Portugal Travel Information
There are currently few flights to and from Portugal
and many cancellations. As a result of the coronavirus,
Portugal introduced a state of emergency from March 19.
On May 4, the state of emergency ceased, but there are
still many measures to limit the infection. For more
information about coronavirus, see the section Health,
as well as an article on the embassy's website norway.no/portugal.
Risk of terrorist attacks and unforeseen incidents is
present in most places in the world. Most trips to
Portugal, however, are completed without any problems.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Portugal is
considered low. The last terrorist attack that took
place in Portugal was in 1983, when a group of Armenian
terrorists attacked the Turkish embassy.
Travelers should be alert and take reasonable
precautions. The instability in the Middle East and
North Africa increases the terrorist threat somewhat.
Portugal participates in the international coalition
against Isil. A few Portuguese citizens have traveled to
Syria/Iraq as foreign fighters.
The crime in Portugal is in line with other Western
European countries. It is important to have travel
insurance. Especially in places with many people, in the
largest cities and in the Algarve, pocket thefts, purse
seizures and similar forms of crime occur. Therefore,
pay extra attention to tourist sites, outdoor seating
and public transport (trams 15 and 28 in Lisbon are
Passports, credit cards, tickets and money should not
be kept in the same bag or pocket. In addition, care
must be taken not to leave bags, bags, etc. unattended.
Feel free to carry your bag on your lap during public
transport, caf¨¦ and restaurant visits and the like. You
may want to leave some money and valuables in a safe
place. Burglaries in cars, especially rental cars, are
also not uncommon. Do not leave valuables in the car,
even at short stops.
- Countryaah: Lisbon is the capital
of Portugal. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The embassy has registered an increase in the
reporting of burglaries in holiday apartments rented in
the private market through rental services such as
The Portuguese road network consistently maintains
high quality. The traffic picture is characterized by
significantly higher speeds, greater vehicle density,
more accidents and a more aggressive driving pattern
than the Norwegian one, and it is advised to pay extra
attention both as a motorist and as a pedestrian. The
likelihood of dying in a traffic accident is more than
twice as high in Portugal as in Norway. The Portuguese
border in Portugal is 0.5.
Deaths due to drowning occur every year along the
Portuguese beaches. Please note that there may be strong
currents and large waves. Children should not swim alone
in the sea. The naval police can fines bathers who do
not obey the guard's flag of 55 euros. Red flag
indicates ban on walking in the water. Yellow flag means
you can stay along the beach but not swim. The green
flag says it is safe to swim, and the checkered flag
means that the beach is currently unmanned. The beaches
are usually only manned during the summer season.
Forest fires of varying severity occur frequently in
Portugal in the summer. In June 2017, more than 60
people died in the worst forest fire in Portugal in 50
years. Between July 1 and September 30, which is the
critical fire hazard period and outside this period if
the fire danger is set between "very high" and
"extreme", it is strictly forbidden in rural areas to,
among other things, light a fire, use gas or other
flammable substances for bonfires or cook, smoke or use
lighter in the forest.
Norwegian citizens staying in Portugal during the
aforementioned period where forest fires occur regularly
are advised to obtain information on local conditions on
local news, contact the tourist information etc. to help
reduce risk. Portuguese authorities at all times attempt
to report fires on the following sites:
- For the mainland
- For Madeira
- Geographical overview(in Portuguese)
- Portuguese Civil Defense website
Portugal is in an area prone to earthquakes and it is
especially in the southern part and the Azores danger is
highest. More information about earthquake exposed areas
with updated seismic activity can be found here.
Lisbon and several other cities in Portugal were
almost completely destroyed in a major earthquake in
1755. In the Azores, smaller earthquakes occur
relatively often without causing damage. The volcano
Capelinhos on Faial erupted in 1957-1958 and caused
great destruction. Earthquakes with loss of human life
occurred most recently in 1980 and 1998, both affecting
the central archipelago (Faial, Graciosa, Pico, São
Jorge and Terceira).
Floods can also occur from time to time. In February
2010, Madeira was hit by floods. Parts of the capital
Funchal were completely damaged and several lives were
Norwegians who stay for a shorter or longer period in
Portugal are encouraged to register on
Norwegian citizens are recommended to have valid
The emergency number in Portugal is 112.
In crisis and emergency, the public is encouraged to
contact the embassy:
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Av. Dom Vasco da Gama, 1
Tel: +351 213 009 100
Outside the embassy's opening hours (Monday-Friday
9-16), the public can contact the UD's 24-hour operating
center on telephone +47 23 95 00 00 or e-mail email@example.com.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
A valid Norwegian passport must be brought while
traveling to Portugal, as the passport is the only
internationally valid travel and identification document
for Norwegians. Portugal is required to always carry
valid credentials, and airlines require a passport to
leave Portugal. The passport (also emergency passport)
must be valid throughout your stay. It is not required
that the passport must have a certain period of validity
even after the planned return date.
When entering Portugal, a travel document for
refugees (green travel document) and travel document for
people on humanitarian grounds (blue travel document)
are also accepted. However, reservations are made that
the entry rules may be changed at short notice. It is
therefore recommended that the Portuguese authorities be
contacted when planning the trip if there is any doubt
as to the validity of a travel document.
It is the traveler's responsibility to ensure that
travel documents are valid.
Children under 18 traveling in Portugal must:
- either traveling with one of the parents or
- or meet at the airport (or entry point) by
- or include a confirmation from parents/parents
that the child is allowed to travel alone
The confirmation must name an official who is
responsible for the child during their stay in Portugal.
A child living in Portugal may be refused leave if
he/she travels alone and does not carry a letter
(stamped by Notary Public) from parents or guardian. The
same applies to children who live in Portugal (including
Norwegian citizens) and who are traveling with only one
of their parents. A standard form (in Portuguese) must
be used which can be downloaded from the websites of SEF
(Portuguese Immigration Authorities).
As a Norwegian, you can stay in Portugal for up to
three months. If you plan to stay longer, you must
register with the Portuguese authorities. This is done
at your local Câmara Municipal, the equivalent of a
municipal building in Norway. In addition, when staying
outside Norway for at least six months, you must
consider whether you are required to send a relocation
notice to the Norwegian Population Register.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers staying in Portugal should keep abreast of the
development of the coronavirus.
On May 4, the state of emergency ceased, but freedom
of movement in the public domain will still be
restricted in accordance with government guidelines. It
is prohibited to gather in groups of more than ten
people, and face masks are required in indoor, public
spaces, including supermarkets and public transport.
Public offices are open only by appointment, while
sights, museums, galleries, restaurants and bars are
closed until 18 May. There is a 14 day mandatory
quarantine for anyone traveling to Madeira. The border
crossings between Spain and Portugal for cars, trains
and boats are closed from 16 March to 14 May, allowing
only the transport of goods and authorized persons
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The Portuguese government publishes up-to-date
information on measures taken on its website
portugal.gov.pt. Portuguese health authorities are
constantly updating on their websites (in Portuguese)
and on the contact pages of the national health system
The standard of health care in Portugal is good. For
official health professional travel advice and health
professional guidance for Norwegians when traveling
abroad, see the website of the Norwegian Institute of
Portugal has a well-developed health care system with
both public and private hospitals. Most doctors speak
English, but patients who do not speak Portuguese may
experience communication difficulties. One should be
prepared for long waiting times, especially at public
clinics and hospitals.
Tap water can be safely drunk in Portugal, but the
taste quality is lower than in Norway.
Holders of a valid European health insurance card
have the right to emergency treatment (in public
hospitals) in the same way as citizens of the country of
residence. Remember that the health insurance card does
not cover home travel, private health care, or treatment
of non-acute illnesses. Information on the health
insurance card and how to go about obtaining this can be
found on Helse-Norge's website.
It is recommended to take out private travel and
health insurance before leaving. You should check what
is included to make sure it covers the type of
activities you plan to do. Good travel insurance will
cover, among other things, expenses related to injuries,
accidents, illness, home transport and death.
If you are going to stay in Portugal for a longer
period of time you are recommended to register at
The common emergency number in Portugal is 112.
The area code for calls from Norway to Portugal is
+351. Fixed and mobile telephone networks and the postal
system work well. Many hotels and restaurants, and more
and more squares and open spaces, have wireless internet
The mainland and Madeira are one hour behind Norway.
The Azores are two hours behind Norway.
Electricity: 220 volts with European plugs. The
Internet domain is.pt
The currency unit in Portugal is Euro, and cash is
the most common means of payment for smaller amounts.
International credit cards are accepted in most places,
but in some places credit cards can only be used if the
amount is more than 5 Euro. It is therefore always
recommended to have cash available for lesser expenses,
for example for use in cafes and to pay for taxis. You
can withdraw cash with international debit cards in most
Banks are usually open 8:30 - 14:45, public offices
9: 00/10: 00-18: 00, shops 10: 00-19: 00, supermarket 8:
30-21: 00 and shopping centers 10: 00- to 23:00. Public
offices and smaller shops may have closed during lunch,
usually between 1pm and 2:30 pm. Supermarkets and major
shopping malls are open on Sundays, and are also open
Portuguese dress relatively formally in a work
context, but less formally in restaurants, theaters etc.
Portuguese have dinner later than we are used to in
Norway, around 10 pm. 20-21, and restaurants open for
dinner first around 7:30 pm.
Tips are not required, but it is not uncommon to
leave a small amount on eateries and to taxi drivers.
Portugal has a toll system on the highways. The green
files (Via Verde) are only for those who have automatic
payment system. Some freeways only have automatic
payment system. For more information on how this is paid
for foreign vehicles , visit Portugal tolls.
Driver's license, insurance certificate, valid
identification (passport for Norwegians) as well as car
license or rental car contract must always be carried in
the car. In addition, a red warning triangle must be
included as well as a luminescent vest to be used in the
event of an accident.
The use of seat belts is mandatory both in the front
seat and the rear seat of the car. Children under the
age of twelve or with a height below 135 cm must have a
child seat and must sit in the back seat unless this is
not possible (eg if the car has only two seats, or if
you carry 4 children). Helmet is mandatory when driving
Bicycle helmet is not required. Although bicycle use
is increasing in Portugal, motorists are still less used
to cyclists in traffic than in Norway. In addition,
Portuguese roads are little adapted for cycling. Extra
care should therefore be exercised by cyclists.
As a tourist, you can bring your own car to Portugal
for a maximum of 180 days in a twelve-month period. Only
the owners themselves can use the car during this
The fines for traffic violations in Portugal are
high, and illegalities such as not having required
documents, using a cell phone while driving, speeding or
drunk driving can be expensive. The police have the
authority to demand payment on the spot, and most police
cars accept payment cards.
National holidays in Portugal are: January 1,
Carnival, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, April 25
(Revolution Day), May 1, Corpus Christi, June 10
(National Day), August 15, October 5 (Republic Day),
November 1 (Halloween), December 1, December 8 and
December 25. In addition, each region in Portugal has a
local holiday which marks the region's patron saint,
this varies from region to region and from city to city.
The most famous ones are Santo Ant¨®nio on June 13 in
Lisbon, as well as São João on June 24 in Porto.