Top Portuguese COVID-related phrases

COVID phrases for holiday to Portugal

Are you going to Portugal in the near future?

Just as in English, there are lots of new Portuguese phrases and words relating to COVID-19 that won’t be covered by your guidebook.

To make your life easier, we have put together some of these key phrases. We hope that they will help you feel safer during your visit to Portugal. 

Check out the phrases below and then download the free printable to take with you on your holiday.

Useful COVID-related phrases in Portuguese

Where can I buy a mask please?Onde posso comprar uma máscara?
Where would I find the hand sanitiser please?Onde acho a solução alcoólica?
How many people are allowed in this shop?Qual é o limite máximo de pessoas nesta loja?
Yes, I have received my COVID vaccination.Sim, tomei minha vacina contra a Covid.
Where is the nearest testing centre?Onde fica o centro de testes mais próximo?
Which tourist attractions are currently open to the public?Quais atrações turísticas estão abertas ao público atualmente?
What are the social distancing rules here?Quais são as regras de distanciamento social aqui?
Does your hotel/restaurant/bar have cleanliness standards in place? (e.g. are high touch areas such as the lobby/elevator/rooms/corridors/door handles/kitchens/tables/cutlery etc. cleaned more frequently?)O seu hotel/restaurante/bar tem um padrão de limpeza em vigor? (por exemplo, as áreas de maior contato como a receção/ascensores/quartos/corredores/puxadores de portas/cozinhas/mesas/talheres etc. são limpas com mais frequência?)
Do my children need to wear masks?Os meus filhos precisam usar máscaras?
I have forgotten my mask. What should I do?Esqueci a minha máscara. O que posso fazer?

Portuguese glossary of COVID-related terms

COVID-19 has changed almost everything in our lives and language is no exception. Words and phrases like lockdown, self-isolation and R-rate are now in common use in the English language. The same is true of other languages too. To illustrate the point and to provide you with a handy guide to some terms you come across during your travels, we have compiled a glossary of an A-Z of COVID terms.

Ban (travel, social gatherings etc.)Proibição (viajar, encontros sociais etc.)
Contact tracingRastreio de Contactos
Elbow tapCumprimento de cotovelo
Government guidelinesRecomendações Governamentais
Home testing kitsKits de teste em casa
Job lossesPerda de emprego
KeyworkersTrabalhadores essenciais
Lockdown (1.0, 2.0, 3.0)Confinamento (1.0, 2.0, 3.0)
Nightingale hospitalsHospitais Nightingale
R rateÍndice R
Track and traceRastreamento de contacto
Underlying conditionsDoenças agravantes
Vaccination centresCentros de vacinação
Working from homeTrabalhar em casa

Head back to the COVID Language Hub for more free COVID-language resources in different languages.