Informative documentation

Living in Portugal
1. Health Services

The free of charges heath services offered by the government covered all the country and the health care private companies as well.

There as been signed with most of the European countries reciprocals agreements for the health care services to foreigners, in this cases, the client as to pay a fee when attending the Health care clinics.

This agreement is also valid for Açores and Madeira territories. All of those who would like to use this service must inform the doctor before the consultation or treatment.

The National Health Care in Portugal is owned by the Health Department from the Government. The contribution for this Department is instantly deduced from the salaries of the workers. All the citizens cover by the general regime as the right to health care services.

Soon after the admission of an employee, is automatically issued a "Livrete de Assistência Médica" by the Health centre, from the Regional Health Department or by the employer.

It could also be contacted, for further information, the Regional departments of Social Security ? CRSS or the International Relations and Social Conventions Department.


SOS 112
Red Cross 21 771 4000
Poison and Intoxication Line 21 795 0143
Fire Department 21 342 2222
Civil Protection 21 424 7100
2. Accommodations

The rental is generalized, it is easy to find and it presents a great number of offers.

3. Taxes

All the employees and/or foreign investors need a fiscal Identification Card, in witch is the fiscal number. The mentioned cart can be obtained in any "Repartição de Finanças"

The fiscal number must be mentioned in every transaction. In Portugal the IRS is paid monthly, being retained by the company and delivered to the Government. The taxes are progressive e around the 12 to 38 per cent.

The residents in Portugal pay by the total amount they receive and the non residents only pay by the amount they receive in Portugal.

All the employees are obliged to make monthly contributions to the Social Security. This contributions can go until 11 per cent the monthly salary

4. Live cost

Portugal is one the countries with the lowest live cost of all the European Committee, translated to a high quality live style.

The alimentation products are very cheap, and available in a great variety of foreign products.

5. Working in Portugal

The work relations, between employers and employees, are very balanced, especially since the introduction of the new Work Code, in January 2004.

The weakly work hours are 40, although there is flexibility in this issue. The employees are entitled to 22 days holidays and compensation on holidays and in Christmas in the same value as the monthly salary.

6. Visa Authorisation

The national citizens and other members of the European Union, as well as from other European countries, can live and work in Portugal without needing any especial visa.

The citizens from countries not members of the UE needs a especial visa whenever they decided to stay more than 90 days, to work or to study in Portugal. The visas may be asked in the Consulate or in the Portuguese Embassy from your residence.

7. Money

National Coin: EURO

There isn't any restriction to entrance of foreign money.

8. Useful Tips
International Airports

The majority of the international airlines serve Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira and Azores. TAP is our flag company. Portugália is more of a European company, operating regularly in Faro, Lisbon, Porto, to the main Spanish and European cities.

  • Lisbon (LIS) - 10 minutes from the Town centre
  • Porto (OPO) - 15 Km from the Town centre
  • Faro (FAO) - 4 Km from the Town Centre
  • Funchal (FNC), Madeira - 20 Km from the Town centre
  • Santa Maria (SMA) Açores - 3.2 Km from Town centre

The public company CP ? Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses ? has about 3.600 Km of railways.

Between the main Portuguese cities the level of quality is good and includes express trains with bar and restaurants. Seats are always reserved.

The suburbia trains, especially on the Lisbon and Porto areas, are fast and efficient. With exception of some suburbia trains, the majority of the Portuguese trains have 1st and 2nd class cars. You can get information about schedule, prices and itinerary on internet, on the train station and on some travel agencies. Children under 4 travels free of charges, under 12 pays half price.


The bus line covers almost all the country in a regular, economic and, generally, without delays. Beside the Rodoviária Nacional, a public company, there are a group of private companies operating in Portugal.

The "non-express" lines, have regular stops every few minutes. By the contrary the express-lines presents a fast and efficient service. The urban buses are cheap and generally the most of the villages near the main cities.

Sea Transportation

In Portugal the sea transportations are becoming more and more important means pf transportation, for pleasure ( The rote Funchal-Lisbon is one of the most successful travels in the world) and for merchandise. This is due to the availability of deep water port, as for example Sines, witch whose facilities have been recently modernize.


The taxis fare is relatively cheap and offer an efficient service. It can be scarce on the big cities (from 8.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.).


Portugal has, at these moment, one of the best road infrastructure in Europe, more than 22.000 Km of new roads, made on the last 10 years.

Car rental

There are all over the country rent-a-car companies with or without driver.

Driving Tips

In Portugal we drive on the right hand side, as in all the rest of Continental Europe.

Except when is market all the vehicles that appear on your right have priority. In the roundabout the person inside as the priority.

Security belt

It is compulsory the use of security belt in front seats as well as in the back seats in all circumstances.

Driving and Alcohol

After drinking is prohibit driving. The security measures are very strict and severely punished. The maximum limit of alcohol in the blood is 0.5g/l.

Speed Limits
  • Inside villages the speed limit is 50 Km per hour. Except if market otherwise;
  • Outside villages the limit is 90 Km. except if market otherwise;
  • On highways the speed limit is 120 Km. Except if market otherwise;
  • It is common the presence of radars in the Portuguese roads, as well as police cars capable of measuring speed.

The fines are very heavy and have to be paid on the hour if your not a resident. Some code violations are registered and send to your address via post office.

Car breaking

In case of breaking your car, you must take the car as far as possible away from the road and put a triangle 50 m away from the car. On the contrary to other countries a woman with problems in the side of the road doesn't have any risk of being molested. The majority of the road as a sidewalk big enough for the car.

9. Electricity

230 watts AC, 50 HZ. It's generalized the two pin sockets.

10. National Holidays
New Year 1st January
Carnival February/March (The day before Ash Wednesday)
Good Friday March/April
Freedom Day 25th April (celebrating the 1974 Portuguese revolution)
Worker's Day 1st May
Christ Corpus 9th Tuesday after Easter may/June
Portugal's Day 10th June
Our Holy Mother's Day 15th August
Republic's Day 05th October
Every Saints Day 01st November
Restoration of Independence Day 01st December
Immaculate Conception day 08th December
Christmas 25th December
11. Weather

Situated on the North hemisphere, Portugal has a very mild weather. Even so there are significant differences between the North and the South, the Interior and the Coastline.

The Interior of the country is characterized by a more variable weather than in the coastline regions. South from the Tagus River the weather is like a Mediterranean weather.

Summer is hot and wet; winter is dry, short and relatively warm. The temperatures can vary between 8 and 28 degrees Celsius.

12. Clothes

The clothes must be light in the summer and medium in winter. In business meetings it's usual to wear suit and tie.

13. Personal relations

The most important issues should be handling in person. The negotiations may be conducted in English or in French, but is necessary to always verify the need for a translator.

The Portuguese people like to conduct meetings in a light way. Lunch normally occurs between 12.00 a.m. and 14.00 p.m. and dinner between 19.00 p.m. and 22.00 p.m..

In general Portuguese people are very friendly, helpful and open to foreign people. Man greets there each other with a hand shake every time they meet with friends or strangers. Women greet there each other with two kisses in the cheek.

Time Zone: GMT

14. Useful Maps

National Geographic reference:

Address Locator (Hotels, Restaurants, roads, etc.): Lisboa & Porto

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