Portugal Travel Health Certificate

Passenger Locator Card for Portugal

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All passengers entering Portugal must show this travel health document before entering Portugal by air. It is a mandatory COVID-19 entry requirement.

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many health authorities have implemented a travel health certificate.

This protocol has been created specifically for the COVID pandemic, and must be followed in addition to all standard travel requirements for each destination.

Portugal has its own travel health form – the Portugal Passenger Locator Card. This must be completed by anyone traveling to the country by air.

This health declaration helps the Portuguese government to track and manage COVID-19 cases.

The following page explains:

  • What the Portugal travel health form is
  • How to apply online and travel to Portugal with it

What Is the Portugal Passenger Locator Card?

The PLC Portugal is used for public health purposes, to assist the Portuguese government in controlling the spread of coronavirus. 

The form is part of the country’s COVID-19 travel requirements. It’s been put in place to help safeguard the health of both visitors and residents.

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What Does the Portugal Travel Health Form Do?

The details provided on the online form create a clear line of communication between Portuguese health authorities and each international visitor.

This makes it easy to trace passengers who could have been exposed to COVID-19.

For example, if someone has been in close contact with another traveler who has tested positive for the virus, authorities can contact them using the information provided on their form.

This way, all close contacts are informed if they are at risk and can act accordingly, based on the current regulations.

The Passenger Locator Card for Portugal makes it possible to interrupt possible chains of transmission, while also tracking the spread of coronavirus.

Who Needs to Complete the Passenger Locator Card for Portugal?

Anyone traveling to Portugal by plane needs to complete this travel health certificate before embarking on their journey.

You must have the finished form printed or downloaded, ready to show to airline staff at check-in and to border officials upon arrival.

Failure to show a valid travel health form will put you at risk of refused entry.

This policy does not change depending on the intended time spent in Portugal. Anyone entering the country by plane must abide by this rule.

Those transiting through Portugal are also required to show proof of a completed form to the airline when boarding.

Do Children Need the Portugal Travel Health Form?

All passengers arriving to Portugal by air are required to have their own separate form.

Accompanying adults can fill in the application on behalf of children who are too young to do so.

Every child must have their own document, completed with their own details. There is no option to add additional passengers to someone else’s form.

Do I Need to Apply if I Am Not Traveling by Plane?

The Portugal Passenger Locator Card has been introduced specifically for visitors arriving by plane.

Those visiting Portugal by other means of transport, namely land or sea, are exempt.

It is not necessary to complete the form as a precaution, as the application only has fields for flight information.

Portugal Health Declaration Form Requirements

To complete the application for the Portugal travel health form, each passenger needs to be in possession of the following:

  • Confirmed flights
  • Emergency contact details
  • Booked accommodation

Other COVID-19 Entry Requirements

In order to visit Portugal during the pandemic, you are also required to provide additional documentation. This is to prove you meet all of the country’s COVID-19 travel requirements.

Portugal’s current COVID-19 travel restrictions state that all passengers must show proof of one of the following:

  • Negative antigen test, taken within 48 hours of departure
  • Negative NAAT, PCR or RT-PCR test, taken at most 72 hours before
  • EU Digital Covid Certificate
  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate, valid from at least 14 days prior to travel

Children under 12 are exempt from these requirements.

PLC Portugal Online Registration

The application process is quick and easy to do, taking just a matter of minutes. All that is required is a computer or mobile device, and access to the internet.

You must apply online for the Portugal travel health form within 4 days of travel and at least 24 hours before. 

The application asks each passenger to provide details of their flight, so it is recommended to complete online check-in with your airline first. By doing this, you will have your flight information at hand, such as your assigned seat number.

The online form asks you to share information that covers the following:

  • Flight information: airline, flight number, seat number, etc.
  • Personal details: name, date of birth, mobile number, email address, etc.
  • Address in Portugal: where you will be staying during your visit
  • Emergency contact information: name and phone number

Once you have inputted all of your information correctly and submitted the form, a printable version will be available. A copy will also be sent to your email address.

The completed Portugal Passenger Locator Card can either be shown as a paper copy, or on a mobile device.

It is advisable to travel with both formats, to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.

Application Steps

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Travel Health Certificate FAQS

  • Do I need a negative COVID-19 test to visit Portugal?

    A negative test result is not a mandatory requirement for passengers arriving in Portugal, however they must provide proof of one of the following:

    • Negative antigen test taken within 48 hours
    • Negative PCR taken within 72 hours
    • Proof of full vaccination, at least 14 days before
    • Recovery certificate

    If a traveler is unable to meet one of these requirements, they will not be permitted entry into the country.

    This policy does not apply to children under the age of 12.

  • Do you have to quarantine on arrival in Portugal?

    Currently, there is no mandatory quarantine for travelers wishing to visit Portugal.

    All passengers must still follow current COVID-19 entry requirements, by showing proof of a negative test result, recovery from the virus, or full vaccination.

    Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this rule.

  • Is the Portugal Passenger Locator Card (PLC) mandatory?

    The Portugal travel health form is a mandatory requirement for all passengers entering or transiting through Portugal by air.

    The document must be completed and shown to officials at check-in and border control.

    Failure to show a completed form will lead to refused entry into Portugal

  • Do you have to be vaccinated to travel to Portugal?

    You do not have to be vaccinated to visit Portugal. 

    However, if you are not vaccinated you must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, or a recovery certificate that shows you have recovered from the virus.

  • Do children have to complete the Passenger Locator Card for Portugal?

    All passengers entering or transiting through Portugal by air travel need to have their own completed travel health certificate. 

    If a child is not able to complete their own form, an accompanying adult is permitted to apply on their behalf. 

    There is no option to add passengers to an existing form, a new one must be filled in for each child.

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