The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon informs U.S. citizens that strikes are expected to take place for 48 hours at every airport in Portugal, including the Azores, beginning on June 24 and ending on June 25. According to the airport workers union, demonstrations will take place at the Lisbon International Airport on June 25 from 11:00 until 13:30 and at the airport in Porto from 12:00 to 13:30. The Embassy is unaware of planned demonstrations at other airports. The airport security screeners will be striking with the stated purpose of protesting working conditions. Baggage and traveler screening will take longer than usual and travelers should allow for additional time to navigate the security lines.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity.
For further information about security in Portugal:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Portugal’s Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Portugal, located at Avenida das Forças Armadas, in the neighborhood of Sete Rios near the Jardim Zoológico, at + (351) 217 702-122, 08:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(351) 21-727-3300.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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