Portuguese currency is the Euro. Portugal joined the Euro in January 2002. In addition to using currency and credit cards you can use Visa Travel Money card and all other bank cards.
Most credit cards are accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants. Traveler’s checks and other currencies can be exchanged at hotels or in banks, open Monday to Friday , from 08h30 to 15h00. It is also common to use automatic exchange machines, connected to international networks.
All prices include VAT – Value Added Tax. Non-resident citizens in the European Union may be reimbursed in the various Tax Free shops, upon presentation of proof of purchases made (invoice/receipt).
The time zone in Portugal is the GMT +0: 00 (Lisbon, Dublin, London).
The electric current in Portugal has 220 volts. If necessary the hotels provide adapters, which can also be purchased commercially.
Passport and Visa
It is mandatory to have a passport (or identity card for citizens of the European Union) valid for entry into Portugal. A visa is not required for citizens of European Union countries, USA, Canada and most other countries. For detailed information you should contact your country embassy in Portugal or your travel agency.
There are no health requirements, except the updated immunization record to visitors from destinations where yellow fever is active. The drinking water is completely safe for human consumption. Some credit cards offer health insurance when used to purchase the tickets. Check with your card or travel agency.
Clinics and hospitals provide an urgent care service, 24 hours a day. The National Emergency Number is 112. You may request at the front desk of your hotel to contact the line of permanent health, to request medical help.
Check in / out of hotels
For which we guarantee the room occupancy before 13:00 you need to book the night before the day of your check-in. Check-out is typically until 12:00.
Post offices are open Monday to Friday, from 09h00 to 18h00, except national and local holidays.
Pharmacies are open on weekdays between 09.00 and 19.00 (some close for lunch between 13:00 and 15:00) and on Saturdays between 09.00 and 13.00. An illuminated green cross marks the pharmacies that are night service. You can consult the service pharmacies in www.farmaciasdeservico.net.
National Emergency Number: 112 (connects you to the firefighters, police and ambulance services).