Portugal

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👥  Population: 10.3 million

🌍  Region: Europe

🗣  Languages: Portugese, Mirandese

🚙  Drive on the: Right

💵  Currency: Euro, EUR, €

☎️  Calling Code: +351

🟢 Internet Speed: Is generally good at 154 Mbps on average

Portugal is located on the Iberian Peninsula bordering Spain, its only neighbour. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe featuring everything from forrests, mountains, rolling plains, beaches, modern cities, as well as cobblestone villages.

3 random facts about Portugal

🏧 Portugal has the most advanced ATM system in the world, allowing you to carry out over 60 functions.

🏰 Portugal has 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

☀️70% of Portugal's energy is from renewable sources, making it a world leader in renewable energy.

Visas

Blue: Schengen Area

Green: Visa-free access to the Schengen states

Light blue: Outside of Schengen area but has same access to it

Grey: Visa required

Schengen Area is an area of 26 European countries that have no border control between them as well as a unified visa policy when it comes to international travel. Portugal is part of this area.

Visiting

If you're a non-Schengen EU member state or are part of the Schengen area you have full, unrestricted access to the Schengen Area as well as other EU member states.

If you require a visit visa, they are valid for up to 90 days. They are applied for online.

EU Schengen Visa Information

Travel remotely

Money

There is no limit to the amount of cash you take into Portugal but you do have to declare anything over €10,000. Make sure to find out whether you need to tell your bank of your travels as many, as a security feature, will freeze your account.

You can withdraw cash at any ATM in Portugal by using your local bank card. Bear in mind that these often have high fees and your bank may also charge you.

Consider opening an e-money/digital money account such as Wise or Revolut as you can save a considerable amount in withdrawal, conversion and transfer fees.

You can pay with your credit or debit card in most establishments. VISA or MasterCard are accepted everywhere that accepts card payments. Even though American Express and Diners Club are accepted widely, they will most likely not be accepted by small businesses such as restaurants, corner shops etc.

SIM cards

There are 3 main mobile network providers:

Vodafone has the greatest network coverage and fastest speeds including 5G, so is recommended for most people. You can find SIM cards in official stores around the country.

As of July 2021, 10GB of data will cost you €23 per month.

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