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COVID TEST - Passengers traveling to Portugal

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 (Despacho n.º 3838-A/2021, of April 15, 2021, effective - from 00h00, April 16 to April 18, 2021), 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). To/from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland, travel is limited to essential reasons.
  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 travel, thus:
    1. Citizens of the European Union, nationals of States associated with the Schengen Area and members of their families, in accordance to the Directive 2004/38 / EC, of the Parliament and of the Council, and third-country nationals legally resident in a Member State of the European Union;
    2. Third-country nationals traveling for professional, study, family reunion, health or humanitarian reasons.
  4. Passengers on repatriation or humanitarian flights organized in accordance with the law.


Passengers referred at a), entering or transiting thru Portugal must present proof of laboratory testing (RTPCR) for the screening of SARS-CoV-2, with a negative result, performed within 72 hours prior to the time of departure, or they will be denied boarding. (including Portuguese citizens, residing in Portugal and their families),

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

In addition to the negative test, passengers arriving from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croatia, Slovenia, Estonia, France, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland and Sweden must quarantine for 14 days at their residence or other location determined by the Portuguese authorities (except if the permanence in Portugal does not exceed 48h), and present the pre-register online form available here.

All passengers referred at b), c) and d) entering or transiting thru Portugal must present proof of laboratory testing (RT-PCR) for the screening of SARS-CoV-2, with a negative result, performed within 72 hours prior to the time of departure, or they will be denied boarding. (including Portuguese citizens, residing in Portugal and their families)

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

Additionally, to presenting a negative test, passengers that have been in Brazil or South Africa 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.

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

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.

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 19 March, 2021 to 4 April, 2021 (does not apply for flights to Sao Tome and Bissau)
  • Departing from Abidjan and Accra:
    • Easter – from 5 April 2021 to 12 April 2021
    • Summer – from 10 June 2021 to 12 September 2021
    • New Year’s – from 26 December 2021 to 9 January 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.

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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