Portugal Travel Hub
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Update June 11: Portugal moved onto the UK's amber list on Tuesday 8th June. Anyone returning after this date is required to self-isolate at home for 10 days, reduced to 5 days via test to release. On June 10 Portugal changes its requirement for inbound travellers so that either a PCR or antigen test can be used to prove Covid status.
Negative PCR or antigen no more than 72 hours before you arrive.
When you're there:
Much like the UK, Portugal has graudally eased its winter lockdown. The current "state of calamity" will now extend to June 13. For more details see the Portuguese government's end of lockdown plan.
Traffic light status:
Portugal has been on the amber list since Tuesday 8th June. (The UK government discourages, but has taken no steps to prohibit, holidays to amber list countries).
Portugal Travel Hub
Whether you go off the beaten track and spend time on the stunning Atlantic beaches, quiet villages and nature reserves or hit the water parks and resorts of the centre, there's something for everyone in Portugal.
In our guides we tackle all the important issues, from where to eat, to how to make the most of your money and the best way to get from A to B. All to to help turn your travel inspiration into reality.
We're adding more destinations all the time so check back soon!
Need to know
Portugal has the same time zone as the UK.
Portuguese is the main language across the mainland and islands. English is widely spoken in tourist areas but we think it's a good idea to learn a few key phrases and words to help immerse yourself in the culture and authentically enjoy all the things to do.
Hello - Olá
How are you/greeting - Como você está?
What's your name? - Qual o seu nome?
My name is - Meu nome é
Numbers 1-5 - um, dois, três, quatro, cinco
Thank you - Obrigado / Obrigada
Goodbye - Tchau
The plugs have two round pins as is usual across Europe - remember to take an adaptor with you.
Culture and etiquette
The majority of Portugal is Roman Catholic, but other religions are practised.
Tipping is discretionary. A service charge is not usually added to bills but double check first, especially if you are in the tourist areas. If it's not been added, it's custom to give 10% of your bill.
Smoking is allowed in some restaurants and bars - most places have designated smoking areas.
Jabs, visas and other foreign advice
For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website
For all emergency services call 112.
From the Algarve, known for its beaches and resorts to Lisbon, the bustling coastal capital city to the archipeligo of Maderia, Portugal has something for every type of holiday.
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