Moving to the Algarve? GoGet got you covered

We will tell you everything you need to know about visa, shipping pets, finding property to rent, residence permit, taxes and much more.

We also cover taking up work in the country as well as some interesting facts about Portugal and its culture.

Accoridig to numerus surveys Algarve is one of the most desired places in the world to live. On a hole, Portugal is considered the safest country in Europe and top three in the world as far as safety is concerned. 

The region of the Algarve has a beauty that is mystic yet charming. Blessed with wonderful whether, some of the worlds best beaches, fantastic food and 365 days of fun and adventure, the Algarve is one of the best places on he globe. 

If you are planning to move to Portugal, the Algarve is your very best option.

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Not just for the turist

The Algarve is undeniably a tourist destination. With about five million visitors every year the beautiful cost line can get quite busy, specially during the summer months. Despite this the Algarve offers a relaxed lifestyle year round. 

With 16 munisipales you can have your pick between citys of 70,000 + residens, towns with 30,000 or smaler villages with just 6,000 people. 

What ever your prerace is, the Algarve has you covered. Buy car you can easily get from one end (Sagres) to the other (Castro Marim) in just over 2 hours. 

The region also offers a fairly good train service and the capital of Lisbon is just 4 hours away. Fancy a trip to Spain, and you can easily pop over by car, ferry or daily bus trips that can take you alle the way to Sevilla for just a few euro. 

Who can move to Portugal? 

Like many of the other EU countries, Portugal also has a two-tier immigration and visa system. Rules of entering the country depend on whether you are an EU/EFTA citizen or third country national.

EU/EFTA nationals 
As a member of the European Union Portugal grants visa-free entry to all EU/EFTA citizens, as well as certain family members and relatives even if they are not from another EU country themselves. 

As an EU national you may enter Portugal for three months with the aim of finding a job or setting up a business.

If you plan to stay longer with out finding work you may be asked to prove that you have the necessary funds to support yourself. 

Once you have found a job, EU nationals have the same rights as Portuguese workers.

Schengen nationals
Portugal is also part of the Schengen Area, which is made up of 26 European countries with no border controls between them.

As a citizens of another Schengen country you can travel freely between one country and another without a passport. That said you will need an identification document to enter Portugal.

While EU/EFTA citizens have the right to freely move to Portugal, they must request a registration certificate if they stay for longer than three months. 

EU citizens can also request a permanent residence certificate after living in Portugal for five years.

Non-EU/EFTA nationals
If you are a non EU/EFTA national staying in Portugal for less than three months will need a visa unless your home country has an agreement with Portugal. 

Currently, 61 countries have agreements in place that mean you don’t need a visa for short stays. These include Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK and the US. You can find a full list of countrys here

Non-EU/EFTA nationals who wish to stay longer than three months, will need to apply for a long-term national visa before entering Portugal and a Portuguese residence permit after arrival.

This also includes UK citizens since Brexit.

General documentation requirements

You will need to provide the following for all Temporary Stay visas in Portugal, along with the completed application form:

  • Passport or other valid ID
  • Two passport photos
  • Return travel ticket details
  • Valid health insurance
  • Access to criminal records by the Portugal immigration authorities
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof that you can support yourself financially for the duration of your stay
  • Below is specific information on the different types of Temporary Stay Portuguese visa.

Arriving in Portugal
When you get to Portugal you won’t need to register your stay if you plan to stay les than three months.

However, you will need to apply for either a Registration Certificate (if from EU/EFTA) or a residence permit (if from outside the EU/EFTA) from the SEF within four months of your arrival if you are staying longer than three months.

Other things you should consider once you have settled in is: 

  • Registering for Portuguese healthcare
  • Opening a Portuguese bank account
  • Applying for a NIF number
  • Setting up utilities and telecommunications accounts (If you are renting property the agent or landlord will often be able to help you with this) 

Bring your pets to Portugal

In order to bring your pets with you to Portugal, you will need a few things.

  • Both dogs and cats must have a microchip
  • You will need an international health certificate. You can get that from your local veterinarian
  • You will need to provide proof of anti-rabies vaccination (vaccination record or other)
  • Animals are checked in places called Travellers’ Points of Entry (e.g. Airports). You will need to contact the point of entry you plan to travel to and notify them of your arrival at least 48 hours prior
  • An entry fee is required following the Veterinary Expert Examination that is carried out at Travellers’ Points of Entry when pets are checked: one animal 30,00 €; two or more animals 50,00 €
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Healthcare

The Portuguese public healthcare system is free for resident taxpayers and compered to other European countrys it offers a high quality service, just not very speedy. 

You could wait several months if not years, depending on what the propleg is. For this reason, many people (Portuguese as well) choose to sign up for private health insurance which in Portugal, is relatively affordable.

Tax in Portugal

Paying tax is never fun and in Portugal many will find that the taxes are higher than they are in other European countrys. The Portuguese tax system consists of a mixture of federal and municipal taxes and can be quite tricky to figurer out. 

Luckily there are many accountants and tax specialist that can help you. 

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