Travel and Safety

Porto is extremely safe, named Europe’s best destination

Traveling to Portugal:

Nearest Airport: Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, Porto and only 50 miles from our retreat .

Passport and Visa

To enter Portugal, you may need a Passport and/or a Visa, depending on the country you live in.

Passports must be valid for up to six months (depending on your nationality) but are not required for European Union nationals and nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway and Switzerland who hold a valid national ID card.

British, Australian, Canadian, American and Japanese need a valid passport but don’t need a Visa. (British Passports could be subject to change in the future)

Visas are not required for any of the above countries, plus 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

Although it is not obligatory to have a return ticket, it is advisable to have one because, if you don’t, you may have to prove sufficient means of financial support to return.

How Safe is Portugal ?

According to the 2017 Global Peace Index, Portugal is 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 41 and the United States at 159.

So basically there is nothing to worry about – Portugal is an extremely safe, friendly and enjoyable place to VISIT.

No Deal Brexit

If you’re travelling from the UK, Portugal has plans in place for UK tourists in the case of a No Deal Brexit.

Portugal was the first country to reveal a contingency plan for UK tourists looking to travel there after a no deal Brexit. It includes waiving a visa.

The plans include making Britons exempt from visas. There will also be dedicated passport control areas and queues for British tourists. Brits will be able to use the Portuguese National Health Service.

Ana Paula Almeida for Turismo de Portugal said: “Following the uncertainty and the threat of a no-deal Brexit, the Portuguese Government has prepared a contingency plan to avoid, as far as possible, disruption for British travellers to our country.” She added: “Portugal will continue to welcome British tourists!

This is welcome news for any Britons who enjoy travelling to this beautiful country, or have family there.

What is the full list of measures set to be put in place for British tourists?

The Portuguese Government contingency plan for no deal Brexit includes:

  • Visa exemption (trips up to 90 days)
  • Dedicated passport control areas/lanes for UK flights
  • Possibility of mutual recognition of driving licenses
  • Use of the Portuguese National Health Service
  • Validity of UK travel insurance policies
  • Provide simplified requirements for UK nationals´ pets
  • Similar passenger security taxes

Ana Paula added: “We take the opportunity to inform you that in addition to the measures mentioned above, Turismo de Portugal is planning a major marketing campaign in the UK to show the British public that they are welcome in Portugal.

How Safe is Portugal ?

According to the 2017 Global Peace Index, Portugal is the world’s 3rd safest country. Only Iceland and New Zealand are considered safer, but neither has the weather, beaches, nor low cost of living that Portugal has! 

Safe destination

To put it into perspective, the United Kingdom sits at position 41 and the United States at 159. So basically, don’t worry, Portugal is an extremely safe and enjoyable place to VISIT.

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