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Portugal is a popular destination for UK tourists, but many UK travellers are uncertain about how travelling there might change after Brexit. Here are some answers.
You may be asking yourself “Can I travel to Portugal after Brexit?” Well, the answer is yes you will be able to, despite the transition period coming to an end on 31 December 2020.
However, there will be some changes that you need to be aware of.
Passports and passport control
Make sure your passport is less than 10 years old. In addition, it will need more than six months left before the expiry from the date of travel. Make sure your passport fulfils both criteria. So, if your passport is more than 10 years old, it will need to be renewed – even if it has six months left before it’s due to expire.
When entering Portugal, you can no longer use the EU/EEA/CH queue. You may also be asked to show a return ticket and proof of enough money for your stay.
You can still travel to Portugal as long as you stay for less than 90 days in any 180-day period. If you are planning a trip to other EU countries from Portugal, such as Spain, you can do this as well. As long as your total stay is 90 days in any 180-day period in the EU you won’t need a visa.
If you’re wondering “Can I travel to Portugal for a period longer than 90 days?”, then the answer is yes. However, you may need to apply for a visa or permit depending on your reason for travelling to the country.
Further details regarding visa applications can be found on the Schengen Visa information website.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will no longer be valid from 1 January 2021. This means you will be responsible for your health care in Portugal as you would be in any other foreign country. Make sure you have comprehensive health insurance in place before you travel. This will ensure you are completely covered in the event of an accident or sickness while abroad.
If you have a pre-existing medical condition, make sure your travel insurance covers this. Not all policies do, so check the small print.
Your UK-based mobile phone service provider is not obligated to provide free roaming in the EU from 2021. You will need to check with your provider to find out their plans for EU mobile roaming.
However, you are protected from receiving mobile charges in excess of £45. You will need to opt in if you want to use mobile broadband services above the £45 limit. Check with your mobile operator to find out how to do this.
If you’re asking “Can I travel to Portugal with a pet?”, the answer is yes. But from 1 January 2021, the pet passport scheme will be scrapped.
You will need to contact your vet at least four months before you and your pet are due to travel. It is worth checking the gov.uk website for up-to-date guidance on pet travel to Europe from 1 January 2021.
While this information was correct at the time of writing, do bear in mind that information about post-Brexit travel to Portugal is under constant review.
It is definitely worth checking the gov.uk website regularly for up-to-date advice for travel to Portugal .
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