Travel and Safety in Portugal

Travel and Safety in Portugal. The information contained on this page is a guide only and not an exhaustive list. Before travelling, we advise checking to see the most current rules and regulations that might apply to you.

Travelling from England

A good source of information can be found on UK.GOV:


Our Nearest Airport is in Porto, The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport. Only 53 (86KM) miles from our retreat. We provide free pickup and transport to and from the airport.

Travelling by car

See the following page for some helpful Location Maps

Advice on Travel arrangements

We have put together the following tick list to help with your travel arrangements


  • Check your passport and expiry date is valid
  • Make sure it has at least 6 months before it expires. However, this is not required for European Union nationals and nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway and Switzerland who hold a valid national ID card.
  • Make sure you sign your passport on the page opposite your information page. As an unsigned passport is not valid.
  • Fill in your emergency contact details at the back of your passport.
  • An advisable caution is to take a photo or photocopy of the information page of your passport (the page with your photo, personal details and passport number) and store it securely, so you can access it if your valuables/phone are lost or stolen.


  • British, Australian, Canadian, American and Japanese need a valid passport but don’t need a Visa.
  • Visas are not required for nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Hungary, Israel, Korea (Rep. of), Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela

Travelling during coronavirus

Make sure you adhere to the current advise and regulations for safe travelling to and from your destination.

UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance card)

In addition to your Free UK GHIC card, it is always advisable to obtain travel Insurance

  • GHIC card covers:
    • emergency treatment and visits to A&E
    • treatment for a long-term or pre-existing medical condition
    • routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
    • routine maternity care,
    • oxygen and kidney dialysis
  • GHIC card does NOT cover:
    • Co-payment or patient shares. (These are contributions towards the cost of your care, such as for prescription costs).
    • Private medical healthcare or costs
    • Mountain rescue at ski resorts
    • Nor being flown back to the UK

Travel Insurance and Medical Assistance

  • Travel Insurance
    • It is always advisable to obtain travel insurance as well as having a valid UK GHIC card.
    • Take out an insurance policy as soon as possible after booking your trip, to make sure you’re covered in the event of any changes before you depart.
    • Take details of your insurance policy with you, including your policy number and the emergency assistance telephone number provided by your insurer.
    • Give a copy of your policy details to the people you’re travelling with and friends or family back home, in case they need to contact your insurance company on your behalf.
  • Medical Assistance/Emergency Treatment
    • If you become ill or suffer an injury during your trip and need medical treatment, you should contact your insurer as soon as possible.
    • To ensure treatment is provided as quickly as possible, your insurer may expect you to pay costs for any minor treatments upfront (usually up to £500) and then submit a claim at a later date. Make sure you keep any receipts or relevant paperwork for your claim (make copies if necessary). If you’re unable to make these payments, contact your insurer for advice.
    • There have been isolated reports of some medical providers advising customers they must pay large medical bills upfront and/or refusing treatment until payment is made. If you are covered by valid travel insurance for the treatment you need, this should not normally be necessary.
    • If you have any concerns, contact your insurer for further advice. If you need urgent consular assistance while abroad, contact the nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate.

Need help with your travel arrangements?

Sacha Barbato is a completely Independent Travel Counsellor, based in Norwich England. He has no ties to any suppliers, so you can be sure of completely impartial advice. He is also able to help with your travel insurance.

We highly recommend Sacha Barbato we use him ourselves. Nothing is too much trouble for him.

Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.

How Safe is Portugal?

  • According to the 2020 Global Peace Index, Portugal is for another year running, the world’s 3rd safest country. Only Iceland and New Zealand are considered safer, but neither has the weather, beaches, or the low cost of living that Portugal has! 

A very safe destination

  • To put it into perspective, the United Kingdom sits at position 42 and the United States at 121. You can see the full Global Peace Index report.
  • Portugal is an extremely safe, friendly and enjoyable place to visit. Porto was named as Europe’s best destination in 2017.
  • Around 2.5 million British nationals visited Portugal in 2019. And in 2021 it is still the Number 1 Favourite destination in Europe

“More than a destination, Portugal is an experience that impacts the tourist, because our country has everything, for everyone. From North to South, inland or coastal, and islands, those who visit us want to return. And this ranking shows us that, notwithstanding everything that has happened in the last few months, tourists do not forget Portugal and are eager to return. And we will be here, as always, to welcome them safely and well”.

The President of the Portuguese National Tourism Board, Luís Araújo

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