Information about The Azores

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Location:

The Azores, an autonomic region of Portugal, is a group of islands in the Atlantic. Its capital is São Miguel.

Capital:

Ponta Delgada

Form of government:

Parliamentary republic

Head of state:

As President, Prof. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has been the head of state since 9 March 2016.

Religion:

Roman Catholic

Language:

Portuguese

Climate:

Moderate climate

Electricity:

220/110 V, 50 Hertz, an adapter is required.

Local time:

The time in the Azores is Central European Time (CET) -2 with summer / winter time changes. The time difference to the UK is -1 hours all year round.

Making telephone calls:

To make phone calls to the UK, pre-dial 0044 (+44). To make phone calls from the UK to the Azores, pre-dial 00351 (+351).

Currency:

The currency is the Euro. Exchange rate (as at November 2019): 1 GBP = 1.16 EUR; 1 EUR = 0.86 GBP.

Banks/Credit cards:

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.

Entry requirements for British citizens:

For entry, UK citizens should have six months left on the passport on the date of your arrival to an EU country and the passport should be less than 10 years old. A stay of up to 90 days is permitted without a visa. Nationals of other countries are advised to inquire at the Portuguese Embassy about the entry requirements applicable to them.
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.

Tour guides:

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 the Azores has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people.

Additional packages:

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 half board with a hearty evening meal: only £149 per person.
Explorer package: The package includes the ”Whale and dolphin sight-seeing boat trip” half-day excursion, the ”Furnas Valley natural paradise including entry to the hot springs & botanical gardens” full-day excursion and the ”Lagoa do Fogo, Caldeira Velha & Ribeira Grande” full-day excursion: only £159 per person.

Customs regulations:

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.
For travellers within and from outside the EU, there are no restrictions on importing or exporting national and foreign currencies, however cash amounts higher than the equivalent of € 10,000 (including travellers‘ cheques, other currencies or cheques made out to third parties) must be declared.

Special criminal provisions:

Pepper spray is covered by the Weapons Act on the Azores; possession is only authorised for holders of a cat. E firearms licence. Violations usually result in criminal charges.

Safety instructions:

Crime: Vigilance should be exercised regarding pickpockets and petty crime in larger tourist centres in particular, pick-pocketing is common.
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.
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.
Natural disasters: The Azores lie in a seismically active zone, and earthquakes can occur. Information regarding seismic activity is available from the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).
Tropical storms can form from May to November, especially over the Azores. Travellers are asked during this time to follow the instructions on what to do in the event of a hurricane abroad.

Medical information:

Vaccinations: The standard vaccinations for children and adults should be examined and supplemented prior to travelling. The Foreign Office Medical Service also recommends vaccination against hepatitis A and B in cases of particular exposure (e.g. current outbreaks, basic travelling conditions, hygiene deficiencies, missions, inadequate medical care, particular professional/social contacts). Please consult a doctor specialising in tropical illnesses.

Medical care:

The quality of medical care is generally satisfactory. In the Azores, 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. 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: August 2020


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