Passport and visa requirements
Non-EU citizens should check whether they require a visa, which can be obtained from the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in their country of residence.
It usually takes between 30 and 90 days to obtain a visa.
The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. English and French are widely understood and spoken.
Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. Travellers cheques and currency can be changed at foreign exchange bureaux or hotel reception desks. Automatic currency exchange and ATM machines linked to international networks are also widely available.
Sales tax (VAT) is included in marked prices. For non-EU residents, tax-free shopping schemes are available in many shops, offering substantial savings to visitors.
The average daytime and nighttime temperatures in the Lisbon area in May range between highs of 17ºC/63 F and lows of 14ºC/57 F. Note that Sintra has its own microclimate and can therefore be windy in the late afternoon or evening. A sweater or light jacket may be needed.
Portugal is in the Western European Time Zone, i.e. GMT +1 during the spring and summer months (in line with Dublin and London).
The electric current in Portugal is 230/400 volts at a frequency of 50 hertz and sockets comply with European standards.
You will need a 230 volt transformer and an adaptor to use American-style flat-prong plugs.
Lisbon International Airport (Portela) is located close to the city centre (7 km), with a transfer time of about 15-20 minutes to most centrally located hotels. The airport is served by daily non-stop flights operated by major airlines as well as by many of the low-cost companies operating in Europe.
We advise you to check flight availability for the Thursday morning and for Sunday morning for your return trip as the Forum starts on Thursday afternoon and ends Saturday evening.
ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal, SA is the Portuguese airport authority and provides departure and arrival information on www.ana.pt
With the exception of vaccination certificates for persons coming from areas where yellow fever is endemic, at the present there are no special health requirements.
National Emergency Number: 112
Clinics and hospitals provide a 24-hour emergency service.
Hotels have a doctor on call via the reception.
Pharmacies are open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (some may be closed between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and at weekends from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. An illuminated green cross indicates that a pharmacy is open after hours. For further information regarding out-of-hours pharmacies please consult www.farmaciasdeservico.net
Hotel check in/out policy
The established check out time is 12.00 p.m. Should you need guaranteed occupancy before 2.00 p.m. on the day of your arrival, the previous night might need to be reserved.
Internet access in guest rooms will be available free of charge.
Portuguese law, as in the majority of European Countries and the USA, prohibits smoking in public transport and all enclosed public areas. Some restaurants, bars and discotheques may have a designated smoking area.
Some useful expressions in Portuguese
Nice to meet you!:
Prazer em conhecê-lo (if the person
you meet is a man)
Prazer em conhecê-la (if the person
you meet is a woman)
(often shortened to 'Muito prazer')
Good morning: Bom dia
Good evening: Boa tarde (in the
afternoon)/ Boa noite (in the evening
and at night)
Good night: Boa noite
See you soon: Até logo
Thank you:Obrigado (for men)/ Obrigada (for women)
Excuse me:Com licença
I'm sorry:Peço desculpa / Desculpe
May I?: Posso?
Good luck!: Boa sorte!
Enjoy your meal!:Bom apetite!
Taxi rank:Praça de táxis
How much/ How many?:Quanto/ Quantos?