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Are we CRAZY to want to move to Portugal in these times? (by car!)  

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Hello, planning to move to Portugal at around 7th October, as finally after 2 years our UK house sold.
Family with a 5.5 and 1.5 year old kids.

Difficulty with finding good rental homes in Algarve.
Cannot fly now to see more houses due to UK now asking for 14 day quarantine on coming back. So it has to be done when we're there and stay in Air BnB flat for a week or two.

So now our move there will be 1 way, as it would be difficult to return if something went wrong at the beginning.
Furniture will follow 1-2 weeks later, with the highly rated Algarve removals.

New ambitious plan:
Flying to Germany, buying a nice almost-new car and driving it back to Britain (with international plates & insurance as good price cars and variety is bad in Portugal), and moving with the car on the day (drive through France & Spain or ferry to Santander with a couple of hotel stops)

Is all this possible now with Corona, are there any restrictions driving though these countries? (I read driving from Germany to UK is fine as long as there are no stops in France)
Is it possible to have a problem coming into Portugal from Spain/France?
Could there be a lockdown in Portugal in October stopping everything (e.g. estate agents)?

Any thoughts? Any experience driving though countries these crazy Corona days?

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Posted by: @itexpert7

Hello, planning to move to Portugal at around 7th October, as finally after 2 years our UK house sold.
Family with a 5.5 and 1.5 year old kids.

Difficulty with finding good rental homes in Algarve.
Cannot fly now to see more houses due to UK now asking for 14 day quarantine on coming back. So it has to be done when we're there and stay in Air BnB flat for a week or two.

So now our move there will be 1 way, as it would be difficult to return if something went wrong at the beginning.
Furniture will follow 1-2 weeks later, with the highly rated Algarve removals.

New ambitious plan:
Flying to Germany, buying a nice almost-new car and driving it back to Britain (with international plates & insurance as good price cars and variety is bad in Portugal), and moving with the car on the day (drive through France & Spain or ferry to Santander with a couple of hotel stops)

Is all this possible now with Corona, are there any restrictions driving though these countries? (I read driving from Germany to UK is fine as long as there are no stops in France)
Is it possible to have a problem coming into Portugal from Spain/France?
Could there be a lockdown in Portugal in October stopping everything (e.g. estate agents)?

Any thoughts? Any experience driving though countries these crazy Corona days?

This type of thing is a conundrum for many of us.  Our thinking was simply to buy a five seater locally here in the UK and drive all the way and then get the car changed around when we got there.

Possibly doing a lot of the driving at night with empty roads (and fuel stations) and having enough tinned food with us so as to avoid personal contact with anyone in hotels etc. Its not the most comfortable solution by any means but it keeps virus risk to a minimum. It would mean trying to find somewhere quiet during the day to get some sleep - but it would also mean that the driving is done when there are colder temperatures and so much easier to keep warm because we are on the move.

A lot of investigation going to be required with this - not least the problems of buying an English car and then having to have it adapted, re-plated for use in Portugal.  I am not sure how feasible it is tbh.

Advice on these matters most welcome 🙂

 

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Haha! That steering wheel issue would be a nuisance! 

I could only go on the information in your post, so if it was teaching you to suck eggs, I apologise. It may be still be useful for someone else considering the same route, without the same experiences you have.

Good luck with the move! We moved here (albeit flying) with 2 young kids 7 years ago and have never regretted the move for a moment.

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Cool, good to know, in the Algarve? What sort of school do you send your kids to?

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Not the Algarve - we're Central. Kids are attending local Portuguese schools and so far, very happy - and very fluent (so, so jealous at how quick they learned!)

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Hehe, well, young brains are so good at learning. Older brains have big difficulty sadly.

I'm not sure to send mine to Portuguese school, there are no guarantees we will stay.

Central? You mean Silver Coast? Or mountains inland?
I like the silver coast by Foz do Arelho, but it's so windy, and been there on October once and it already felt wintery. While Algarve and Lisbon felt warm and no wind even in February (been 3 times in the winter).

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Hi

One thing you missed is that recently there had been a rule to import a car tax free it had to be registered in your present address in the UK for 12 months. Now the rules have changed the time you need to have the car registered is for 6 months. You will need documents in your name showing the car was in your name for the time period. Or if the car is from Germany you need an address in your name in Germany.

You need to do more research while you have time.

Good luck

Peter

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