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COVID TEST - Passengers traveling to Portugal

Passengers arriving from: Brazil, South Africa, India ou Nepal must quarantine for 14 days at their residence or other location determined by the Portuguese authorities (except if the stay in Portugal does not exceed 48h), and must present the pre-register online form available here. (Passengers travelling from the mentioned countries who do not present the form will not be allowed to travel.)

Additionally, all passengers traveling to Continental Portugal, either as a final destination, in transit or transfer, must complete this online form after checking-in for the flight.
The proof of the filled out form will need to be presented at control points.

As per the directive of the Portuguese Government, entry into Portuguese territory is only authorized for:
  1. Passengers on flights from countries belonging to the European Union, countries associated with the Schengen Area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland), and the United Kingdom.
  2. Passengers on flights from countries whose epidemiological situation is in accordance with Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1551, of 22 October 2020.
  3. Passengers on flights from countries that are not members of the European Union or that are not countries associated with the Schengen Area, exclusively for essential reasons
  4. Passengers on repatriation or humanitarian flights organized in accordance with the law.


Essential reasons are: professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.

Passengers entering or transiting thru Portugal must present proof of testing for the screening of SARS-CoV-2 with a negative result, or they will be denied boarding. (including Portuguese citizens, residing in Portugal and their families):

  • NAAT - Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (RT-PCR, NEAR, TMA, LAMP, HDA, CRISPR, SDA, etc), performed within 72 hours prior to the time of departure on the 1st embarkation point,
  • An antigen test (TRAg) performed within 24 hours prior to the time of departure on the 1st embarkation point. 

Exceptions: Children who have not completed 24 months of age.

Additionally, to presenting a negative test, passengers that have been in Brazil, South Africa, India or Nepal for the last 14 days, must quarantine for 14 days at their residence or facility determined by the authorities (unless their stay in Portugal does not exceed 48h), and present the pre-register online form available here.

The mandatory PRC tests can only be accepted in Portuguese, French, Spanish, English and Italian. An element that must be stated is the time and date at which the test was carried out.

Acceptable formats are paper and electronic (but not mobile text messages – SMS).

NHS tests and Trace Test performed in the United Kingdom are not valid for travel.

Only antigen tests acceptable by the European Union Health Committee are accepted for travel as well as the minimum data that must be present on the test result document as set by the same entity, see here.

It is the Passengers responsibility to confirm if their test meets the requirements.

Passengers travelling from the Madeira and Azores Islands are exempted from presenting the negative covid test to enter mainland Portugal (unless transferring to other country, in which case the destination rules apply)

Travel restrictions and entry requirements

For some destinations it is mandatory that passengers complete an online form, prior to the flight, proof of which will need to be presented at control points upon arrival, verify below if this is needed in your case. For destinations that do not have an online form, passengers will be requested to fill out a form during the flight.

It is the passenger’s responsibility to comply with all government policies and entry requirements, for example the need to fill out forms and/or Covid-19 testing. Failure to do so may result in denied boarding for the flight or entry to the destination.

Please be aware that there are specific procedures for some destinations that can be verified hereAlways confirm information with official government agencies to ensure you are able to reach your destination.


Symptomatic passengers identified at the airport by public health authorities may be refused to continue their journey.

Mandatory use of a face mask

Use of a face mask is mandatory on board all TAP flights. Therefore, all our passengers, aged over 6, must be equipped with one and guarantee that it is used during the entire duration of the journey.

The use of a face mask will only be exempted for passengers who are proven to have health problems that cannot use it. In these cases, prior to the flight and in order to travel, the passenger must have a medical authorization (MEDIF). Otherwise, boarding will be denied.

We also advise our passengers to inform themselves on specific regulations that may exist at their points of origin and destination, for example that fact that it is already compulsory at many airports to wear a face mask.

COVID-19 - Portuguese documents validity extension

As per Decree-Law no. 22-A/2021 of the Portuguese government, Portuguese documents with an expiration date after March 31, 2021 are considered valid until December 31, 2021.

The documents will keep its validity after this date only if the owner makes proof that already requested the renewal to the competent authorities.

Applies to the following Portuguese documents: citizen cards, certifications and certificates issued by the competent civil identification services, driver licenses, documents and visas related to the permanence on national territory, as well as licenses and authorizations.

Restrictions for the transport of baggage on flights to and/or from Abidjan, Accra, Bissau, Dakar, Praia, Sao Vicente and Sao Tome.

Due to space limitations on our aircrafts, during certain times of the year, purchase of extra baggage transportation is restricted for the following destinations and periods:
  • Travelling to Abidjan, Accra, Bissau*, Dakar*, Praia, Sao Vicente and Sao Tome:
    • Summer – from 10 June 2021 to 12 September 2021*
    • Christmas – from 11 December 2021* to 9 January 2022
    • Easter - from 1 April  2022 to 17 April 2022
  • Departing from Abidjan and Accra:
    • Summer – from 10 June 2021 to 12 September 2021
    • New Year’s – from 26 December 2021 to 9 January 2022
    • Easter – from 18 April 2022 to 25 April 2022
*Note: The final destination Bissau will be extended to the summer period with suspension until September 30th 2021.
Final Destination Bissau will be anticipated to the Christmas period with suspension from November 13th 2021.
Final destination Dakar, the summer period should only be considered from 24 June 2021 to 31 August 2021.

The trips whose destination is Abidjan, Accra, Bissau, Dakar, Praia, São Tomé and São Vicente and whose origin is Abidjan and Accra will not allow excess baggage (weight and / or dimensions) on the allowance associated with the fare, the purchase of extra baggage, nor the transportation of animals, sports equipment or musical instruments dispatched to the hold. The number of pieces accepted will be in accordance to what is indicated on the ticket and, for each piece, the sum of the three dimensions (height + length + width) cannot exceed 158cm, with a maximum weight of 23kg, in Economy and 32kg, in Executive class.

This restriction is applied to all tickets, regardless of the product that is acquired or the Passenger’s Frequent Flyer status, with the exception of tap|discount tickets, where it is possible to add the transport of one piece of baggage.

We present our sincere apologies for any inconvenience that this situation may cause.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

The total net quantity of all such articles carried by each passenger must not exceed 2 kg or 2 L and the net quantity of each single article must not exceed 0.5 kg or 0.5 L. 

Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is acceptable as carry-on or checked baggage. However, it should be noted that where passengers wish to have the hand sanitizer in their carry-on baggage that the limit of 100 mL or equivalent per item for liquids and gels in accordance with the aviation security provisions applies (if no local exemption has been defined by the Competent Authorities).

Please bear in mind that such articles shall not be used on any aircraft equipment or surfaces, as they have not been approved by the Aircraft Manufacturer.

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