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.

A forest fire has claimed the lives of a large number of people in the Pedrogão Grande area of central Portugal and isn’t yet under control. Other smaller fires have also been reported elsewhere in the country due to high temperatures. Forest fires are highly dangerous and unpredictable; check with local authorities if you’re considering travelling to the 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

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