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The measure passed yesterday and comes into effect today. Information obtained from Safe Communities Portugal. A great source for official up to date information.

Masks are no longer required on the streets, in shops, restaurants, They are still required in taxi, Uber and all public transport - flights, buses and trains - and in medical facilities.

The Passenger Locator Form is also no longer required.

My hunch is one will still see a lot of masks, though. Especially by locals.

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Thanks for the news. I've been watching for updates on Portugal but hadn't seen this yet. We leave for Lisbon on Sunday for our RS Heart of Portugal tour that starts Monday! (This is the first time we will arrive in Europe for a tour on the tour start date, instead of giving ourselves a couple of pre-tour days, but I know the adrenaline rush of traveling again will get me through the day!) I had just filled out our passenger locator forms last evening. It only took a couple minutes.

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Thanks for this info. I have been watching too. We leave for Porto May 10. Can you give any info on the need for a covid test? Confusing… 24 hours before we arrive or 72 hours, I guess depending on the type of test. Not sure why they would believe this info, if they wont trust our vax card. Thanks again for this update Mergs. Peggy

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mgordon1101 - you can get a PCR test up to 72 hours prior to boarding OR an Antigen test up to 24 hours prior to boarding

Thank you for the news

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mgordon1101 - and if you have a multi leg flight, the 72 or 24 hours is prior to boarding the first flight.

Posted by
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Vicki, I need to request clarification of the 72/24–hours prior to first flight. We depart our home airport on the 12th and fly to the east coast. We depart PHLon the 14th and arrive DUB on the 15th, where we have an 11-hour layover before departing/arriving LIS on the 15th. If I understand you correctly, our 72/24 hours for COVID test begins BEFORE we leave our home airport and NOT prior to our arrival in LIS. TIA.

For those expecting to see masks worn indoors please readjust your expectations. We are in Porto now and the mask wearing went from 99% to 10 to 15% overnight. (Where we live in the states is 50/50) We are still masking indoors and just hoping for a negative test so we can fly home in Sunday. Dining outdoors is available everywhere. Lots to see and do outdoors. I would have still taken the trip since we are all aware that Covid rules can change mid flight. Bring your n95s and KN95s and you are all set.

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I understand that Portugal has one of the highest COVID vaccination rates in the world @ 91% of 10.3 million population. Good on them and good for us!