With the Algarve slowly opening up, and people both asking about and looking at visiting Portugal again. We thought it would be a good idea to create a page dedicated to the most up to date Coronavirus information for the Algarve and the rest of Portugal. This will be incredibly useful for people that live here or are planning on visiting.
Where can I find the most up to date information on Covid 19 in Portugal?
Safe Communities Portugal (English)
One of the best places for daily updates in English is the Safe Communities Portugal organisation. They provide a daily coronavirus update in their situation report in English every morning. You can find the most recent report on their webpage and keep up to date with newer reports by following their Facebook page. This has been an invaluable resource for the large number of English speakers in Portugal since the start of the outbreak.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/scalgarve/
Direção Geral da Saúde (Portuguese)
The Directorate-General of Health (DGS) is the top-level organisation of the Portuguese public health service. This is the most reliable source and is where Safe Communities Portugal get their information (which they translate). If you speak Portuguese, it might be easier for you to go direct to the source of information on Coronavirus in Portugal. They provide daily updates, maps, and graphs of all the regions of Portugal so you can check on the regions you are interested in.
DGS Website: https://www.dgs.pt/
Corona Report for Portugal website: https://covid19.min-saude.pt/
Direct link to most recently published map on the Coronavirus in Portugal
Serviço Nacional de Saúde (National Health Service of Portugal): https://www.sns.gov.pt/
Local News Outlets available in English
Although we recommend using the above for your most up to date coronavirus information in the Algarve and Portugal. The list below is a group of newspapers that often share local news and stories concerning coronavirus in the Algarve and Portugal in English.
The Portugal News – English language print and online news.
Portugal Resident – English language print and online news.
Algarve Daily News – Online English language news
The situation and emergency rules are dynamic and constantly changing towards the needs of public health. Currently, Portugal is under a ‘Situation of Alert’ although several areas are still under the former ‘Situation of Calamity’ rules. These rules and declarations are revaluated every two weeks or so, or when the situation changes. Safe Communities Portugal are usually the quickest website to offer a translation of any emergency rules or decrees enacted by the Portuguese government.
The official tourist body for Portugal, Visit Portugal, keep a page updated with the most recent rules and legislation concerning visitors and travellers to Portugal. It’s a great resource to keep bookmarked for all travelers.
Visit Portugal’s Coronavirus Page: https://www.visitportugal.com/en/node/421175
British Specific Travel Advice
Many people are currently waiting for the ‘airbridge’ announcement that will allow quarantine free travel between the UK and Portugal. We suggest keeping up to date with the official websites and government pages rather than speculation and news.
Currently, as of 14th July, if returning to the UK from Portugal you will need to:
- provide your journey and contact details to authorities
- self-isolate for 14 days
Many websites, bloggers, and even local businesses are suggesting you can navigate around the need to self isolate if you arrive in the UK from a country on the safe travel list. The nearest to Portugal is Spain, and flying into and out of Seville to visit the Algarve has been widely discussed. If you choose to visit the Algarve, and fly in and out of Spain, you will still need to notify the relevant authorities when you arrive in the UK. You will still need to self-isolate as you still visited Portugal, your entry and departure country does not change this.
You can check this on the official website below:
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal
You can also keep up to date by the following the official British Embassy’s Facebook page:
British Embassy Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BritsInPortugal/
Do you have a web page or information source that you think should be listed here? Contact us or let us know in the comments!