This page presents the law in force at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic (the date of the highest number of daily cases in each country according to Johns Hopkins University as of June 2020). Legal restrictions on free movement are recorded. While not all restrictions are captured, we have sought to present those that go to the core of the right.

In case of comments/ corrections, please contact: katharina.o.cathaoir@jur.ku.dk

The date of the highest number of daily cases in each country according to Johns Hopkins University

10 April 2020: 1500

COVID-19 related border restrictions

Generally closed to third countries, with exceptions

Quarantine/self-isolation on arrival

All incoming travellers, with exceptions (regional differences)

14 days mandatory

Restrictions on internal free movement

Must stay at home, but with exceptions for necessary purposes such as grocery shopping, medical help etc (additional restrictions for vulnerable persons)

Only travel within a specified area (such as municipality of residence – only for Easter)

Prohibition on visiting/leaving certain regions

Restrictions on outdoor gatherings

5 people/ household (regional differences apply)

Sanctions for breaching restrictions on free movement?

Yes (administrative)

More information

Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus resource Centre

EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Coronavirus pandemic in the EU – Fundamental Rights Implications (4 May 2020)

Reuters, Portugal tightens Easter travel restrictions due to coronavirus (2 April 2020)

Decree  of  the The President of the Republic 14-A/2020 of 18 March

Portugal, Decree  2-A/2020, implementing  the  application  of  the  state  of  emergency  decreed  by  the President  of  the  Republic (Decreto  n.o 2-A/2020,  que  regulamenta  a  aplicação  do  estado  de  emergência decretado  pelo  Presidente  da  República),  20  March  2020; 

Portugal, Decree  2-B/2020,  regulates  the extension  of  the  state  of  emergency  decreed  by  the  President  of  the  Republic (Decreto  n.o 2-B/2020,  que regulamenta  a  prorrogação  do  estado  de  emergência  decretado  pelo  Presidente  da  República),  2  April  2020

Government Council Resolution No. 94/2020 of April 3, 2020 (Resolução do Conselho do Governo n.º 94/2020 de 3 de abril de 2020)

Resolution  of  the  Council  of  Ministers  18-B/2020,  extending  the  effects  of  the  declaration  of calamity situation in the municipality of Ovar (Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 18-B/2020, que prorroga os efeitos da declaração de situação de calamidade no município de Ovar), 2 April 2020.