FCO Travel Advice for - Portugal

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  • A number of cases of dengue fever have been reported in Madeira. See Health

  • There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

  • Around 1.9 million British residents visit Portugal every year. Most visits are trouble-free. See Consular assistance statistics

  • Beware of street crime. Thieves tend to target money and passports so don’t keep them all in one place. See Crime

  • Walking the levadas (ancient irrigation channels) is a popular activity in Madeira, but the walks can be challenging if you are inexperienced. See Local travel - Madeira.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel and apply for a free European Health Insurance Card. See Health

  • Our pocket-sized leaflet and wallet card contain travel tips, phone numbers and expressions you may need in an emergency, plus information on what our Consulates can and can’t do to help.

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