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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
“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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