Relocation to Portugal
If you moving to Portugal from EU countries, the customs rules will be quite simple for you. Simultaneously, citizens of non-EU countries must obtain a special certificate to carry luggage, and customs regulations will be stricter. But even with that in mind, the good news is that there are many options for transporting all your belongings to Portugal – by air, sea, or land, depending on your budget and urgency.
Transporting with pets also follows a simplified procedure if you’re moving from the EU. But if your pet is coming from outside the EU, you will, again, be subject to additional restrictions, including special requirements for dangerous breeds.
If your pet arrives from outside the EU, you will be affected by additional restrictions, including special requirements for dangerous breeds.
Relocation to Portugal. How to transport your belongings.
Thanks to the country’s advantageous location on the mainland, you have several options for shipping your belongings to Portugal.
Delivering your items by truck may be the best option, because it’s the middle ground. It’s a little more expensive than shipping by sea, but it’s a lot faster. If you choose this option, it should take no more than a couple of weeks for your belongings to arrive in Portugal.
Customs regulations in Portugal
First of all, you must already be in the country by the time your shipment arrives. This must be no later than 90 days after your arrival and within 120 days of the Certificado de Bagagem – baggage certificate.
Be aware that Portuguese customs are slower and less organized than those of most other European countries. Nevertheless, be sure to comply with all customs requirements to avoid problems.
What documents do I need to move to Portugal?
Before you move, it is better to clarify the list of necessary documents at the embassy or consulate. But in the vast majority of cases, you will need the following documents:
- Foreign passport
- Certificado de Bagagem (baggage certificate) issued by the Portuguese consulate.
- a customs inventory list with the value of each item (must be in Portuguese and certified by the consulate)
- serial numbers of large electrical appliances
- document proving residence, work permit or permanent residence permit, or proof of ownership of real estate
- declaration of ownership of the items, notarized and signed by you
Storing your belongings when you arrive in Portugal
If you need a place to store your belongings, be it for short or long-term storage, it can be not easy, as self-storage facilities are much less common in Portugal than in other EU countries.
You don’t have to go to a storage facility to store your belongings.
You can, however, still find a few self-service storage options in the larger cities. It is worth searching for these options using words such as “armazenamento,” “self-storage,” or simply “storage.” You will probably find storage companies in cities like Porto and Lisbon. In most cases, you should probably contact the company by e-mail or phone to get a quote and book storage space in advance.
Moving with pets
If you are moving to Portugal with a pet, you should know that Portugal abides by European pet import regulations. You are allowed to bring up to five pets into the country. The specifics of the importation rules depend on whether you are moving from within the EU or from outside the EU.
If you are moving from outside the EU, you should be aware of the importation rules’ specifics.
If you bring a dog or cat, your pet will need a European-style veterinary passport, which contains all the necessary information about it. The passport is issued by a certified veterinarian in your country, who signs and seals it.
Your pet must also necessarily have a microchip or a tattoo with an identification number. The tattoo, however, is only valid if applied before July 3, 2011. If the pet’s documents were issued after that date, the pet must have a chip with an identification number. This identification number must appear on the veterinary passport.
Your pet must also be vaccinated against rabies, which must be properly documented on the veterinary certificate. This vaccine is usually administered only when the pet is three months old, which means that animals under three months old cannot enter the country. If you have just vaccinated your pet, you must wait 21 days after vaccination before taking your pet with you when you move.
If you are moving from countries in the European Union, you can also bring animals such as invertebrates, ornamental aquatic animals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, rodents, and rabbits. They must have a special veterinary certificate, which identifies the animal and confirms that its state of health is normal. This document must be issued at least five days before the animal’s arrival and must be accompanied by a Portuguese translation.
If you are moving from a country where there is a risk of rabies infection, you must provide a blood sample of the animal to a certified laboratory three months before the move to ensure that the animal is free of rabies.