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

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Travelling to Portugal

On 1 July 2020, the Portuguese government announced an easing of restrictions to air borders allowing for an increase of commercial flights to and from the EU, as well as to an additional number of countries outside of the EU.

Portuguese government circular no. 6756-C/2020, Para 7 (b), outlines the permitted reasons for travel by third country nationals as “… on the grounds of profession, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian and in accordance with the principle of reciprocity”.

Therefore, at this time, Australian citizens wanting to undertake non-essential travel to Portugal will not be permitted entry.

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.

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

Updated Advice for Australian Nationals Overseas

The Australian Government advises all Australian nationals overseas who wish to return to Australia to do so as soon as possible by commercial means. 
All travellers, including Australian nationals and permanent residents, must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port of arrival.
Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and local government measures to contain the outbreak, Embassy services to Australians may be affected.

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 call 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.

Traveling to Australia

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

We are advising Australians who wish to return to Australia to do so immediately while commercial flights are available.

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.
Australians are responsible for making their own arrangements to return to Australia. Contact your airline, travel agent or insurance company to arrange flights.
If you can’t or don’t want to return to Australia, follow the advice of local authorities. Take care to minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus.
The Australian Embassy in Lisbon remains open and available to support Australians in Portugal.
Embassy contact (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm), tel: +351 21 310 1500
Email:  [email protected]
For out of hours urgent consular assistance, contact +61 2 6261 3305.

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.

Entering or transiting through the UK 

The UK Government has announced a mandatory 14-day period of self-isolation for residents and visitors entering the UK, effective 8 June 2020.
A transit passenger (an individual transiting to a country outside of the Common Travel Area) who remains airside and does not pass border control is exempted from self-isolation requirements.
For more information please visit:
UK Border Control
Layovers and transiting
Exempt from UK border rules