December 4, 2023

There’s a potential journey catastrophe brewing in Portugal, the place border employees are scheduled to be on strike for a number of days in Might and June 2023.

The border employees will likely be on strike through the busy morning hours between 5 AM – 10 AM on Might 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29, and the next dates in June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26.

These strikes are set to have an effect on all foremost airports in Portugal and can considerably delay passenger processing on the border for these coming into and exiting the Schengen space.

UPDATE: TAP has now issued the next warning:

The SEF (border management) has a strike scheduled for 20 and 21 Might, between 5am and 10am. No main impacts on operations are anticipated, nevertheless we advocate that every one passengers with flights to the non-Schengen space departing from Lisbon airport by 11:00 a.m., journey to the airport earlier.

Excerpt from the Portugal Resident:

SIIFF delivered two pre-strike notices in the present day that may happen in Might and June, one for Lisbon airport and the opposite for Faro, Porto and Madeira airports, in addition to for remaining border posts.

In keeping with these ‘pre-announcements’, delivered on the day the inside ministry introduced plans to bolster the operational capability of Portuguese airports through the summer time interval because of the improve in passengers, the stoppage at Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado airport will happen between 5:00am and 10:00am from Might 20-22, Might 27-29, June 3-5, June 10-12, June 17-19 and June 24-26. (These hours coincide with nearly all of worldwide flight arrivals. Early morning strikes up to now have resulted in full chaos within the already struggling terminal.)

At remaining airports and border crossings, particularly maritime, strikes will happen on Might 22 and 29 and June 5, 12, 19 and 26.


I used to be making an attempt to find the latest details about this potential strike set to start this coming Saturday, however I couldn’t discover any.

These strikes are sometimes referred to as off on the final minute in Europe, however the identical group has already beforehand had strike motion, so this going down is just not inconceivable.

TAP has not launched any details about the potential strike, however final time they solely introduced curtailed flight schedule the day earlier than. It is best to monitor your TAP and different flights set to take off or land in Portugal on strike days.

There are seemingly disruptions exterior of those strike hours when there are numerous unprocessed passengers on the border.