Portugal Reopens to US Travelers, Effective Immediately

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June 15. Americans desirous of European post-pandemic summer vacations now have a new option, as Portugal announced today that U.S. visitors are once again welcome with proof of a negative COVID-19 test, effective immediately.

All inbound travelers over the age of two will need to submit negative results from a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) type (such as a PCR test) performed within 72 hours of their departure or a rapid antigen test performed within 24 hours, according to the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Portugal.

The country’s opening status toward U.S. travelers is set to be reevaluated every two weeks as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. Currently, there are no special provisions for immunized travelers, though Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira indicated last week that the country would soon adopt a program to allow fully vaccinated Americans without testing or quarantine restrictions. Portugal’s announcement of reopening to American tourists arrives only a week after neighboring Spain began re-welcoming vaccinated visitors from around the world, including the U.S.

In Portugal, various COVID-19 measures are still in effect, depending upon the municipality you’re in, including mask and social distancing requirements, capacity limitations, a ban on alcohol sales after 8:00 p.m. and a curfew that starts 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and 7:00 p.m. on weekends. On the beach, masks are still mandated unless you’re sitting stationarily on your towel, and towels must be spaced at least five feet apart.

Source: Travel Pulse

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