Update: 15/03/2021
Over the past two months the situation in the country improved.
As such, there was released a plan for easing the lockdown and associated restrictions to be implemented gradually in the following weeks.

The plan is as follows:

  • Until Easter the general lockdown will be maintained
  • Prohibition of movement between municipalities until Easter: from 20 to 21 March and from 26 March to 5 April;
  • Remote work will remain mandatory whenever possible;
  • Opening hours of supermarkets and authorised retailers will be until 9pm during the week; 1pm at weekends and holidays (or 7pm for food retail).

From 15 March:

  • Nurseries, pre-school, 1st cycle (and ATL for the same ages) can reopen
  • Church aasses return from Monday. Easter processions are suspended;
  • Takeaway serviced shops, hairdressers, manicurists and similars can reopen
  • Bookstores, libraries and archives to reopen
  • Automobile trade and real estate mediation to return

From 5 April:

  • 2nd and 3rd cycle of schools (and ATL for the same ages) to resume face to face classes
  • Shops up to 200 square metres with a door to the street can open
  • Museums, monuments, art galleries, palaces and the like reopen
  • Social facilities in the area of ??disability to open
  • Fairs and non-food markets to reopen (this is a municipal decision);
  • Terraces can operate (maximum of four people);
  • Low-risk sports
  • Outdoor physical activity for up to four people allowed
  • Gyms without group classes can start

From 19 April:

  • Secondary and higher education resumes with face to face classes
  • All shops and shopping centres can open
  • Restaurants, cafes and pastry shops (maximum of four people inside or six on the terrace), until 10 pm (or 1 pm on weekends and holidays)
  • Cinemas, auditoriums, theatres to open
  • Citizen stores with face-to-face service, but with appointment
  • Outdoor physical activity for up to six people;
  • Outdoor events with reduced capacity;
  • Weddings and baptisms with 25% capacity.

From 3 May:

  • Large outdoor events allowed
  • Indoor events with reduced capacity allowed
  • Weddings and baptisms with 50% capacity.


Update: 21/01/2021
Schools and Universities closed for 15 days starting friday (January 22).
Keep extra attention to your e-mail inbox regarding information about how academic activities will proceed during this time.

Update: 18/01/2021

As the Pandemic situation aggravates further restrictions were added:

-Sale of any type of drinks, coffee included, at the door of any establishment is prohibited.
-Eating in public places, orclose to food establishments is prohibited.
-All restaurant areas in malls are closed, take away services included.
-All sales and campaigns that could cause any form of big gatherings are prohibited.
-It is forbidden to stay in gardens – you can still walk around them, but not stay or sit for reading and relaxing .
-Limited access to places that promote the concentration of people, such as the beach and surroundings.
-senior universities and day and day centers are closed;
-all workers who must travel must have an official authorization from the employer to travel from home to work.
-All service companies that have over 250 workers have to send, in the next 48 hours, a listof the workers that are deemed absolutely necessary to be present.
-It is forbidden to move between municipalities unless you have a valid justification. (Flights count as valid justification)
-All establishments will close at 8 pm on weekdays and 1 pm on weekends, exception for food retail (such as grocery stores and supermarkets) that may stay open until 5 pm on weekends.

Update: 14/01/2021

After the renewal of the state of emergency which will start at 00h of the January 15th and taking in account the evolution of the pandemic in Portugal the following measures will be applied with the objective of protecting public health, while assuring supply chains and essential services keep working.

As such:
-General duty of staying at home is established, except for authorized situations: acquisition of needed goods, professional activity if remote work isn’t a possibility, electoral campaign activities, going to school and parenting duties.
-MANDATORY CONFINEMENT for everyone infected with covid-19 or in active vigilance.
-Mandatory remote work whenever the function allows for such without the need for any agreement from both parts. Does not apply to essential workers.
-Broadened closing of facilities such as places of cultural and leisure activities, including sporting facilities.
-Suspended activity of retail commerce and service business that are usually opened to the public.
-Restaurants and similar business shall only work in a regimen of delivery or take-away.
-Public services that work on scheduled presence will keep working.
-Prohibition of celebrations and similar events, exceptuating religious cerimonies.
-Events regarding the electoral campaign are allowed.

Fines are aggravated:
-Not complying witht he request for remote work will now be cinsidered a Very Serious infraction.
-Refusing to do a test on arrivel at the airport will now be punishable with a fine from €300 to €800.
-Other fines are doubled during emergency state.

Other general rules are still to be followed, such as minimizing movement, keeping distance, hand sanitation and using mask.

Update: 05/12/2020

⁣Today, the prime minister of Portugal announced the new covid-19 prevention guidelines and rules for the Holiday Season (Christmas and New Year’s Eve) which apply to the whole country. Despite this the measures from previous announcements still apply.

For the Christmas period:
Circulation between counties is allowed.
Circulation on public streets within the following conditions:
-Night from 23 to 24 is allowed if you are traveling
-Days 24 and 25, circulation is allowed until 2 AM of the next day.
-Day 26, circulation is allowed until 11PM.
Restaurants and culture places:
-On the nights of 24 and 25 restaurants are allowed to work until 1AM
-On the 26th restaurants are allowed to work until 3:30PM in counties of very high and extreme risk
-On the 24th and 25th closing hours do not apply to cultural establishments

For the New Year’s Eve period:

Circulation between counties is prohibitted between 00AM of the 31st of December until 5AM of the 4th of January.
Circulation on public streets is allowed within the following conditions:
-New year’s eve until 2 AM
-1st of january until 11PM
Restaurants and culture places:
-On the night of December 31 restaurants are allowed to work until 1AM
-On January 1st restaurants are allowed to work until 3.30PM on counties of very high and extreme risk.
Parties in public places or upen to the public are PROHIBITTED.

Groups of over 6 people on public streets are PROHIBITTED.

Additionally, the government gives the following reccomendations:
-Big gatherings
-Being a long time without mask
-Staying at closed small and unaired spaces.




Update: 12/11/2020

As of today, the counties of risk are now 191 instead of 121 and 7 of the original affected counties have exited the list.

Also, all retail will only be open from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM for the next two weekends. Exceptions are pharmacies, clinics, gas stations and places that sell food items and other essentials (needs to be at least 200m2) , which don’t have any restrictions to close.

Counties that have left the list of risk:

Moimenta da Beira
Tabuaço
São João da Pesqueira
Mesão Frio
Pinhel
Tondela
Batalha

New counties added to the list of risk:

Manteigas
Freixo de Espada à Cinta
Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
Coruche
Seia
Proença-a-Nova
Monforte
Vieira do Minho
Mealhada
Celorico da Beira
Castro Daire
Arronches
Nelas
Vila Nova de Foz Côa
Mora
Torre de Moncorvo
Mêda
Mangualde
Salvaterra de Magos
Pampilhosa da Serra
Ourém
Vila do Bispo
Penela
Miranda do Douro
Albergaria-a-Velha
Águeda
Oliveira do Bairro
Arganil
Grândola
Resende
Mira
Ílhavo
Abrantes
Boticas
Coimbra
Almeida
Cantanhede
Almeirim
Ferreira do Alentejo
São Pedro do Sul
Estarreja
Faro
Cuba
Mirandela
Campo Maior
Miranda do Corvo
Alcanena
Ponte de Sor
Condeixa-a-Nova
Arcos de Valdevez
Montalegre
Montemor-o-VelhoCrato
Viseu
Reguengos de Monsaraz
Vagos
Penalva do Castelo
Sousel
Évora
Penamacor
Murtosa
Lamego
Vila Real de Santo António
Albufeira
Carrazeda de Ansiães
Elvas
Vila Nova de Paiva
Alvaiázere
Tábua
Portalegre
Portimão
Ansião
Tavira
Lagos
Aljustrel
Anadia
Sátão

(the rest of the list is at the bottom of the page)

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Update: 09/11/2020

Students that have presential classes and that demands them to circulate during the restrictions, can present 2 documents: the declaration of study and the declaration of the school schedule.

These documents can be obtained through Domus (domus.iscap.ipp.pt), following these instuctions:

To obtain the declaration of study – Certidões/Diplomas – choose the option “Certidão de Matrícula”.

To obtain the declaration of school schedule – Certidões/Diplomas – choose the option “Declaração de horário” – choose the day of the week.

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Date: 08/11/2020

The prime minister announced, this saturday (07/11/2020), restrictions to 121 counties in Portugal in order to control the pandemic of COVID-19 which will take place from the 9th of November as the state of emergency starts taking place. In this page you can consult all the restrictions that are going to take place. Some of the counties affected include Porto, Maia, Matosinhos and Vila Nova de Gaia. You can also check the full list below.

With the state of emergency being activated, it means that the restrictions will be heavier and so will the consequences for disobeying the rules.

This is not just about you, it’s about all of us.

These restrictions will be revaluated every 15 days. We will keep this page updated.

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07/11/2020 UPDATE:

New additional restrictions to the ones imposed on the 4th of November and new measures:

  • Control of temperature in workplaces, schools, public transports, and retail;
  • Quick tests in health facilities, nursing homes, schools, prisons, and when you enter or leave the country;
  • Use of private and social health facilities;
  • It will be mandatory to stay at home on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 PM until the next day at 5:00 AM in all 121 counties of risk (the whole metropolitan area of Porto is included) – applied for the next 2 weeks 14/15 and 21/22 of November
  • During weekdays, it is mandatory to stay at home from 11:00 PM until the next day at 5:00 AM – until 23 of November

Note #1: Public transports will keep working on the next 2 weekends for people that need to go to work or to go home from work.

Note #2: Retail and restaurants must close according to the schedule to stay at home. Restaurants may only sell by takeaway and until 1:00 PM on weekends.

Note #3: Schools will not close.

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04/11/2020 UPDATE:

Restrictions taking place:

– Mandatory to stay at home (read exceptions below)
– Stores and retail closes at 22h
– Restaurants close at 22h30
– 6 people per group at restaurants
– Events limited to 5 people, authorized by health authorities (DGS)
– Celebrations and events are forbidden
– Fairs and markets are forbidden
– Religious ceremonies and cultural shows can happen, according to the rules implemented by health authorities
– Working from home is compulsory when possible
– Rotation of schedules in workplaces with more then 50 people

Exceptions for not staying at home:

– Visits to nursing homes
– Need to go to school to attend classes
– Go to the mall and supermarket
– Provide aid to people in need
– Go to restaurants
– Attend cultural events
– If you need to go to the post office, bank agencies, insurance agencies or leave the country (airport, train station, bus station, etc)
– Sport activities
– Walk pets

Note: It’s important for people to keep going to cultural events, doing sports, supporting local restaurants, stores and businesses, but always following the rules mentioned and making sure you wear a mask at all times, keep social distance and avoid gatherings.

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Areas affected by these rules:

Alcácer do Sal
Alcochete
Alenquer
Alfândega da Fé
Alijó
Almada
Amadora
Amarante
Amares
Arouca
Arruda dos Vinhos
Aveiro
Azambuja
Baião
Barcelos
Barreiro
Beja
Belmonte
Benavente
Borba
Braga
Bragança
Cabeceiras de Basto
Cadaval
Caminha
Cartaxo
Cascais
Castelo Branco
Castelo de Paiva
Celorico de Basto
Chamusca
Chaves
Cinfães
Constância
Covilhã
Espinho
Esposende
Estremoz
Fafe
Figueira da Foz
Fornos de Algodres
Fundão
Gondomar
Guarda
Guimarães
Idanha-a-Nova
Lisboa
Loures
Macedo de Cavaleiros
Mafra
Maia
Marco de Canaveses
Matosinhos
Mesão Frio
Mogadouro
Moita
Mondim de Basto
Montijo
Murça
Odivelas
Oeiras
Oliveira de Azeméis
Oliveira de Frades
Ovar
Palmela
Paredes de Coura
Paredes
Penacova
Penafiel
Peso da Régua
Ponte de Lima
Porto
Póvoa de Varzim
Póvoa do Lanhoso
Redondo
Ribeira da Pena
Rio Maior
Sabrosa
Santa Comba Dão
Santa Maria da Feira
Santa Marta de Penaguião
Santarém
Santo Tirso
São Brás de Alportel
São João da Madeira
Sardoal
Seixal
Sesimbra
Setúbal
Sever do Vouga
Sines
Sintra
Sobral de Monte Agraço
Trancoso
Trofa
Vale da Cambra
Valença
Valongo
Viana do Alentejo
Viana do Castelo
Vila do Conde
Vila Flor
Vila Franca de Xira
Vila Nova de Cerveira
Vila Nova de Famalicão
Vila Nova de Gaia
Vila Pouca de Aguiar
Vila Real
Vila Velha de Ródão
Vila Verde
Vila Viçosa
Vizela