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If you are planning to move to Portugal then we can help. Below is some information you may find useful about Portugal.

A popular territory for invasion and settlement since pre-historic times, Portugal possesses a stunning blend of cultural influences. The Celts, the Romans, the Visigoths and Moors have all left their indelible mark on the Portugal that we encounter today. During the Age of Discovery, Portuguese explorers helped to establish the first global empire and Portugal became a major economic, political and military power on the world stage.

Porto, Portugal Old City Skyline on the Douro River

Porto, Portugal Old City Skyline on the Douro River

In modern times Portugal boasts a high standard of living and an advanced economy. According the Wikipedia it is currently the 5th most peaceful country in the world.

The Mediterranean climate, 850kms of white, clean beaches, medieval castles, wonderful food, history, cobbled streets, cities and sheer variety of landscapes make Portugal a perfect ‘all year’ holiday destination. So why on earth wouldn’t we want to live there….

TOP 10 TIPS for MOVING

Below is our ‘Top 10’ of important information to consider before commencing your Portuguese adventure.

1. Residency:
Short stay: On entry to Portugal for a short stay you must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the time you plan to leave (this is not necessary for EU members – they can simply present a National ID card) and sometimes proof of a return ticket.
Mid-length stay: EU nationals enjoy an unlimited visa-less stay, but must register for a residence document if staying more than 3 months. US, Canadian and Australian nationals can stay up to 90 days without a visa.
Long stay: A temporary residence permit lasts for a year. To apply for a permanent residency, you need to have stayed 5 consecutive years on a residence certificate and will be required to show proof of income, health insurance etc – so the authorities are confident that you have the means to support yourself.

2. Work: EU members do not require a work permit and can start working immediately. Non EU members usually require a visa, so it is important to check before making the trip to Portugal – you can apply for these online or obtain from the Portuguese embassy near where you live. As with any move abroad, it is better to have a job already lined up. And when moving to a country that speaks a different language – it is prudent to have learnt at least the basics – otherwise your job options will be severely reduced. Many Portuguese companies will expect at least a basic knowledge of the language, so it would be wise to write your CV and covering letter in Portuguese. However, if you are going to Portugal to learn the language and immerse yourself in the culture, jobs in the hospitality industry do not require you to be fluent in Portuguese.

3. Quality of Life: The pace of life is generally slow and relaxed. The people are extremely helpful and friendly. The climate is generally warm; the Portuguese enjoy an estimated 3000 hours of sunshine a year and in Madeira the average temperature in winter is 19C. The landscape is varied and beautiful; hiking, nautical sports and dolphin watching are popular pastimes. On the Serra da Estrela you may encounter shepherds tending their sheep.

4. Cost of Living: The Euro. According the Numbeo website the cost of living in Portugal is 31.77% lower than the UK, with rent 49.29% lower. I have also seen it mentioned in several places that the cost is comparable to Latin America’s more developed countries. Although wages do not immediately look enticingly high (the average monthly wage is 985 euro), the standard of living is high. On the downside, costs in IVA, fuel and road tolls have risen recently.

Capela de Nossa Senhora da Rocha, Sunset, Algarve

Capela de Nossa, Sunset, Algarve

5. Accommodation: It is usually better to look for rental property after you have arrived. Short term rental is easier to find because Portugal is such a popular holiday destination. You may want to consider employing a housing agency (a 100 euro admin fee is typical) to help you with long term rentals as these are not well advertised – and can often be best found by speaking to the locals. In the cities, new apartments are typically in quiet neighbourhoods, clean and have all the mod cons. Older apartments are usually more expensive because they enjoy an historical location and beautiful architecture – but because of this often lack space, air-conditioning and car parking spaces. They can also be noisy due to groups of tourists. An average one-bedroom apartment in Lisbon costs around 600 euro a month, accommodation outside of the cities and tourist areas will be cheaper.

6. Language: Portuguese. English, French and Spanish are also spoken. Portuguese children learn English at school and are happy to practice it. Although it can be difficult, it is important that you try hard to learn Portuguese – the locals are usually glad to assist you in this.

7. Education:
State schools are free and it is relatively easy for expats to enrol their children. The best time to enrol is between January and May the previous school year. However, frequent teacher strikes and inconsistent standards in the state system, may prove off-putting. Those that can afford to go private often do so.
At private schools, fees are typically expensive, some extremely high. The admission process varies and could rely on interview, entrance exams or past school records.

8. Climate: Summers are hot and dry. Autumn is usually warm and sunny- this good weather at the beginning of November is referred to as St Martin’s Summer. Winters are relatively mild compared to the rest of Europe, colder in the Northern regions near Spain and there is sometimes snow on the Serra da Estrela mountains.

9. Healthcare: Health insurance is expensive in Portugal, but increasingly necessary, as their National Health Service declines in availability due to ‘austerity’ measures. Prescriptions are not a set price either – you pay for the price of the medicine – so these can also be higher than expected. It is important that you budget for healthcare.

10. Start now: Learn Portuguese, apply for residency, find accommodation and employment; then acclimatise. We are certain that the pros will outweigh the cons in this wonderful country – but go and find out for yourself!