Travelling Abroad

Making plans to travel to Portugal? Check out here: Informative flyer to Us Citizens (PDF 409 KB)

Moving your household belongings to Portugal? Check out here:

Temporary Reintroduction of Border Control: With the reintroduction of border control, passengers on internal flights between Portugal or any other country and France will be controlled by the Immigration authorities: Temporary Reintroduction of Border Control (

If you are planning to travel to Portugal on a tourist or business trip for a period not to exceed 90 days, you do not need to apply for a visa. You are required to be in possession of a U.S. passport, valid for a minimum of three months beyond the length of your stay

U.S citizens who arrive in Portugal without a valid passport will NOT be permitted to enter Portugal, and will be returned to their point of origin

Specific information about residency and temporary stay visa requirements is available at and on the Embassy of Portugal. For country specific information and travel alerts please review Be Prepared for the unexpected overseas! Read the emergency preparedness brochure (PDF 775 KB)

Safeguard and Security

Safeguard your passport and identity documents when traveling throughout Portugal!.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and take personal security measures to stay safe! Thefts of backpacks, electronics and luggage occur regularly. DO NOT leave valuables in rental cars. Tourists are frequent victims of petty crime/car break-ins.
  • Avoid using automatic teller machines (ATMs) in isolated or poorly lit areas. Leave extra cash, credit cards, and personal documents at home or in a hotel safe.
  • Keep doors and windows of private rentals locked at all times, taking extra care if easily accessed from the street or other places.
  • Use caution when accepting open drinks at bars or clubs, and do not leave drinks unattended.
  • Always use a taxi from the queue or kiosk. Do not go with someone who walks up to you and offers a ride.


  • The U.S. government does NOT pay for medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Good medical care is available, but facilities may be limited outside urban areas. Public hospitals offer services at costs lower than private hospitals.

Payment is expected upon admission at private hospitals.

  • Make sure your Health Insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.
  • If traveling with prescription medication, check here Portugal medication to ensure the medication is legal in Portugal.
  • Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription

Make your trip to Portugal unforgettable! Enjoy your stay!