Do you have to wear a mask in Portugal?

The Government’s roadmap allowed international travel once more on Monday, putting overseas holidays back on the menu after nearly a year. Ministers have placed just over a dozen nations on its green list, Portugal among them. While outward flights come with the fewest restrictions, destinations will have some of their own to follow.

Do you have to wear a mask in Portugal?

Portugal features on the Government’s green list due to its relatively few Covid cases.

Much like the UK, local officials have detected relatively few cases, with a seven-day average of 377.

But much like the UK, its success has come from extensive restrictions, most of which remain in place.

Advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office states Portugal maintains a selection of strict rules.

The country requires the use of masks, social distancing, and gathering limits for some activities.

Mainland Portugal requires people to wear a mask in the following situations:

  • When on a promenade
  • In hospitality settings
  • When entering and exiting beaches
  • When using beach facilities.

People also have to wear masks when navigating the Azores islands.

Azores authorities require people to wear masks in the following situations:

  • In all enclosed spaces
  • When entering or exiting enclosed spaces
  • Where two-metre social distancing is not possible

These face mask rules apply to everyone aged ten and over on the Portuguese mainland.

In Madeira and Porto Santo on the Azores, anyone aged over five must use a face covering.

Portuguese authorities also urge people to maintain social distancing and wash their hands regularly.

Anyone who disobeys mandatory rules such as mask mandates could incur hefty fines.

Brits risk courting fines of €100 (£85) if caught without a mask while on the beach.

Fines allegedly apply to one of Brits’ favourite summer pastimes – playing football on the sand – as well.

Holidaymakers may also find their choice of activity limited while there.

Many locations continue to limit patrons, restaurants must close by 10.30pm and clubs are yet to open.