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Decree Law No. 54-A/2021

Publication: Republic Diary No. 122/2021, Series I of 2021-06-25
  • Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
  • Diploma Type: Decree Law
  • Number: 54-A/2021
  • Pages: 42-(2) a 42-(6)

Summary in plain english

What is it?

This decree-law contains the rules for the issuing, presentation and use of the European Union (EU) COVID Digital Certificate.

The EU COVID Certificate is a document, which may be in physical or digital form, proving that the person:

      i) Has had a full vaccination for at least 14 days with a COVID-19 vaccine admitted by the European Medicines Agency;

      ii) Has had a negative result from a test for COVID-19 within the past 72 hours in the case of a molecular test, or within the past 48 hours in the case of a rapid antigen test;

      iii) Has recovered from having had COVID-19 for more than 11 days and less than 180 days.

What is going to change?

The EU COVID Digital Certificates may be used for air and sea traffic, for travel within the national territory when there are limits to movement and for participation in cultural, sport, corporate or family events.

With regard to air and sea traffic, citizens holding the EU COVID Digital Certificate are now authorised to travel to Portugal and are exempt from testing for COVID-19, quarantine or other additional pandemic control measures.

If there are limits on movement within the national territory because of the pandemic, the presentation of the EU COVID Digital Certificate or proof of a negative test allows movement without those limits.

In cases where the participation in certain cultural, sports or family events, such as weddings and christenings, requires proof of a negative test, the EU COVID Digital Certificate can be presented instead.

The EU COVID Digital Certificate does not exempt from complying with the safety measures recommended by health authorities, including physical distancing, hand hygiene and mask wearing.

Children under 12 years of age are not required to present a EU COVID digital certificate or proof of having been tested, although these tests may be advisable in certain contexts.

What advantages does it bring?

This decree-law allows those who have an EU COVID Digital Certificate not to be subject to restrictions on air and sea travel to Portugal, on travel within the national territory and on access to certain events.

When does it enter into force?

This decree-law enters into force on the day following its publication.

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