Update: 22 June 2020
Since 22 June, new coronary measures have been in place to keep the pandemic under control in Lisbon.
In one month, more than 9,000 corona infections have occurred, mainly in Lisbon and surrounding areas, reason for the government to tighten the measures:
Portugal reopens for travelers (and you don’t have to go into quarantine)
At the beginning of June the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that Portugal is (again) opening up for travelers, including tourists. For UK citizens this means that we can travel to Lisbon again more easily!
Tourists welcome from 4 June
Portugal has a fairly positive COVID-19 track record compared to, for example, neighbouring Spain. Although the land border with Spain will remain closed until 15 June, passengers arriving by air will not be quarantined. Instead, a short health check will be carried out. Among other things, passengers will be checked for fever and colds.
Residents of the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Venezuela, South Africa and Brazil are currently allowed to enter Portugal. TAP Portugal plans to expand air traffic between Lisbon Airport and Newark International Airport from 4 June, and on 6 June travellers from all EU countries except Spain and Italy will be allowed to enter by air.
What sights are open in Lisbon?
There are plenty of things to do for travelers once they arrive in Lisbon. Shops, the Lisbon Zoo, attractions such as museums and monuments are all opened. Restaurants are also open, but keep in mind there can be a limit to the number of customers.
The official start of the last phase of the reopening is on 1 June. Theatres and cinemas (with limited capacity) and shopping centres will reopen their doors.
Face mask required
Both locals and tourists are obliged to keep 2 meters distance at all times and wear a face mask when in public transport and/or in closed areas such as the supermarket. However, it is recommended to wear mouth masks for all public outings.
Clean & Safe badge
Tourists in Lisbon should look for the blue and white “Clean and Safe” bagde. This badge has been awarded to hotels and restaurants that meet certain hygiene requirements and follow strict safety protocols to help prevent the spread of the virus.
To the beach starting 6 June
The beaches will reopen on June 6. Here too, health regulations apply and a colour-coded system indicates the capacity of the beach so that visitors can safely enjoy the beach and sea.
Below is an overview of how the measures will be loosend:
General recommendations and warnings
- Wearing a face mask is obligatory in indoor places such as public transport and in the supermarket.
- 2 meters distance is mandatory.
- Public places can only be visited if a reservation has been made.
- It is forbidden to get together with 10 or more people.
Measures as of 4 May
- Public transport is accessible to everyone, but has a maximum capacity of 2/3. Mouth masks are obligatory to wear.
- Government services – the public counters are opening.
- Libraries and archives, zoos, aquariums and similar can open to the public.
- Shops up to 200m²are allowed to open their doors. Hairdressers, barber shops, manicurists and similar can open to the public by reservation only.
- Individual outdoor exercise is permitted (without use of changing rooms and swimming pools).
Measures as of 18 May
- Restaurants, cafés and bakeries are no longer restricted to home delivery or take-away and are allowed to receive customers with a capacity limit of 50%.
- Shops up to 400m² are allowed to open their doors.
- Museums, monuments, palaces and galleries may reopen.
- Children aged 11 and 12 can go back to school.
Measures as of 1 June
- Shops more than 400m² are allowed to open their doors or located in shopping centres can open.
- Cinemas, theatres, congress centre, auditoriums, podiums can be reopened.
- Elementary schools and child day-care will reopen.