In the current context of extraordinary measures to respond to the epidemiological situation of the new coronavirus / COVID-19, we present here some measures, guidelines and recommendations from the competent authorities and entities, particularly those applied to the High Commission for Migration, its services and customers.
High Commission for Migration (ACM, I.P.)’s Contingency Plan for the New Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Version1.0, 06 March, 2020)
"The Contingency Plan to be observed in a situation of infection (suspected or confirmed), not only of its workers, but also of the ones of partner institutions that work on the premises of this Public Institute and the citizens (clients) who daily use these public services.”
Directorate-General for Health (DGS)’ s Microsite / Ministry of Health (SNS): COVID-19
This microsite dedicated to COVID-19 provides answers to frequently asked questions, recommendations and a variety of relevant documentation; guides for health professionals and institutions; and updated information on the situation in Portugal and areas of the world affected by the disease.
Government of Portugal’s official page
The Government of Portugal´s official website is an elementary source of public information and connection to other entities of the Portuguese State.
New Website Covid19estamoson and app Estamos ON – Covid19
The website covid19estamoson.gov.pt and the app Estamos ON – Covid19, created by the Government, gather all the relevant information on the prevention and containment measures to counter the new coronavirus, in order to support citizens, families and companies. These tools allow one to consult the exceptional measures adopted, the authorities’ recommendations, practical advices, as well as the answers to frequently asked questions, all the support provided and the necessary documentation – namely, the forms that must be filled out – among other contents. The app is available for IOS and Android.
New website for School Support
At a time when Portuguese schools have had their classroom activities suspended, the Directorate-General for Education, in collaboration with the National Agency for Qualification and Vocational Education, built the site apoioescolas.dge.mec.pt, with a set of resources to support schools in the use of distance learning methodologies that allow them to continue the teaching and learning processes.
The Education and Presidency Governance Area, responsible for Citizenship, Equality and Integration and Migration, also invite all schools to share through this website, initiatives, strategies and solutions for children and youngsters.
. National State of Emergency (renewed)
On March 18, 2020, the President of the Republic declared the State of Emergency, “based on the confirmation of a public calamity situation”. The State of Emergency covers the entire national territory and lasts for 15 days, starting at 12 am on March 19 of 2020, ending at 11h59 pm on April 2 of 2020, and may undergo eventual renewals, under the law.
In this sequence, the XXII Government drafted a Decree that regulates the application of the State of Emergency ordered by the President of the Republic. This Order covers the entire national territory and is effective from 12 am on March 22 of 2020, also limiting the functioning of Public Services, such as the High Commission for Migration.
Know the measures in force.
On April 2 of 2020, the Parliament approved the President of the Republic's proposal to renew the State of Emergency for another 15 days, that is, until April 17 of 2020.
In this context, the Government will soon present new exceptional measures.
. Using digital / Internet and telephone channels to access Public Services
Stay at home. Use online assistance and telephone support for remote services.
The ePortugal Portal gathers information about the vast majority of public services in Portugal (eg. services related to the Citizen Card, social security, certificates, records, finances, among many others). Use the search on this portal to find the services you want, and check if they are available online or by phone.
Access the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about the operation of Public Services (PT version), also available in Hindi (hi), Mandarin (zh) and Russian (ru).
. Conditioned Face-to-face service at CNAIM Norte, Lisbon and Algarve
Face-to-face service at CNAIM Norte, Lisboa and Algarve is conditioned. Avoid unnecessary travel. Opt for the telephone service, through the Migrant Support Line: 218 106 191, from Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 7 pm; or by email:
And by using the app MY CNAIM / Welcome Migrant.
My CNAIM app is an application that facilitates access of migrant and refugee people, as well as citizens of the European Union (EU), to various information, such as documention necessary for the regularization process, housing, health, education, recognition of academic qualifications, among other relevant data about Portugal. Available for IOS and Android operating systems, in Portuguese, English and Arabic.
. PO ISE and FAMI’ Calls – Information by email
The requests for information regarding Calls of the Operational Social Inclusion and Employment Programme (PO ISE) and the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (FAMI) should be addressed by e-mail.
. Regularization of immigrants and asylum seekers with pending applications at SEF
With Order No. 3863-B / 2020, of March 27, 2020, the Government determined that immigrants and asylum seekers with pending applications for residence permits in the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) are temporarily considered in a regular situation and have access to the same rights and supports, including health, social support, employment and housing.
Immigrants who have not yet submitted the request will be able to do so during the State of Emergency period, and while not being covered by the documentation regularization measure, maintain the right to health care.
. SEF counters closed and attendance services suspended
As of March 30, 2020, the Foreign and Borders Service’ counters are closed and face-to-face service is suspended.
SEF remains available for information through the telephone service – 808 202 653 (landline) and 808 962 690 (mobile) –, and by email: email@example.com
SEF will continue to provide face-to-face assistance only for urgent requests:
.Citizens who need to travel and prove the urgent need to leave national territory, for unavoidable and urgent reasons;
.Citizens whose documents have been stolen or lost.
More information at www.sef.pt
. Acceptance of expired documents
With the Decree-Law No. 10-A / 2020, of March 13, the Government established exceptional and temporary measures regarding the epidemiological situation of the new Coronavirus – COVID 19, having decreed, among others measures, that the documents that expire from February 24 of 2020 remain valid until June 30 of 2020. This measure applies to:
. Citizen Card
. Driver’s license
. Criminal record
. Permanence visas
. Documents and visas related to the permanence in national territory
. Suspension of deadline for rental contracts
The XXII Government approved an exceptional and temporary regime for counting the duration of housing and non-housing rental contracts, which defines the remain in force.
The suspension of calculating the time in rental contracts or of their renewals during the vigilance periods in a situation of need, state of emergency or other state of exception declared under legal and constitutional terms, guarantees the continuity of the contracts, as well as the rights and obligations from both parties.
. Suspension of flights to and from outside of the European Union (EU)
All international flights from outside the EU to any airport in Portugal have been suspended since 12 am on March 19 of 2020 and for a period of 30 days. There are two exceptions: flights to non-EU countries where there is a strong presence of Portuguese communities (Canada, the United States, Venezuela and South Africa); and air connections with all Portuguese-speaking countries – concerning Brazil, only the Lisbon-Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon-São Paulo routes are maintained.
. Temporary restitution of border control with Spain
The documental control of people on the borders with Spain was exceptionally and temporarily restitutd, between 11 pm March 16 of 2020 and 12 am hours of April 15, with the possibility of renewals.
. Educational action for children and youngsters in vulnerable situations: proposals
The Education and Presidency Governance Area, which oversees Citizenship, Equality and Integration and Migration, presented a set of action proposals, also inviting all schools to share through the site apoioescolas.dge.mec.pt, initiatives, strategies and solutions for children and young peoples.
. Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG): Security recommendations concerning domestic violence during isolation
Domestic violence is a public crime and reporting it is a collective responsibility.
The National Support Network for Victims of Domestic Violence is working. If you need help or are aware of any situation of domestic violence, send a message to the SMS Line 3060 or call 800 202 148. It's a free line, open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. CIG also has an email service for questions, requests for assistance and emotional support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Access this information and other safety recommendations.
. MAI information leaflet: rules to be followed during the state of emergency
The Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI) – through GNR, PSP and SEF – is distributing an information leaflet with the rules to be followed during the state of emergency, in order to prevent the advance of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“State of Emergency | Understand to comply | #stayathome” is the title of the leaflet sent by the Ministry of Internal Administration to the Security Forces and Services to be delivered at the local level and in the air, sea and land borders of the country.
. Ministry of Foreign Affairs ´s Emergency Line COVID-19 for Portuguese people temporarily traveling abroad
“In order to provide support to the Portuguese who are temporarily traveling abroad and need help to return to Portugal, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE) created the COVID-19 emergency line, a service based on the e- mail (email@example.com) and on the telephone line (+351 217 929 755). This emergency line for travelers will be available on working days, between 9 am and 5 pm. Outside these hours, it will be complemented by the activity of the Consular Emergency Office (GEC), open 24 hours a day.”
International information sources
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
. Information leaflet on COVID-19 which has been translated into 27 languages has been produced by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Coordination Office for the Mediterranean:
. Esan Ishan
. Kurdish Sorani
World Health Organization (WHO)
. WHO Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
. WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Healthy Parenting [Available in 30+ languages at www.covid19parenting.com]
. UNICEF and IFRC: A guide to preventing and addressing social stigma
. UNICEF and IFRC: Risk education and community engagement
. UNICEF and IFRC: Key tips and discussion points for community workers
. UNICEF Tips for parenting during the coronavirus (COVID-19)
. UNICEF Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): What parents should know
Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Network (MHPSS)
MHPSS and Communication with children and community
. NASP Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource
. Inter-Agency Risk Communication and Community Engagement Group (Asia-Pacific): How to include marginalised and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement
. Normative Order No. 4 / 2020, of 25 March, Determines the creation of a financial support line, aimed at meeting the financial needs of tourist micro-enterprises whose activity is being strongly affected by the economic consequences resulting from the outbreak of the disease COVID -19
. Order No. 3659-A / 2020, of 24 March, Determines procedures for border control by SEF
. Order No. 3659-B / 2020, of 24 March, Extension of suspension of flights to and from Italy
. Decree no. 2-A / 2020, of 20 March, Regulates the application of the state of emergency decreed by the President of the Republic (Consolidated)
. Law No. 1-A / 2020, of March 19, Exceptional and temporary measures to respond to the epidemiological situation caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease COVID-19
. Decree of the President of the Republic no. 14-A / 2020, of March 18, Declares the state of emergency, based on the verification of a situation of public calamity
. Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 10-B / 2020, of March 16, Restores, on an exceptional and temporary basis, the documental control of people at the borders in the context of the epidemiological situation caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 disease
. Order No. 3301-C / 2020, of March 15, Adopts extraordinary, temporary and transitory measures, in terms of services for citizens and companies, including consular services outside the national territory, in the context of combating the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus
. Ordinance No. 71/2020, of 15 March, Restrictions on access and use of commercial establishments, restaurants or drinking spaces
. Declaration of Rectification No. 11-A / 2020, of March 15, Rectification to Ordinance No. 71/2020, on Restrictions on access and use of commercial establishments, restaurants or drinking spaces
. Ordinance No. 71-A / 2020, of March 15, Defines and regulates the terms and conditions for the granting of immediate support, with extraordinary, temporary and transitory nature, intended for workers and employers affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, in order to maintain jobs and mitigate business crisis situations (Consolidated)
. Dispatch no. 3298-C / 2020, of 13 March, Determines the interdiction of disembarkation and the licenses for shore leave of passengers and crew of cruise ships in national ports
. Decree-Law no. 10-A / 2020, of 13 March, Establishes exceptional and temporary measures regarding the epidemiological situation of the new Coronavirus – COVID 19
. Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 10-A / 2020, of March 13, Approves a set of measures related to the epidemiological situation of the new Coronavirus – COVID 19
. Order No. 2875-A / 2020, of March 3, Adopts measures to safeguard the social protection of beneficiaries who are temporarily prevented from exercising their professional activity by order of the health authority, due to the risk of infection by COVID-19