Times are tough for travelers. But as the world prepares to reopen in 2021, we’re here to make you dream and plan your next adventure, whether it’s staying nearby or flying to unknown regions. Until then, we invite you to consult our travel advice related to COVID-19 which is regularly updated to keep you informed so that you can leave when the time comes.

The world is set to reopen in 2021 and we’re here to help you dream about it and plan your next trip. However, stay up to date with the latest travel tips during COVID-19 and check out our interactive map to find out where you can go now.

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1. Always check the latest government tips before making reservations and traveling.

Consult the latest advice on safe travel on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

2. Choose editable tickets

Normally, an editable ticket allows you to change or cancel your reservations for free, with a reduced fee, or under some other condition that gives you the opportunity to change your plans more easily.

When looking for flights on Skyscanner, choose the flexible ticket option and you will find airlines that have relaxed their booking conditions. With this filter you will only see flexible flights.

Skyscanner strives to provide you with the most recent prices and conditions, so you should check the conditions of your ticket at the time you make your reservation. Make sure you understand the rules for changing or canceling your flights.

3. Check the airline’s safety rating

Skyscanner has partnered with AirlineRatings.com to provide you with the ability to search and choose airlines based on their COVID-19 safety rating. Each company is given a score from 1 to 5 depending on the security measures put in place:

  1. Mandatory masks
  2. Thorough cleaning of planes every day
  3. Staff on board equipped with safety clothing
  4. Sanitary packs provided to passengers
  5. Changes to the catering service

On all of your results, you will be able to find a purple badge that tells you the security score, what action has been taken and what is expected of passengers.

Find your flights to Portugal now and see how it works:

4. Book a hotel with a high cleanliness score

Hotels with cleanliness ratings of 4.5 out of 5 have now received a special badge in the results lists on the Skyscanner website. This rating is continuously updated, based on tourist reviews on the site of our partner TripAdvisor.

Choose the cleanliness filter when looking for a hotel:

5. Check the entry rules and restrictions applicable to your destination.

When planning your trip to Portugal, check the latest entry requirements for the country and conditions for returning to France here.

Security arrangements in Portugal are being updated. For now, a state of calamity is in place, which will be lifted on June 27. Then check the latest provisions on the official website.

6. Don’t forget to test yourself for COVID or to print your vaccination certificate, if you have one.

If you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, you will have to present a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours before entering Portuguese territory. If you have a full COVID-19 vaccination certification, you will only need to present it at the border.

7. Try to plan a route in the less crowded places in Portugal

Although it is the most visited European destination, Portugal awaits you with still many secrets to discover. Depart from Lisbon, Sintra and Porto and enjoy the calm and vastness of the Alentejo, the hidden lookouts of Madeira and the unknown corners of the Azores.

Douro Valley in Portugal
The valley of the Douro river. Credit: Andre Carvalho

8. Follow local health regulations

Turismo de Portugal has implemented the Clean & Safe certificate in hotels, restaurants and any other tourist location in order to allow tourists to feel more secure and to be able to fully enjoy their trip to Portugal.

Sanitary measures in place include:

  • social distancing;
  • regular hand washing;
  • the compulsory wearing of masks in public spaces;
  • respiratory hygiene.

To find out more, you can consult the national measures (content in Portuguese, but you can have the site translated by Google Translate).

In the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, regional governments have implemented local measures:

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