Fast Facts: Portugal

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

Please see specific entry requirements provided by our partner, VisaHQ.

In general, to travel abroad, U.S. citizens must have a passport which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

Portugal's southern coast has a near-Mediterranean climate; rain is more common in northern part of the country. May-June and late September-October are ideal times to visit as the weather isn't too hot for touring. In general, summers in Portugal are hot and winters tend to be wet.

Check out the current weather conditions in Portugal.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health advisories for travel to Portugal. The sun is strong, so take along sunglasses, a hat and plenty of sunscreen.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Portugal is the euro. Please review the current exchange rate for the euro.

ATMs are widely accessible and are generally the best way to obtain euros.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Round up the bill in restaurants. Tip taxi drivers 10% of the fare.

What are the best items to shop for?

Shop for wine, olive oil, azulejos (colorful ceramic tiles), earthenware, faience (particularly from Coimbra), leather goods (including shoes), antiques, gold and silver filigree (particularly from Minho Province and Oporto), cataplanas (clamshell-shaped copper pans for cooking shellfish and stews), lace, Madeiran embroidery, cork items, Portuguese guitars, and Arraiolos rugs.

What are the voltage requirements?

220 volts. Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.