Foreign travel advice

Portugal

Summary

There will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU, while the UK remains in the EU.

From 14 to 15 October 2017, serious forest fires have been burning in many parts of central and northern Portugal, particularly in the area between Coimbra and Viseu. A number of fatalities have been confirmed and many roads are cut off. Wildfires can spread swiftly so you should remain cautious and follow the instructions of the Portuguese emergency services. You can report fires to the emergency services on 112. For further information visit the Portuguese Met Office website or the Civil Protection authority website.

The airline and tour operator Monarch went into administration on 2 October 2017. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is arranging replacement flights for Monarch customers who are currently outside the UK to allow them to travel to the UK. No replacement outbound flights will operate from the UK.

You can find information and advice on flights, accommodation and reimbursement for expenses incurred on the dedicated website, or by calling the hotline on 0300 303 2800 (if calling from the UK) or +44 1753 330 330 (if calling from outside the UK).

If you need consular assistance above and beyond information on replacement flights or accommodation, please contact your nearest British embassy or consulate.

There have been some large forest fires in central and northern Portugal this summer that have claimed lives. There is still a risk of forest fires while the weather remains hot and dry. Check with local authorities if you’re considering travelling to affected areas. Take care when visiting or driving through woodland areas and report fires to the emergency services on 112. See Natural disasters

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.

Around 2.6 million British nationals visited Portugal in 2015. Most visits are trouble-free.

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

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.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance and get a free European Health Insurance Card before you travel. See Health