Travel to Portugal

Portugal: entry and exit regulations

Formalities, visas

Germans can enter Portugal with a passport or identity card.

German child ID cards are recognized without restriction; Children under the age of 16 can also enter the country if they are entered in the passport of one of the accompanying parents.

Issuing of visas in Germany


Zimmerstrasse 56

10117 Berlin

Tel: +49 – (0) 30 – 59 00 63 50 – 0

Fax: +49 – (0) 30 – 59 00 63 60 – 0


Issuing of visas in Austria and Switzerland

See under Representations of Portugal in Austria and Representations of Portugal in Switzerland.

Import and export of foreign currency

A declaration is required from an import of an equivalent value of more than 15,000 euros. If an amount with a value or equivalent of more than 15,000 euros is exported upon departure, the import of the amount must be proven by means of a declaration or the legal acquisition in Portugal in the event of a possible control.

Import and export of goods

There are no import restrictions for private use for travelers from EU countries. The following guidelines apply for personal needs:

  • 800 cigarettes
  • 400 cigarillos (cigars weighing no more than 3 g each)
  • 200 cigars
  • 1000g tobacco
  • 10 liters of spirits
  • 20 liters of so-called intermediate products (e.g. Campari, Port, Madeira, Sherry)
  • 90 liters of wine
  • 110 liters of beer

Entry with pets

In Portugal, the EU regulation on the import and export of pets from October 1, 2004 applies:

This states that an EU pet passport must be issued for every pet. This pet pass can be issued by any resident veterinarian. Vaccination against rabies is also mandatory for every pet. The animals must be at least three months old when they are vaccinated against rabies. In addition, the vaccination must have been given at least 21 days before entering Portugal and must not be more than twelve months ago. When entering the country with pets that are younger than three months and have therefore not yet been vaccinated against rabies, a special rule applies. These animals must also have a chip/tattoo and an EU pet passport must be issued for them. It must also be ensured that

In Portugal, all dogs are also required to be on a leash and muzzle.

Possible animal diseases in Portugal

Animal diseases

In Portugal numerous diseases are to be expected in dogs, which do not occur or only extremely rarely in Central and Northern Europe. In addition to borreliosis, which also occurs in us, this is above all:


Borreliosis is transmitted by ticks, just like in humans. The symptoms are also comparable to those in humans. But unlike humans, you can have your dog vaccinated against Lyme disease.


This disease of the dog is transmitted by the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), which occurs mainly in the Mediterranean area. The causative agent of the disease are bacteria that multiply in the blood-forming bone marrow. They lead to a tendency to bleeding by destroying the platelets. The main symptoms are bleeding, high fever, and loss of appetite. In addition, the dog suffers from weight loss, fatigue, lack of drive and a significant enlargement of the lymph nodes. If left untreated, the disease can be fatal.


This relatively rare disease is transmitted via the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), which occurs primarily in the Mediterranean region. The infection is not caused by the tick bite itself, but only when the dog has bitten off the tick and swallowed it. The typical symptoms are severe emaciation, high fever and severe pain in the muscles and bones. The treatment of the disease turns out to be extremely difficult and often ends with the death of the animal.

Heartworm disease (dirofilariasis)

Heartworm is transmitted to the dog by mosquitoes (culicides). These worms, which parasitize the pulmonary arteries and the right ventricle of the heart, can reach lengths of up to 20 cm. If left untreated, such a worm infestation is usually fatal.

Dog malaria (babesiosis)

Dog malaria is not transmitted by mosquitoes, as is the case with humans, but by ticks. The carrier ticks are the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) and the alluvial forest tick (Dermacentor reticulatus). While the brown dog tick occurs particularly in the Mediterranean countries, the alluvial forest tick is also native to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The parasites responsible for dog malaria mainly destroy the red blood cells. The result is anemia and jaundice combined with a high fever. If left untreated, the disease can lead to dog death.


As in humans, leishmaniasis is transmitted by sand flies (butterfly flies). Leishmaniasis is not yet at home in Germany, although it can soon be expected there due to climate change. Currently it occurs mainly in the Mediterranean countries. The parasite affects the dog’s skin, but also internal organs such as the kidneys, spleen, liver, bone marrow or the lymphatic system. The dog becomes emaciated, often suffers from hair loss and shows severe skin changes. The disease is usually fatal without treatment.


In addition to vaccinations, for example against Lyme disease, there is a very easy-to-use yet effective prevention. To do this, a liquid is applied to the dog in the neck area, which is effective against both mosquitoes and ticks. The effect is on the one hand that they have a repellent effect on the mosquito, infesting or stinging the animal at all, and on the other hand they have an insecticidal effect. Such a treatment develops its effect for about 4 weeks at a time, after which it has to be repeated, which the owner can do himself. These preventive products are called “spot on products”.

Portugal: travel and transport

How to get to Portugal

The quickest way to get to Portugal from Germany is by plane. Of course, you can also travel to Portugal by car or train, which can take three days. Portugal is part of the Schengen area, so there are no regular border controls at the borders (with Spain).

Travel in the country

Air connections Domestic flights are offered by the following Portuguese airlines: Tap – Air Portugal, Hi Fly, Aerocondor Transportes Aéreos, Sata and Portugalia


The CP, the fastest train in Portugal, runs between Lisbon and Porto. Intercity trains run between Lisbon and Guarde, Civilha, Evora and Algarve. Only slow trains run on the remaining railway lines. The rail network covers a length of around 2,850 km.


There is a good network of intercity buses. It is also the cheapest and usually the fastest way to travel in Portugal.

Ferry connections

The main ports are in Lisbon, Porto, Aveiro and Funchal (Madeira). There are ferry connections between the mainland ports to the Azores, the Canary Islands and Madeira.


The road network in Portugal is extensive. It has a length of approx. 72,600 km. In mid-2011 the country had a motorway network with a length of around 2,700 km – some with six lanes.

Car, rental

car Rental cars can be rented in all major cities. Well-known providers such as Hertz and Avis are represented.


Taxis are easy to come by and relatively inexpensive.

Traffic rules

To avoid trouble with the police or even the courts, drivers should strictly adhere to the traffic regulations in force in the country. Regardless of the information given here, it is advisable to obtain more detailed information from the ADAC, the AvD or the Portuguese traffic clubs.

Top speeds

  • Urban: In built-up areas there is a speed limit of 50 km/h.
  • Side roads: There is a speed limit of 90 km/h on side roads.
  • Main roads: There is a speed limit of 100 km/h on main roads.
  • Motorways: There is a speed limit of 120 km/h on motorways.

In addition, it is of course necessary to pay attention to the current local speed limits, which are indicated by traffic signs.

Blood alcohol limit

The official blood alcohol limit in Portugal is 0.2.

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, the international license plate of Portugal is:


Portugal: Tourist Offices

Portuguese Tourist Office

Tel: 0180 – 500 49 30


Turismo de Portugal, IP

Rua Ivone Silva, Lote 6

1050-124 Lisboa (Lisbon)

Tel.: +351 – 211 140 200

Fax: +351 – 217 810 009

Portugal: travel medicine, risks

Infectious Diseases

In Portugal, with a few exceptions, infectious diseases that do not also occur in Germany, Austria or Switzerland are not to be expected.

  • Malaria, there is no risk of malaria in the country.
  • Lyme disease, as a result of tick bites
  • Intestinal infectionsThese can be caused by contaminated food or water, such as amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella and worm infestation as well as all kinds of viruses and bacteria.
  • Early summer meningo encephalitis, mainly as a result of tick bites.
  • Hepatitis A and BInfection with hepatitis B is only possible in people who can come into contact with blood or those who have sexual contact.
  • Kala Azar disease
  • Leishmaniasis Disease
  • Polio, polio

Vaccination recommendations When traveling to Portugal, the same vaccinations are recommended as in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

  • Diphtheria, a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Hepatitis A and B, vaccination against hepatitis B, is only required for those people who may come into contact with blood or who have sexual contact.
  • Polio, polio, vaccination against polio should always exist, also in the home country.
  • Tetanus, a vaccination against tetanus should always exist, also in the home country.

Compulsory vaccination

There are no vaccination requirements when entering or staying in Portugal, with the exception of trips to the Azores and Madeira. There is a compulsory vaccination against yellow fever for travelers arriving from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO.

Yellow fever vaccination of children

There were a number of side effects associated with vaccination against yellow fever, such as: B. Encephalitis. About two thirds of those affected were children under six months. Therefore, under no circumstances should children under this age be vaccinated. But children under one year of age should also not be vaccinated if possible. If in doubt, yellow fever infection areas must then be avoided. Any vaccination against yellow fever may only be carried out in specially authorized yellow fever vaccination centers!

Hazards and current warning notices

Foreign Office (AA) of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens’ Service

Telephone: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 51000

Current warning notices from the AA:

Portugal: currency, shopping

The national currency of Portugal is the euro = 100 cents.

As in all countries in the Eurozone, the following banknotes are valid:

  • 500 €
  • € 200
  • 100 €
  • 50 €
  • 20 €
  • 10 €
  • 5 €

Coins are available in the following denominations:

  • € 2
  • 1 €
  • 50 cents
  • 20 cents
  • 10 cents
  • 5 cents
  • 2 cent
  • 1 cent

Bank opening times

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: closed


Shop opening times

Between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm, most shops have their siesta. Large supermarkets are open all the time. In shopping centers, the shops usually don’t open until 10:00 a.m., but are open until 10:00 p.m.

  • Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sunday: closed

Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs

Special Portuguese souvenirs are ceramic goods, embroidered carpets and woolen blankets as well as linen goods. There are also regional wicker, wood and forged products that turn out to be nice souvenirs.

Portugal: Diplomatic missions

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Portugal embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Representations of Portugal in Germany

The embassy of the Portuguese Republic in Berlin is located in the immediate vicinity of the Springer high-rise building and the Charly checkpoint.

The building in which the embassy is located is a rather unadorned functional building. The building is not owned by Portugal, only a number of office space has been rented here. The Portuguese embassy moved here in 1999 after moving from Bonn to Berlin. The embassy has the following departments:

– Diplomatic Department

– Defense


– Press Office – Cultural Department

– Education

– Commercial Department

Embassy of Portugal

Zimmerstrasse 56

10117 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 59 00 63 50 – 0

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30 – 59 00 63 60 – 0


Consulate General of the Portuguese Republic

Friedrichstrasse 20

40217 Düsseldorf

Tel: 0049 – (0) 211 – 138780

Fax: 0049 – (0) 211 – 323357


Vice Consulate of the Portuguese Republic

Zeppelinallee 15

60325 Frankfurt am Main

Tel: 0049 – (0) 69 – 9798800

Fax: 0049 – (0) 69 – 97988022


Consulate General of the Portuguese Republic

Büschstraße 7-I

20354 Hamburg

Tel: 0049 – (0) 40 – 355348-4

Fax: 0049 – (0) 40 – 355348-60


Vice Consulate of the Portuguese Republic

Schlosswall 2

49080 Osnabrück

Tel: 0049 – (0) 541 – 408080

Fax: 0049 – (0) 541 – 431712

Consulate General of the Portuguese Republic

Königstrasse 20

70173 Stuttgart

Tel: 0049 – (0) 711 – 227396

Fax: 0049 – (0) 711 – 2273989


German representations in Portugal

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lisbon

Campo dos Mártires da Pátria 38

1169-043 Lisbon

Tel: 00351 – 21 – 881 02 10

Fax: 00351 – 21 – 885 38 46



Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany

Urb. Infante D. Henrique, Lot 11, R/C, Dt °

8000-490 Faro

Tel: 00351 – 289) 80 31 48

Fax: 00351 – 289) 80 13 46



Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany

Largo do Phelps 6, 1

9050-025 Funchal

Tel: 00351-291-22 03 38

Fax: 00351-291-23 01 08

Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany

Rua da Lombinha 5

Ginetes/São Miguel

Tel: 00351 – 965 52 90 64

Fax: 00351 – 296 29 54 26


Representations of Austria in Portugal

Embassy of the Republic of Austria

Avenida Infante Santo 43

1399-046 Lisbon

Tel: 00351 – 21 – 394 39-00

Fax: 00351 – 21 – 395 82 24



Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Austria

Rua Agostinho da Silva Rocha 844

4475-451 Nogueira – MAIA


Tel.: 00351 – 933 – 147 504

Fax: 00351-229 – 605 753


Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Austria

Rua Ramalho Ortigao – Ed. Clube Borda D’Agua, Praia da Oura

8200-604 Albufeira

Tel: 00351 – 289 – 51 09 00

Fax: 00351 – 289 – 51 09 99


Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Austria

Miltones-Viagens, Rua Imperatriz D. Amelia, Edificio PrinceZa – Loja 0/4

9000-018 Funchal/Madeira

Tel: 00 351 – 291 – 20 61 00

Fax: 00 351 – 291 – 28 16 20

E-Mail: Hkonsulatfunchal @

Representations of Portugal in Austria

Embassy of the Portuguese Republic in Berlin

Opernring 3

1010 Vienna

Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 586 75 36

Fax: 0043 – (0) 1 – 586 75 36 99



Honorary Consulate of the Portuguese Republic

Faberstraße 2b/4

5020 Salzburg

Tel: 0043 – (0) 662 – 87 39 02

Fax: 0043 – (0) 662 – 87 39 024


Honorary Consulate of the Portuguese Republic

Maria Theresien Strasse 21-23

6020 Innsbruck

Tel: 0043 – (0) 512 – 570 199 – 13

Fax: 0043 – (0) 512 – 570 199 – 14


Honorary Consulate of the Portuguese Republic

Hopfenweg 23

4020 Linz

Tel: 0043 – (0) 732 – 66 73 26

Fax: 0043 – (0) 732 – 66 73 20 29


Representations of Switzerland in Portugal

Embassy of the Swiss Confederation

Travessa do Jardim, no. 17

1350-185 Lisbon

Tel: 00351 – 213 944 090

Fax: 00351 – 213 955 945


Web: www.eda.admin. ch/lisbon

Consulate of the Swiss Confederation

Rua Ofélia da Cruz Costa, 882

2 ° Dto.

4455-137 Lavra

Tel: 00351 – 229 – 967 923

Fax: 00351 – 229 – 967 923


Representations of Portugal in Switzerland

Embassy of the Portuguese Republic in Bern

Weltpoststr. 20

3015 Bern

Tel: 0041 – (0) 31 – 352 83 29

Fax: 0041 – (0) 31 – 351 44 32



Consulate General of the Portuguese Republic

Route de Ferney 220

1218 Le Grand-Saconnex

Tel: 0041 – (0) 22 – 791 76 36

Fax: 0041 – (0) 22 – 788 16 78


www.secomunidades. pt/web/genebra

Consulate General of the Portuguese Republic

Zeltweg 13

8032 Zurich

Tel: 0041 – (0) 44 – 200 30 40

Fax: 0041 – (0) 44 – 200 30 50


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