Entry and Exit
Portugal is part of the Schengen Area and Singapore passport holders are allowed visa-free entry for short stays up to 90 days in any 180-day period, provided that no employment is sought. Passports should be valid for at least three months from your planned date of departure from the Schengen Area. As visa requirements often change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency, or the Embassy of Portugal in Singapore (www.singapura.embaixadaportugal.mne.pt/en/) for the latest information.
Safety and Security
Terrorism: Terrorist attacks have occurred in several cities in Europe. Singaporeans should remain vigilant to possible threats.
Crime: Petty crime such as pickpocketing and theft occur in Portugal, especially at popular tourist attractions, restaurants and on public transport. Be alert and take measures to protect your belongings. Do not leave any personals items unattended e.g. in rental cars.
Demonstrations: General strikes and public demonstrations have occurred sporadically in Lisbon and Porto. Traffic and public transportation services may be disrupted in the event of demonstrations or strikes. Avoid large crowds and demonstration areas.
Wildfires: High temperatures, dry weather conditions and strong winds have caused the outbreak of wildfires in Portugal during the summer. The Portuguese National Civil Protection Authority (ProCiv) publishes real-time information on wildfires and areas at risk on their website www.prociv.pt/en-us/Pages/default.aspx. Take extra care when travelling through wooded areas during dry weather. In the event of a major fire, please heed the advice of local emergency services for evacuation.
All visitors and residents are subject to Portuguese laws and penalties. They are advised to do some research on local laws prior to arrival, especially for extended stays. Do note the following laws that will affect your visit or stay:
- The possession and consumption of illicit drugs are administrative offences that attract heavy fines. Selling and trafficking drugs are considered criminal offences subject to severe penalties, including jail.
- Gambling is only allowed in licensed establishments (e.g. casinos). Persons found gambling on unauthorised premises may be arrested, fined and/or imprisoned. Check that the establishment is licenced before entering.
Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV)
APAV (http://apav.pt/mihy) is a non-profit charity organisation that aims to inform, protect and support persons who have been victims of crime, including tourists. Singaporeans can contact: Tel: 21 358 7900 or Email: email@example.com
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]
Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.
Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.
When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
- Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
- Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
- eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
- Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
- Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
- Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.
- Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
- In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.
Advisory: Email Scams
There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.