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For the Brits who didn't exchange their driving licences before 31/12/20, you have been given a reprieve until 31/12/21.

See paragraph 9 of this communiqué from the Portuguese council of ministers published yesterday (25/03/21).

https://www.portugal.gov.pt/pt/gc22/governo/comunicado-de-conselho-de-ministros?i=410&fbclid=IwAR33uXpyoOQVIuyPXP6gBk2GdkdDihRy32NBV3cQNrme3VNjdu73VIFJfyw

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Google translation
"9. The decree-law establishing a transitional regime for the recognition and exchange of driving licenses issued by the United Kingdom was approved. 

This transitional regime, in force until December 31, 2021, will allow the recognition of driving licenses issued by the United Kingdom to citizens residing in Portugal under the same terms as driving licenses issued by member states of the European Union."

Very little detail provided, - is it just a continuation of the previous system?
What if you are over the 2 year limit when you should have done it though?

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I believe it is just an extension to the 30/12/20 deadline that did apply. The relevant decree has not as yet been published, when it is there may be more information.

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@old-bloke Oh ok, many thanks. If you spot it when it's issued please let us know... asking for a friend {wink}

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@portofakiwi

They've finally published the legislation, it comes into force on the 1st of April and it appears to apply to licences that are currently in the process of exchange.

Article 6

Pending cases

This decree-law applies to driving license change processes pending on the date on which this decree-law takes effect.

https://data.dre.pt/web/guest/pesquisa/-/search/160534624/details/maximized

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