Discover below the list of travel tips to know before you leave for a stay in Portugal. You will find details about currency, opening hours, health, languages etc. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
You may not need a visa to enter Portugal, especially in the Algarve, but you must ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay in the country. Citizens of Europe, the United Kingdom and Switzerland can enter the country and remain as long as they want as long as they have a valid passport. Citizens of Canada can enter Portugal provided they have a valid passport, but the stay is limited to a period of only 3 months. For all other countries, check with the local embassy before travelling or for more details, click here.
Being a member of the European Union, Portugal uses the euro (EUR) as currency.
Taxes: They are included in the price, with VAT which according to products and services amounts between 5%, 12% and 23%.
Tipping: It is common to leave between 5 to 10% of the total price in restaurants and some cafes.
Portugal is a relatively safe country to visit. During the tourist periods, there are more flights. Be wary in big cities like Lisbon and Albufeira where there is a high risk of pickpockets. Take care of bags and valuables, especially in popular areas, and remain vigilant in crowded places and especially in public transport.
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:00.
Post offices are generally open from 09:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday.
Most shops and businesses are open from 09:00 to 13:00, and usually from 15:00 to 19:00, from Monday to Friday, however in some tourist areas you can find shops that close later. On Saturdays the shops are open from 09:00 to 13:00 but are closed in the afternoon.
Shopping centres are open all week from 09:00 to 22:00.
Depending on the regions of Portugal you are in, these times may vary significantly.
The official spoken language is Portuguese, although there are different dialects depending on the region you are in. But a large part of the Portuguese know how to speak French and English.
As a Member State of the European Union, Portugal has free healthcare provided you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The water is safe to drink and you will often find public fountains located in the streets and squares around the cities, but we suggest you buy bottled water instead.
Consult your doctor to see if you need any vaccinations before travelling to Portugal.