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Everything you need to know before moving to Portugal

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JuggleMum Featured Post ImageHave you ever wanted to live abroad? It’s easy to dream about living somewhere warm when it’s so dark and cold in the UK, but there is a lot more to think about. If you were thinking about making the move to Portugal, the country of great golf, stunning beaches and wondrous architecture, then take a look at this guide featuring everything you need to know about moving to Portugal and what to expect when you arrive:

Finding your dream Portugal property shouldn’t be an issue, and there are professional companies in the country waiting to help you become a home owner overseas. The cost of living is reasonable in Portugal, allowing you to secure rented accommodation or buy property easily, bear in mind though that like the UK some areas of the country will be pricier than others; Lisbon, Estoril and Cascais are good examples of this. The Algarve is a popular choice for many moving abroad, as it offers that sense of being on holiday every day with glorious weather and stunning beaches.

Be aware that you will need to apply for a registration certificate if you stay in the country for more than three months and after holding this for five years request a permanent residence certificate for the remainder of your stay in the country.

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The Euro is the currency of Portugal and it’s important you seek the right methods for transferring your funds over into a bank account in the country. Consider using a currency specialist instead of your bank, who might not offer you the best rate out there when converting your money.

It’s important when moving to another country that you can understand and speak the language, at least in its most basic form. If you do not, you’ll feel like a tourist in your town and unable to take part in local events properly, deal with any issues effectively or secure and hold down a decent job.

The Portuguese education system is much like our own, school is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 16 and the public schools are free to attend. There are also pre schools and child minders you can source for younger children between the ages of three and five. Look into your options as soon as you arrive because if you have children they must be enrolled quickly.

Finding work in Portugal is much like any country, but first you need to ensure you can speak the language fluently. The Algarve isn’t going to provide high paying jobs, as it bases itself on its tourist industry which includes restaurant work and positions in popular attractions. Lisbon and Porto are the two biggest cities in the country and where people usually flock to for higher paying roles. Currently the average salary in the country is around the €15,686 mark, compared to £26,500 in the UK. However, the cost of living is lower to balance this out.

While it’s a reassuring fact that most doctors in Portugal can speak English, so you can effectively communicate your problems, the public healthcare system is a frustration for both local residents and those moving to the country. Access to free healthcare is available to all legal residents but the industry is experiencing an overload of patients and understaffing, this is why most who can afford it when moving the country look into a private healthcare plan. Emergency services work in the same way as any country – by simply dialing 112 paramedics will respond.

Hopefully this quick guide has been helpful! If you’re planning a move to Portugal simply ensure you do plenty of research and have everything in order before you even book that one way flight.

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Comments to Everything you need to know before moving to Portugal

  • I can’t believe I lived so close to Portugal (in Gibraltar) and have never been there. It is definitely on the list of things to fix. I love moving countries and living abroad, and I think your post touches all the basic and most important points.

    Orli 11th December 2015 9:48 am Reply
    • Ooh it’s good to get feedback from someone who has lived abroad! Thanks for commenting.

      Nadine Hill 11th December 2015 10:56 am Reply
  • I’ve always fancied moving abroad with the girls for a while. Some great bits of information here about the system and things to check out and look at.

    Anthea 11th December 2015 11:18 am Reply
  • I have always said when the kids are up and grown with children of their own I would love to move abroad

    angela hamilton 12th December 2015 12:09 am Reply
  • My grandparents-in-law actually spent a year living in a caravan before finally deciding to move aboard permanently. It gave them the chance to find the property they wanted and sort out all their healthcare and finances.

    Ness @ JibberJabberUK 12th December 2015 10:06 am Reply
    • That’s a good tip from experience!

      Nadine Hill 12th December 2015 12:47 pm Reply
  • I’ve not been to Portugal yet – we’re thinking about going there next year. We have friends who moved from the UK to Portugal, and their children went to international school there.

    Mums do travel 13th December 2015 4:18 pm Reply
    • I wonder what that would be like- an international school? Thanks for commenting.

      Nadine Hill 14th December 2015 1:12 pm Reply
  • I’d love to move abroad somewhere a bit warmer – I think it would be a great experience for the kids too x x

    Cass@frugalfamily 13th December 2015 5:27 pm Reply
  • I tried to learn Portuguese once before we went on a trip to Lisbon. It’s quite difficult to learn, but I did manage to successfully ask for directions from a policeman.

    Erica Price 14th December 2015 1:23 pm Reply
    • Wow- I’m impressed! I would love to know more languages!

      Nadine Hill 14th December 2015 2:05 pm Reply
  • My Dad moved to Cyrus a few years ago but because of the financial crash he came home which has put me in two minds about moving abroad. I crave warmer weather though

    Kara 14th December 2015 9:31 pm Reply
    • I crave warmer weather too!

      Nadine Hill 15th December 2015 12:41 pm Reply

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