Moving to Portugal

1st Ever Ready provide international relocation, removals and shipping to Portugal services with regular weekly loads moving in both directions, to and from each country. Portugal is regularly served by our fleet, and we are able to take full loads, part loads and single items.

At very competitive rates we load & collect from any part of the UK however remote & can deliver to any area of Portugal.

We offer a full or part packing service for all moves (or we can supply you with materials), a part or full export wrapping service for effects for extra journey protection, short or long terms storage either in this country or abroad & full comprehensive goods in transit insurance for any value as nominated by the customer (extra charges are incurred) & we have fully trained customer friendly, competent, experienced staff with FIDA trained & regulated personnel, at your country of destination.

We are here to make your load shipping to Portugal easy & stress free, thus allowing you to enjoy your new forthcoming horizons. We try to minimise the journey times of your goods shipping to Portugal by careful selection & keep track of the consignment by use of the latest navigational systems allowing us to be totally aware of the current location of effects.

Please remember this is just some general information for anyone wishing or planning to move to Portugal. For more information on any legal and social aspects of making the move visit the website; UK Embassy in Portugal

Overall

Population; 10,084,245 people; ethnic groups include - homogeneous Mediterranean stock; citizens of black African descent who immigrated to mainland during decolonization number less than 100,000; since 1990 East Europeans have entered Portugal

Location; Southwestern Europe, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Spain

Geography; 92,391 sq km big, Portugal's terrain is mountainous north of the Tagus River and rolling plains in south.

Climate; maritime temperate; cool and rainy in north, warmer and drier in south. Azores subject to severe earthquakes

Language; Portuguese

Currency ; euro (EUR) on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions within the member countries

Government ; Portugal's government type is a parliamentary democracy, chief of state: President Jorge SAMPAIO (since 9 March 1996) note: there is also a Council of State that acts as a consultative body to the president head of government: Prime Minister Jose Manuel DURAO Barroso (since 6 April 2002)

Religion; Roman Catholic 94%, Protestant

Economy and jobs

Job scene; In February 2003, the Portuguese unemployment rate, according to Eurostat, stood at 6.7%, compared with 4.3% a year earlier. Over the year, Portugal recorded the largest increase in unemployment of all 'euro-zone' countries.

Finding work; Any person from any EU country has the right to work in Portugal. If you move to Portugal and intend on working in the country all employees require a tax card and a fiscal number - called numero de contribuinte. You can get this from your local tax office. Employment conditions in Portugal are fair to good with extensive labour legislation in place to protect employee rights and to provide equal rights for women in the workplace.

Moving to Portugal

Pets and animals; Before moving your pets, namely cats and dogs, be sure that you have the certificate of vaccination (that you can obtain from your veterinary) with you .

Cars; Foreign residents may drive on their original driving licenses for up to 6 months if they are non-EC citizens or up to 12 months if they are from an EC country.
If you wish to import your car into Portugal, you should begin importation proceedings within 3 months of your arrival. We would be pleased to provide you with a fact sheet giving further information about the process and costs involved.
New cars are very expensive in Portugal.

Living in Portugal

Renting; Rental prices in Portugal are wholly dependant on the location, size, and quality of the property you are after and it is fair to say that rental accommodation is generally very easy to find and on the whole, reasonably priced. Though longer term deals may be difficult to find in the main resort areas particularly during peak season, and they are likely to be expensive.

Education; Education in Portugal is compulsory between the ages of 7 and 15 years and free state education is provided. From the age of 15 years, a secondary education is voluntary and low fees are charged in state schools. There are also a number of private, Portuguese schools. There are 8 universities in Portugal and some polytechnics. At present less than 20% of students go on to higher education due to the lack of available places. Expatriate parents generally choose to send their children to one of the private, international schools in Portugal, which offer the same curriculum as it's mother country.
The international schools are very full and most have waiting-lists for places. Enrolments for the new school year should be made by the end of May at the latest.
Should you opt to send your child(ren) to a Portuguese state school, you will need to obtain official permission to do so from the Ministry of Education.

Health; Since 2002 the Portuguese health care system has been undergoing a major and long awaited reform. Just like the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, Portugal's free health service was suffering from under investment, over subscription and was buckling under the weight of ineffectiveness. It is a good idea to invest in private medical care if you can afford it.