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The Portuguese Republic (Portugal) is located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula west of Spain and is the westernmost country of Europe. Portugal's coastline lies on the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira Islands are Portuguese territories. The population of Portugal is about 10.6 million people.

The government of Portugal is a democratic republic with a president as head of state and a prime minister as head of government.

Portugal, as one of the oldest states in Europe, reflects its history with medieval castles, ancient villages, cathedrals, and architecture. The beaches at Cascais and Sagres are major tourist attractions.

Currency EUR: Euro
Language Portuguese and Mirandese
Capital Lisbon
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Latest Alert April 12, 2021 - COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Portugal (12 April Update)

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Portugal. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis B

There is a significant risk for acquiring hepatitis B in Portugal.

Hepatitis A

There is a low risk for acquiring hepatitis A in Portugal.


Rabies may be present in bats.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Portugal.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a significant risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

Although the risk for hepatitis A is low, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers whose activities or employment may bring them into direct contact with bats (i.e. adventure travellers, veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers, etc.).

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Portugal.

None required.

Safety and Security in Portugal

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Personal Safety

Most visitors to Portugal do not experience problems. There are no serious security or safety concerns, however, travellers should still maintain an appropriate level of personal security awareness at all times and in all places.

Although the crime rate in Portugal is low, ensure all travel documents and valuables are kept safe and secure since petty crimes, such as pick-pocketing, can occur in crowded, urban areas.

Areas To Avoid

Travellers should be wary if visiting the suburb of Queluz to visit the palace, and avoid the northeast suburb of Amadora. If visiting the Estoril coast, be careful at Guincho Beach near the town of Cascais, at the Mouth of Hell tourist site, as well as in the village of Sintra, and at its castle and palace. Do not walk alone after dark in Porto, especially along the waterfront of the Douro River.

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