Madeira in Portugal is now on the UK Government's approved Green List, which means you will not need to quarantine on return to England. A pre-departure Covid-19 test before you return to England and a second test taken within two days of arriving home will be required. For further details please see here.
Entry To Madeira & Porto Santo
With the exception of children up to, and including, the age of 11, all travellers to Madeira and Porto Santo must:
- Complete and submit a traveller questionnaire. If you are travelling with a child aged 11 or under, include their details in your questionnaire
- Take a RT-PCR test 72 hours before travel and upload the test result to the traveller questionnaire or prepare to be tested on arrival; or
- Obtain a COVID-19 vaccination status certificate. See ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 Vaccination Status’ below
Screening on arrival
On arrival in Madeira and Porto Santo, you will be asked to show:
- your RT-PCR COVID-19 test certificate if you have not uploaded it with your passenger questionnaire, or
- your COVID-19 vaccination status certificate
Some airlines may not permit you to board without evidence of a negative test – check with your airline before travelling. If you are unable to show one of these certificates, you will have to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and remain in your accommodation until the results are known. This will take about 12 hours.
If your test is positive or inconclusive, you will have to repeat the test until the result is negative and remain in isolation at your accommodation.
Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status
If you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days, or have had both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel, you will be exempt from showing a RT-PCR test on entry to Madeira and Porto Santo.
If you live in England, the authorities in Madeira and Porto Santo will accept your NHS COVID Pass as evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status. If you live in Scotland or Wales, the authorities will accept your respective NHS letter.
Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
If you have recovered from COVID-19, you will need to show a medical report as evidence of your recovery in the last 180 days before travel.
Check the Madeira Tourist Board’s information for visitors for full details of entry requirements
Current Portugal Entry Requirements
If you are travelling from any other non-EU/EEA country, you can only enter for essential purposes, such as to live with immediate family members, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.
Screening on arrival
All travellers, apart from children under 12, must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test to travel to or through mainland Portugal. The test can be:
- a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT), including RT-PCR, taken within 72 hours of travel, or
- an Antigen test that meets the performance standards set out in the EU common list of Rapid Antigen Tests, taken within 48 hours of travel.
You must show your test certificate before you board your flight to mainland Portugal. Your airline is likely to deny boarding if you cannot show this at check-in. Check with your airline before you travel.
If you are travelling from an EU country and you have an EU digital vaccination certificate, you are exempt from having to show a COVID-19 test.
You will be subject to health screening on arrival. If your temperature is 38ºC or over or you show signs of being unwell, you may be required to take a further COVID-19 test and remain at the airport until you receive your test result.
You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test. Make sure you have a NAAT or an antigen test that meets the requirements. Check your test result identifies the type of test taken and gives your name, date of birth, the date and time the sample was collected and the date of the result.
Quarantining on arrival in mainland Portugal
If you have travelled from the UK to mainland Portugal, you must quarantine for 14 days in the place you are staying or at a place indicated by the Portuguese health authority, unless you can show you have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel. Children under 18 are exempt from quarantine if they are travelling with a fully vaccinated adult.
If your journey originated in India, Nepal, South Africa or Brazil, or you have travelled through any of these countries in the last 14 days, you must also quarantine, without exception, for 14 days in the place you are staying or at a place indicated by the Portuguese health authority.
The rules on quarantining apply to passengers arriving by air, as well as by road, rail or sea.
If the quarantining rules apply to you, complete this form.
10 days Quarantine is required upon your return to the UK (unless fully vaccinated). UK Travel Requirements | Mainland Portugal is on the UK Government's Amber list, which means you will need to quarantine on return to the UK. A pre-departure Covid-19 test before you return to the UK and two further tests when arriving home (days 2 and 8) will be required. Fully vaccinated arrivals need only take one test no later than day two, and will not need to quarantine.
UK Travel Requirements | Mainland Portugal is on the UK Government's Amber list, which means you will need to quarantine on return to the UK. A pre-departure Covid-19 test before you return to the UK and two further tests when arriving home (days 2 and 8) will be required. Fully vaccinated arrivals need only take one test no later than day two, and will not need to quarantine.
Please see : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#amber-list
Travel Advice Regarding The UK’s Exit From The EU
Additionally please visit the Gov.UK website which addresses travel advice following the UK's exit from the European Union