You can head off on a First Choice holiday to Portugal from 29th August

You’ll find everything you need to know about your holiday to Portugal right here, from social distancing to face masks. There’s no doubt your getaway will be a little different, as we all get used to the new normal. But, here at First Choice, we’re working our flip flops off to make sure you still have a fantastic time. It’s all part of our Holiday Promise, which is designed to help you relax to the max with complete peace of mind.

We’ve got your back

COVID Cover*, which you can use as an add-on to your usual travel insurance, is included as standard on all 2020 First Choice holidays. It means you can change your booking if you get COVID-19 before your holiday – for free. A Holiday Guarantee insurance policy is also part of the package. This sorts you out for medical assistance abroad, testing costs and a flight home for treatment if you need it. *T&Cs apply.

On your flight and at your hotel

Flights for most First Choice holidays are with TUI, our sister company. They’ve got a heap of new measures in place to keep you safe. We’re talking regular deep-cleaning, online check-in and rules around face masks. We’re keeping a close eye on our hotels, too, to make sure they’re squeaky-clean and properly prepped before re-opening their doors. Find out more about changes to flights, hotels and transfers here. And, take a peep at our FAQs, for more info on the likes of hotel pools, entertainment and restaurants.


  • COVID Cover* included
  • First Choice quality standards guaranteed
  • Around-the-clock support
  • Quarantine-free destinations only
  • Flexible options if your holiday can’t go ahead

Find out more about our promise.

Here are the main things you need to be aware of.

Social distancing distance 2 metres.
Face mask requirements for adults MAINLAND PORTUGAL

Face masks are mandatory on public transport and in all enclosed spaces for everyone over the age of 10.


Face masks are mandatory on public transport and in indoor and outdoor enclosed spaces. The rules apply to everyone over the age of 10. You won’t have to wear a mask while driving, exercising, walking in forest and mountain areas, or on the beach.

Face mask requirements for children Face masks are mandatory for everyone aged 10 years and over.
Am I required to fill out a Passenger Locator Form? MADEIRA

You’ll need to complete a Passenger Locator Form between 12 to 48 hours before departure. If you don’t, you won’t be able to travel. You can fill out and submit the form here.

Everyone, including children, need to fill out a separate form. Parents or guardians can fill out and sign on an infant or child’s behalf Everyone over the age of 12 also needs to take a COVID-19 PCR test within the 72 hours before you travel to Madeira.

You should upload your test results to your Passenger Locator Form including your testing date, name and proof of a negative result. Once completed, you’ll get a confirmation email, which you’ll need to bring with you to the airport.

For more information on Madeira’s entry requirements, see the tourist board’s website. And for more on PCR tests, see the UK government’s guide.

Other need-to-knows You can expect to undergo a health screening – which involves a temperature check – on arrival in mainland Portugal, or Madeira. If your temperature’s 38°C or higher, or if you’re showing signs of being unwell, you may be required to take a COVID-19 test and to self-isolate at your hotel until the results come back. A group of more than 20 people is deemed to be a gathering, except for in the Lisbon region, where a group of more than 10 people is deemed to be a gathering.

Here’s what you can expect while you’re out and about in Portugal.

Beaches Open. There’s a traffic light system on the beaches, which indicates if there’s enough space to allow for more people on the beach. This is accessible via an app and also indicated by flags on the beach. Loungers and parasols on beaches are set up to accommodate social distancing.
Restaurants and bars Restaurants are open, however capacity is reduced. Nightclubs are closed.
Sights Open with limitations.
Supermarkets Open. Face masks are mandatory.
Other facilities Open with restrictions. Please check ahead of your visit. Ports and marinas are currently closed. There’s a limited capacity in protected areas and camping areas, of up to 50%.

Here’s the key information on getting to Portugal.

Flights with First Choice Check in for your flight on the First Choice or First Choice App or online. Check-in opens 24 hours before your flight, and closes three hours before departure. You’ll be asked to certify that you’re fit to travel.

Here are your options for travelling within Portugal.

Car hire Permitted, but hire car capacity is reduced to two thirds of the usual maximum vehicle capacity.
Public transport There are capacity restrictions on buses and boats. In taxis, the front seats are reserved for the driver, and passengers cannot take up more than two thirds of the remaining seats in the vehicle. Face masks are required for anyone over 10 years old.
Hiking Permitted.
Biking Permitted.

For more information, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on travelling to Portugal.

Read the full FCDO advice here.