UEFA Champions League Finals Travel Advice

All matches will be held behind closed doors.

Quarter-finals12-15 August
Semi-finals18-19 August
Final23 August

Venues: Estádio José Alvalade and Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon

Kick off time: 8pm (local time)

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Portugal

Travel Insurance

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover.
Your policy may not provide cover if you travel to a country where the FCO advise against all, or all but essential travel.

Coronavirus – entry to Portugal

  • you will be subject to health screening on arrival at the airport

  • your temperature will be checked and if it is 38ºc or over or you show signs of being unwell, you will be referred to the health authorities at the airport

  • you may be required to take a COVID-19 test and to self-isolate until you receive your test result

Coronavirus – other measures

You must observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene:

• maintain 2m social distancing

• use a face mask in all enclosed spaces

• wash your hands frequently

• respect maximum capacity rules in shops and services

  • drinking alcohol in public places is banned, except for on pavement cafés and restaurants. Last orders are at midnight. Establishments close at 1am.

  • gatherings of more than 10 people are banned

  • beaches are subject to measures on social distancing and capacity. Check details and occupancy levels on the Portuguese Environment Agency website or download the “Info Praia” app

  • you can be fined up to €500 if you breach the regulations

Passports and visas

  • you don’t need a visa to travel to Portugal, but your passport should be valid for the period of your stay

  • you must show some form of identification if asked by the police or judicial authorities; in most cases, it should be sufficient to carry a photocopy of the data page of your passport, but you can be asked to produce the original document

  • if you lose your passport, you can apply for an emergency travel document online; you will have to collect the document from the Consulate in Lisbon or Portimão

  • remember to bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) but also take out travel insurance even if you’re only going for a short period, it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties.

Getting around Lisbon

  • local and inter-regional travel is permitted in Portugal.
  • taxis are beige-coloured or black and green; they’re available at the airport and at taxi ranks around the city; you can flag down taxis in Portugal

  • if you use taxis or private hire, sit in the back and respect the rules on maximum capacity

  • if you use public transport, avoid travelling at peak times and ensure you disinfect your hands before and after your journey. Maintain your distance from other passengers as much as possible

  • facemasks are mandatory on public transport, in taxis and private hire for everyone over the age of 10

  • if you’re driving, you should carry your passport, valid UK driving licence, car logbook or rental contract and insurance; the police can fine you on-the-spot if you don’t have these documents.
  • there are tolls on Portuguese motorways; you can get a fine if you don’t pay toll fees so remember to carry enough cash with you; don’t use the green lanes (VV – Via Verde) at toll pay points; these are for motorists who subscribe to the automatic pay system; some roads in the north of Portugal and in the Algarve have electronic tolls (SCUTs); check how to pay these before you travel


  • look out for establishments that have been certified “Clean and Safe” by the Portuguese Tourism Board

  • as in any other city beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport; only carry what you need and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposit box or split it up and carry it in different places
  • there’s no time difference between the UK and Portugal

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