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Updated on 05 Jul 2022

Considering that each country's COVID-19 entry regulations may change at any time, and that each destination has its own specific procedures, please always confirm the information in TIMATIC in your GDS, IATA TRAVEL CENTER, SHERPA or with official government agencies of the destination country.

Please be advised that it is the responsibility of the passenger to comply with all government policies and entry requirements and failure to comply may result in denied boarding for the flight or entry to the destination.


The Passenger Location Form (PLC or PLF) is no longer required.

As of 1 July, 2022, proof of a COVID-19 test, Certificate of Recovery, or Certificate of Vaccination is no longer required for transit or entry into mainland Portugal.

At the moment there are no restrictions on the entry of passengers to airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
Advise your client to know the local regulations in force regarding the prevention and containment of COVID-19. 

Learn more at Visit Madeira


My Safe Azores 

This service has been discontinued. For further information please check


Domestic Flights

We hereby inform that passengers traveling to the Azores on domestic (national) flights are not subject to public health control measures upon entry.


International Flights

Passengers over 12yrs travelling to or within Azores need either:

  • DIGITAL UE COVID recovery certificate (valid for 180 days after recovery) OR
  • DIGITAL UE COVID vaccination certificate (valid 14 days from the full vaccination scheme OR
  • Test certificate (DIGITAL EU or other), for a negative RT-PCR test performed within the 72h prior to arrival or antigene performed within the 24h prior to arrival  

It is considered a valid COVID-19 PCR test, an examination by a certified laboratory carried out at least 72 hours before the flight, containing the following information:

  • Identification of the passenger;
  • Name of the accredited laboratory where the same was performed, mentioning the respective certification;
  • Reference to the use of any of the methodologies mentioned above;
  • Reference to "nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab", "nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal exudate", "respiratory sample" or "respiratory exudate" sample;
  • Date the test was performed;
  • Test result as "negative"/"Not Detectable

The test result must be presented at check-in, boarding and arrival in digital or paper format. SMS format is not valid.

Check the current rules in force in the region on the website of the Azores Regional Government.


New rules on the validity of EU Digital COVID Certificate and the coordination of safe travel in the EU

As of 1 February 2022, there are new rules in place that establish a binding acceptance period of 9 months for vaccination certificates, used for travel within the EU. Member States must accept vaccination certificates for a period of 9 months following the administration of the last dose of the primary vaccination.

In Portugal, this measure became effective on 07.02.2022 (Decree-Law n.º 22/2022) 

  • As for the vaccination certificate, it now certifies:
    • The completion of the primary vaccination series of the respective holder, more than 14 days and less than 270 days since the last dose, with a vaccine against COVID-19 OR
    • The completion of a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • As for the test certificate, it will now certify that the holder has been subjected to:
    • A molecular nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN), within the past 72 hours, with a negative result
    • A rapid antigen test, within the last 24 hours, with negative results
  • Regarding the certificate of recovery, the rules in force are maintained. 

Read more information HERE

Accepted vaccines:

  • Vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency: Comirnaty (BioNTech and Pfizer), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Spikevax (Moderna), Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca), Janssen AND
  • Sinopharm (Vero Cell), Sinovac (Coronavac), Bharat Biotech International (Covaxin)
  • the certificates can be presented digitally or in paper
  • presenting valid UE COVID digital certificate (only recovery or vaccination) or a third country valid vaccination/recovery certificate exempts passengers from essential reasons for travel


Valid vaccination certificates for entry/transfer into Portugal remain EUDCC or considered equivalent by the European Commission. See the list of valid third countries here.

The acceptance of these certificates is based on reciprocity, meaning, Portugal only accepts certificates from countries that accept the EU digital covid certificate

The certificates must comply with the following rules:

  • Vaccination certificate, declaring a complete and valid vaccination, with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Regulation (CE) n.º 726/2004. Vaccination is considered valid after 14 days from:
    • The single dose of a single dose vaccine, OR;
    • The second dose of a two-dose vaccine (even each dose is of a different vaccine), OR;
    • A single dose of a two-dose vaccine, if the certificate indicates that the single dose concludes the vaccination plan, for people that have already been infected with COVID-19
ACCEPTED VACCINES: Only vaccination certificates with the vaccines accepted in the European Union, at least with the original vaccination schedule, and 14 days after the last dose are accepted 
- Janssen: 1 dose
- Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca: 2 doses
Vaccination certificates that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted

The certificate must have at least the following info:

  • Name(s) and last name (s) of the holder
  • Date of birth
  • Name of the disease (COVID-19 / SARS-Cov-2 or a variant)
  • Vaccine against COVID-19 or prophylaxis
  • Name of the vaccine against COVID-19
  • Holder of the authorization for introduction on the market, or vaccine manufacturer name
  • Serial number of the shots and total number of shots in that series
  • Data of vaccination, referring the date of the last administrated dose
  • Country where the vaccine was administrated
  • Entity that issued the certificate

 Recovery certificate, declaring that the person has recovered from COVID-19 infection, in result of a positive NAAT test with at least 11 days and no more than 180 days

The certificate must have at least the following info:

  • Name(s) and last name (s) of the holder
  • Date of birth
  • Name of the disease (COVID-19 / SARS-Cov-2 or a variant) from which the holder recovered
  • Date of the first positive result
  • Country that issued the certificate
  • Entity that issued the certificate
  • Date from which the certificate is valid
  • The certificates can be presented digitally or in paper
  • Presenting valid UE COVID digital certificate (only recovery or vaccination) or a third country valid vaccination/recovery certificate exempts passengers from quarantine upon arrival and essential reasons for travel
  • Minors travelling with a responsible adult that holds a recovery or vaccination certificate are exempted from quarantine upon arrival.
  • The European Commission has validated non-EU certificates in accordance with Regulamento (UE) 2021/953, Jun 14th, 2021 (see the full list HERE.
  • The certificates from these countries are considered under the same rules as the UE Digital Covid Certificates
  • Only valid for certificates issued by those third countries to EU citizens and members of their families, as well as nationals of that third country that remain or reside legally at an EU member country. This equivalence is valid for all EU countries, and must not be mistaken with the reciprocity rule determined by Mainland Portugal

Click here to consult the list of third countries that have joined the EU digital COVID certificate system 

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