Information on Portugal
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Most westerly point of the European continent and the Iberian Peninsula; North-South: 577 kilometres; East-West: 286 kilometres
Form of government:
Parliamentary Republic. As President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has been the head of state since 9 March 2016. As Minister President, António Costa has been the head of government since 26 November 2015.
Lisbon (Lisboa), city centre 547,631, incl. fringes (“Grande Lisboa”) 2.04 million inhabitants
79.5 per cent Roman Catholic
Atlantic and Mediterranean climate
Electricity in Portugal is supplied at a voltage of 220/400 V and in the form of alternating current with a frequency of 50 Hertz. An adapter is required.
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is applied on the Portuguese mainland during the winter months. Summer time commences at 1 a.m. on the last Sunday in May after which GMT + 1 hour applies on the Portuguese mainland.
Making telephone calls:
To make phone calls to the UK, pre-dial 0044 (+44). To make phone calls from the UK to Portugal, pre-dial 00351 (+351).
Entry requirements for British citizens:
British nationals can stay in Portugal as tourists for up to 3 months. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
The UK has left the European Union. The rules on travel to EU countries will stay the same until 31 December 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. For up-to-date information on entry requirements, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/.
Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied.
Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture etc., and offer advice and assistance for organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that Portugal has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people.
Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras. We recommend booking the following packages:
Gourmet package: The package includes 7× delicious evening meals (2 course menu): only £139 per person.
Explorer package: The package includes the 3 fascinating excursions ”City tour of Lisbon incl. entry to the Monastery of the Hieronymites (World Heritage)”, “Guided tour incl. entry to Coimbra University (World Heritage)” and “Breathtaking Douro boat trip & visit to a winery in Porto incl. wine tasting”: only £149 per person.
The currency is the Euro. Exchange rate (as at November 2019): 1 GBP = 1.16 EUR; 1 EUR = 0.86 GBP.
Purchases can be paid for in cash and using the most popular credit cards. This payment system is typical in Portuguese shops; the symbols of credit cards accepted are usually displayed at the entrance to shops. ID cards are required when paying by credit card. Travellers’ cheques (in dollars or Euro) can also be cashed in banks. It is also possible to withdraw cash from ATMs using EC/ Maestro cards but high fees may be charged by the respective bank.
Private persons travelling within the EU can purchase and export goods without limits on quantities if they are for personal use and not intended for resale. The customs regulations for the UK can be viewed on the British Customs Web site www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk or queried by phone.
Special criminal provisions:
Pepper spray is covered by the Weapons Act in Portugal; possession is only authorised for holders of a cat. E firearms licence. Violations usually result in criminal charges.
Crime: Vigilance should be exercised regarding pickpockets and petty crime in larger tourist centres in particular. The number of pickpocket thefts has significantly increased in recent months. In Lisbon, the historical trams are traditionally affected to a particular degree. As for any holiday trip, the rule is to only ever carry what is absolutely necessary when out for a walk or on an excursion. Large amounts of cash and original identification documents should always be deposited in the hotel safe. If necessary, only carry secure credit cards (protected by PIN) on your person. Take photocopies of your documents with you when you travel. Alternatively, you can save the files on a private e-mail account, enabling them to be accessed wherever you are in the world. You should try to steer clear of large groups of people and keep an eye on your valuables at tourist spots, airports, including in the security area, railway stations, the metro, buses etc. Keep your valuables close to your body.
Vaccinations: Prior to travelling, the Foreign Office recommends examining whether routine immunisations are up to date in accordance with the recommendations of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (see www.travelhealthpro.org.uk) and supplementing them where necessary. This includes vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), possibly against mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci and influenza. Hepatitis A is recommended as a travel vaccination and hepatitis B and rabies for long-term stays or special exposure.
The quality of medical care is generally satisfactory. In Portugal, anyone with state insurance in the UK is entitled to medical treatment – where urgently necessary – by doctors, dentists, hospitals etc. registered with the foreign statutory health insurance association. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) must be presented as proof. You should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. After 31 December 2020, your UK-issued EHIC might not be valid.
Nonetheless, you are urgently recommended to take out travel health insurance for the duration of your holiday which covers risks not assumed by the statutory health insurance companies (e.g. repatriation to the UK in the event of illness, treatment by private doctors or in private hospitals). You can also contact your health insurance company for information on current regulations. Please note that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customised to transport wheelchairs or similar devices.
Customers must ensure that they are in good physical and mental health in line with the trip in question. Customers must enquire about the physical mobility and psychological autonomy required for this trip.
All information is subject to change/Last updated: July 2020