Foreign travel advice



Information and advice for British nationals travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum.

Industrial action by contractors starting on Wednesday 24 August 2016 is expected to cause delays to departures at airports in Portugal for an indefinite period. You should allow extra time for check-in and follow the advice from your airline or travel company.

Portuguese authorities continue to fight forest fires on mainland Portugal. For information on the areas to avoid, visit the Civil Protection Website (interactive map) in English.

The situation in Madeira is returning to normal. For up-to-date information (in English) visit the Madeira Tourist authority’s website. If you are travelling around Madeira, remain vigilant, stay away from the affected areas and follow the advice of your tour operator, hotel management and the local Civil Protection authorities.

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

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

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