Relocating abroad to Portugal is a big decision to make and it’s important that you’re fully prepared for it. To help you with the move, we’ve created this guide with the all important information you need to know before making the leap and moving to Portugal.
Portugal is a sunny, lively and scenic European country, situated on the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal is viewed as an ideal relocation destination for many because of it’s stunning scenery, good food, culture, entertainment and favourable climate. Collectively, this attracts people from all over the world to start a new life filled with sun, sand and adventure in Portugal.
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Finding A Job In Portugal
If you plan on living in Portugal for a long period of time, you will need to find yourself a job in order to survive and indeed, to continue living in the country. Many people find this part of relocating to Portugal a little daunting, but it’s not as terrifying as it sounds. There’s a shortage of workers in many areas within Portugal, which makes it somewhat easier for most expats to gain work in the country.
If you hold an EU passport when entering Portugal, you can start working almost immediately. On the other hand, if you don’t hold an EU passport, getting a job in Portugal is a bigger challenge and you will need to obtain a working Visa or a Portuguese residence permit.
Opening A Bank Account In Portugal
When you relocate to Portugal, you will need to set up a bank account as soon as you possibly can. This bank account is an essential part of your relocation, as you’ll need it for your wages and any payments that you will have.
Opening a bank account in Portugal is rather similar to opening a bank account anywhere else in the world. You will need the required documents to prove your identity and your residency in Portugal. Also, at the moment, you might be used to overdrawing your account, which is fine. However, when in Portugal, you will need to avoid this as it is classed as a fraudulent offence.
How We can Help:
My Baggage makes relocating abroad that little bit easier, by offering a helping hand and taking care of your belongings. Our job is to ensure that they get from your current home, to your new home in a safe and timely manner.
Here at My Baggage, we pride ourselves in offering affordable services, allowing our customers to stay within their budgets when relocating abroad. We understand that moving abroad isn’t exactly cheap, there’s lots of things to pay for and this can all add up to a rather shocking amount. For this reason, you’ll want to save every pound that you can and we can help you do that, simply by shipping your luggage to your new home for a low-cost and allowing you to avoid out-of-budget removals and expensive excess baggage fees.
We also offer a price match, so, if you get a better offer elsewhere let us know and we’ll try our very best to beat it!
Convenient & Reliable
Stress is inevitable when relocating abroad, you won’t be able to avoid it completely, but you can reduce it. The convenient service that we offer here at My Baggage makes peoples lives that little bit easier. We’ve worked really hard to provide travellers with a service that they can trust and will continue to use, each and every time they travel abroad.
We’ve got an easy-to-use online booking system, where you can pick a date that suits you best and select your preferred collection and delivery addresses. All of our services are door-to-door, meaning we can collect your belongings from your old home and deliver them to your new home.
Top Customer Service
When sending almost everything you own to your new home, it’s completely normal to feel a little apprehensive. There will be lots to bring and the thought of damaging or loosing anything can be a little worrying. Here at My Baggage HQ, we have a great team of experienced Customer Service Advisers to help put you at ease when using our service. If you have any questions, or need any help during any stage of the booking, please do get in touch! We’re contactable via telephone, email and live chat.
Prohibited and Non-Compensation Items
When you book with My Baggage for your relocation abroad, you’re given the freedom to send almost everything you own to Portugal all at an affordable price. However, there is restrictions on what you can and cannot send on our services, this is solely for security and customs purposes, and is standard with most luggage shipping companies.
As a general rule, you can be sure that the following items are prohibited:
You should also be aware that there is also some items that can be sent on our services but will not be covered under compensation cover. If you still wish to send any of these items, you will be doing so at your own risk. When sending any non-compensation items, please ensure they are packaged appropriately, with plenty of internal packaging, such as bubble wrap and newspaper.
Find out more about My Baggage’s prohibited and non-compensation items.
Please note that import allowances, security and customs processes differ all around the world; we recommend that you do your own personal research into what may be prohibited in your destination country before booking your shipment to Portugal.
Portuguese Customs Information
When you ship items from the U.K to Portugal, your belongings will not need to pass through customs clearance, meaning they are not subject to import tax or duty. However, if you plan on sending your belongings to Portugal from a country outside of the European Union, then will need to complete a customs invoice and attach this to your shipment. This is a legal requirement and if it’s not met, your belongings will be returned.
Many My Baggage shipments go through customs on a daily basis and they generally clear customs in a timely manner, free from duties and taxes, as most countries offer a generous duty-free allowance for personal effects.
However, customs processes and allowances can differ depending on the countries you are sending your belongings to and from, and because My Baggage has no control over any decisions made. For this reason, we strongly recommend you to take the time to research Portuguese customs regulations and quarantine in depth before making a booking to Portugal. Making yourself aware of potential customs duties in Portugal and by following any and all advice provided by customs directly could mean that your shipment will arrive in to your new home on time, with no delays.
Filling in your customs documents correctly and clearly is extremely important if your shipment requires them. In order to demonstrate that your shipment consists of personal effects, you will be required to accurately describe each item included in the package, being brief in your description could result in delays.