Visa is not required to visit Portugal as a tourist.
For more information please contact Permanent mission of Portugal in United States.
Credit cards are widely accepted within Portugal (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, UnionPay and RuPay are unknown.
Automatic teller machines are everywhere in Portugal. Pretty much anywhere you look there will be an ATM. Portugal has one of the highest ATM densities in the world.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic or chip & signature card will work fine.
Portugal uses different GSM mobile networks than United States so check if your mobile phone supports network technologies in Portugal .
If you don't want to buy SIM card in Portugal upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Portugal from United States, dial + or 011 (exit code for United States), then 351 (the country code for Portugal), then the area code and the local number.
For local calls within Portugal, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 2 .
Portugal has a low crime rate (lower than United States). It is a generally a safe place to live and travel. Exercise normal security precautions.
It's recommended to follow essential security precautions like wearing a money belt, securing your bag and staying vigilant in crowds.
In Portugal you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways, 120 km/h (74 mph) on expressways, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 90-100 km/h (55-62 mph) on undivided highways.
Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it.
It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.
Petrol (unleaded) gas option is called Sem chumbo (95/98). Petrol costs about €1.40 ($1.64) per liter.
Diesel option is called Gasóleo.
Most popular petrol stations in Portugal are Repsol, BP and Galp.
Road assistance is available at 808 22 22 22 (Automovel Club de Portugal (ACP)). For general news on Portugal's traffic use Estradas.pt. For news on Portugal’s motorways and tolls use Portugal Tolls.
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
In order to rent a car:
Minimum age to purchase alcohol is 18 years old, while to drink it is not defined.
Blood-alcohol limit is 0.05% (0.5g per litre of blood) while driving.
One of the few countries in the world where all drugs are decriminalized. It means you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if you get caught. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service or a combination of the three.
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.