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Before you travel

Before you travel

Jan 23,13

Here you can find useful information you should take into consideration when planning your travel holidays to Setubal in Portugal.

The information on this page should be used as a guide and it doesn’t intend to be a substitute from obtaining more information from local authorities.

Currency

The official Portugal Currency is the Euro.

There are currently 7 banknote denominations and 8 coin denominations being circulated in Portugal. The banknotes in circulation include 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euro. The 8 coin denominations in Euro coins include 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents as well as 1 and 2 Euro.

The exchange rates of Portuguese currency differ in many banks according to the denominations. It varies because of the minimum charge that gets deducted.

There are several currency exchange offices located all over the country in all the major cities and towns. For the convenience of tourists various hotels also provide money exchange facilities.

Driving in Portugal

In Portugal, you drive on the right.

If hiring a car, you should ensure that the vehicle insurance is fully comprehensive and covers you and your passengers for all eventualities.

As a holidaymakers, you can bring your own vehicle to Portugal for a maximum of 183 days in any 12-month period.

The minimum age for driving is 18 and you must possess an International driving licence. The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory in the front and rear of vehicles.

Children under 12 must not travel in the front passenger seat.

As in many other European countries, there is a toll system in operation on Portuguese motorways.  Heavy fines are imposed on those who do not or cannot pay toll fees. You should take care not to use the green lanes reserved for motorists who subscribe to the automatic pay system.

Beaches and Swimming

Warning flags on beaches should be taken seriously.

The red flag indicates danger.

Never enter the water when the red flag is flying.

If there is a yellow flag, you may paddle at the water’s edge, but you may not swim.

The green flag indicates that it is safe to swim, and the chequered flag means that the beach is temporarily unmanned.

Local laws and customs

There is a legal requirement for foreign nationals to be able to show some form of identification if requested by the police or judicial authorities (can be the passport).

A minor under the age of 18 travelling to Portugal must either:

  • be accompanied by a parent or guardian,
  • be met at the airport or point of entry by a parent or guardian, or
  • carry a letter of authorisation to travel from a parent or guardian. The letter should name the adult responsible for the minor during his/her stay.

Entry requirements

As an EU national, you may remain in Portugal as a tourist for a period not exceeding three months.

If you intend to settle, you must apply for a Registration Certificate from the local Camara Municipal (Town Hall) or from the nearest office of the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (Portuguese immigration authority).

Health

If you are visiting Portugal, you should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Portuguese nationals.

It does not cover you for medical repatriation, on-going medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature.

Dialling Code

The international dialling code is +351.

Time

Portugal is the same as GMT.

Language

The official language of Portugal is Portuguese.

We invite you to visit Setubal, visit Portugal.

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Here you can find useful information you should take into consideration when planning your travel holidays to Setúbal in Portugal. The information on this page should be used as a guide and it doesn’t intend to be a substitute from obtaining more information from local authorities.
Here you can find useful information you should take into consideration when planning your travel holidays to Setúbal in Portugal. The information on this page should be used as a guide and it doesn’t intend to be a substitute from obtaining more information from local authorities.