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Living in Portugal guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Portugal with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Portugal is one of the smallest European countries. Yet, it welcomes thousands of European and foreign expatriates every year.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Portugal is among the world's most popular retirement destinations for the past few years. But it is important to inquire on related conditions beforehand.

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  • Before traveling to Portugal, you are advised to inquire on conditions that apply, whether or not you will need a visa, regardless of your nationality.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Citizens of some countries do not require a visa for a short stay in Portugal. But different types of visas are available for various kinds of stays.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • Many foreigners having settled in Portugal have chosen to set up a business rather than find a job. But it is important to inquire on related proceedings.

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  • Portugal's unemployment rate has been constantly rising for a few years. However, expatriates can still try their luck in Lisbon, the capital city.

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  • Nowadays, it is quite difficult for an expatriate to be hired in Portugal. But you may still find a job if you study the labor market's requirements.

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  • Porto, the second most important Portuguese city, is world famous for its wine production and its industrial fields. It also offers many job perspectives.

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  • An internship in Portugal may be a unique opportunity to discover the country's culture and language, as well as its professional opportunities.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • If you wish to settle in Porto, which is Portugal's second most important city, it is recommended that you inquire on its neighborhoods and rental market.

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  • Lisbon is known to be a city of opportunities. But it can be quite difficult for expatriates to find accommodation there. Rent prices are also very high.

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  • Finding accommodation in Portugal should not be difficult if you start your planning well before moving. Inquire on cities and their neighborhoods first.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • Unlike many other European countries, Portugal has never been a foreign study destination. However, it can be an interesting country for many.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • If you are moving to Portugal, it is important to have necessary information on its health care system. You might need to access to health care services.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • Procedures related to opening a bank account in Portugal are quite simple. This should be very practical if you intend to settle there.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • The Portuguese tax system can be quite stressing if you are moving, particularly for work purposes. It is recommended that you inquire on it beforehand.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Lisbon has a modern and developed transport network. You don't need a car to travel from one place to another. Various means of transports are available.

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  • Portugal has a modern and elaborate transport system. You will be able to access to various means of transports wherever you have settled.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Portugal's road infrastructure and vehicles definitely meet international standards. But before driving, foreigners have to inquire on traffic laws.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • You are advised to hire international removal experts if you have decided to settle in Portugal. They will take care of related formalities on your behalf.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Portugal has nothing to envy its neighbor countries regarding telecommunications, that is phones and internet. It is simple and easy to get connected.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Leisure activities will allow you to relax and break off your routine life once you have settled in Lisbon. The city offers various leisure activities.

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  • In general, Portuguese nationals are very warm and hospitable. But you have to be aware of their lifestyle to be able to adapt to the Portuguese society.

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  • A pet is considered as a family member. So if you are moving to Portugal, you will definitely want it to accompany you. Some procedures apply.

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  • Pakistanis in Portugal. It is very easy to adjust in Portugal for any foreigner especially for the citizens of the third world countries like Pakistan.

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