Corona virus: Lisbon opens up, no quarantine

Update: 17 October 2020

Portuguese government tightens up corona measures again due to an increase in infection rates.

Traveling to Lisbon

  • Travellers at increased risk of severe COVID-19 should consider avoiding non-essential travel to this country.
  • Individuals entering or returning to the UK may be required to follow additional UK border measures which may include self-isolation for 14 days.
  • No quarantine on arrival in Lisbon.
  • Filling out a ‘Passenger Locator Form
  • No additional medical documents are required for the fasting country.
  • On arrival by plane, a health check will be done, by means of a camara system that measures the temperature.

Non compliance with the following measures may result in a fine of 5 – 500 euros.

General measures in Lisbon

  • 2 meters distance is mandatory.
  • Regularly hand-washing.
  • Face mask are required in public and closed spaces such as museums, stores, supermarket.
  • In Lisbon there is a prohibition of groups 5 persons or more.
  • Urgent advice to wear a face mask outside the house.

Getting out in Lisbon

  • At restaurants you can join until midnight, the restaurant has to close at 1 o’clock.
  • Cafés close at 9 P.M.
  • Cafés and restaurants allow a limited number of customers (50% of the capacity), reservation is necessary.
  • The use of a mouth shield is mandatory if you are not sitting at the table in the restaurant.
  • Drinking in public spaces outside and at esplanades is prohibited.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in public areas or gas stations and from 8 p.m. onwards in stores, including supermarkets and hypermarkets.
  • Discotheques and bars are open under the same conditions as a pub. This means that they have to close their doors at 9 pm. Outside Lisbon there is a closing time of 01:00 at night. It is not allowed to dance.

Shopping in Lisbon

  • Supermarkets are open until 10 p.m.
  • Fuel stations are open.

Stay overnight in Lisbon

  • Most hotels and campsites are open.
  • It is recommended to contact the accommodation to know all the measures
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Transport in Lisbon

  • Face mask are required in public transport.
  • Children from 10 years and older are required to wear a face mask in public transport.
  • You may take more than one person in one car (also with people outside a household).
  • Ascensors can be used by everyone again.

car rentals

  • In a car with a capacity of 5 seats or less, all seats can be used if the passengers belong to the same household.
  • If a car has a capacity of 5 seats or more, the capacity is limited to 2/3 of the total, unless the passengers belong to the same household.

Sightseeing in Lissabon

Alert levels

The Portuguese and local authorities currently use different alert levels for Lisbon and the surrounding area.

Lisbon Metropolitan Area (LMA) has alert orange. The measures above apply here.
A number of neighborhoods and suburbs of Lisbon alert red. These are:

  • Amadora
  • Odivelos
  • Sintra (Queluz, Belas, Massamá, Monte Abraão, Agualva, Mira Sintra, Algueirão, Mem – Martins, Rio de Mouro, Cacém, São Marcos)
  • Loures: Camarate, Unhos, Apelação, Sacavém, Prior Velho
  • Lisboa: Santa-Clara
  • In these areas stricter measures apply (in line with the above) such as 5 people together, staying at home as much as possible, bars and discos are closed.

    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.

71 Comments

  • hello,

    i want to travel from Bahrain, am i allowed entry to lisbon? i have a schengen visa

    regards,

    • Hi,
      It looks like air travel between Portugal and Bahrain is only permitted for essential travel, and then only if you can show a negative COVID-19 test from the last 72 hours. Although if you want to be sure if this still applies (regulations change by the day sometimes), I advise you to contact your appropriate authorities.

      Hope this helps.

      • Hi.
        I can read that it’s not allowed to drink alcohol in public spaces in Lisbon. Is it the same restrictions for restaurants, bars and cafes with an outdoor service?

        • Hi Johnny,
          Restaurants and bars serve alcohol to patrons on their own premises. Be aware that most establishments might close earlier than usual, at 9 if I’m not mistaken.

  • Hello my wife and I are traveling from Miami on the 16th I will be traveling with my EU passport and she will be traveling with her US passport. Will be in Lisbon for my brothers wedding. You think will have issues getting in?

  • Hi.Thank you for all your information.My sister flight from netherland will be arrived on Aug 21 in Lisbon.I wanted to know does she need to do any Covid test or not?!And is she supposed to be quarentaiend?

    • Hi Beni, It is not necessary to do a corona test upon arrival in Lisbon. There will be a short health check, it is checked for fever and colds.

      Travellers arriving by plane are not quarantined.

  • Are the Portuguese happy to have tourists return or are they wary? I was hoping to travel with my young son so definitely want a friendly vibe, but also really want to respect the locals. Thanks!

  • Hi, we have a hen party booked, arriving 20th August and there are 23 of us. Would you advise we arrange given that there appears to be restrictions in place with bars and restaurants closing early, wearing of masks and 2m social distancing? Thanks

    • Hi Sharon, At the moment you are not allowed to meet more than 10 people in Lisbon. So you cannot walk in the street as a group of 23 people. The police enforces this, in case of offence they write out fines. These measures also apply to the beach.

      If you don’t come from the same household, you have to keep a distance of 2 meters. Eating out with more than 4 people is not allowed because of distance.

      Maybe it is an option to rent a restaurant, but it is better to coordinate this with a restaurant where you want to eat. Because restaurants can allow a limited capacity.

      For places of interest you need to make a reservation for each person. If you have an indoor activity, you are required to wear a mouth mask. This is also mandatory in shops, supermarkets and public transport.

      The nightlife is not yet open in Lisbon, bars and disco will remain closed until further notice.

      Good luck with all arrangements!

  • Due to lock down in some areas in Greater Lisbon (also in Sintra), is it possible to go to Sintra by train and visit the PenaPalace?

  • Hello and thank you for this so much needed information! Thank you for the effort for putting this together. My boyfriend and I are travelling to Lisbon in 2 days. We are going to stay in Lisbon for 2 days and then we are going to the Azores for another 8 days.

    My question is, do you know if Pena Palace in Sintra is open for tourists and is the COVID 19 test taken on Sao Miguel airport is indeed free of charge? I cannot find this information on the Internet.

    Thank you in advance.

  • Hi there!
    I will be visiting Lisbon and Porto mid July and I was wondering if all tourist attractions are open such as Torre de Belem, etc. and where should I book in advance if I need to do so?
    Also, is Porto now safer than Lisbon due to the outbreaks?
    Thank you in advance and have a lovely day!

    • Hi Marta,

      you have to buy a ticket in advance for the tourist attractions, there is limited place. You can buy a ticket at get your guide.

      Hard to say if Porto is safer then Lisbon, there a some local outbreak of the coronavirus because of a number of large parties of young people.

  • 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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