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Read more on this destination in the AA Citypack Guide to Lisbon.
Tourist Office - Turismo de Lisboa can be found on Rua do Arsenal 15.
Embassies and consulates - The British Embassy in Lisbon can be found on Rua de Sao Bernardo 33.
Language - The national language is Portuguese. In written form it appears similar to Spanish, but the sound is much more guttural making it generally more difficult for foreigners to learn and understand.
Passport and Visas - UK visitors only need a valid passport to stay in Portugal.
Insurance - You should buy full health and travel insurance before your trip and make a note of their 24hour helpline number. EU citizens are entitled to emergency care as long as they have the relevant documentation. For Britons this is the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Customs - EU nationals do not have to declare goods imported for their own use, although you may be questioned by custom officials if you have a large amount of certain items. The limits for non-EU visitors are 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 1 litre of alcohol (over 22 percent alcohol) or 2 litres of wine; 50g of perfume.
Money Matters - Portugal uses the Euro as its national currency. The Euro is broken up in to 100 cents (1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent coins and 1 and 2 euro coins) and 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 euro notes.
Lost Property - If you loose your passport you should report it to the local police station and then to the nearest embassy or consulate. Keep a separate note of any travellers cheque numbers as you will need them to make a claim if lost.
Medicines and Medical Treatment - Citizens from the EU are entitled to free or reduced-cost NHS (National Health Service) treatment, including dental treatment - bring the EHIC card from your home country. Full health an travel insurance is still advised.
Electricity - The local supply is 220 volts, sockets take two-round-pin continental-style plugs
- 112 – Medical emergencies
- 112 – Police
- 112 – Fire services