Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entry documents and residence permits in Portugal?
What language is spoken in Portugal?
What currency is stated in writing in Portugal, where you can make the exchange?
Is Portugal a safe country for business?
What are the standard hours in Portugal?

What are the entry documents and residence permits in Portugal?

Travel document giving the right to visa-free entry and residence on the territory of the Portuguese Republic up to 90 days is a passport or identity card (the old and the new model). Over 3 months, it is advisable to obtain “Título de residência” (it is called Authorization of stay). The first one is valid for 5 years , while each next one is issued for 10 years. The cost of publication of this document in the Câmara Municipal or SEF is 15,00 €. More details can be found at the embassy: lizbona.polemb.net

What language are spoken in Portugal?

The official language is Portuguese. In places frequently visited by tourists you can freely communicate in English, German or French. Also, Spanish is a language that Portuguese understand well, but unfortunately the people who know Spanish are not the best in understanding of the Portuguese language.

What currency is stated in writing in Portugal, where you can make the exchange?

The currency being used in Portugal is euro. It is the best to use banknotes in denominations of up to 100 €. Higher denominations are adopted usually in large hotels or shops with luxury goods. Exchange of zlotys can be done at exchange offices (excluding commissions), while the banks do not exchange currency and not change high-denomination banknotes. In business transactions can be made freely in PLN giving the value of the euro, banks make automatic conversion. The cheapest and fastest transfer from Polish to Portuguese is SEPA.

Is Portugal a safe country for business?

Portugal is a relatively safe country for business. The best way to check the safety of Portuguese market is Coface Portugal. Coface Group is a World leader in the field of protection, financing and receivables management. They are collecting all information related to the comprehensive assessment of the designated counterparty or market. Direct contact: geral_portugal@coface.com

What are the standard hours in Portugal?

Public institutions are open from 8:30 to 17:00 or 18:00, but often closed at lunchtime 12:30 – 14:30 (15:00).

Banks are open from 8:30 to 15:00 without a lunch break .

Shops, museums, restaurants are usually open from 9:00 / 10:00 and depending on the location and time of year until 17:00 / 18:00 / 19:00 .

Typical restaurants serve the lunch at 12: 00 – 15: 00 and the dinner from19:00 – 22:00.