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Portugal Travel Guide

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.

Need to know

What time zone is Portugal in?

GMT or GMT -1

What curreny do they use in Portugal?

Euro EUR

What language do they speak in Portugal?

Portuguese

What power adapters do you need for Portugal?

Type C & F

What is the average fight time to Portugal?

2.5 hrs

Portugal Map

Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula, in South Western Europe. Check out our handy map of Portugal below to get a better feel for the country.

Portugal Travel Guide - Map of Portugal

Culture and etiquette

Religion

The majority of Portugal is Roman Catholic, but other religions are practised.

Tipping

Do you need tip in Portugal?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

Smoking is allowed in some restaurants and bars - most places have designated smoking areas.

Language 101

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

Jabs, visas and other advice

For up-to-date advice on jabs, visas and other foreign advice, we recommend following the government's website

Emergency numbers

For all emergency services call 112.

Portugal Airport Transfers

Portugal Airport Transfers

Pre-book your Portugal Airport transfers to popular destinations such as Lisbon, Faro, Porto and Madeira with prices starting from under £10.00 with FREE cancellations up to 3 days before your travel.

Portugal Car Hire

Portugal Car Hire

Pre-book your Portugal car hire, with prices starting from just £8.99 per day with FREE cancellations*

What are the current testing requirements for Portugal?

We aim to keep this information up to date however we advise always checking the current entry requirements on gov.uk before you travel.

If you're looking for a recommended supplier you can find and book these via our Covid Testing FAQ page

Fully vaccinated? 

Travelling with children? 


UK >> Portugal

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test type (Mainland): Antigen within 48 hours of departure, PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

Test type (Islands): PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 12 are exempt

Portugal >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Portugal

⚠️ Negative Covid-19 test required

Test type (Mainland): Antigen within 48 hours of departure, PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

Test type (Islands): PCR test within 72 hours of departure.

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Card

Children under 12 are exempt

Portugal >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 PCR test

⚠️ Self-isolate from arrival until negative result

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.


Are there restrictions once you arrive?

Face masks are mandatory on public transport, enclosed public spaces and anywhere social distance of 1.5m cannot be maintained. A negative test is required, even if vaccinated, to enter nightclubs and bars without reserved seating.


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