When travelling to Portugal, UK nationals, residents and non-residents, can no longer use EU passport lanes or e-gates at the airport. UK nationals can use the corridors reserved for non-EU citizens/All passports.

  • If you are resident in Portugal make sure you always travel with your residence document and your valid passport.


  • If you are protected under the Withdrawal Agreement and you have started the document exchange process, please carry the certificate of application (with the QR code) or your new card.

  • If you are protected under the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) (living in Portugal before 1st January 2021) but were unable to register before the end of the transition period, you should carry evidence that you were living in Portugal, as well as the email you sent to SEF (brexit@sef.pt) requesting the issuance of the new residence document.

  • If you cannot prove that you are resident in Portugal, you may be asked additional questions at the border when entering the Schengen area, and your passport may be stamped. This will not affect your rights in Portugal.

We would like to reinforce that, as a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement (WA), your passport should not be stamped when entering/leaving the Schengen area. Please always travel with your passport and with your document proving that you are a WA beneficiary. If, in any case, your passport is stamped, it will not affect your residence rights under the WA. If this happens, we strongly recommend that you contact the British Embassy in Portugal or the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) to inform them of this situation. On this regard, you may read the following presentation from the European Commission, dated October 2020 > here

More information on this at "Update for UK Nationals travelling to Portugal" section

*Information according to the FCDO Living in Guide for Portugal

*Information on Travelling to the UK from Portugal on Foreign Travel Advice Portugal

Update for UK nationals travelling to Portugal

Please note that due to COVID-19 pandemic, travel to Portugal is subject to entry restrictions imposed by the Portuguese Government.

Get the latest travel information and advice from the UK Government for travels to/from Portugal here:

Foreign Travel Advice Portugal

Foreign Travel Advice Portugal – Entry Requirements

For further information, please visit SEF website and SEF facebook page.

Check IATA COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map and select the country you wish to know more information.


  • On 31st January 2020 at 11:00pm CET, the UK left the EU (Brexit);

  • On 31st December 2020 at 11:59pm CET, the transition period ended;

  • As of 1st January 2021 at 12:00AM CET, UK nationals are treated as third country nationals (i.e. non-EU citizens).

Register your residence in Portugal before travelling

If you are living in Portugal without being registered, and therefore without a residence document, we strongly encourage you to register before you leave Portugal.

We advise UK nationals who are officially residents in Portugal to start the process of exchanging their current EU residence documents for the new residence cards before travelling and use the issued certificate (with a QR code) as proof of residence in Portugal.


More information on this at "Registering for Residence for those under the Withdrawal Agreement" section.

Your current valid EU residence documents continue to be accepted until the end of their validity or the issuance of the new card.

Travelling to Portugal