Practical advice for living in Portugal
We want you to have the best time in Portugal.
So we have prepared a list of practical questions that may arise throughout your stay in the country.
What documents do I need to enter Portugal?
To enter the country, you may need a passport and/or a visa, depending on the country you live in. Due to the 1995 Shenghen Agreement, citizens from the European Community don't need a Visa.
European Union nationals and citizens of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway and Iceland only need valid national ID Cards. Citizens from all other countries need to hold a passport valid for up to six months.
How much does living in Portugal costs?
Although the cost of living in Portugal has increased considerably due to the exponential development of the country, when compared to other European countries it is still very low.
Rents of housing and the costs of fresh food, alcohol, restaurants and entertainment continue to have a lower cost in Portugal than in most European countries.
What can I do to ensure my health care in Portugal?
If you are European, you must obtain European Health Insurance Card (ECSR), which allows any person insured or covered by a social security system of one of the Member States of the EU (or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) get the necessary medical assistance by the public care providers during your temporary stay.
If you do not belong to any countries mentioned above, you must obtain travel insurance.
When should I visit Portugal?
There is no unadvisable time to visit Portugal because the winters are mild compared to northern Europe. July is the hottest month with an average of 24ºC (74ºF) and the coldest is January at 11ºC (52ºF). The wettest months are November and December. The best months to swim in the sea are June, July, August and September.
What is the time zone in Portugal?
The time zone in mainland and Madeira is GMT. Like most states in Europe, Summer time is shifted forward by one hour (GMT+1). After the summer months the time is shifted back by one hour to GMT.
The Azores time zone is GMT-1. Exactly like in mainland and Madeira in Summer time is shifted forward by one hour (GMT) and after the summer months is shifted back by one hour (GMT-1).
Which language is spoken in Portugal?
Portuguese is the native language but the second most spoken is French and the third is English.
Check the contacts that can help you during your stay in Portugal HERE.