Corona virus: Lisbon opens up, no quarantine

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:

  • – You can’t be with more than 10 people together.
  • – Cafés and restaurants are open until 8 p.m..
  • – Supermarkets are open until 8 p.m..
  • – Drinking in public places outside and at esplanades is prohibited.
  • 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.

    Public transportation and ascensors (elevators) can be used by everyone again.

    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.

    51 Comments

    • Thanks for the article 🙂

      I’m traveling from Brazil to Slovakia at the beginning of August, and in between destination, I have a 21h layover in Lisbon. Do you know if it’s possible to leave the airport to tourist in the city during this time? thanks.

      • Hi Ana Lúcia,
        It’s advisable to check with your airline to see if it’s allowed. If so, be sure to do it. The centre is 15 minutes away by taxi or metro.

    • Dear Weheart Lisbon,

      Are the quiosques and the miradouros open now in Lisbon?

      Thank you.

    • Hi,
      Is cycling along the boardwalk and between Cascais and Lisbon permitted as of 27th June?
      Thank you.

    • Hi!
      Me and my friends were planning to go to Portugal and Lisbon mid July. We were wondering if open air clubs or something alike such as bars or general nightlife will reopen around then.

      Kind regards

      • Hi Kirana,

        Since yesterday (22 June) some lockdown measures are being reimposed to help control outbreaks from the pandemic.

        Gatherings will now be limited to 10 people, down from 20 previously. No drinking in public places will be allowed and stores will need to close by 8 p.m.

    • Hello I know bars have to close at 11, but does any street drinking happen after that? Don’t fancy going home drunk at 11. Going to Lisbon on 5th of July.

      • Hi Tom,

        Since yesterday (22 June) some lockdown measures are being reimposed to help control outbreaks from the pandemic.

        Gatherings will now be limited to 10 people, down from 20 previously. No drinking in public places will be allowed and stores will need to close by 8 p.m.

    • I’m looking to travel to Lisbon in the next few weeks. Is this going to be possible and will there be hotels open ? My partner lives there and I’ve not seen him for over 3 months so really need to get there as soon as possible. Thanks.

      • Hi Paige,

        As long as you don’t have any symptoms you should be fine. Be aware that your temperature will be measured at the airport.

        And don’t forget, using a face mask is mandatory in the airport, in public transportation and in most public spaces.
        The hotels are open.
        Enjoy your stay!

    • Hi, we are traveling to lisbon in oct, 5th-10th, do you think things will have eased more by then? We bringing 2 teenage boys with us so we need to be able to do things with them to keep them happy.
      Thanks
      Geraldine

      • Hi Geraldine, even though I don’t have my crystal ball with me right now I think you and your family will be fine.

        Even now you’d be okay. As long as you have your face mask with you, there’s plenty of things to do and see (and eat and drink!).

        Again, we can’t know what the future brings but I’m positive things are looking up!

    • I read that restaurants and bars will need to close at 23.00. Is this true?
      And can you take a taxi or Uber?

      • Hi Joeri,
        The restaurants and bars are open until 11 pm, this is a specific condition regarding the corona situation. Also a restaurant can receive 50% of the normal capacity.

        You can take a taxi or Uber, but follow the driver’s instructions and don’t forget to wear a mask.

        • Hi Joeri,

          An update: since yesterday (22 June) some lockdown measures are being reimposed to help control outbreaks from the pandemic.

          Gatherings will now be limited to 10 people, down from 20 previously. No drinking in public places will be allowed and stores will need to close by 8 p.m.

      • hi Mo, Hotels were never mandated to close, but a majority of hotels in Lisbon (and Portugal) chose to close during the coronavirus-induced state of emergency. So there is no official opening date. Turismo de Portugal announced the “Clean & Safe” certification. Hotels can apply for this stamp of approval to show that they are compliant with hygiene and cleaning requirements for the prevention and control of COVID-19 and other possible infections.

    • Hi

      Do you know when the timeout market will open?

      Also do you still have to make reservations at bars and how do you do this?

      Thanks!

      • Hey Tom,
        Time-out seems to be closed unfortunately.

        For bars, your best bet is to give them a call. That’ll tell you whether they’re open and you can check if you need a reservation (which is likely at the moment).

        Hope this helps!

      • Hi Akram,
        Gyms have been open since last week. THere are a couple of restrictions though, like a 50% usage rule and just one hour per person per day.

        (how they’ll check that I don’t know, I’m not a gym person 🙂 )

        • Hi we are travelling to Lisbon next week from the UK so this is all OK now with no quarantine??

          • Hi Melinda, as long as you don’t have any symptoms you should be fine. Be aware that your temperature will be measured at the airport.

            And don’t forget, using a face mask is mandatory in the airport, in public transportation and in most public spaces.

            Enjoy your stay!

      • Hi Karl
        Most bars have reopened their doors. Please note that you will need to make a reservation to have a drink and it is possible that there are adjusted opening hours.
        Discotheques are still closed.

      • All restrictions in this article also apply in Sintra.
        Most places of interest are open. The sights in Parque de Pena that are still closed are:

      • Entrance via the Lakes and the Cow Gate to the Park of Pena (alternative: Main Entrance and Chalet Entrance)
      • National Palace of Pena Cafeteria (alternative: cafeteria service in the Restaurant and the Terrace bar)
      • Moorish Castle Guard House Cafeteria (alternative: cafeteria inside the Castle)
      • National Palace of Sintra Ticket Office (alternative: former Palace stores, accessible via the Gardens, now free to access)
    • Hello. I am from Romania and I bought a city break from 6 to 9 june in Lisbon. Will I be quarantined when I will come in your country ?

      • Hi Marco, Since March 16, tourist circulation and leisure trips between Spain and Portugal have been suspended.
        National citizens and holders of residence permits may still enter the country. Returning tourists may still cross the border so as to allow them to return to their country of origin.Before making a trip, it is important to consult the alerts and restrictions.

    • Hello

      Are we allowed to enter Lisbon as tourists?

      We come from Zurich.

      The planned journey is from 5 to 9 June 2020.

      • Hi Brigitte, Since March 16, tourist circulation and leisure trips between Spain and Portugal have been suspended.
        National citizens and holders of residence permits may still enter the country. Returning tourists may still cross the border so as to allow them to return to their country of origin.
        Before making a trip, it is important to consult the alerts and restrictions.

          • Hey Evan,
            well, you should be able to get a flight somewhere for sure so the short answer is “yes”, you can travel to LIS from PAR.

            Now the long answer.

            As for complications, that depends on your defenition of complications. For one, you’ll need a mask at the airports AND on board as well. And I know that ANA, the airport authority in Portugal, has temperature scanning cameras installed.

            And obviously you’ll be needing a face mask whenever you enter a cab or subway, as well as museums and other public places at the moment.

            Hope this helps!

    • I am in the middle of purchasing a property in Portugal. I am a citizen of UK, so is it possible to travel to Portugal from the UK at the moment?

      • Hi Ming, this is what gov.uk says: As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available.

    • our daughter is getting married in cascaise on june 30,2020 we r planning to fly to lisbon from san francisco with a plane change in Frankfurt Germany on june 25,will we have any problems with our stop in Germany or going to lisbon or coming back to the U S

      • We advise you to consult the website of Foreign Affairs and to keep an eye on the travel advice. At the moment the advice is: only if necessary and you may have to spend 2 weeks in quarantine if you come from the us.

        You can also ask your airline for more information.

    • I have heard that portugal is opening up the corona restrictions in a 3 steps process. Do you know anything about this?

    • I booked early Feb and paid in advance for hotel accommodation in Lisbon, for a conference 4-8 June. Like all large meetings the conference is cancelled. The booking company will not refund me, though I cannot fly to Portugal, for no reason, particularly in global pandemic. What can I do about this, despite having emailed them several times? I am refused the expensive 4 night payment refund by #StayforLong because ‘no cancellation’ is allowed – that would be the case if there was no COVID19, if somebody just chose to cancel themselves. This is an epic cancellation reason and not my personal cancellation.

      • How sad to hear that you are currently unable to receive a refund. Have you already tried at the hotel to get a voucher or refund? Or claim your travel insurance. That’s what we would try. As we are not a travel agency, unfortunately I can’t give you any more tips.

      • If you booked with a credit card, your bank can cancel the payment if you say it was due to services not rendered. Basically, if you dont get what you paid for, you have the right to get your money back. Check your bank’s policy, most of them have that. Best of luck!

      • I am facing the same problem. Meant to fly to Portugal for a conference this weekend actually. Conference and flights were cancelled. But hotel insisted no refund or vouchers because of the non refundable policy. I had to try to claim from my travel insurance.

    • Obrigada for this info. Is it still accurate, given the State of Emergency in PT, that “Officially there are no travel restrictions to Portugal because of the coronavirus”? Are hotels still open? I am not seeking advice on whether it is wise or prudent for anyone to travel anywhere at this time, just curious about the Lisbon hotels. Obrigada.

      • The travel restriction only applied during the Easter weekend. Air traffic to Lisbon is limited and international trains also run with adapted timetables.

        In this article we wanted to focus on things that have been adjusted. The government didn’t close the hotels, but many hotels have decided to close their doors.

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