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Source: European Union/Re-open EU

23.12.2020


Note that between 21.12.2020 and 01.01.2021, travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of a RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers, must perform the test on arrival, at their own expense, and remaining in isolation until the result is presented.


From an EU Member State or Schengen Associated Country, may I enter this country without being subject to extraordinary restrictions?


Yes


Entry Restrictions

Travelling to Portugal from EU Member States + Schengen Associated countries is allowed without restrictions.

Between 21.12.2020 and 01.01.2021, travellers on flights from the United Kingdom to the national territory of Portugal face additional restrictions. Portuguese nationals, residency permit holders, their family members, as well as diplomatic staff, can enter by presenting a document that proves a negative screening for infection with SARS-Cov2 by means of a RT-PCR laboratory test. This test must be carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding. All other passengers, must perform the test on arrival, at their own expense, and remaining in isolation until the result is presented.

Specific measures for Madeira archipelago:
Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: EN - PT - ES - DE - FR

Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission, or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result.

The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt


What are the rules to enter this country from outside an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?



Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed for: Australia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay.

Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

Flights between Portugal and other third country destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.

Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

- citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
- citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
- third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.

For essential travel, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal, as well as diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to take the test on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival. Specific information for Madeira islands: EN - PT - ES - DE - FR

Specific measures for Azores archipelago: Passengers traveling to the Autonomous Region of the Azores by air from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be zones of active community transmission or with active transmission chains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are required to present, prior to shipment, proof, in digital or paper support, of a document issued by a laboratory, national or international, of conducting diagnostic test to SARS-CoV-2 with NEGATIVE result. The SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must be performed using the RT-PCR methodology within 72 hours before departure. The document issued by the laboratory that performs the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test must contain the identification of the person tested, the laboratory, the date of the test and the result of the test. This requirement does not apply to passengers aged 12 years or less and to exceptional humanitarian situations authorized by the Regional Health Authority. The lack of evidence leads to the practice of a crime of disobedience and the application, on disembarkation, of the testing procedures to SARS-CoV-2.
More information for Azores are available at DestinoSeguro.azores.gov.pt

May I transit this country?


Yes

Mandatory Travel Documentation

No additional documentation is required.

Find out more:

Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com


May I enter this country by sea transport?


Partially


Boarding and disembarking at Portuguese ports is not permitted, except for passengers that are national residents. 

Specific Information for Madeira islands: EN- PT-ES-DE-FR

Specific Information for Azores

Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

Ship passenger rights


May I enter this country by train?


Yes

Rail passenger rights

If I meet the entry requirements, may I enter this country without being subject to a quarantine or COVID-19 test?


Partially


Travellers arriving from: EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries, as well as Australia, China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay, do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

From any other country, entry to Portugal is allowed only for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.


Essential travel is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:

- citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
- citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
- third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

Specific Information for Madeira islands: EN-PT-ES-DE-FR

Specific Information for Azores

Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

                                                                                                         

24.08.2020

Travelling to Portugal
Travelling from EU countries is allowed without restrictions.
Travelling from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as the United Kingdom, is allowed without restrictions.


Specific Information for Madeira islands: EN - PT - ES - DE - FR
Specific Information for Azores

Travelling from Portugal or returning to Portugal
Individual countries can restrict entry or ask for quarantine upon entry on their territory.
If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)

Rules and Exceptions
For Madeira archipelago:
Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
Specific information for Madeira islands: EN - PT - ES - DE - FR

For Azores archipelago:
Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained;
3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose;
4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
More information for Azores are available at covid19.azores.gov.pt

Mandatory Travel Documentation
No

Links to national sources
Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

Driving abroad


Travelling to and from Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay is allowed without restrictions.
“Essential travel” is allowed and defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:
- citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
- citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
- third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
Specific Information for Madeira islands: EN-PT-ES-DE-FR

Specific Information for Azores

Rules and Exceptions
The following categories of travellers must present proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19, performed in the 72 hours before their departure:
- passengers arriving from areas that may be identified as having epidemiological risk by the Directorate-General for Health;
- passengers from Portuguese-speaking countries;
- passengers from the United States of America
If passengers are embarked without proof of a negative PCR test, they will be subject to the PCR test upon their arrival in Portugal, at their own expenses. Airlines should notify all passengers - with the exception of Portuguese and foreigners residing in Portugal - that entry into Portugal will not be authorised without submission of the PCR test.
Upon their arrival at Lisbon, Oporto, Faro and Beja airports, all passengers will be required to carry out a temperature scan by infrared and, whenever they are detected with fever, they will be subject to a second temperature scan. If the situation assessment justifies it, they will be subject to a test for COVID-19 and will be allowed to leave the airport after providing their contact details, and they will have to remain confined at their destination until they receive the negative result of the PCR test, following the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health for these case

Air travel to and from Portugal is allowed to:
- European Union countries;
- Schengen Associated Countries - Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland – and the United Kingdom;
- Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
Travellers arriving from these countries do not need to present a COVID-19 test, unless their destinations are the archipelagos of Madeira or the Azores.

Flights between Portugal and other destinations are only permitted for essential travel. In this case, passengers must present a negative test to COVID-19 (RT-PCR), carried out within 72 hours before departure. This test is not required for those who are in transit and do not have to leave the airport facilities.
“Essential travel” is defined as trips allowing the transit, entry into and departure from Portugal for the following persons:
- citizens of a European Union member state, Schengen Associated countries and their family members;
- citizens repatriated through consular assistance;
- third-country nationals travelling for professional purposes, study, family reunions, health and humanitarian reasons and under the reciprocity principle.
In essential travels, national and foreign citizens with legal residence in Portugal and also diplomatic personnel accredited in Portugal who, exceptionally, do not present the test, will have to do it on arrival, at the airport, and at their own expense. Foreign passengers who embark without the test performed, will be refused entry into national territory.

AIR


Passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago have to present a negative test to COVID-19 carried out within 72 hours prior to departure or they can perform it upon arrival.
Specific information for Madeira islands: EN - PT - ES - DE - FR

Passengers flying to the Azores archipelago will be subject to one of the following options:
1. Submit proof of testing to COVID-19 up to 72 hours prior to flight departure;
2. Perform test on arrival and stay in prophylactic isolation until the result is obtained;
3. Perform voluntary quarantine for a period of 14 days in a hotel indicated for the purpose;
4. Return to the destination of origin or travel to any destination outside the Region, fulfilling, until the time of the flight, prophylactic isolation in a hotel indicated for this purpose.
More information for Azores are available at covid19.azores.gov.pt

Mandatory Travel Documentation
No

Specific measures for Portuguese residents exiting Portugal or returning to Portugal
If you are Portuguese or you live in Portugal, you should consult the restrictions in each country on the Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese) and Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese) >

Links to national sources
Portal das Comunidades: Alerts (in Portuguese)
Advice to Travellers (in Portuguese)
Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

Air passenger rights.


Updated info on air travel regulations may be found at the IATA website


SEA

Passenger boarding and disembarkation at Portuguese ports is not permitted, except for resident passengers.
Specific Information for Madeira islands: EN- PT-ES-DE-FR

Specific Information for Azores

Additional information may be found at www.visitportugal.com

Ship passenger rights

Source: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/PRT

Source: European Commission

Reintroduction of border controls (16.03.2020)

Portugal has notified a closure of road borders except for international freight operations, emergency services, cross-border workers and seasonal workers. Nine road crossing points in the borders with Spain have been defined, including all the TEN-T network border crossings. In working days from 7h-9h and 18h-20h the border crossing of Mourão, Ponto de Fronteira de S. Leonardo, in road EN 256-1 is open.

Start date: 16.03.2020

End date: 15.06.2020

Further information: 
https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/faq/

https://dre.pt/web/guest/home/-/dre/133626309/details/maximi...

More info:
https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/#

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/coronavirus-response_en

Reintroduction of border controls and restrictions on entry into Portugal (16.03.2020)

Portugal has decreed the exceptional and temporary reintroduction of documentary control of persons between Portugal and Spain and the prohibition of road traffic at land borders. Circulation is still permitted for entry of nationals and holders of residence permits in their respective countries, as well as for cross-border workers and the transport of goods. A list of authorised crossing points at the land border is available.

Start date: 16.03.2020

End date: 15.04.2020


Further information: https://www.portaldascomunidades.mne.pt/pt/alertas/covid-19-reposicao-de...

                                 https://www.mexico.embaixadaportugal.mne.pt/pt/a-embaixada/noticias/covid-19-reposi%C3%A7%C3%A3o-de-controlo-nas-fronteiras-e-restri%C3%A7%C3%B5es-%C3%A0-entrada-em-portugal


No âmbito da situação epidemiológica provocada pelo novo coronavírus SARS-CoV-2 e da doença COVID-19, o Governo português decretou a reintrodução a título excecional e temporário do controlo documental de pessoas entre Portugal e Espanha e a proibição da circulação rodoviária nas fronteiras terrestres.

A medida aplica-se desde as 23h00 de dia 16 de março até ao dia 15 de abril de 2020, sem prejuízo de reavaliação a cada 10 dias e possível prorrogação. A circulação continua a ser permitida para:

  • entrada de cidadãos nacionais e titulares de autorização de residência nos respetivos países;
  • circulação do pessoal diplomático, das Forças Armadas e das forças e serviços de segurança;
  • circulação, a título excecional, para efeitos de reunião familiar de cônjuges ou equiparados e familiares até ao 1.º grau na linha reta;
  • acesso a unidades de saúde, nos termos de acordos bilaterais relativos à prestação de cuidados de saúde;
  • direito de saída dos cidadãos residentes noutro país;
  • circulação do transporte internacional de mercadorias, do transporte de trabalhadores transfronteiriços e da circulação de veículos de emergência e socorro e de serviço de urgência.

Os pontos de passagem autorizados na fronteira terrestre são os seguintes:

  • Valença-Viana do Castelo, saída da Ponte Tuy-Valença-ligação IP1-A3, em Valença, e estação ferroviária de Valença;
  • Vila Verde da Raia- Chaves, saída da A52, ligação com a A24, km 0, junto à rotunda;
  • Quintanilha-Bragança, saída da Ponte Internacional IP4/E 82, nó de saída para Quintanilha ou junto das instalações do CCPA na N218-1 Quintanilha;
  • Vilar Formoso-Guarda junto da linha de fronteira, Largo da Fronteira, junto ao CCPA, N 16/E80, ligação 620 Fuentes de Õnoro, Espanha, incluindo a estação ferroviária de Vilar Formoso e o acesso pelo Parque TIR, via camiões, N16, Vilar Formoso;
  • Termas de Monfortinho-Castelo Branco, entroncamento da N 239 com a N 240 em Termas de Monfortinho;
  • Marvão-Portalegre, linha de fronteira, Marvão, N 521 ligação de Valência de Alcântara à IC 13 Marvão;
  • Caia-Elvas, saída da A6 km 158, ligação Caia-Elvas, junto ao Posto de Turismo, Elvas;
  • Vila Verde de Ficalho-Beja, junto da linha de fronteira, ligação A 495 Rosal de la Frontera ao IP 8, Serpa;
  • Castro Marim-Praça da Fronteira, km 131 da A22, Ponte Internacional do Guadiana-Castro Marim, incluindo o cais fluvial de Vila Real de Santo António.

Para além das restrições acima referidas, encontram-se suspensos os voos com origem ou destino em Itália e em Espanha, a circulação ferroviária de passageiros, o transporte fluvial entre Portugal e Espanha e a atracagem de embarcações de recreio e o desembarque de pessoas.

Encontra-se ainda proibido o desembarque de passageiros e tripulações dos navios de cruzeiro nos portos nacionais, com exceção dos cidadãos nacionais e residentes em Portugal. Para informações adicionais, recomenda-se a consulta do portal do Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras e da Resolução do Conselho de Ministros nº10-B/2020.

Atendendo à enorme volatilidade da situação internacional no quadro do Covid-19, com consequências gravosas em matéria de tráfego aéreo, e constantes suspensões na atividade de múltiplas companhias aéreas, o Governo recomenda que todos os cidadãos nacionais em viagem no estrangeiro em turismo, negócios ou por outras razões, efetuem, de forma urgente, esforços no sentido de antecipar o seu regresso a Portugal.

Os cidadãos devem ainda permanecer atentos à existência de possíveis restrições à entrada e circulação em outros países. Recomenda-se a consulta frequente dos portais das autoridades dos países de passagem e dos Conselhos aos Viajantes do Portal das Comunidades.

Em caso de dificuldades em conseguir soluções para regresso a Portugal, o MNE disponibiliza a linha de apoio COVID-19, acessível entre as 9h00 e as 22h00, através do número + 351 217 929 755 e do endereço de e-mail covid19@mne.pt.






Remarks from the International Road Transport Union

29.12.2020

Temporary and limited relaxation of driving and rest time rules for all goods transport drivers coming from the UK

In response to the extraordinary crisis situation due to the pandemic of COVID-19, PORTUGAL has adopted a list (attached) of temporary and limited relaxations of the enforcement of driving and rest times for the drivers of vehicles transporting all types of goods.  This temporary relaxation applies from 23.12.2020, and will run until 13.01.2021. It will apply to all drivers coming from the United Kingdom, irrespective of their nationality, when operating on the territory of the Member State.

Source: ANTRAM

                                                                                                         

25.11.2020

On the 20th November, the President of the Portuguese Republic announced the renew of the State of emergency and curfew.

The state of emergency lasts for more 15 days, started at 00:00 on 24th November and ending at 23:59 on 8th December, without prejudice to possible renewals, under the terms of the law.

General rules applied to the entire continental territory

Prohibition of movements between municipalities according to the following:


  • Between 23h00 on 27thNovember and 5h00 on 2 December;
  • Between 23h00 on 4th December and 23h59 on 8th December.



For municipalities with a “high” risk level, in addition to the measures applied to the entire national territory:

  • Prohibition of movements on public roads between 23h00 and 5h00, every days, between 24th November until 8thDecember;
  • Mandatory teleworking until 8th December;
  • Maintenance of the opening hours of the establishments (open until 22h00, except restaurants and cultural facilities at 22h30 pm).


For municipalities with “very high” and “extremely high” risk level, in addition to the measures applied to the entire national territory:


  • Prohibition of movements on public roads between 23h00 and 5h00 on weekdays until 8 December;
  • Prohibition of movements on public roads on Saturdays and Sundays between 13h00 and 5h00 (next day);
  • Prohibition of movements on public roads, on 1stand 8th of December, between 13h00 until 5h00 (next day);
  • Between November 30th and December 7th, every day, commercial establishments must close at 15h00;
  • Mandatory teleworking until 8thDecember;
  • Maintenance of the establishment's hours (open until 22h00, except restaurants and cultural facilities at 22:30 pm).


Portuguese municipalities were divided into four level of risk of contagion by Covid-19:

  • moderate risk;
  • high risk;
  • very high risk
  • extreme risk;


In this link - https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/lista-de-concelhos-nivel-de-risco/find the complete list of municipalities.

  • For moderate risk municipalities (in the list with the portuguese word "Risco Moderado <240").
  • For high risk municipalities (in the list with the portuguese word "Risco Elevado > 240-480").
  • For very high risk municipalities (in the list with the portuguese word "Risco Muito Elevado 480-960").
  • For extreme risk municipalities (in the list with the portuguese word "Risco Extremamente Elevado > 960").


This measures (prohibition of movements) provide for some exceptions, namely, the performance of professional or equivalent functions, as attested by a declaration issued by the employer or similar entity (the EC certificate could be used in case of professional drivers). Professional drivers could keep going with is activity.

For information regarding the schedules of facilities and services available at the fuel stations and service areas along the Portuguese motorways please open this link.

Source: ANTRAM

                                                                                                         


11.11.2020

On the 6 November, the President of the Portuguese Republic announced the enter in force of the State of emergency and curfew.

The state of emergency lasts for 15 days, started at 00:00 on 9 November and ending at 23:59 on 23 November, without prejudice to possible renewals, under the terms of the law.

The curfew that has enter into force applies, every day between 23h00 and 05h00 until 23 November. Furthermore in the next two weekends (14-15 and 21-22) the curfew period starts more early, at 13h00 (Saturday and Sunday).

This measure (curfew) is applicable exclusively to the 121 municipalities with a high risk of transmission of Covid-19 (see the 121 municipalities in the pages 17-20 “Anexo II”).

The measure provides for some exceptions, namely, the performance of professional or equivalent functions, as attested by a declaration issued by the employer or similar entity (the EC certificate could be used in case of professional drivers). Professional drivers could keep going with is activity.


Other important measures:


  • Restaurants must be closed at 22h30;
  • Retail establishments must be closed at 22h00, except, for example, pharmacies, gas stations and commercial services with takeaway service;
  • The next two weekends (14-15 and 21-22) restaurants and some commercial establishments must be closed at 13h00. The exceptions are supermarkets/hypermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations and commercial services with takeaway/home delivery services.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages in service areas or fuel stations is forbidden and, from 20:00h, in retail establishments, including supermarkets and hypermarkets are forbidden too.
  • The consumption of alcoholic beverages in open spaces of public access and in public roads is also forbidden. The exception is the outside spaces of the establishments duly licensed for that purpose.
  • In the period after 20h00, the consumption of alcoholic beverages is only permitted within the scope of a meal service.


For information regarding the schedules of facilities and services available at the fuel stations and service areas along the Portuguese motorways please open this link.

Source: ANTRAM

                                                                                                         

28.10.2020

Because of the significant increase of new cases of COVID-19, the Portuguese government has decided to prohibit the circulation of people between municipalities throughout the national territory between 00h00 of October 30th and 6h00 am. as of November 3rd.

In any case, travel outside of the municipalities is allowed only in the very specific situations listed in paragraph 16 of the Resolution of the Council of Ministers 89-A/2020, of 26 October.
During the period above mentioned - between midnight on October 30th and 6h00 am on November 3rd – professional drivers should have a declaration issued by the employer, attesting that they are in the performance of their professional activities. The declaration should be used in Portuguese language. The necessary data to be filled is in “yellow mark”.

We also inform that, as of today, the use of a mask for access, circulation or permanence in public spaces and roads became mandatory, whenever the physical distance recommended by health authorities proves to be impractical.
This new legislation for the use of mask, will be in force, at least, for a period of 70 days.

declarao-de-entidade-empregadora-circulao-trabalhador-ingles.docx

Source: ANTRAM

                                                                                                         

15.06.2020

On 12 June, the Portuguese government renewed the deconfinement plan until 23:59 of 30 June. Social distancing measures remain mandatory and face masks should be worn in public areas or/and when social distancing is not possible.

Borders remain closed until that date, but authorities have decided to open additional crossing points, which are: Melgaço, Lugar do Peso, km 19,800, EN 202; Monção, Avenida da Galiza, km 15,300, EN 101; Miranda do Douro, km 86,990, EN 218 and Vila Nova de Cerveira, km 104,500, EN 13. These border crossings are open on weekdays from 07:00 until 19:00

Source: ANTRAM

                                                                                                         

03.06.2020

On 29 May, Portugal entered the third phase of the lockdown easing plan, which will last until 23:59 on 14 June, and which can be renewed again if necessary. Social distancing measures remain mandatory and face masks should be worn in public areas and/or when social distancing is not possible

Members are reminded that relaxations on driving and rest time periods expired on 31 May, therefore, Regulation (EC) 561/2006 fully applies from 00:00 on 1 June.

People using the motorways can check the status and activity of service stations and rest areas here.

Source: ANTRAM

                                                                                                         

15.05.2020

On 3 May, Portugal entered the first phase of their plan to ease the lockdown, which will last until 17 May and can be renewed every 15 days should the need arise. Social distancing measures remain mandatory and face masks should be worn when social distancing is not possible. Both measures must be applied in public areas.

Borders remain closed to the movement of people until 15 June. International freight transport, cross-border workers and emergency vehicles are exempt from this measure, however they must cross via one of the following border crossing points: Quintanilha, Tui, Vilar Formoso, Elvas, Castro Marim, Vila Verde de Raia (Chaves), Monfortinho (Castelo Branco), Marvão (Portalegre) and Vila Verde de Ficalho (Beja).

People using the motorways can check the status and activity of service stations and rest areas here.

Facilitation measures

On 22 April, the Portuguese Government advised of a temporary relaxation in the driving and rest times rules, which is applicable from 22 April until 31 May and consists of the following:

- Art. 6.1: extension of the maximum daily driving limit, from 9 hours to 11 hours;

- Art. 8.6: in two consecutive weeks, a driver shall take at least one regular weekly rest and one reduced weekly rest period of at least 24 hours. This reduction does not have to be compensated;

- Art. 8.8: possibility for the driver to take the regular weekly rest in the vehicle, as long as the vehicle is stationary and it has suitable sleeping facilities for each driver;

- The maximum driving limits of 56 hours (Art. 6.2) and 90 hours (art. 6.3) are maintained.

Portugal has also advised of an extension of validity on driving licenses and certificates for other professionals where the expiry date is after 24 February 2020. Their validity is extended until 30 June 2020.

Source : ANTRAM

                                                                                                         

15.04.2020

On 9 April, the Council of Ministers approved the extension of the state of emergency until 00:00 on 14 May.

Borders will remain closed for the movement of people. International freight transport, cross-border commuters and emergency vehicles are exempted from restrictions. However, only major border crossings with Spain will remain open: Quintanilha, Tui, Vilar Formoso, Elvas, Castro Marim, Vila Verde de Raia (Chaves), Monfortinho (Castelo Branco), Marvão (Portalegre) and Vila Verde de Ficalho (Beja).

The municipality of Ovar remains in quarantine (state of calamity). Freight transport to the municipality is only allowed for the supply of authorised industries (the list of which can be found here), supermarkets, pharmacies and petrol stations.

International freight transport remains exempted, regardless of the vehicle used or goods carried.

Source: ANTRAM

                                                                                                       

09.04.2020

During the Easter period, professional drivers must have a declaration signed by their employer attesting that the driver is performing a transport operation. The declaration aims at preventing the unnecessary movement of people during this Easter period. The form can be downloaded here. The obligation to carry such a document will come into force from 00:00 on 9 April, until 00:00 on 13 April. During this period, the movement of people will only be allowed for professional reasons (freight transport drivers included) or for specific needs (to go to hospital, pharmacies or to buy food).

                                                                                                            

07.04.2020

On 3 April, the President of the Portuguese Republic announced a new decree extending the deadline of the measures currently in force; these measures will remain applicable until 17 April 2020.

In order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, companies should telework whenever possible and non-essential shops should close.

Internal borders will remain closed for road traffic. International freight transport, cross-border commuters and emergency vehicles are exempted from this restriction. However, only major border crossings with Spain will remain open: Quintanilha, Tui, Vilar Formoso, Elvas, Castro Marim, Vila Verde de Raia (Chaves), Monfortinho (Castelo Branco), Marvão (Portalegre) and Vila Verde de Ficalho (Beja).

International goods and freight transport is permitted regardless of the type of services carried out or the type of goods transported. However, drivers should respect hygiene and sanitary requirements set out to prevent the spread of the virus.

During the Easter period, professional drivers must have a declaration signed by their employer attesting that the driver is performing a transport operation. The declaration aims at preventing the unnecessary movement of people during this Easter period. The form can be downloaded here. The obligation to carry such a document will come into force from 00:00 on 9 April, until 00:00 on 13 April. During this period, the movement of people will only be allowed for professional reasons (freight transport drivers included) or specific needs (to go to hospital, pharmacies or to buy food).

Source: ANTRAM

                                                                                                            

17.03.2020

The Council of Ministers approved on March 16th a set of measures to respond to the epidemiological situation of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As from March 16th 23:00 and until April 15th 12:00, Portugal is re-introducing border controls. The measure can be reassessed every 10 days.

Road traffic at internal land borders is stopped. International freight transport, cross-border commuters and emergency vehicles are exempted from this restriction. However, only major border crossings with Spain will remain open: Quintanilha, Tui, Vilar Formoso, Elvas, Castro Marim, Vila Verde de Raia (Chaves), Monfortinho (Castelo Branco), Marvão (Portalegre) and Vila Verde de Ficalho (Beja).

Source: ANTRAM



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