Relocating to Portugal

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Relocating to Portugal

If you’re in your 20s or 30s and thinking of moving abroad, it’s highly likely that you’re considering relocating to Portugal. Over the past decade Lisbon has become a firm favourite with millenials who are loving the climate, celebrating the fact their money goes further, and recognising that the gig economy allows them to settle wherever they want.

Speak to us today on 01794 323558 for a no obligation removals quote on your move to Portugal.

Whether Portugal’s on your radar because you’re moving for work, seeking a better quality of life for your family, or looking for a property near the sea in your retirement, you’ll need an experienced and reliable UK to Portugal removals company to support your move. Schepens is a family run European removals business that has been moving families around the globe since 1911. We help 100s of people every year who are relocating to Portugal.

Read on for advice on relocating to Portugal and more information about the removals services Schepens offer.


Why Relocate to Portugal?

It’s the 5th most peaceful country in the world and no wonder, given the Mediterranean climate and miles of beautiful beaches. The Portugese are friendly and welcoming to foreigners, and the local food and wine is recognised to be some of the best in Europe. Lisbon, the capital city situated on a hill above the sea, combines cobbled streets, great shopping and a vibrant multicultual culture.

Visa and Work Permits in Portugal

EU members can relocate to Portugal for 3 months without having to register. If you plan to live and work in Portugal you’ll need to register at the local Town Hall (Camara Municipal) within 4 months. If you can prove that you are employed, or self-employed, or have sufficient funds, you’ll be granted a 5 year residency certificate which gives you access to social security, healthcare and education.

Cost of Living in Portugal

If you’re prepared to ‘live like a local’ you’ll find Portugal much cheaper than the UK. Utility prices tend to be equivalent to Britain, but rents are much cheaper especially if you’ve been living in London!! Property prices are rising but Lisbon is still considered a great place to buy with houses averaging €1,386 per square metre. The Property Owner’s tax is cheaper than the UK’s Council Tax.

Healthcare in Portugal

Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will give you the right to free emergency medical care for your first 3 months. Once you have a residency certificate, you’ll be given an NHS user number (número de utente) which gives you access to state-funded healthcare. Private healthcare is also available in Portugal; taking out medical insurance is the most cost-effective way to access it.

Education in Portugal

As a resident of Portugal your children will have access to the public school system. The education system is well-regarded and is free to attend.

There are a number of international schools located across Portugal. The programmes they offer range from the British GCSE and GCE examination system to the International Baccalaureate (I.B) programme.


Useful Resources for Living in Portugal

Here are some useful resources to help you as you plan your move to Portugal:

Schepens is a an Experienced UK to Portugal Removals Company

From the first contact you have with Schepens you will know that you’re in safe hands. You will be allocated a move co-ordinator who will manage your initial quotation and take responsibility for your move to project completion. Your move co-ordinator will help with:

  • Transit options
  • Delivery schedule
  • Insurance
  • Customs and import duties

On the day of the move, your move co-ordinator will keep you regularly updated and stay in touch until your relocation is successfully completed.

Packing Service

Schepens can offer as much support as you need with your packing. If you prefer to pack yourself, we can provide high quality packing materials for your use. We can also provide a professional packing service in which our BAR trained movers will complete your packing for you.

A Range of Insurance Options

Relocating to Portugal

At Schepens our goal is to make your relocation to Portugal a stress-free experience, and our range of insurance services is a key element:

  • All our movers and vehicles are fully insured.
  • We offer a range of insurance cover, including extended liability.
  • We use high quality insurance providers.
  • Should you need to claim, we will handle the insurance paperwork for you.

Furniture Removals to Portugal

Schepens organise removals to and from the major towns, cities, and areas in Portugal, including: AlbufeiraAlgarveAlmada, Amadora, Amora, Aveiro, The Azores, Barreiro, Beja, Braga, Braganca, Carvoeiro, Cascais, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Estoril, Evora, Faro, Fatima, Guarda, Guimarães, Lagos, Leiria, Lisbon, Madeira, Obidos, Parede, Portalegre, Porto, Santarem, Setubal, Sintra, Tomar, Valença Do Minho, Viana do Castelo, Vila Nova De Mil Fontes, Vila Real and Viseu.


At Schepens we have the experience, skills and resources to provide a stress-free relocation to Portugal. Why not give us a ring on 01794 323558 to find out how we can support your move.