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» Passports and Visas

» Foreign Exchange and Banking

» Climate

» Electricity

» Useful Phone Numbers in Portugal

 

» Passports and Visas

Participants, particularly from overseas, are strongly advised to check entry formalities and visa requirements for Portugal.

 

Citizens of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland need only an identity card to enter Portugal.

For visits of less than 90 days, a passport valid for at least three months after the end of their stay is necessary for visitors from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela and Special Administrative Regions of the People Republic of China in Hong Kong and Macao.

Citizens from countries not mentioned above need a visa to enter Portugal, which may be requested at the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate of your country for stays of up to 90 days.

 

Please confirm this information with your travel agent or with the Portuguese embassy closest to you before you travel.

Source: Visit Portugal (May 2008).

 

Important links:

Visit Portugal - entry formalities

Portuguese embassies

Portugueses consulates

Portuguese Immigration Authority

 

» Foreign Exchange and Banking

The currency in Portugal is Euro. Travellers' cheques can be cashed at numerous banks. Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American express) are accepted in most stores and restaurants. Several ATM bank machines are located in Sesimbra.

Banks are generally open Monday to Friday, 8.30 am - 3.00 pm.

» Climate

In the coastal areas of central Portugal winters are usually mild whilst summers are hot and dry. Rain is more frequent in autumn and spring.

In Sesimbra, there are often warm, sunny days in autumn with average temperatures in November around 18ºC maximum and 11ºC minimum.

» Electricity

Electricity in Portugal is 220V, with a type C electrical plug. You will need to bring a converter for the electrical devices if these devices require 120V.

 

» Useful Phone Numbers in Portugal

National Emergency Number:                              112

         Health

              In Sesimbra

           Health Center:                                                   21 228 96 00

           Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa                                 21 210 02 12

           (Portuguese Red Cross)

 

             In Lisbon

Santa Maria Hospital:                                         21 780 50 00 / 21 780 51 11 /  21 780 52 22

São José Hospital:                                             21 884 10 00 /  21 885 41 50

Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa:                                21 845 94 30 / 21 942 11 11

British Hospital:                                                 21 394 31 00  / 21 721 34 00 

 

        Police

            In Sesimbra

                    GNR- Guarda Nacional Republicana:                               21 228 95 10

 

            In Lisbon

          PSP/ Lisbon Metropolitan Police Command:                    21 765 42 42

          Esquadra de Turismo / Lisbon Tourism Police Station:      21 342 16 23

          GNR / BT- Brigada de Trânsito / Traffic Brigade:               21 392 23 00

 

        Credit Cards

            American Express:                                            707 50 40 50 / 21 427 04 00 / 21 427 04 02

            Mastercard:                                                       800 811 272  

            Visa:                                                                 800 811 107

  

 

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