Fast Facts: Portugal
Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
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.
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.
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.
Round up the bill in restaurants.
Tip taxi drivers 10% of the fare.
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.
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.
See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.