Are you going to Portugal soon on holiday? If you live in the UK and plan to travel to Portugal then make sure that you are familiar with the covid test requirements for entry to Portugal.

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The article was last updated on 19 September 2021.

Uk nationals travelling to Portugal

For British holiday seekers, Portugal is a popular destination. The country's history and culture, as well as its gastronomy and wines, are all major draws. It also offers great beaches, surfing, golf, varied landscapes, and, above all, the Portuguese people, who are regarded as friendly, open, and sincere.

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Covid test for entry to Portugal from the UK

Those travelling to Portugal from the UK:

  • you are required to take a COVID-19 test to enter Portugal (children up to the age of 11 are exempt)
  • this can be an RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test taken within 48 hours of departure. (you should not use the NHS testing service for travel purposes to another country).
  • 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
  • complete an online passenger locator card

Passenger Locator Card for Portugal

You must fill out an online passenger locator card before travelling to Portugal. The form can be submitted within 4 days prior to arrival in Portugal. Once submitted, you will receive a notification that you should keep with you, digitally or printed, during your trip.

UK return covid test from Portugal

If you are returning from Portugal to the UK, you are required to take a pre-departure PCR or an Antigen test 3 days prior to your departure. The new rules from 4 October 2021 means that fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to take the pre-departure test.

Those who are not fully vaccinated will still need to take the pre-departure test. This can be an antigen test or a PCR test.

Latest information on travelling to Portugal from the UK

We make every effort to keep the information on our website up-to-date, however, due to the dynamic nature of the pandemic and the covid travel rules, we advise you to check on the UK government website for foreign travel advice or contact the Portugal embassy in the UK for the latest information on Covid travel rules. You can order our antigen test kit online and take it with you on your trip to use as a pre-departure test for your return to the UK.


All information is provided for guidance purposes only. The traveller bears the ultimate responsibility for ensuring that tests meet travel requirements. Given the changing nature of government guidelines and the testing environment, Digital Health Group Ltd T/A treatlocal.co.uk cannot be held liable for the advice provided here.