According to their website: https://www.visitportugal.com/nl/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal

Turkey is not mentioned in any group, does anyone know? Is traveling from Turkey to Portugal by plane open for essential and non essential travel?

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There's another explanation of the rules here. It's still not 100% clear but I think the basic position is still as it was up to 11 July (see the FAQ here - no doubt this will be updated in the next few days). That means that for a country such as Turkey, which is not on either Portugal's own greenlist or the EU greenlist, travel is only permitted if it is essential.

These restrictions do not apply to entry over the land border with Spain, so it might be worth looking at the Spanish entry requirements as well.

  • So how do we prove the travel is "essential?" may be a different question but let's stay in context
    – Ayyash
    Commented Jul 16, 2021 at 8:24
  • This link proved to be the most up to date, thus, choosing this as the answer flytap.com/en-us/…
    – Ayyash
    Commented Jul 17, 2021 at 9:26
  • From the second link: "essential travelling... means... travelling for professional reasons, study, family reunification, for health or humanitarian reasons". If it sounds like any of those apply, I guess you'd need to look for some more detailed guidance, which probably means looking at the actual Portuguese regulations.
    – raleigh
    Commented Jul 17, 2021 at 20:50
  • I tend to believe it's more like what @jonathanreez said, a loophole :) I did travel during Corona, and even though there were regulations regarding essential travel, but never been asked about my purpose. I guess no one in their sane mind travels during those times if it were not essential
    – Ayyash
    Commented Jul 18, 2021 at 9:22

According to IATA, the following foreign citizens may enter Portugal:

  • nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, and their family members;

  • passengers with a long term visa issued by Portugal;

  • passengers arriving from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao (SAR China), Malta, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand or USA;

So passengers traveling from Turkey or on Turkish passports are not included by default. However there's a "loophole" where you can first enter Croatia and then fly to your EU country of choosing. The IATA page has the following requirements for Croatia:

  • passengers traveling as tourists with proof of paid accommodation;

The Croatian National Tourist Board confirms this:

Third-country nationals not covered by the above mentioned points may enter the Republic of Croatia from third countries if they are:

  • persons who travel for tourist reasons and have confirmation of paid accommodation in a hotel, camp, private renter or rented vessel and other form of tourist accommodation or are owners of houses or vessels in the Republic of Croatia;

Persons referred to in items 7, 8, and 9 will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia with:

  • Presentation of a certificate of negative PCR or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 listed on the Joint List of Rapid Antigen Tests Mutually Recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission, if the test result is not older than 48 hours testing until arrival at the border crossing.

So what you could do is fly from Turkey to Croatia (Turkish Airlines has non-stop flights to Dubrovnik and Zagreb), stay there for a day and then fly to Portugal. Note that you'll need a COVID test in both Turkey and Croatia. On the way back you could just fly straight from Portugal to Istanbul.

  • 1
    😭oh Gosh we have to resolve to loopholes now?
    – Ayyash
    Commented Jul 16, 2021 at 8:17
  • 1
    Pretty much, yes. The security theater is often cruel and illogical.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Jul 16, 2021 at 14:26

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