Steps Before an International Relocation to Portugal

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Moving residences to a foreign country is an exciting and challenging decision. Portugal, a country known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and quality of life, has been a popular destination for expatriates seeking new opportunities. However, before embarking on this adventure, it is essential to consider several important steps to ensure a smooth transition. In this article, we will discuss some of the most relevant aspects to consider before an international relocation to Portugal.

Financial Planning:

Before making the move to Portugal, having solid financial planning is crucial. Carefully consider the cost of living in Portugal, including expenses for housing, food, transportation, healthcare, and education, among others. Research the Portuguese tax system and how it may impact your personal finances. Ensure you have an adequate financial reserve to cover initial and emergency expenses.

Documentation and Visas:

Check the immigration requirements for Portugal and the types of visas available for residency, work, or study. Get in touch with the Portuguese consulate or embassy in your home country to obtain accurate and up-to-date information on the required documents. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the planned arrival date in Portugal.

House Hunting:

Before moving to Portugal, it is advisable to research and explore the different housing options available. Determine whether you prefer to rent or buy a house or apartment. Research different regions and cities in Portugal to find a location that suits your needs and preferences. Consider factors such as transportation, proximity to essential services, and quality of life in the chosen area.

Healthcare System:

Ensure that you understand the healthcare system in Portugal and how to access medical assistance when needed. Check whether your current health insurance covers medical treatments abroad or consider purchasing international or local health insurance. Inquire about the availability of doctors, hospitals, and emergency services in the region where you plan to reside.

Education and Language:

If you have school-age children, it is important to research the education system in Portugal. Gather information about international schools, public and private schools, as well as bilingual or English-language teaching options, if necessary. Also, consider learning the Portuguese language as it will facilitate your integration into Portuguese society and daily interactions.

Transfer of Assets and Services:

Before moving to Portugal, you will need to consider the transfer of your assets and services. This may include closing bank accounts in your home country, transferring funds to a new account in Portugal, and transferring important legal documents. Gather information about the best options for transferring money and ensure you have digital or physical copies of important documents such as passports, birth certificates, and marriage certificates.

Cultural Integration:

Lastly, be open to the experience of integrating into Portuguese culture. Research traditions, customs, social events, and local cuisine. Be prepared to adapt to a new lifestyle and make efforts to meet local people and make new friends. Learning about the culture and history of Portugal will help you feel more connected and make the most of your experience in the country.

Moving to Portugal is a significant step that requires careful planning and consideration of practical and emotional aspects involved. Portugal is a small country but a giant in culture, traditions, delicacies, and filled with genuinely kind people who will make you feel at home. It is also a country with some bureaucracy, so be ready to exercise patience when dealing with governmental matters. However, it is considered one of the safest countries in the world with one of the best qualities of life. The Portuguese are explorers, but they are also welcoming, embracing foreigners, and appreciating their coming to our small but great country.

It is to facilitate all these processes that there are specialized companies to support an international move.

At Global International Relocation we have a vast team of professionals dedicated to supporting the mobility of corporate expatriates, diplomats, and military personnel, but also private clients and their families, whether in immigration or emigration processes. We have the largest integrated offer of personalized and turnkey international mobility support services.

Coming to Portugal is easier with the support of Global International Relocation.

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