Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities lift some restrictions in Lisbon, Portugal, from Aug. 1 due to decreased COVID-19 activity in the area. Other measures remain.

  • Alert Begins: 30 Jul 2020 05:45 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 21 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Movement and business disruptions

Authorities in Portugal stated they will lift some coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related restrictions for 19 out of the 24 districts in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (LMA) from Aug. 1 due to a decrease in infection rates. The majority of establishments in the Lisbon area are still mandated to close at 2000, while restaurants may stay open until 0100; the ban on the sale of alcohol remains in force. Gatherings in Lisbon are limited to 10 people.

Authorities are permitting passenger flights from the following locations as of Aug. 1:


  • All EU, Schengen Area, and associated countries


  • All Portuguese-speaking countries for essential purposes


  • Australia


  • Canada


  • China


  • Georgia


  • Japan


  • Morocco


  • New Zealand


  • Rwanda


  • South Korea


  • Thailand


  • Tunisia


  • Uruguay


All travelers are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours upon arrival. Portuguese citizens, permanent residents, and foreign diplomats accredited in the country who do not posses a negative test will have to take a test upon arrival, in facilities inside the airport at their own expense. All foreign travelers who are not in possession of a negative test upon arrival will be refused entry into the country.

From July 1, authorities downgraded the emergency level from a state of calamity to a state of alert nationwide. Most nonessential business have reopened provided they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements. Public gatherings outside Lisbon are limited to 20 people, and protective face coverings are necessary for enclosed public spaces nationwide.

All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the government are in response to a decrease in COVID-19 infection rates in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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