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Update September 2:
Portugal is currently amber, except Madeira and the Azores which are on the green list. Vaccinated or not, you can enter Portugal from the UK with a negative test, and return to the UK with a pre-departure test (from Madeira and the Azores) or a pre-departure test and a day two test (rest of Portugal).
Children under 18 still need to take the precautionary tests. Those aged 5-10 only need to take the day 2 test and those under 4 are exempt from any testing or self-isolation.
Visitors to mainland Portugal must show proof of a negative test. Children under 12 are exempt.
If you're fully vaccinated you'll need to take a PCR test on or before day 2 after you return.
If you aren't fully vaccinated you'll need to take PCR tests on day 2 and day 8 while you self-isolate on your return.
When you're there:
Portugal is winding down its lockdown measures and there are only minor restrictions in place - face masks in enclosed public spaces, hospitality closing at 2am and limits to the numbers of people who can dine or travel in taxis together.For more details see the Portuguese government's end of lockdown plan.
Traffic light status:
The whole of Portugal is on the amber list except for the Azores and Madeira which are green.
Portugal Travel Hub
Whether you go off the beaten track and spend time on the stunning Atlantic beaches, quiet villages and nature reserves or hit the water parks and resorts of the centre, there's something for everyone in Portugal.
In our guides we tackle all the important issues, from where to eat, to how to make the most of your money and the best way to get from A to B. All to to help turn your travel inspiration into reality.
We're adding more destinations all the time so check back soon!
Need to know
Portugal has the same time zone as the UK.
Portuguese is the main language across the mainland and islands. English is widely spoken in tourist areas but we think it's a good idea to learn a few key phrases and words to help immerse yourself in the culture and authentically enjoy all the things to do.
Hello - Olá
How are you/greeting - Como você está?
What's your name? - Qual o seu nome?
My name is - Meu nome é
Numbers 1-5 - um, dois, três, quatro, cinco
Thank you - Obrigado / Obrigada
Goodbye - Tchau
The plugs have two round pins as is usual across Europe - remember to take an adaptor with you.
Culture and etiquette
The majority of Portugal is Roman Catholic, but other religions are practised.
Tipping is discretionary. A service charge is not usually added to bills but double check first, especially if you are in the tourist areas. If it's not been added, it's custom to give 10% of your bill.
Smoking is allowed in some restaurants and bars - most places have designated smoking areas.
Jabs, visas and other foreign advice
For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website
For all emergency services call 112.
From the Algarve, known for its beaches and resorts to Lisbon, the bustling coastal capital city to the archipeligo of Maderia, Portugal has something for every type of holiday.
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