Freedom of movement


Country Report: Freedom of movement Last updated: 21/05/21


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Beneficiaries of international protection are guaranteed freedom of movement throughout the national territory under the same conditions provided for foreign nationals legally residing in Portugal.[1] CPR is not aware of any limitations in this regard in practice, with the exception of those possibly arising from the dispersal policy implemented by the GTO that may result in limitations for reasons of access to material support (see Reception Conditions: Freedom of Movement).

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, temporary restrictions to freedom of movement were applied in Portugal (notably prohibitions to leave the municipality of residence without imperious reasons – as established in the law – for certain periods). None of the restrictions enacted during this period was specific to applicants for or beneficiaries of international protection.


[1]           Article 75 Asylum Act.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation