Even though it is still required, upon entry into Portugal, to present proof of a test for any passenger over 24 months of age, in addition to the RT-PCR test carried out in the 72 hours prior to boarding, it is now possible the presentation, as an alternative, of the rapid antigen test (TRAg), carried out within 24 hours prior to departure. Only TRAgs included in the common list of rapid antigen tests agreed by the European Union Health Security Committee, will be accepted. They are available at the following address:
Passengers boarding with proof of carrying out a TRAg that does not comply with the requirements described above, must undergo a new RT-PCR test or a new TRAg upon arrival in Portugal, before entering mainland territory, at their own expense, and must wait in a designated place, inside the airport, until notification of the result.
New rules for entry to Turkey have been announced, with effect from 1 June 2021:
- Passengers coming from Afghanistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and those who have been in these countries in the last 14 days will only be able to enter Turkish territory by presenting a negative PCR test performed in the 72 hours prior to the trip, and will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine in places previously designated by the Turkish authorities. After the quarantine period, they will have to perform a new PCR test which, if positive, will determine the fulfillment of an additional 14-day isolation period which will only end with a negative PCR test performed on the last day.
- Passengers from Egypt, Iran, the United Kingdom and Singapore must have a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to travel.
- All other passengers, coming from countries other than those mentioned above, with a document issued by the competent authorities, proving that they were vaccinated in the last 14 days or have had COVID-19 in the last 6 months, will be exempt from presenting a negative PCR test. In the event that they do not have these documents, they will then have to submit a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to the trip or a negative rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours before entering Turkey.
- With the exception of passengers coming from the countries mentioned in the first point, all passengers may also be subject to random tests where, in case of a positive result, the containment measures described above and determined by the Turkish health authorities will apply.
- Passengers who have had contact with people with positive tests, will be subjected to a quarantine of 14 days in places designated by them, which may end in case of negative PCR test performed on the tenth day of that period.
- For passengers infected with variant B.1.617 (Indian strain), the quarantine period must end with a negative PCR test performed on the 14th day.
- Aircraft and ship crews and TIR truck drivers are exempt from these restrictions on entry into Turkey.
We kindly inform that in compliance with the confinement measures decided by the Turkish authorities to fight the COVID-19 epidemic, from April 29 to May 17, the Embassy of Portugal in Ankara will operate remotely. Face-to-face attendance can only happen if urgently needed and by appointment.
All acts already scheduled for the aforementioned period will be rescheduled for a later date, after May 18.
Starting from April 26, the Embassy will request all applicants to show their HES code before entering its premisses.
From March 15, 2021, all passengers, regardless of their nationality, wishing to enter Turkey must complete the electronic registration form, accessible at https://register.health.gov.tr/ up to 72 hours before the trip. After filling in, the passenger will be automatically assigned a HES code, necessary in Turkey for hotel accomodations, travel and entry into some buildings.
If you have not completed the online form, you will be asked to complete it at the counter before your flight.
Passengers who have been in Denmark, the United Kingdom or the Republic of South Africa ten days prior their arrival in Turkey and after presenting a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to entering the country, will be quarantined at an address designated by them. In case they do not possess a designated address, they will be placed in locations designated by Turkish medical authorities. A PCR test will be performed on the 7th day of said quarantine. If the test result is positive, the passenger must undergo the treatments indicated by the Turkish Ministry of Health.
People coming from abroad by air as of 28/12/2020 and by land and sea routes as of 30/12/2020 to Turkey, need to submit negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests conducted within the last seventy-two (72) hours prior to their entry into the country. Those who do not have a negative PCR test should not be allowed on the plane on the way to Turkey.
However, those who do not submit the negative PCR test to the official authorities during entry through the border gate should be quarantined at the address they declared to stay (home, hotel, etc.). Those who stated that they do not have a place to stay should be quarantined in places to be determined by the Provincial Health Directorates, PCR tests are to be carried out on the 7th day of the quarantine period and the quarantine of those whose test results are negative at the end of the 7th day will end, and the treatment of those whose PCR tests were positive will be carried out in accordance with the Ministry of Health COVID-19 guidelines.
It has been decided that the implementation will continue until March 1, 2021.
Information concerning trips to Portugal:
It was published, on August 31, the Order No. 8391-A/2020, extending the applicable measures for air traffic to and from Portugal. The document maintains the previously established measures and establishes the mandatory requirement to present, before boarding, proof of laboratory testing (RT-PCR) for screening for infection by SARS-CoV-2, with a negative result, performed until 72 hours prior to departure.
Given the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2019/1155, dated 20 June 2019, which amends the Community Visa Code, new fees will be charged when submitting Schengen visa applications:
- Standard fee: 80 EUR
- Reduced rate (children from 6 to 12 years old): 40 EUR
Please note that the aforementioned amounts will be charged for all Schengen visa requests submitted starting of February 3, 2020.
More information concerning visas and other consular issues here.
The theater company GalataPerform, with the support of the Embassy of Portugal and Camões, Institute for Cooperation and Language IP, promotes on the 19th of June a workshop with Jacinto Lucas Pires, which will be followed, on the 20th, by the staged reading of the play “Canto da Europa” by the renowned Portuguese writer.
The work, translated into Turkish, will later be published in e-book format.
The activity will take place online in the YeniPerform virtual space – theater and library.
For more information, see https://yeniperform.com/
The Embassy of Portugal in Ankara has the honor of inviting everyone to celebrate the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities and the Day of the Armed Forces, next June 10, following the program of the celebration on the social network page Instagram @be_portugal.
The program will start at 12.00 (Turkish time), with the National Anthems of the Portuguese Republic and the Republic of Turkey, and will include a piano recital by António Oliveira. The Portuguese pianist will present works by António Fragoso, Berta Alves de Sousa, Chopin and Liszt. A video prepared by the General Staff of the Armed Forces will also be shown, demonstrating the extensive work developed by the Portuguese Navy, Army and Air Force.
The European Commission has recently launched a public consultation regarding the digitalization of visa procedures, open for participation until June 3.
If you have applied for a Schengen visa recently, you can give your opinion through the link mentioned in the images below. The results of this public inquiry will impact the new European Comission proposal regarding the visa process, which will be presented by the end of this year.
"Today, on World Press Freedom Day and the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration, we celebrate the fundamental principles of media freedom and stand together for its protection around the world.
The Windhoek Declaration is a historic call for media freedom. It upholds this freedom as a crucial component of the right to freedom of expression, as enshrined by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and underlines that an independent, pluralistic and free press is essential to the development and maintenance of democracy and to economic development.
A free media, both online and offline, is essential to upholding freedom of expression as a human right. Access to reliable and independent information is paramount, as exemplified by the dissemination of information during the COVID-19 pandemic. We need journalists to report the facts, keep us informed and to hold those in power to account.
While we have witnessed important progress regarding media freedom in the past 30 years, many of the old threats to media freedom persist and new challenges are appearing. The safety of journalists is declining worldwide.
Journalists and media workers increasingly face physical and verbal violence, threats and intimidation, lawsuits and imprisonment with the aim of silencing them. Online harassment against women journalists has increased exponentially. The repeated use of anti-media rhetoric by some politicians and government leaders is eroding media freedom and is putting individual journalists at risk.
To counter threats to media freedom, a global effort is needed to take urgent action. If violence against journalists triumphs, media cannot be free and democracy cannot function.
We urge all states to promote and protect media freedom at home and abroad, offline and online, and call upon all states to release all arbitrarily detained journalists and to prosecute all perpetrators of crimes against journalists.
The Media Freedom Coalition strongly reaffirms its continued support for media freedom around the world. Without media freedom, there can be no true progress in human rights, democracy and prosperity.
Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belize, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Portugal, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Ukraine, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, The United States, Uruguay."
Bearing in mind the ocurrence, on April 20, of the Conference "Protection against racial discrimination and related intolerance (anti-Semitism, xenophobia and anti-gypsy), organized in partnership with the" Never Forget "Program, within the scope of the Portuguese Presidency from the Council of the European Union, more detailed information about the initiative is available here, in addition to the event program.