Since the reopening of tourism for travelers from Brazil, on September 1st, more than 128,000 Brazilians have arrived in Portugal, according to data selected by the now Europe with the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF). The number equivalent to an average of 1,422 travelers per day in the country until December 1st.
Also according to the organization, around 500 Brazilians were barred from entering Portugal in the same period, which results in an average of five passengers per day. According to the SEF, the main reason for immigration refusals is “failure to confirm the purpose and conditions of the stay” in Portuguese territory.
According to a survey carried out by the now Europe, Lisbon Airport alone receives at least seven direct flights from Brazil every day. Known tourist trips from March 2020 to September this year. As has been the case since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Portuguese government periodically reviews travel rules. Currently, an analysis is done monthly.
The latest update, which came into effect on December 1st, it is valid until January 9th. The government does not anticipate a list of authorized countries after the date, which are defined on the eve of the expiration date of official documents. According to government rules, an analysis is based on the health situation in each country.
To travel from Brazil to Portugal, in addition to complying with the rules for tourists in the Schengen Area, the passenger needs a negative test for Covid-19. Authorities accept PCR tests valid for up to 72 hours or laboratory antigen performed within 48 hours prior to shipment. The vaccination certificate alone is not sufficient for entry into the country.
According to the government, all travelers arriving at Portuguese airports are inspected. Recently, private security guards were hired to help control passengers. The Lisbon Airport performance area was closed for inspection.
Also according to the SEF, on the first day of the new test rule, “several passengers” of a flight from Brazil arrived in Portugal without the exam. All were required to pass the test and pay negative certification at the airport to be released.
Brazilians in Portugal
Brazil is one of the main tourist markets in Portugal. In 2020, during the period of pandemic restrictions, nearly 1 million designated criteria to visit the country, according to the annual report “Statistics of Tourism”. In 2019, Brazil was the country outside Europe that had the highest number of tourists in Portugal, with 1.3 million travelers.
Portugal is also the European country with the largest number of Brazilian immigrants, according to the annual survey by Itamaraty. There are more than 180 thousand Brazilian citizens with legal residence, not counting those in the process of legalization and those who have already obtained Portuguese citizenship, which can be applied for after five years of legal residence in the country.