Until at least 9 January, all passengers traveling on international flights, regardless of having a vaccination certificate, are required to submit a negative diagnostic test for Covid-19 at the time of boarding, except for travellers with a Covid-19 recovery certificate.

This measure intends to respond to the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Portugal and coincides with the restrictions and the return to a state of calamity, which will continue until 20 March, 2022.

In a press conference held at Humberto Delgado Airport, in Lisbon, PSP officer Valente Pinho made a review of the situation regarding the control of passengers from countries that make up the European Union and the Schengen area, adding that they had detected 20 passengers who had not complied with the rules in place.

“We have 20 people who took the test. Ten of them have already tested negative and the other 10 are waiting. These people will be fined, as well as the airlines that carried out their transportation”, said the PSP official.

Airlines that transport passengers without a negative Covid-19 test incur a fine of between €20,000 and €40,000 per passenger and travellers are also subject to administrative offenses for not presenting a test on arrival, which implies a fine of between €300 and €800.

Passengers on domestic flights, children under 12 and crews are exempt from mandatory tests, which can be PCR or rapid.

These measures will be monitored at the airports of Lisbon, Faro and Porto by PSP and SEF, with ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal having contracted a private security company to control the test requirements.