Australian Embassy
Cabo Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea Bissau

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Travelling to Australia - arrangements relating to international arrivals and quarantine

The Australian government recognises the measures implemented for overseas arrival passenger caps is impacting Australians looking to secure flights with airlines including cost and to whom seats will be offered.  If you are unable to secure a flight, we ask you be patient, ensure you have a safe place to stay, follow the advice of the Portuguese authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. 

Airlines manage the sale of tickets in line with the caps, not the Australian government and unfortunately we cannot assist with flight bookings or guarantee a seat for you. 

You should be prepared for delays and disruptions to your plans.  It is important you continue to confirm your onward travel plans with your airline or travel agent and stay up-to-date with the latest information provided on this website.  These links are also updated as new information comes to light:

The Australian government continues to pursue all options to support vulnerable Australians overseas and, together with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (Infrastructure), continues to do all we can to maximise access to every seat within existing caps.

Registering with the Embassy

If you have not done so, please register on our citizens information portal at  The portal provides the Australian government with an overview of the number of Australians in Portugal facing difficulties in attempting to return to Australia.

For the latest information with regards to travelling to Australia and Australian Government travel restrictions, please visit Home Affairs.

The Australian Government advises all Australians in Australia to not travel overseas.  This is our highest advice level.  If you’re overseas and wish to return home, do so ASAP.

Travelling to Portugal

Travel restrictions in Portugal and countries across Europe may appear to be relaxing, however, this could change suddenly if there is a spike in infections.
Commercial flights out of Portugal are  limited and may cease without warning.
The Portuguese government has resumed air travel with an increase of commercial flights to and from the EU, as well as to an additional number of countries outside of the EU.

Australian citizens can currently enter Portugal, depending on which country they are travelling from.  You may be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to your flight arrival and/or departure.  These measures can change at short notice and you should therefore contact your airline or nearest Portuguese mission for information about entering Portugal.

Portuguese government circulars no. 64-A/2021 and 5418-A/2021,  provide current legislation regulating the entry of foreigners into Portugal.  An interpretation of the regulations can be found in English on the Portuguese Immigration Authority website, SEF.
The Embassy continues to liaise with the Portuguese Border authorities, SEF, to seek further clarification on the current legislation and the impact on Australian citizens looking to travel to Portugal for tourism.

During your stay in Portugal

Foreign nationals with a short-stay visa who need an extension due to the inability to leave as a result of the COVID-19 virus, can contact Portuguese Immigration (SEF) by calling 808 202 653 or 808 962 690 (mobile) to request an extension.
Please see the Smartraveller Portugal Travel Advice for links to Portuguese authorities.

COVID-19 - Vaccination in Portugal

If you are in Portugal for an indefinite period and are not registered with the national health system (SNS), the good news is you can now register online with the Portuguese Directorate for Health to receive the vaccine.  Once vaccinations corresponding to your age group and health status become available, you will be contacted by your local health centre to arrange a date and time for vaccination.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Links

  • Smartraveller information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found here
  • Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions to Australia can be found here
  • Information on the Australian government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation guidance can be found here
  • Portugal Directorate of Health information and advice can be found here (available in English by clicking on the globe symbol)
  • Further information from the Australian Government can be found here.