This expat guide offers information and advice if you are moving to Portugal. Click on the different tabs to find out about anything from tax rules and banking to cost of living and embassy contact details.
Moving to Portugal
Many expats moving to Portugal share a belief that life should come before work. This is an alluring attitude as Portugal's warm weather, stretching coastline and a relaxed atmosphere are more tempting than busier and matters. It also makes Portugal a popular retirement destination.
Many expats come to Portugal for a better quality of life rather than financial and professional reasons. Yet a low cost of living, coupled with previously acquired money from overseas, can make moving to Portugal financially prudent.
However, a lackadaisical disposition can be frustrating for those doing business in Portugal and navigating government regulations. Employment is also difficult to find and wages are lower than other European destinations, but the economy is well situated to grow and compete globally. This, combined with the country's charms, will continue to attract happily relocated expats.
Removals and shipping to Portugal from other European countries will be relatively easy and cheap, with multiple over-land carriers. From overseas, there are a number of shipping companies that can give reliable delivery of household goods. The cheapest delivery point is Portugal's main seaport in Lisbon. Other coastal destinations may require multiple ships and inland destinations require additional transportation. Each time cargo is unloaded and loaded the shipping becomes more expensive. Air transport is available but is more expensive than land or sea shipping.
Moving pets to Portugal will require either an EU pet passport from residents of the EU, or a certificate of health from overseas countries. Non-EU countries must also provide proof of a rabies vaccine and micro-chip details. Portugal also requires an unusual amount of red tape to clear animals through customs.
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