With the arrival of colder temperatures, positive covid cases started growing again. Although the situation is manageable, the government opted to start some preventive measures, they are as follows and start on December 1st.
Declaration of Calamity State
General recommendations :
-Remote work, whenever possible
Mandatory use of Mask in all enclosed spaces and non exceptional venues.
Mandatory Digital Certificate for accessing:
-Tourism establishments (hotels, hostels, etc)
-Events with assigned seats
Mandatory negative test (even fro vaccinated people) for accessing:
-Elderly home visits
-Visiting patients in health establishments
-Big events without assigned seats (or improvised venues) and sporting venues
-Bars and Clubs
At the borders:
-Negative test for all flights landing in Portugal
-Aggravated fines for airlines
For the first week of 2022 (2-9 January), there will be contention for the holiday season contacts, being that the following rules will be adopted:
-Mandatory remote work, if appliable
-Classes restart at january 10th
-Bars and Clubs close.
As we hit 85% of the population vaccinated, the following measures followed:
- Bars and clubs opened with Digital certification
- Limitations on group sized were lifted for restaurants
- Digital Certification No longer needed for a restaurants, hotels and other turistic establishments, bingos, casinos, group classes in gyms, terms and spas;
- No more limits for
- Weddings and baptisms;
- Cultural and live shows.
- Digital certification mandatory for:
- Air and sea travel
- Daycare center visits and health service establishments
- Big events, sporting or corporative
- Bars and Clubs
Mask is mandatory in:
- Public Transportation
- Elderly homes
- Shows and Event places (Theaters, Arenas, etc.)
- Big surfaces (Malls, Corporative Fairs, etc)
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.
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.
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.
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.
-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.
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:
-Being a long time without mask
-Staying at closed small and unaired spaces.
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
São João da Pesqueira
New counties added to the list of risk:
Freixo de Espada à Cinta
Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
Vieira do Minho
Celorico da Beira
Vila Nova de Foz Côa
Torre de Moncorvo
Salvaterra de Magos
Pampilhosa da Serra
Vila do Bispo
Miranda do Douro
Oliveira do Bairro
Ferreira do Alentejo
São Pedro do Sul
Miranda do Corvo
Ponte de Sor
Arcos de Valdevez
Reguengos de Monsaraz
Penalva do Castelo
Vila Real de Santo António
Carrazeda de Ansiães
Vila Nova de Paiva
(the rest of the list is at the bottom of the page)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Areas affected by these rules:
Alcácer do Sal
Alfândega da Fé
Arruda dos Vinhos
Cabeceiras de Basto
Castelo de Paiva
Celorico de Basto
Figueira da Foz
Fornos de Algodres
Macedo de Cavaleiros
Marco de Canaveses
Mondim de Basto
Oliveira de Azeméis
Oliveira de Frades
Paredes de Coura
Peso da Régua
Ponte de Lima
Póvoa de Varzim
Póvoa do Lanhoso
Ribeira da Pena
Santa Comba Dão
Santa Maria da Feira
Santa Marta de Penaguião
São Brás de Alportel
São João da Madeira
Sever do Vouga
Sobral de Monte Agraço
Vale da Cambra
Viana do Alentejo
Viana do Castelo
Vila do Conde
Vila Franca de Xira
Vila Nova de Cerveira
Vila Nova de Famalicão
Vila Nova de Gaia
Vila Pouca de Aguiar
Vila Velha de Ródão