Passengers can now enter Portugal with a negative rapid test

  • ECO News
  • 11 June 2021

Until now, Portugal only allowed passengers with a negative PCR test result to enter the country.

Portugal now accepts the presentation of a rapid test with negative results on flights to or from Portugal, when until now only passengers with a negative PCR test were allowed to board, according to the government’s changes under the state of calamity in force until June 27.

According to the resolution of the Council of Ministers, regarding the rules applicable to air traffic in terms of testing, “airlines should only allow passengers on flights to or from mainland Portugal to board if they present, at the time of departure, proof of a laboratory test for nucleic acid amplification (NAT) or rapid antigen testing (RAT) for SARS-CoV-2 infection, with negative results, carried out within 72 or 24 hours before boarding, respectively.”

It should be the airlines to verify the existence “of this test at the time of departure, without prejudice to random verification, upon arrival in mainland Portugal, by the Public Security Police or the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF),” adds the resolution published on Wednesday evening.

Likewise, passengers with a body temperature of 38ºC or above will also be subject to a rapid test.