Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.
Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.
Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.
3 months beyond the intended date of departure
2 pages per stamp
Not required for stays under 90 days
10,000 Euros or equivalent
10,000 Euros or equivalent
Portugal is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Portugal for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa within any 180-day period. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
If you transited through another Schengen country by air, sea or land enroute to Portugal without having registered your entry and you are not staying in a hotel or a similar tourist accommodation, you are subject to the requirement to register with local immigration officials within three working days of entering Portugal. You must document your entry to prove your length of stay. Request a stamp at an official point of entry, or download a declaracão de entrada” (declaration of entry) from the Portuguese Immigration Service’s (SEF) website, and submit it to a local SEF office or police station within three days of entry.
HIV/AIDS Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Portugal.
Portugal’s open borders with its Western European neighbors allow possible terrorist groups to enter and exit the country with anonymity. Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possibly near term attacks in Europe. All European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security.
General strikes and public protests against government austerity measures have occurred sporadically over the last four years. You should avoid areas where these public protests are taking place.
Crime: Crimes of opportunity, such as pickpocketing and purse snatchers, particularly at popular tourist sites, restaurants, or on public transportation are common. Pickpockets take advantage of crowds getting on and off all forms of public transportation, using the jostling of the crowd as a distraction.
Victims of Crime: Report crime to the local police at 112. For social welfare emergencies such as domestic violence or child abuse, dial 144. English speaking operators are available. Contact the U.S. Embassy at +(351) (21) 770-2122 or the Emergency after-hours telephone : +(351) (21)-770-212 2 or +(351) (21) 727-3300. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
The U.S. Embassy can:
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
A SOS immigrant line with English speaking operators who are ready to help you in case of emergency. You may contact them at 351 808 257 257 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
For further information:
Good medical care is available, but facilities may be limited outside urban areas. Public hospitals offer services at costs lower than private hospitals.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Portugal, to ensure the medication is legal in Portugal. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Disaster Preparedness: Portugal is in an earthquake zone and is at risk of tsunamis. See the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) website for Crisis Preparedness and Response information
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Portugal.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: General information on accessibility and accommodations is available on the website of the Portugal Tourism Board.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Road Conditions and Safety: While Portugal has significantly expanded its motorway network with well-constructed roads, leading to a resulting decrease in accidents and fatalities, its road-accident fatality rate is still high.
Traffic Laws: It is against the law to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speed, and use a mobile phones while driving. Fines for traffic offenses are substantial.
In the Azores, driving can be challenging due to narrow cobblestone streets, blind curves, blind corners, and livestock on country roads. In contrast to the situation on the Portuguese mainland, payments are not made on the spot; traffic violations are registered by radar and later forwarded to the offender via the postal service. Taxis do not have meters; the fare consists of a base fee plus a posted rate per kilometer traveled. Public buses are inexpensive. Bus services begin at 7 a.m. and generally operate until 8 p.m., depending on the destination.
Aviation Safety Oversight:
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Portugal’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Portugal’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Mariners planning travel to Portugal should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and the NGA broadcast warnings website (select “broadcast warnings”).