Official Travel Advice for Portugal
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 19 May 2019.
If you’re travelling to Portugal to support England in the UEFA Nations League Finals in June 2019, check our dedicated information and advice page for travelling supporters in addition to this travel advice.
Around 2.3 million British nationals visited Portugal in 2016 (source: Office for National Statistics). Most visits are trouble-free.
If you’re living in or moving to Portugal, visit our Living in Portugal guide in addition to this travel advice.
If you’re travelling to Portugal to do business or provide services, see further guidance on providing services in Portugal after EU Exit.
During the summer and when the weather is hot and dry, there’s an increased risk of forest fires. Check the weather conditions with the Portuguese Met Office and areas where fires may be active with the local Civil Protection authorities. Report any fires you may see immediately to the emergency services on 112. See Natural disasters
There have been reports of an increase in holidaymakers being encouraged to submit a claim for personal injury if they have experienced gastric illness during their stay. You can find more information about the action you can take if you have suffered a personal injury on the Citizens Advice website. You should only consider pursuing a complaint or claim if you have genuinely suffered from injury or illness. If you make a false or fraudulent claim, you may face legal proceedings in the UK or Portugal.
Beware of street crime. Thieves tend to target money and passports so don’t keep them all in one place. See Crime
Walking the levadas (ancient irrigation channels) is a popular activity in Madeira, but the walks can be challenging if you are inexperienced. See Local travel - Madeira
Terrorist attacks in Portugal can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
You can contact the emergency services by calling 112.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
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Visitors/Tourists: 7,264,000 in 2011
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Population: 547,631 (in 2011)