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Portugal is located in southwestern Europe. It is a sovereign state on the Iberian Peninsula. With an amazing Atlantic coast, Portugal is a must visit.
Travelers can ride the rails, surf the beaches, and enjoy breathtaking scenery. People can also experience the amazing sights of Sintra, immerse themselves in the nightlife of Lisbon and much more.
While Portugal has a lot to offer like wine and port, architecture, and music, the food is no exception. They are known for their seafood, country cooking, and many other specialties.
Whether you love to see the sites, learn about history or enjoy the food, Portugal has something for everyone.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Portugal. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Portugal: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
It’s important to stay up-to-date with the current health issues in Portugal. If you end up not feeling well after you trip, you should go see your doctor. You should tell your doctor where you went and what you did on your trip.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
A visa is not required for Portugal if you are staying less than 90 days. But, you should have a valid passport at entry.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
The climate is different in certain areas of Portugal. Portugal is colder than Spain because the Atlantic Ocean is cool. There’s a maritime climate in the western part of Portugal. The southern part has a Mediterranean climate. Portugal has precipitation, hurricanes, and hot and cold weather.
Pickpocketing and purse-snatchers exist in Portugal in tourist sites, restaurants, and public transportation. You should keep your valuables close to you, be aware of what is around you, and avoid using ATMs in sketchy areas. Keep your valuables in a safe place like your hotel room. Don’t stand near doors when you use public transportation. Only use a reputable taxi service when traveling, and don’t leave valuables alone on the beach.
If you’re a victim of a crime or domestic violence, you should contact the embassy for help.
There are a lot of cool and unusual places to explore in Portugal. The Cappela de Ossos Bone Chapel is one of those places. The chapel is made of human bones and a golden skeleton can be seen inside the chapel.
The chapel is located in Faro, Portugal and appears to be a normal looking chapel on the outside. It holds a lot of history with an inscription on the door that says, “Stop here and think of the fate that will befall you”. The Carmelite monks who created the chapel put up this inscription.
The chapel walls are made from femurs with mortar. The interior is filled with skulls and the bones of 1,245 monks.
Packing for a trip to Portugal, there are certain things you need to bring to be ready to travel.
All Americans visiting Portugal should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in Portugal, the information for the U.S. Embassy is:
U.S. Embassy Lisbon
Avenida das Forças Armadas
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