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Portugal is a one of a kind surf destination ready to explore

Portugal with its 850 km coastline packed with superb surf accommodations is without a doubt the best place to surf in Europe. It’s ideal for beginners as well as pros looking for epic surf trips. Beautiful beaches, year-round waves, and proximity of culturally rich cities like Porto or Lisbon make Portugal a perfect destination. It’s not just the well-known spots that makes Portugal such a dreamy destination for surfers from around the globe. The country is packed with world-class waves, from the North, all the way down to the Algarve in the south and over to Madeira, an island just off Africa’s Northwest coast.

Can you surf here during COVID-19?

Disclaimer: We're trying our very best to keep up with the latest global travel restrictions. Our updates summarise changes reported by various sources, but with the ever-changing nature of the situation, please take this information as a guide only.

No restrictions
Residents of the following countries can enter without or just limited restrictions:
  • Spain

    Entry Restrictions in Portugal

    • All passengers are required to complete an Electronic Passenger Locator Card (PLCe). You might be asked to show a confirmation registration at Check-In.

    This does not apply to passengers traveling on a direct flight to Azores or Madeira.

    • Passengers entering or transiting through Portugal must have:

    • a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test is taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • a negative COVID-19 NAAT, PCR, or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    • Travelers are required to present a negative PCR test result (taken within 72h before departure) at Check-In or Arrival or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure. Or present an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC), passengers younger than 12 years.

    • Passengers arriving from India, Nepal, or South Africa must register before departure.

    • Special rules apply if you’re traveling to the Azores or to Madeira.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to the Azores are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers who are 12 years or younger;

    • Passengers with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test based on the nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab and taken at most 72 hours before departure;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival;

    • Passengers with an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to the Azores must:

    Complete a ""Health Form upon arrival at the Azores" and a "Draft statement for inter-island travel" upon arrival; or

    Submit a "Questionnaire for Risk Assessment and Early Detection" before departure.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to Madeira without a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure are subject to an RT-PCR test upon arrival and quarantine.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 12 years;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 90 days before arrival;

    • An EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to Madeira must complete an epidemiological survey before departure. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.

    Updated on October 8th, 2021

    Spain - Portugal Trip Specific Restrictions

    All good here. No quarantine required at either end.

Some restrictions
Residents of the following countries can enter, but with specific protocols:
  • Germany

    Entry Restrictions in Portugal

    • All passengers are required to complete an Electronic Passenger Locator Card (PLCe). You might be asked to show a confirmation registration at Check-In.

    This does not apply to passengers traveling on a direct flight to Azores or Madeira.

    • Passengers entering or transiting through Portugal must have:

    • a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test is taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • a negative COVID-19 NAAT, PCR, or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    • Travelers are required to present a negative PCR test result (taken within 72h before departure) at Check-In or Arrival or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure. Or present an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC), passengers younger than 12 years.

    • Passengers arriving from India, Nepal, or South Africa must register before departure.

    • Special rules apply if you’re traveling to the Azores or to Madeira.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to the Azores are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers who are 12 years or younger;

    • Passengers with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test based on the nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab and taken at most 72 hours before departure;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival;

    • Passengers with an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to the Azores must:

    Complete a ""Health Form upon arrival at the Azores" and a "Draft statement for inter-island travel" upon arrival; or

    Submit a "Questionnaire for Risk Assessment and Early Detection" before departure.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to Madeira without a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure are subject to an RT-PCR test upon arrival and quarantine.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 12 years;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 90 days before arrival;

    • An EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to Madeira must complete an epidemiological survey before departure. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.

    Updated on October 8th, 2021

    Germany - Portugal Trip Specific Restrictions

    All good here, no need to quarantine on either end.

  • United Kingdom

    Entry Restrictions in Portugal

    • All passengers are required to complete an Electronic Passenger Locator Card (PLCe). You might be asked to show a confirmation registration at Check-In.

    This does not apply to passengers traveling on a direct flight to Azores or Madeira.

    • Passengers entering or transiting through Portugal must have:

    • a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test is taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • a negative COVID-19 NAAT, PCR, or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    • Travelers are required to present a negative PCR test result (taken within 72h before departure) at Check-In or Arrival or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure. Or present an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC), passengers younger than 12 years.

    • Passengers arriving from India, Nepal, or South Africa must register before departure.

    • Special rules apply if you’re traveling to the Azores or to Madeira.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to the Azores are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers who are 12 years or younger;

    • Passengers with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test based on the nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab and taken at most 72 hours before departure;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival;

    • Passengers with an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to the Azores must:

    Complete a ""Health Form upon arrival at the Azores" and a "Draft statement for inter-island travel" upon arrival; or

    Submit a "Questionnaire for Risk Assessment and Early Detection" before departure.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to Madeira without a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure are subject to an RT-PCR test upon arrival and quarantine.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 12 years;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 90 days before arrival;

    • An EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to Madeira must complete an epidemiological survey before departure. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.

    Updated on October 8th, 2021

    UK - Portugal Trip Specific Restrictions

    Unvaccinated passengers will need to quarantine for 14 days when entering Portugal.

    Vaccinated passengers will not need to quarantine when entering Portugal.

    Unvaccinated passengers returning home will have to quarantine at home for 10 days.

    Vaccinated passengers do not need to quarantine.

  • United States

    Entry Restrictions in Portugal

    • All passengers are required to complete an Electronic Passenger Locator Card (PLCe). You might be asked to show a confirmation registration at Check-In.

    This does not apply to passengers traveling on a direct flight to Azores or Madeira.

    • Passengers entering or transiting through Portugal must have:

    • a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test is taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • a negative COVID-19 NAAT, PCR, or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    • Travelers are required to present a negative PCR test result (taken within 72h before departure) at Check-In or Arrival or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure. Or present an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC), passengers younger than 12 years.

    • Passengers arriving from India, Nepal, or South Africa must register before departure.

    • Special rules apply if you’re traveling to the Azores or to Madeira.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to the Azores are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers who are 12 years or younger;

    • Passengers with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test based on the nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab and taken at most 72 hours before departure;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival;

    • Passengers with an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to the Azores must:

    Complete a ""Health Form upon arrival at the Azores" and a "Draft statement for inter-island travel" upon arrival; or

    Submit a "Questionnaire for Risk Assessment and Early Detection" before departure.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to Madeira without a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure are subject to an RT-PCR test upon arrival and quarantine.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 12 years;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 90 days before arrival;

    • An EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to Madeira must complete an epidemiological survey before departure. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.

    Updated on October 8th, 2021

    USA - Portugal Trip Specific Restrictions

    No quarantine required on your return to the US. You might be subject to health screening on arrival.

No travel allowed from these countries
Residents of the following countries are currently not allowed to enter:
  • Australia

    Entry Restrictions in Portugal

    • All passengers are required to complete an Electronic Passenger Locator Card (PLCe). You might be asked to show a confirmation registration at Check-In.

    This does not apply to passengers traveling on a direct flight to Azores or Madeira.

    • Passengers entering or transiting through Portugal must have:

    • a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test is taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • a negative COVID-19 NAAT, PCR, or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    • Travelers are required to present a negative PCR test result (taken within 72h before departure) at Check-In or Arrival or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure. Or present an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC), passengers younger than 12 years.

    • Passengers arriving from India, Nepal, or South Africa must register before departure.

    • Special rules apply if you’re traveling to the Azores or to Madeira.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to the Azores are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers who are 12 years or younger;

    • Passengers with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test based on the nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab and taken at most 72 hours before departure;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival;

    • Passengers with an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to the Azores must:

    Complete a ""Health Form upon arrival at the Azores" and a "Draft statement for inter-island travel" upon arrival; or

    Submit a "Questionnaire for Risk Assessment and Early Detection" before departure.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to Madeira without a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure are subject to an RT-PCR test upon arrival and quarantine.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 12 years;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 90 days before arrival;

    • An EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to Madeira must complete an epidemiological survey before departure. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.

    Updated on October 8th, 2021

    Australia - Portugal Trip Specific Restrictions

    People living in Australia are currently not able to travel overseas, unless granted an exemption. We'll keep you up-to-date as best as we can with the latest information and changes.

  • Brazil

    Entry Restrictions in Portugal

    • All passengers are required to complete an Electronic Passenger Locator Card (PLCe). You might be asked to show a confirmation registration at Check-In.

    This does not apply to passengers traveling on a direct flight to Azores or Madeira.

    • Passengers entering or transiting through Portugal must have:

    • a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test is taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • a negative COVID-19 NAAT, PCR, or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    • Travelers are required to present a negative PCR test result (taken within 72h before departure) at Check-In or Arrival or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure. Or present an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC), passengers younger than 12 years.

    • Passengers arriving from India, Nepal, or South Africa must register before departure.

    • Special rules apply if you’re traveling to the Azores or to Madeira.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to the Azores are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers who are 12 years or younger;

    • Passengers with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test based on the nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab and taken at most 72 hours before departure;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival;

    • Passengers with an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to the Azores must:

    Complete a ""Health Form upon arrival at the Azores" and a "Draft statement for inter-island travel" upon arrival; or

    Submit a "Questionnaire for Risk Assessment and Early Detection" before departure.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to Madeira without a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure are subject to an RT-PCR test upon arrival and quarantine.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 12 years;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 90 days before arrival;

    • An EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to Madeira must complete an epidemiological survey before departure. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.

    Updated on October 8th, 2021

    Brazil - Portugal Trip Specific Restrictions

    Flights to and from Brazil are currently suspended. We’ll keep you posted on any changes.

  • Mexico

    Entry Restrictions in Portugal

    • All passengers are required to complete an Electronic Passenger Locator Card (PLCe). You might be asked to show a confirmation registration at Check-In.

    This does not apply to passengers traveling on a direct flight to Azores or Madeira.

    • Passengers entering or transiting through Portugal must have:

    • a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test is taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • a negative COVID-19 NAAT, PCR, or RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or

    • an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    • Travelers are required to present a negative PCR test result (taken within 72h before departure) at Check-In or Arrival or a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure. Or present an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC), passengers younger than 12 years.

    • Passengers arriving from India, Nepal, or South Africa must register before departure.

    • Special rules apply if you’re traveling to the Azores or to Madeira.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to the Azores are subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers who are 12 years or younger;

    • Passengers with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test based on the nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab and taken at most 72 hours before departure;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival;

    • Passengers with an EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to the Azores must:

    Complete a ""Health Form upon arrival at the Azores" and a "Draft statement for inter-island travel" upon arrival; or

    Submit a "Questionnaire for Risk Assessment and Early Detection" before departure.

    Passengers traveling on a direct flight to Madeira without a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result of a test taken at most 72 hours before departure are subject to an RT-PCR test upon arrival and quarantine.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 12 years;

    • Passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 90 days before arrival;

    • An EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC).

    Passengers traveling to Madeira must complete an epidemiological survey before departure. This will generate a QR code which must be presented upon arrival.

    Updated on October 8th, 2021

    Mexico - Portugal Trip Specific Restrictions

    Tourism in Portugal is currently limited. At this stage, people traveling from Mexico are not allowed to enter. This does not apply to residents and citizens of Portugal.

For more information please check our COVID-19 info page or visit the official website
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What our customers say

"My experience in Ferrel Surf house was perfect! The house is wonderful with a beautiful view especially during the sunset. very well equipped kitchen. Beautiful, spacious, comfortable and very clean rooms. Calm - perfect for a relax before and after surfing..."

Bassem
(Ferrel Surf House)

"...The hostel was a home away from home- the bright colours, the staff and the guests (experienced and beginner surfers) - we couldn't have been happier. The surfing instruction was very professional (Miguel!!!) and the instructors made us feel comfortable to go after the big waves (we traveled to 4 different beaches)..."

Elisheva
(Chill In Ericeira Surfhouse)

"Have just returned from my 14 day at Surf Castle. I’ve been surfing in Penice many times before, but this was my first stay at the Surf castle. Loved the atmosphere, location, crew, house, breakfast…I think Surf Castle is the place to be in Peniche. So many cool people from all over the world. Congratulations on setting up such a perfect surf vibe!"

Vicky
(Surf Castle)

"...The Surfers Lodge has a dedicated surf school and the only thing I can say is: absolute fabulous.

Four super unique teacher from all over the world make you have fun, feel safe and actually learn quite a lot in some few lessons. They are pretty great guys to hang out as well and are dealing fantastic with kids..."

Björn
(Surfers Lodge Peniche)

5 Reasons for you to spend your next surf trip in Portugal

01

Be amazed by Portugal’s culture, amazing cuisine, and beautiful landscapes

Portugal is all about amazing food, historically and culturally rich cities, stunning countryside, picturesque coastal towns and villages soaked in sea-faring traditions and lots of sun. Surfing in Portugal is all that and much more. Its 850 km of coast is lapped by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea which means the country itself is colored with an enticing blend of cultures.

02

Portugal is home to some of the best waves in the world

The potential of waves in Portugal is just ridiculous - plain an simple. Hundreds of kilometers of coastline translate to long, long stretches of beach, full of left and right peaks, all punctuated with inlets and coves with plenty of river mouths, pointbreaks, and reefs to explore. As if this isn't enough to entice wave hunters, it is also home to Supertubos - Europe's best beach break and arguably one of the best on the entire planet.

03

Portugal offers something for all levels and all budgets

Portugal surf trip options seem to have something intended for keeping all-comers happy – from total novices to experienced, advanced surfers and from budget-conscious travelers to seekers of comfort and even luxury holiday standards. There are choices to suit those looking to party and there are choices for those looking for retreat, tranquility, and seclusion.

04

Surf epic waves 365 days of the year

Portugal is an all-year-round surf destination thanks to miles and miles of coastline which picks up about every Atlantic swell. Primetime is from October to April when the waves truly turn from good to world class and every type of break, from beach breaks, reefs, river mouths and points light up.

05

Portugal has waves in about every corner of the country

The majority of our Portugal surf trip options are based in Ericeira, Peniche or the Algarve region which is further divided into South Algarve and North Algarve/Alentejo. Ericeira, Portugal's surf Mecca, offers up mostly reef breaks producing hollow, powerful waves while Central Atlantic Peniche, home to the iconic Supertubos, has an almost bewildering wave variety crammed into the area. If you are prepared to explore a little, even the possibility of finding waves going unridden – until you get on it that is.

It doesn't stop here...We have plenty more on offer for you...check out all of our Surf Trips