Portugal reopens to Americans, welcoming back nonessential travelers

Portugal announced Tuesday that tourists from the U.S. would be permitted to enter the country, as long as they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Pictured here: Vila Nova de Gaia.

Portugal is the latest European country to open its borders to U.S. travelers.

The country announced Tuesday that tourists from the U.S. would be permitted to enter the country, as long as they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. 

Travelers 2 years and older must take a nucleic acid amplification test – such as a PCR test – within the last 72 hours before boarding, or a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of boarding. 

Various COVID-19 restrictions are still in various places across Portugal. Masks are required at beaches while entering and moving around, and visitors must keep at least 1.5 meters (around 5 feet) between their towels while lounging. Social distance measures and masks are also enforced in closed public spaces, and masks are mandatory when social distancing is not possible, according to the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Portugal. 

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