Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin
plugs are used.
Portuguese is the official language, but English is
widely spoken and understood.
Service charges are usually added to hotel and restaurant bills,
otherwise it is customary to leave a 10% tip. Bar staff and taxi
drivers also expect tips, which usually entails rounding up of the
bill to the nearest Euro.
Generally, safety is not a problem for travel in Portugal but
there is a rising incidence of petty theft and pick pocketing in
tourist areas, so reasonable care should be taken. Portugal has a
very poor road safety record so exercise caution and drive
defensively when exploring in a rented car.
It is a legal requirement for foreigners to show some form of
identification on request.
The international access code for Portugal is +351. There are no
area or city codes required. The outgoing code is 00 followed by
the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom).
Portugal is well covered by three GSM mobile phone networks.
Internet cafes are available in most towns and resorts.
Travellers over 17 years arriving from non-EU countries do not
have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 2
litres of liquor; 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette;
gifts up to the value of EUR33.50.