

Manhann how do I get the list. I am not close to Costco.

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