New travel rules for Portugal

International travel to Portugal is permitted. It is necessary to comply with requirements to ensure entry is allowed.

Vaccinations and vaccinated travel

Travelers who present a valid international certificate for full vaccination against COVID-19, issued in selected countries, are exempt from testing requirements.
Proof of vaccination must be in the form of an EU Digital Certificate or issued by a third country, under reciprocal conditions. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days before departure and not more than 9 months (270 days). Thereafter, the vaccine certificate must reflect that a vaccine booster has been administered.
A full list of authorized vaccines and issuing countries can be found at

Test/medical certificate required

Non-vaccinated travelers are required to provide proof of a negative RT-PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours of departure. Alternatively, proof of a negative rapid antigen test can be presented, taken within the previous 24 hours of departure.
Travelers may instead provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. This must be provided via an EU Digital Certificate or issued by a third country, under reciprocal conditions. Further information can be found at

On return

Passengers travelling to Dubai from all countries (GCC included) must fulfill one of the below requirements

  1. Present a valid vaccination certificate(s) reflecting that the passenger is fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO or the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and includes a QR code System; or
  2. Present a valid Negative Covid‑19 Test certificate that should be based on a molecular diagnostic test intended for the qualitative detection of nucleic acid for SARS‑COV‑2 viral RNA, that is issued within 48 hours from the time of sample collection and issued by an approved health service provider, with a QR code System; or
  3. Present a valid medical certificate issued by the relevant authorities that the passenger has recovered from Coronavirus SARS Cov‑19 within a period of one 1 month from the date of recovery to the date of arrival, with a QR code System

Maria Ines Amaral
Founder and CEO of Portuguese association of Tourism for the Middle East