How To Get The Covid Vaccine As An Expat In Portugal

If you are resident in Portugal, you are likely to be wondering about how your expat status affects your place in the country’s Covid vaccination programme. Will you be entitled to the vaccine, and what will it depend on? Do you need to be registered with the public healthcare system and what happens if you … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In Portugal

Portugal’s banking system has one of the most advanced interbank networks in the world, called Multibanco. There are over 150 banks in Portugal, from private national retail banks to public and cooperative banks, international banks, and modern mobile banks. The majority of banks in Portugal belong to the Portuguese Banking Association. The central bank in … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In Portugal

Portugal is a small southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula. It receives over one million visitors a year, with the beaches of the Portuguese Riviera and Algarve being particularly popular tourist destinations. The pastel hued buildings of Lisbon continue to attract crowds, and expats in particular choose to reside there.Portugal has seen a steady … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In Portugal

Portugal, a popular destination among both expats and tourists, can offer a number of opportunities to those seeking employment, despite its recent economic downturn. Whether or not you will need a visa to go there will depend on a number of factors, such as your nationality and the motivation behind your trip. Read on to … Read more

How To Find A Job In Portugal

Portugal remains a popular destination for both living and working among expats, and despite the country’s recent economic downturn, there are still opportunities here if you are seeking employment. Tourism and hospitality remain a major sector, but there is also work in call centres and in manufacturing. Your chances of finding employment will depend somewhat … Read more

Seeking Life in The Sun? Here Are The Best Places To Live In Portugal

What’s not to love about Portugal? Whether you’re looking to emigrate to chase the sun, enjoy the beautiful beaches or just simply soak up a rich new culture, Portugal has it all.But where are the best places to live in the country? From the areas with the lowest crime rates, highest number of blue flag … Read more

Complementary Therapies In Portugal And How To Access Them

If you are legally resident in Portugal, then the vast majority of your healthcare needs will be covered by the country’s public health service, although you might need to pay a nominal amount to make an appointment with a doctor or pick up a prescription.Beyond general healthcare, however, a lot of people around the world … Read more

Dental And Opthalmic Care In Portugal: How To Find The Right Options For You

The Portuguese health system has a two-tiered approach, with most residents being covered by the national health service. You will be eligible for public healthcare if you are legally resident in Portugal, although you might have to pay a token amount for prescriptions and appointments, unless you are exempt.Appointments with dentists and opticians will not … Read more

How To Keep Fit And Healthy In Portugal

Moving abroad is a stressful time, even if you have chosen to move to a new location for a better overall quality of life. It is important to try to keep up good habits after you arrive, and to work out a health and fitness regime to keep you in top shape while you are … Read more

What Quality Of Healthcare Can You Expect In Portugal?

Portugal enjoys a good level of healthcare, both in the state-run public health system and in its private hospitals and clinics.Many expats opt to simply go with the public health system, which only charges a nominal amount for basic appointments and prescriptions as long as you fit the eligibility criteria. Others choose to take out … Read more

How To Keep Your Health Insurance Costs Low In Portugal

The healthcare system in Portugal takes a three-tiered approach. If you are a member of a relevant profession, for example if you are a civil servant or working in the armed forces, then your healthcare will be covered by the state through your professional body. If you are living in Portugal but are not in … Read more

How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In Portugal?

If you are legally resident in Portugal, you will be covered by the national health system. This means that most of your healthcare will be free at the point of service, but there are still some small fees for certain appointments and procedures.You can also opt to take out private healthcare in Portugal if you … Read more

How To Register With The Portuguese Health System

The Portuguese health system works on a three-tiered basis. Most people living in Portugal, regardless of whether they are in full-time employment, will be covered by the state health system, which is generally free at the point of service with a few small exceptions. If you work in a profession which is covered by its … Read more

How Much Does It Really Cost To Live In Portugal?

Fueled by foreign demand and the possibility of obtaining residency in exchange for investing money, the Portuguese property market is on the up. Since analysts are predicting this upward trend to continue, prices keep rising. Portugal’s property market was pretty resilient during the global financial crisis compared to some of the neighbouring countries.As well as … Read more

Segurança Social In Portugal: What Is It And How Might It Help You?

Ah, bureaucracy. It’s not a favourite word for anyone, and that includes expats. The last thing we enjoy doing when moving to a new country is tackling all the paperwork and applications that are necessary to ensure we’re fully covered in every aspect of our new lives. In this guide, we’ll be looking at Segurança … Read more

Quality Of Life In Portugal: What To Expect As An Expat

No matter where you live in the world, you may find yourself comparing your home country to your new destination each time you travel. After all, it can be fun to compare the differences between places as a way to see what’s unique; and whilst you can’t ultimately judge a destination by an initial list … Read more

How To Find A Property Management Agency In Portugal

Every year, thousands of people purchase property in Portugal. After all, with friendly local people, warm summers and incredible landscapes, what’s not to love?However, with the weather in Portugal fluctuating hugely every season, properties can often take a hit. Temperatures which exceed 30 degrees Centigrade in the summer switch to torrential storms in the winter, … Read more

Interview With Louise Ross, Author, Women Who Walk

Louise, tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in expat life. I’ve lived outside of my country of origin, which is Australia, for more than three decades. I moved to Portugal from Colorado and there, I didn’t think of myself as an expatriate.All my friends were American – bar a couple of Australians … Read more

How Does Cardiac Care In Portugal Compare With Other Expat Destinations?

In 2016, the world’s leading cause of death was ischemic heart disease, an illness which affected people across all locations and income brackets. However, in Portugal, a country that’s bathed with sunlight for most of the year and boasts 850 kilometres of Atlantic Ocean beaches, these figures were relatively low.Whether this statistic is linked to … Read more

Interview With Jacqueline Silva, Director, Eden Montessori School

Jacqueline, you're the Director of Eden Montessori school in Albufeira. Tell us about your role: what does a typical day in your life look like? My day starts with welcoming children and parents at 8:45am. to start their school day. We head straight to the classroom for our morning Montessori three-hour ‘work’ period. During this … Read more

Cancer Care In Portugal: What You Need To Know

Medical tourism brings thousands of visitors to new countries every year, with cosmetic surgery and dentistry often being the most popular reasons to travel for your health. However, whilst many actively seek out healthcare in advance, what do you do when you’re already living in another country and are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness?Cancer is … Read more

How Long Does It Take To Become Fluent In Portuguese?

This is a question that every new learner of the language tends to ask themselves before they begin. After all, timelines are important. They help us to set targets, stay on track and ensure we meet our goals by a specific date. Which, if you’re learning a new language because you’re relocating, can be incredibly … Read more

Getting Your Atestado De Residência in Portugal

Obtaining an ‘Atestado De Residência’ in Portugal is the process of gathering proof that you reside in the country. This is a process that can strike fear into the calmest of people, since gaining proof of residency in any country can be confusing and challenging, especially when there isn’t much information available online; however, it … Read more

Paul Garcia, Alentejo and Algarve

Who are you? My name is Paul. My friends call me Pauly G, “just the brown guy from America.” I am a person from Las Vegas, Nevada who I feel achieved the American Dream and at the end of the day, my life was not happy. I shed most all of my material artifacts to … Read more

Jocelyn, Algarve

Who are you? Hello, I’m Jocelyn from Malaysia. I believe a little leap of faith can unlock your pathway beyond your expectations!This is the beginning of my expat journey in a foreign land without knowing anybody and it’s me all by myself. (I feel like singing Celine Dion’s “All By Myself” most of the time.) … Read more

Why Portugal Is The Best Location For Women In Tech

Take away the expansive ocean views, the coastal cliff edges and the bustling cities that Portugal is renowned for, and the country is left with… well, still quite a lot, really! And it’s not just the pastéis de nata or port that we’re talking about.Portugal is a country that attracts expats and tourists alike. The … Read more

A Guide To Renting An Apartment In Lisbon

Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, boasts a mix of traditional architecture and contemporary culture. The subtropical climate (the average temperature in winter is 14C), relatively cheap cost of living, vibrant nightlife and easy access to the stunning beaches of the Algarve all make Lisbon a very attractive place to settle. Few places in Europe … Read more

Renovating Rural Property In Portugal – 10 Tips For First-Time Buyers

Boasting a pleasant climate, friendly locals and low rural property prices, Portugal is an attractive proposition for those dreaming of a renovation project. However, this isn’t a task for the faint-hearted. Here are our tips for carrying out your restoration as smoothly as possible! Define Your Reasons For The Project Despite a third of Portuguese … Read more

Yayeri Van Baarsen, Algarve

Who are you? I’m Yayeri van Baarsen, a 33-year-old journalist from Holland. Currently I live in the Algarve, together with my boyfriend and our dog, where we make Enjoy the Algarve, a free online magazine about the south of Portugal.Actually, Kyle and I make the magazine, Gustave the dog isn’t such a big help when … Read more

What Does Portugal’s New Start-Up Visa Mean For You?

Long, hot summers with ample sunshine and endless silver beaches have made Portugal a highly sought-after destination for expats from all over the globe. This south European country boasts excellent living standards, modern infrastructure, warm people, a relaxed paced of life and great healthcare. Property prices are fairly reasonable, as is the overall cost of … Read more

Portugal Or Spain – Which Would Suit You?

The world is brimming with possibilities; you can make a home anywhere you desire. From finding comfort in an unknown land to exposing yourself to a cultural shock and learning to empathize with the differences that unite us, expat life can be both exciting and challenging. Travelling to and settling down in another country brings … Read more

Portugal Facebook Group Round-Up September 2017

Welcome to this month’s round-up of discussion topics in our Expats In Portugal Facebook group. Adjustments and comparisons Eight days into her stay, one member has already noticed several differences between Portugal and her home country! Notable items include the sunshine and heat; the variety and affordability of excellent food; and how everything gets done … Read more

Alexa, Lisbon

Who are you? I am Alexa, a 43-year-old single mother, copywriter and blogger. Where, when and why did you move abroad? Actually there a few answers here!20 years ago, I moved to Montreal. The experience was amazing, and lasted for 3 wonderful years. 16 years ago, I moved to Rotterdam (NL), for a year. It … Read more

Interview With Zara Quiroga, Author, Lisbon In 100 Bites

Zara, tell us a bit about yourself. What does a typical day in your life look like? I’m a Portuguese world traveler and I make a living as a travel and food writer.I was an expat in Dubai for almost five years, until late 2011. Since then and until a few months ago, I was … Read more

The Best Beach Property Locations In Portugal

With expansive stretches of white beaches and towering mountains, Portugal, located on the west of the Iberian Peninsula, is a haven for expats who love plenty of sunshine. Surrounded by Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal has a population of nearly 10 million, and is especially known for its long hot summers.Apart from the abundant … Read more

Gail Aguiar, Porto

Who are you? My name is Gail Aguiar, I’m a Gen-X Canadian who’s moved around a lot. I’ve lived in half of Canada’s provinces, and a bunch of countries. I hate moving (the un/packing), but I love exploring.Where, when and why did you move abroad? I was a first-time tourist to Portugal in 2011, a … Read more

Portugal – Recommended Social Media Accounts

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Portugal and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.Visit PortugalFacebook Page | Twitter | Instagram … Read more

An Expat Guide To Renting Property In Lisbon

The hilly coastal city of Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and also the hub of the country’s economy. It is located south of the center of the Atlantic coast, one of the only major European cities to be located this far west. It is also the most densely populated region in Portugal, and popular … Read more

Helena Radeson Silverup, Cascais

Who are you? I am Helena Radeson Silverup Where, when and why did you move abroad? Me and my family (husband and then four year old daughter) moved from Stockholm, Sweden to Cascais, Portugal in January 2016. We are now here as ex-pats.We moved because we wanted to give our daughter this incredible language, multicultural … Read more

Nine Traditional Portuguese Foods You Should Try

Portuguese cuisine varies by region, although foods such as fresh fish and shellfish are found across the country. The country’s national dish is ‘bacalhau’, which is dried and salted cod. The dish dates back to the early 16th century. When fishing boats reached Newfoundland, the sailors sundried their catch and salted it to preserve it … Read more

Joy Hanford, Guimarães

Who are you? My name is Joy Hanford. I am a Midwestern American. I am a children’s book author, an artist, a writer and a blogger. I am a wife and mother and a friend. I love to laugh, read and tell stories, pop and eat endless bowls of popcorn, travel and live my best … Read more

Kev Harrison, Lisbon

Who are you? I’m a 36 year-old English language teacher, living and working in Lisbon, Portugal. I grew up in Surrey, in south-east England and lived in London, Birmingham and other UK cities before moving abroad.After university, not knowing what I wanted to do, at all, I started a career as a financial analyst, which … Read more

A Brief Guide To Buying Property In Portugal

Europe’s southern-most and oldest nation state, Portugal, lies on a part of the western littoral of the Iberian Peninsula. It shares its borders with Spain to the east and north as well as the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west. Characterized by its golden beaches, captivating cities, medieval castles and cobblestone villages, Portugal has … Read more

Portugal – Recommended Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Portugal and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.Um Lisboeta Ingles – An Englishman In Lisbon A travelling teacher with … Read more

How Does Being An Expat In Portugal Differ From Holidaying There?

Clinging onto Spain on the Iberian Peninsula, facing the vast expanse of the Atlantic, Portugal is often forgotten about, a small country with a smaller economy. This wasn’t always the case. Portugal had a mighty empire that stretched across oceans and gave the kingdom a foothold in Asia, Africa and South America. Where Portuguese traders … Read more

Interview With Allana Da Graca, Expat Author

Allana, tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be an expat. My name is Dr. Allana Da Graca and I relocated to Portugal in 2014 to experience the lifestyle and culture of this beautiful community. I also have in-laws who reside in Europe so the thought of living in Portugal was … Read more

Sarah Hendrickx, Algarve

Who are you? I am Sarah Hendrickx, a freelance writer, book author, autism specialist and expat blogger. I do all of these things in Portugal – some remotely and some on return trips to the UK. Where, when and why did you move abroad? My partner and I explored many countries and regions looking for … Read more

Interview With Elisabete Soares, Director, Portugal Au Pair

Elisabete, you're Director at Portugal Au Pair. Tell us a bit about your role: what does your day-to-day routine look like? My everyday life has been really amazing and the au pair world has been so interesting. My job is to promote the au pair cultural exchange program among young people in Portugal and throughout … Read more

Interview With Gabrielle Collison, Author of Buying Property in Portugal

Gabrielle, can you tell us something about your background and what prompted you to write "Buying Property in Portugal"? I was born in London and attended Nonsuch High School for Girls in Cheam. Being a rather free-spirited person, and finding the constraints and curriculum of an all girls grammar school a bit too much, I … Read more

Interview With Expat Author Gabrielle Collison

Gabrielle, please tell us a bit about yourself. A Londoner by birth, I later moved out to Surrey where I attended Nonsuch High School for Girls in Cheam. Being a rather free-spirited person and finding the constraints and curriculum of an all girls’ grammar school a bit too much, I left at 16 (to the … Read more

Don’t Buy Property In Portugal Until You’ve Read This

Portugal is a popular destination with tourists & expats from all over the world. In fact, many senior citizens from the UK and other European nations choose to spend their retirement in Portugal due to its low cost of living. This has caused a boom in the residential and commercial property sector, consequently triggering off … Read more

Interview with Expat Author Gabrielle Collison

Gabrielle, please tell us a bit about yourself. A Londoner by birth, I later moved out to Surrey where I attended Nonsuch High School for Girls in Cheam. Being a rather free-spirited person and finding the constraints and curriculum of an all girls’ grammar school a bit too much, I left at 16 (to the … Read more

The Pros And Cons Of Teaching English In Portugal

Portugal has a booming tourism industry and learning English has become an important skill for many of the locals. This means that there is a growing demand for English teachers. Those who are considering English teaching jobs in Portugal will be happy to know that it is one of the best countries to live and … Read more

Starting A Small Business In Portugal – 5 Things You Should Know

Foreigners and nationals can start a business in Portugal as long as they have the required work permits and minimum capital investment. But many expats do feel that the bureaucratic process can be confusing and having a trusted local to help you navigate the system is an advantage. Here are five things you should know … Read more

Are These The Best Golf Courses For Expats In Portugal?

Tourists and expats alike quickly fall in love with the pleasant buzz and the warm natives of Portugal. The warm climate, economical property prices and modest cost of living make it an attractive destination. A big advantage is that Portugal has a diverse and thriving expat community, which makes it easy for foreigners to adjust. … Read more

Sarah Keogh & Paul Stubbs, P.P. Property

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company.P.P.Property is owned by two British expatriates; Sarah Keogh and Paul Stubbs, they are registered estate agents in Portugal (Imobiliaria). The company is now 5 years old and is growing strongly. The company has property for sale throughout Portugal, however their primary focus is between Lisbon … Read more

Should You Switch Banks When Moving to Portugal?

Navigating the world of banking can be difficult at the best of times, but when you’re moving to a whole different country it can be almost impossible to work out what to do with your money. Keep the bank you’re currently with and hope they have enough branches to make it worthwhile? Move to a … Read more

Christine Morgan, Guimarães

My name is Christine Morgan and I came to Portugal for a brief period over 30 years ago. I never left. Why Portugal? At the time I had travelled widely and had also experienced living abroad (including on the island of Crete for about nine months prior to starting University- an unforgettable experience and worthy … Read more

Is the Algarve a Good Choice for Expat Professionals?

The Algarve’s name originates from the Arabic Al-Gharb, meaning “The West”, though travelers from the Western world will recognize it as the southernmost portion of Portugal. When placed on the world stage, the region has plenty to be proud of. For one, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations within Europe: this is … Read more

Julie Dawn Fox, Moura Morta

My name’s Julie and I’m a writer, a traveller and a teacher as well as being a serial expat. I’m originally from the UK but have lived abroad for over ten years now. I had something of a mid-mid-life crisis in my late twenties which resulted in me trading the depressingly dull job I had … Read more

Interview With Gabrielle Collison, Author of Buying Property in Portugal

Gabrielle, can you tell us something about your background and what prompted you to write "Buying Property in Portugal"? I was born in London and attended Nonsuch High School for Girls in Cheam. Being a rather free-spirited person, and finding the constraints and curriculum of an all girls grammar school a bit too much, I … Read more

Derek Harper, Tomar

My name is Derek Harper, I am originally from Scotland and now live in Central Portugal with my girlfriend. We never set off to move to Portugal it just sort of happened, you know the way these things do. Way back in 2002, New Year’s eve to be exact, my girlfriend Nicky Carter and I … Read more

Wendy Manning, Central Portugal

Hello, I am Wendy Manning and I live in Central Portugal with husband Paul and children James (9) and Daniel(6). We moved from the UK towards the end of 2007, like many others it seems. We just decided that we had had enough of working to live and keep a very expensive house and mortgage … Read more

Robin & Shirley Hepworth, Western Algarve

Robin & Shirley Hepworth. I’m a 48 model ex IT Manager; Shirley is a coronation special and a Maths, Chemistry and Biology teacher. Plus Nellie our 2002 Doberman x German Shepherd dog. In 2007 we sold up and moved to the Western Algarve, Portugal. Why? Many reasons – better quality of life, less stressful living, … Read more

Diane & Eric, Bemposta

We are Diane and Eric. We are both trying marriage for a second time… so far! We are both former Devonians although my wife was brought up in Cornwall. We met through our work at a local newspaper and after knowing each other for eight years and having both been divorced for ten years we … Read more

Emma, Central Portugal

Emma from Australia here. After 20 years in the film industry in Sydney I had had enough of 80-hour working weeks and wanted to get a life. I had planned to be travelling for a few years but I fell in love with Portugal as soon as I arrived. When I saw charming ruins for … Read more

Dave, Aveiro

I’m Dave. An aged hippy who managed to pretend to be a successful I.T. consultant for much of my working life before I morphed into Mr Odd Job for three years before moving to Portugal. Nowadays I am much happier playing with lumps of wood than with computers, so no techie questions please. In July … Read more