Like the Atlantic Ocean that laps upon its shores, Portugal throws up one or two surprises. A rich and varied land of vibrant cities and traditional villages, visitors are astounded by the country’s stunning beaches, rolling countryside and cornucopia of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which range from prehistoric drawings at Foz Coa to the 15th-century port of Angra do Heroísmo.
The country’s lively capital, Lisbon, and its vibrant northern sibling, Porto, are a joy to discover. They are cities where trams rattle up and down hills and along promenades, trundling past narrow side streets and majestic plazas, bohemian cafés and pumping nightclubs, eye-catching boutiques and restaurants both hip and homespun.
It’s not all about Lisbon and Porto, though. Sintra plays host to the stunning National Palace, a Moorish castle and the dramatic villa of Quinta da Regaleira, while the cities of Coimbra, Guimarães, Braga and Évora all boast beautifully preserved medieval quarters. Unusually, the latter is home to a chapel made exclusively of human bones, which is a tad creepy.
Travellers in search of a rural respite can wander around ancient vineyards, trek to stone villages perched in the mountains and take full advantage of the country’s warm and sunny weather on the magnificent southern shoreline. Drop in on sleepy sulphur spas and hop around the Pousadas – a collection of exquisite convents and monasteries, which have been lovingly converted into off-beat accommodation.
Imposing cliffs and secluded beaches line the Portuguese coast, a dazzling stage for all manner of outdoor adventure. Visitors can ride horses, surf waves, paddle rivers, dive shipwrecks, hike hills and explore Moorish castles and Roman ruins between rounds of golf. Madeira and Berlenga Islands beckon off shore, while the elusive remains of Atlantis await discovery in the Azores Archipelago.
Those seeking a more unique slice of Portuguese culture can discover the melancholic music of fado (Portugal’s answer to the blues), study the captivating detail of Manueline architecture, get involved in a traditional festival or quaff port wine along the meandering Douro river.
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All travelers are required to present a passport, except in the following cases:
1. Refugees with a travel document known as’ Titre de Voyage ‘issued under the 1951 Geneva Convention.
2. Travelers with a’ Laissez Passer »Issued by the European Union.
3. Travelers with a « Laissez Passer » issued by the United Nations.
4. Identity cards issued to:
4.1. German citizens;
4.2.Citizens of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland.
5. Permanent residents of Kosovo with travel documents issued by UNMIK (United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo).
6. Persons recognized without nationality or citizenship and refugees with travel documents and residence permits issued by Switzerland or a member country of the European Economic Community zone.
7. Travelers with a Portuguese birth certificate.
8. Travelers with a « Kinderausweis»A German identity document issued to minors containing the child’s photo.
9. Travelers with a national identity document or a « Seaman Book»(Maritime Book) (provided they are in service) that is delivered to citizens of Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde Island, Cuba, Cyprus , Czech Republic, Denmark, Republic of Djibouti (Djibouti), Dominica, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Granada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Republic from Ireland, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Saint Lucia , Sweden, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.
10. Travelers with a travel certificate or with a collective identity (common passport for Portuguese citizens traveling together).
The passport and / or alternative documentation must be valid on arrival.
to. Expired passports of no more than one year, identity cards and ‘ Kinderausweis ‘ issued to citizens of Germany are accepted .
b. Expired passports are accepted for no more than 5 years issued to citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.
Students, regardless of their nationality, residing in a member country of the European Union, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, and traveling as part of a school group within the European Union, Liechtenstein or Switzerland do not need a passport provided that:
– Their names appear on a ‘Travelers List’ stamped by the school and certified by the competent authority in their country of origin;
– The school group travels accompanied by one of the teachers at that school;
– This ‘traveler list’ contains a photograph of each student .
Not all member countries of the European Union issue this type of ‘List of travelers’. Additionally, the exemption does not apply to the ‘Traveler List’ stamped by the school only and without photos.
1. Foreigners under the age of 18 traveling on their own are not allowed to enter Portugal, if they arrive from a non-Schengen state, if they do not have anyone in Portugal taking responsibility for their stay.
2. The trip between Portugal and other Schengen member states, in principle, does not require documentation control.
3.Portuguese citizens under 18 years of age leaving or returning to Portugal from a non-Schengen state provided they are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, need a travel permit. This travel permit must be signed by both parents if they are married, or in special cases, by the eligible adult, such as the father, mother or legal guardian and with the respective signatures confirmed by a solicitor, a notary or a attorney. For more information you should contact the airline or the Portuguese Foreigners and Borders Services (SEF). This travel permit is also necessary when the children are accompanied by a person other than their father, mother or legal guardian. In such cases, the travel permit must also clearly show that person’s name.
Four.Foreign residents of Portugal under 18 years of age leaving or returning to Portugal from a non-Schengen state, provided they are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, need a travel permit. This travel permit must be signed by both parents if they are married, or in special cases, by the eligible adult, such as the father, mother or legal guardian and with the respective signatures confirmed by a notary or an attorney. For more information contact the airline or the Portuguese Foreigners and Borders Services (SEF). This travel permit is also necessary when children are accompanied by a person other than a parent or legal guardian. In such cases, the travel permit must also clearly show that person’s name.
On March 26, 1995, the Schengen Agreement entered into force, with the objective of eliminating immigration restrictions on travel within the territory of the signatory countries. This resulted in the creation of a borderless area known as the “Schengen Zone”, whereby residents of signatory countries can travel between the aforementioned countries without having to turn in their documentation. However, travelers who need a visa to enter one or more of the Member States in which they are going to transit, and whose final destination is a member state for which they do not need a visa, must travel with a “Schengen visa” . Furthermore, visa-free transit (TWOV) is not allowed if one of the following trips or stopovers is made in a Schengen Zone country that requires a visa, since the traveler would enter an area without borders. This means that those travelers who need a visa for all or some of the countries of the Schengen Zone will always need a visa. These travelers must obtain a Schengen visa before arriving in the Schengen Area.
1. Before arrival: Travelers should contact the nearest Portuguese representation abroad.
All travelers are required to present a visa, except in the following cases:
1. Portuguese citizens. 2. Travelers with British passports endorsed “British Citizen” . 3. Travelers staying for no more than 90 days provided they have British passports with the endorsement ‘British National (Overseas) » (British National (Overseas)) . Four.
Citizens of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands , Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
5. Travelers whose stay does not exceed 90 days as long as they are citizens of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel , Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, St. Kitts-Nevis, Uruguay, United States of America, Vatican City, and Venezuela .
6. Travelers staying for no more than 90 days provided they have British passports with the endorsement:
– ‘ British Overseas Territories Citizen “ (Citizen British Foreign Territories ) , established in Gibraltar, or
– ‘ British Overseas Territories Citizen “ (Citizen of the British Foreign Territories ) containing the ‘right of residence’ label issued by Great Britain, or
– ‘ British Subject ‘ , which also contains the ‘ right of residence ‘ label issued by Great Britain;
7. Travelers whose stay does not exceed 90 days in any six-month period – for citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Montenegro, Russia, Republic of Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine, with diplomatic passports.
8. Travelers whose stay does not exceed 90 days provided they are citizens of Cape Verde with a service or diplomatic passport.
9. Travelers whose stay does not exceed 30 days as long as they are Moroccan citizens with a special, diplomatic or service passport.
10. Travelers whose stay does not exceed 90 days as long as they have passports issued by Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China) and Macao (Special Administrative Region of China).
11. Travelers whose stay does not exceed 90 days as long as they are citizens of São Tomé and Príncipe with diplomatic, special or service passports.
12. Travelers whose stay does not exceed 90 days as long as they are citizens of Angola, Mozambique, South Africa and Tunisia with service or diplomatic passports.
13.Travelers, regardless of nationality, residing in Liechtenstein for a period not exceeding five days provided they carry proof of residence, are in transit in the Schengen area and continue their journey to a country outside the Schengen Area, regardless of means of transportation used for the trip.
14. Travelers with a” Laissez Passer “, issued by the European Union.
15. Recognized refugees and people without nationality or citizenship with residence permits and travel documents issued by Switzerland or a member country of the European Economic Community, whose stay does not exceed three months.
16. Travelers with a ” Laissez Passer “, issued by the United Nations.
17. Travelers with residence permits issued by Monaco or one of the Schengen States.
18. Travelers, regardless of their nationality, whose stay does not exceed 90 days with a residence permit for a ‘ family member ‘ issued by a member country of the European Union to a relative who is a citizen of a member country of the Space European Economic or Swiss citizen who always travels with or travels to join citizens of the member country of the European Economic Area or citizens of Switzerland.
TWOV is allowed travelers to continue their journey to a third country without leaving the airport without a visa (they cannot stay overnight to wait for their next flight), provided that:
– they carry all the necessary documents for their next trip,
– they come from or fly to countries outside the Schengen area, and
– carry tickets with confirmed reservations.
to. TWOV does not apply to refugees and people without nationality or citizenship with a travel document known as ‘ Titre de Voyage ‘ that has not been issued by Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.
b. TWOV is not available to citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cong (Kinshasa), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, and Sri Lanka.
1. Students, regardless of their nationality, residing in a member country of the European Union, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, and traveling as part of a school group within the European Union, Liechtenstein or Switzerland do not need a passport on condition of that:
– Their names appear on a ‘List of travelers’ sealed by the school and certified by the competent authority in their country of origin;
– The school group travels accompanied by one of the teachers at that school;
– This ‘traveler list’ contains a photograph of each student .
When the ‘List of Travelers’ only bears the seal of the school and is neither authenticated by the competent authority, nor does it contain the photos of the students, each student must carry their travel document and proof of place of residence.
2. Travelers must have at least EUR 74.82 plus EUR 39.90 for each day of stay (amounts can also be in an exchangeable currency for the amount equivalent to the amounts mentioned in euros).
* Exception :
Travelers with return or transit travel documents and flight tickets as long as they have proof of paid accommodation, except for citizens of Switzerland and the Member States of the European Economic Community.
If the traveler does not abide by the entry or transit rules, including entry with false documents, the transport company will be subject to a fine from 1,356.73 euros to a maximum of 2,169.77 euros for each traveler.
1. Travelers aged 17 and over whose products purchased in the EU for personal use only, can freely import the following:
a. 800 cigarettes, 400 cigarettes weighing no more than three grams, 200 cigars, one kilogram of smoking tobacco;
b. 10 liters of alcoholic beverages with a graduation above 22%, 20 liters of alcoholic beverages with a graduation below 22%, 90 liters of wine, but not more than 60 liters of sparkling wine; 110 liters of beer.
2. Travelers aged 17 and over from countries outside the European Union including the Aland Islands, Canary Islands, Channel Islands and other similar regions are allowed free import of the products and quantities indicated below:
a . There are 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarettes weighing no more than three grams, 50 cigars or 250 grams of smoking tobacco, or a proportional mixture of these products;
b.A liter of alcoholic beverages with a graduation above 22%; undenatured ethyl alcohol having a graduation above 80%, two liters of alcoholic beverages and aperitifs based on wine or similar beverages with a graduation below 22%; sparkling wines or liqueur wines or a proportional mixture of these products, in addition to four liters of wine (still wine); and 16 liters of beer.
c. Medicines for personal use.
d. Other goods are allowed for a total value of 430 euros per adult passenger or 90 euros for travelers under 15 years of age.
3. Prohibited Products:
Products of animal origin from a member country of the European Union, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino or Switzerland, may not be imported into a member country of the European Union with the exception of small quantities from Andorra, Croatia, the Islands Faroe, Greenland, Iceland and small quantities of certain products from other countries.
3.1. For more details visit the website of the European Union: http://europa.eu/
Export of jewelry is prohibited, except if declared on arrival.
Crew members are allowed to import:
a. products or goods with a maximum value of 200 USD, including tea, perfumes, coffee and its derivatives, and
b. 10 cigars or 80 cigarettes, or 50 grams of smoking tobacco or 20 cigarettes weighing less than three grams each.
1. Cats and dogs that enter the Madeira Islands on direct flights, coming from non-EU countries, must previously have the ‘ Direccao Regional de Pecuaria de Maderia ‘ permission . Written permission is required at least 24 hours before arrival by fax: + 351-291-233 156, indicating the name of the animal’s owner along with the address, the arrival flight number and the date and type of animal. . All Pets must be accompanied by veterinary certificates of good health issued in the country of origin.
2. Cats and dogs entering Portugal are subject to the special rules (EC No. 998 of 2003) of the European Parliament and of the European Council issued on May 26, 2006 and of the Council, issued on May 26, 2006 and June 13 and their respective amendments.
For additional information, contact DSCV – Direccao General Veterinaria Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas Artes , 2-1249 -105 Lisbon, Portugal.
Telephone: (+351) 21 323 9500.
Fax: (+351) 21 323 9679 351 or 21 346 3518
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
At Faro Airport (FAO), pets cannot be picked up or picked up on Saturdays, Sundays and official holidays.
Baggage must be collected at the final destination airport in Portugal, provided it is appropriately labeled accordingly.
to. Exemptions : The luggage of travelers in the transit area with destination outside of Portugal.
Travelers are not required to pay any kind of airport tax upon leaving the airport.
There are no restrictions on the import of local currency (Euro – EUR) and foreign currencies. However, amounts greater than 4,987.98 euros must be declared on arrival to avoid possible difficulties when leaving Portugal.
Foreign Currency Export Regulations: There are no restrictions on the export of local currency (Euro – EUR) and foreign currencies for travelers from or to a country of the European Union. For travelers arriving directly from or to a country outside the European Union, sums of more than 10,000 euros or its equivalent in another currency, including bank letters and checks of any kind, must be declared.
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