Capital: Lisbon

Language: Portuguese

Area: 92212 km²

Population: 10309573

Timezone : UTC/GTM 1

Currency: euro (€)

Code: +351

Electric sockets: 230 V AC, 50Hz. Type F also known as "Schuko". This socket also works with plug C and plug E

Portugal is a member of the Schengen Agreement.

To travel to Portugal U.S. citizens are required to:


  • Hold a passport valid for at least the whole of your stay
  • Or hold an equivalent recognized travel document
  • A valid ETIAS visa waiver for Portugal

U.S. citizens staying in Portugal for more than 90 days:


U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal

Address: Avenida das Forças Armadas 1600-081 Lisboa, Portugal

Phone: (+351) 21 727 3300

Fax: (+351) 21 726 9109

The following city has U.S. Consulates: Ponta Delgada

Tourist Travel Information about Portugal

etias portugalPortugal (República Portuguesa) is located in the Iberian peninsula in southwestern Europe.

It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, being bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and the north and east by Spain.

The Portugal–Spain border is 1,214 kilometers (754 miles) long, making it the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union.

The republic also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.

Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities, and beautiful countryside. It is no wonder that it is increasingly becoming one of the most popular destinations among American tourists. This is because the country offers outstanding landscape diversity, due to its North-South disposition along the western shore of the Iberian peninsula. You can travel in a single day from green mountains in the North, covered with vines and all varieties of trees to rocky mountains, with spectacular slopes and falls in the Centre, to a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region and finally to the glamorous beaches of the Algarve.

Interesting facts

  • Portugal has had the same defined borders since 1139, making it the oldest nation-state in Europe. Afonso Henriques was proclaimed the first King of Portugal in 1139 and the country remained a kingdom for almost 800 years thereafter, until 1910
  • Portugal is the largest cork producer in the world, producing 70% of the world's cork exports. Main importers of Portuguese cork are: Germany, the U.K., and the U.S. The country also has the largest cork forest.
  • Portugal is a surfer’s paradise with a coastline that spans 497 miles (800 kilometers.) It is said to have 364 days of surf. In 2011, at Praia do Norte, a beach near the town of Nazaré, Hawaiian Garrett McNamara broke records by surfing the biggest wave ever caught, which was an astonishing 90 ft. high (27.5 meters)!
  • Portugal was the world’s first maritime power, and birthplace to some of the world's first explorers. It was at the forefront of European exploration in the 15th and 16th centuries. During the Age of Discovery, Ferdinand Magellan was the first person to circumnavigate the globe; Vasco de Gama discovered the sea route to India; Bartholomew Diaz was the first to sail around the southern tip of Africa, which he called the Cape of Good Hope; and Álvares Cabral and others discovered new lands, including Brazil, parts of Africa, and the Far East – and claimed them for Portugal.
  • The oldest bookstore in the world is in Lisbon, Portugal's capital. The Bertrand Bookstore opened its doors in 1732, and became a center for the city’s intellectual and artistic scene. The original building was levelled in the devastating 1755 earthquake, but the owners found new premises and business continued to thrive. The Bertrand Brothers took over the premises after a few decades and the business eventually grew into the Bertrand bookstore chain, with over 50 Portuguese stores today.

Medical Information for U.S. citizens

Recommended vaccines:

  • Routine Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies


  • 112 is the pan-European emergency number and is always free to call.
  • 112 - Medical emergency (ambulância)
  • 112 - Police - (polícia) including Local Police (Guarda Nacional Republicana, GNR) and Security Police (Polícia Segurança Publica, PSP)
  • 112 - Fire Rescue
  • 808 242 424 - Health line for emergencies available 24/7
  • 117 - Forest Protection
  • 21 440 19 19 - Sea Rescue (Centro de Busca e Salvamento Marítimo) Lisbon
  • 21 09 11 10 - Maritime Police (plus pick-up boat service) Lisbon
  • 151 - Speaking Clock
  • 177 - International Directory Inquiries
  • 179 - International Operator
  • 171 - Operator Assisted International Calls
  • 800 811 272 - Lost Credit Cards - VISA/Mastercard
  • 213 159 856 - Diners Club
  • 213 159 856 - Diners Club

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