Visit Portugal – Useful & Practical Travel Information

Geography

Portugal is a country in Southwestern Europe, on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula. To the north and east, the territory is bordered by Spain, and to the south and west by the Atlantic Ocean.

Capital and largest city: Lisbon
Area: 92.090 km²
Population: 10.562.178 (2011 census)

Language

The official language is Portuguese.

Timezone

UTC 0 | UTC +1 summer time (from the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October)

Currency & Banks

Portugal has the euro (EUR) as its currency. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Automated Teller Machines (ATM) can be found all over Portugal, including small villages. Banks are open from 8.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Electricity | Plug System

Electrical supply: 230 V | Frequency: 50 Hz

Type C
Type C
Type F
Type F

Communications

To make a call to Portugal from abroad dial +351 (the international country code). Roaming service is available from Meo, Vodafone and Nos mobile operators. Get in touch with your mobile phone company to make sure that you can use your mobile in Portugal. WiFi is available all over the country. The majority of hotels, many public spaces and larger shops offer free WiFi.

Water

Tap water is safe to drink and of good quality throughout Portugal. Local bottled mineral water is available from shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars.

Health | Vaccination

Travellers do not normally require certificates of vaccination or immunisation to enter Portugal. Visitors from EU member states should carry their European Health Insurance card to be entitled to free medical and hospital care. Visitors from other countries are advised to take out a personal medical insurance policy. Medical care in Portugal is available through both public and private hospitals.

Passports & Visas

Citizens of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein need only a valid ID card or passport. Citizens from Canada, US, South America, Australia, New Zealand and from most Asian countries traveling to Portugal do not need a visa for stays under 90 days; only a valid passport is required. Citizens from other countries should see here to find out if they are required to have a valid visa.

Weather

See the Lisbon weather forecast.

Tipping and Service Charges

Tipping in Portugal is not obligatory, even in restaurants and bars. Tipping for good service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor (5 to 10 percent is customary). Hotels and restaurants in Portugal do not add service charges to their bills.

Religion & Worship

The majority of the Portuguese are Roman Catholic, but other religious denominations are also represented in Portugal, including Islam, Judaism and Hinduism, having places where to conduct their rituals.

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