Portugal visa requirements and travel medical insurance guide
January 03, 2019
With 600 miles of glorious beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is a mesmerising and diverse country that offers something for everyone. Portugal is brimming with historic cities like Porto, the earth-given beauty of the Algarve coasts and dynamic cultural hubs like Lisbon. There’s a lot to get excited about when organizing your visit. To fully enjoy your trip, make sure you give yourself peace of mind and organize your travel insurance policy, so you can relax and enjoy your vacation knowing that you have got all your bases covered.
Aside from finding the right cover for you, here are some other important travel tips to be aware of before you set off on your adventure:
Visa Information for Portugal
Do I Need to Get a Visa to Visit Portugal?
If you are an American Citizen with a valid U.S. passport, visiting Portugal for up to 90 days, then you don’t need a visa.
Travel Documents You Will Need:
A valid U.S. passport.
All passports must have a minimum of 3 months before expiration. That is 3 months from that date of your travel departure, and your passport should also have at least two blank pages for stamping.
Health and Medical Advice
Before jetting off on your travels, you should check for any health risks, required vaccinations and any epidemic breakouts occurring in Portugal. It’s also a good idea to find out where the nearest hospital is in case of an emergency.
Do I Need to be Vaccinated When Travelling to Portugal?
Most travellers get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B and Rabies. You should also make sure your routine vaccinations are updated. The standard vaccines are:
• MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
• Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
Book an appointment at your local practitioner or find your local Passport health clinic. You should book your appointment four to six weeks before your trip, giving enough time for the vaccinations to take effect.
Travel Health Updates in Portugal
Currently, there are no reported epidemics occurring in Portugal.
To keep up to date on any breakouts, visit the CDC website.
Emergency Contact Information in Portugal
No one ever wants to have to call the emergency services while they’re on vacation, but unfortunately accidents happen and it’s important to be prepared for when they do.
• The Pan-European emergency number for all emergency services is: 112
Portuguese Local Laws and Customs
- Possessing, selling or trafficking drugs is a serious criminal offence in Portugal and will result in severe penalties.
- Gambling is only legal in licensed premises like casinos
- You should carry a form of ID with you at all times in case you’re stopped by the authorities
Safety and Security
Popular tourist destinations and cities like Lisbon are subject to being hot pickpocketing zones where thieves will use a variety of methods to try and divert your attention. Be alert and keep your belongings with you at all times, especially in crowded areas, on public transport and popular tourist areas. It’s always a good idea to keep valuable belongings or extra spending money in a hotel safe, if you have one.
U.S. Embassy in Portugal
U.S. Embassy Lisbon
Avenida das Forças Armadas
Useful Tips for Portugal
Official Language: Portuguese
Portuguese is the official language in Portugal and English is the second most common language, especially in major tourist destinations and big cities.
Before your trip to Portugal, make sure to exchange enough euros for your spending requirements and to get the best exchange rates.
Portuguese Plug Sockets: Type F
The standard voltage and frequency is 230 V and 50 Hz. You will need a plug adapter for your appliances as well as a voltage converter as the standard Portuguese voltage is higher than in the U.S (120 V).
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