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The UK is leaving the European Union. The rules for passports, entry requirements, driving, EHIC cards and more may change after Brexit.
This page will be updated with country-specific information for travellers to Portugal as things change. Sign up for email alerts and view the latest updates for UK nationals travelling to and living in Europe.
Around 2.2 million British nationals visited Portugal in 2018 (source: Office for National Statistics. Most visits are trouble-free.
If you’re living in or moving to Portugal, visit our Living in Portugal guide in addition to this travel advice.
Beware of street crime. Thieves tend to target money and passports so don’t keep them all in one place. See Crime
Walking the levadas (ancient irrigation channels) is a popular activity in Madeira, but the walks can be challenging if you are inexperienced. See Local travel - Madeira
Terrorist attacks in Portugal can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
There’s an increased risk of forest fires during summer months and when the weather is hot and dry. See Forest fires
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Consider carrying an Emergency ID Card to help the health services assist you in an emergency. For information on the European Health Insurance Card see Health.
There have been reports of an increase in holidaymakers being encouraged to submit a claim for personal injury if they have experienced gastric illness during their stay. You can find more information about the action you can take if you have suffered a personal injury on the Citizens Advice website. You should only consider pursuing a complaint or claim if you have genuinely suffered from injury or illness. If you make a false or fraudulent claim, you may face legal proceedings in the UK or Portugal.
You can contact the emergency services by calling 112.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
If you’re travelling to Portugal to do business or provide services, see further guidance on providing services in Portugal after Brexit.