How To Travel To Portugal – A Guide For Americans

View of Rossio In Lisbon
Important questions when visiting Portugal

Friendly people, affordable food, cheap and high-quality wine plus ancient castles, beaches that stretch for miles, spectacular landscapes and so much more. Portugal is one of the most ancient countries in Europe, it was founded in 1139 and, it’s still an unknown and unspoilt holiday destination. With year-round mild climates and low prices, Americans are choosing Portugal as their destination of choice when visiting Europe.

So, if you’re planning to visit Portugal in 2017, here are some of the questions and answers to some of the doubts you might have.

Do Portuguese speak English?

It depends on where you’re going. If you’re travelling to a touristic area or to the capital, you will have no problem making yourself understood. Most people working in restaurants, hotels, and cafes will speak English. In other areas of the country, not as known to tourists, you might have a little trouble but Portuguese people are very friendly and they will make an effort to understand you. If you happen to speak Spanish then you can relax as well, Portuguese is a latin language just like Spanish and, most Portuguese will understand you perfectly.

Will I need a VISA to travel to Portugal?

If you have an American passport you won’t need a visa.Unless you are planning to stay more than 90 days in the country. However, you will need your U.S. passport to be valid for at least 6 months from the date of the planned return.

In what region is Lisbon located?

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and it’s located in the Lisbon Region, part of the seven designated regions of Portugal.

Is it safe to travel to Portugal?

Portugal is a safe country. In terms of violent crime and, comparing to most European countries, Portugal is heaven but pickpocketing in touristic places, bag snatching, and car robbery can happen so pay attention to your bag, wallet, mobile phone and avoid leaving any items exposed inside your car, if you’re planning to leave it unattended.

You can get more information at the US Department of State here. And in the Portuguese Embassy in Washington here.



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