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Portugal: NHS Status:

Hello Captdave51. You can file yourself online at I did & I am not a computer guru, for sure. It does take a number of steps to get there. Once you apply you get a response in a couple of days online. Print the approval out & keep it for future use. That is a total ripoff by the attorney. Wow! They should be blacklisted. You can go to for more info about the NHR and also access their tax guides. Also: Also: These people have many brochures on NHR including how to register online. Hope this all helps. countga

Portugal: Apartments in Algarve:

Hello apfowlow. I live in the eastern Algarve. Not all real estate companies have rentals. As far as I know there are very few long term rentals available. There are many "holiday" rentals available though. That is short term at higher rates, generally weekly. However, starting September rates start decreasing gradually. One of the biggest rental companies in my area is East Algarve Property Rentals, It took me 6 months to get my current rental. It is a 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment with 1000 sq feet for $673 per month, depending on the current euro rate. I may or may not be around in September. Send me a private message if you wish to meet up or have specific questions. Hope this helps you. )) countga

Portugal: Lisbon, please:

Hi, Ever heard of Google Maps? I posted the address of Av Visconde Valmor 68 in it. It is back behind the Gulbenkian Museum ( a great museum, by the way). I noticed that the nearest metro stop , about 3 blocks from your location, was noted to be "Saldanha". A McDonalds was right across the street from the metro. Thus, I surmise that your original thought that you were in Saldanha was correct. You may want to go to Google Maps to help you on your search. I have been to Lisbon but I do not live there. Good luck in your search!

Portugal: Visa strategy:

Hello Big World. First, how old are you? Then next, go to Check out their medical insurance program thru Medal. If you have pre-existing conditions and can prove you had such coverage, Medal will also cover. I simply showed them my Medicare card and that was sufficient for them to cover my pre-existing conditions. There most expensive Option (A) costs around 1700 euros PER YEAR. That is about 142 euros per month or at today's current rate about $166 per month. Health insurance is paid annually in January each year. Something tells me that $166 per month is a lot cheaper than what you are paying for wonderful Obamacare. Also, once you become a resident you can sign up for public health. I have not done that yet but will do that shortly. Perhaps others on this site can talk about public health. I understand some people have both because it takes a while to get an appt at public health places. i hope this helps. I just checked afpop website. You have to be a member to get to the specific info. If you are interested I can send your their brochure, etc. Please send me a private message with your email address & I'll be happy to forward the information to you. Thanks. countga

Portugal: Residence Visa Health Insurance Requirement Help (US citizen):

Try or worldnomads for travel insurance.

Portugal: Visa help ! True or False ???:

Please note that as of 1 January 2017, holders of a United States passport could travel to 174 countries and territories visa-free or with visa on arrival. Obviously, we use our passport when we travel. A residence visa is totally different than the ability to travel, right? A standard residence visa for Portugal is called a "D" type visa. This is what appears as it is attached to to your passport. It is good for 120 days as shown on the visa. The visa also explicitly shows that it is a "Residencia" visa, per Article 58. To reiterate: if traveling to 174 different countries you do not need a visa. To relocate and become a resident of Portugal you apply for a Residencia, Type D visa. Does that help clear up confusion?

Portugal: Pharmacy drugs:

Hello. Please give some examples of what you are looking for. I have glaucoma and I can tell you even without insurance for the drugs they are at least 70% less than what they cost in the US with insurance. If you have a short list I can try to check for you on Monday. Generally, prices are similar among the various pharmacies and there is one always open in your town. Here, we have a list posted on the pharmacy door who is open. If you have a public health card the prescription will be even cheaper. For example, one drug I use would go from 18 euros to 2 euros. Hope that gives you some idea. countga

Portugal: Shipping your stuff to Portugal:

Hello, First of all, allow me to assure you that no matter where you move you will run across unscrupulous people, both in the US and abroad. My goods were in storage in FL for almost 2 years. When I gave them the order to move them to Portugal in October last year they magically came up with a $2900 charge for pick up & transfer to Miami. That figure had never been presented before! So, I went looking for different movers. I decided on a company called International Movers Network out of NY. They shipped in December. The goods didn't arrive until the end of January. I had bought a "Baggage Certificate" from the PT Embassy in DC. It expired the end of December & they refused several times to renew or extend it. They said I should have moved immediately and refused to comprehend the hurdle I faced in October. So, I supplied my inventory & value of every box to my agent in Lisbon & to Customs. It was for a total of 4762 euros. Customs totally ignored that and came up with their own value of more than twice that value without opening one box! Thus, I had to pay over 2200 euros in VAT based on what was in their heads. I also note that the agents in Lisbon paid for fees and duties out of their pocket & then charge you additional fee for that privilege. So, if you are going to move goods, make sure you do it well in advance of your 1 year deadline. Be sure also, to get complete estimates for all fees & costs for both the shipper or mover in the States and the agent in Lisbon. I would suggest you also get references for both the mover & the receiving agent and that you check the BBB, the Department of Transportation or Interstate Commerce Commission for complaints or problems with the USA mover. I had a 20 foot container & it was not full. I had 155 boxes in total of which more than 1/2 were the "small" shipping box found at Lowe's or Home Depot. I refer to them as book boxes. I hope my experience is of assistance. One simply has to do their homework and check and double check. I have moved internationally at least 6 times and each time has been an experience. LOL! Good luck! countga

Portugal: Apartment hunting:

Hello. I am in Tavira. Try As per previous replies you have hit the high season. I registered with East Algarve in August of last year and found current rental with them in January based on an email they sent out. Also expect rates for long term rentals to be going up. For example, my previous apartment owner increased their rate from 600 to 750 euros after I left. & got it. Also, try They cover the whole country. Good luck! countga

Portugal: Shipping Boxes from California?:

Hello. Is this all you are shipping within the next year? Did you get a Baggage Certificate from the Portuguese Embassy? Certificate costs little and is good for one year. That is it must be shipped & received within one year from arriving in Portugal. Otherwise, you are subject to possible horrific customs duties. I shipped one box (Lowe's small box) from Florida via the US Postal Service last year. They (Customs) opened the box and then proceeded to charge me $152 for items probably worth less than $300. They had a much higher value. It does not matter what your inventory says either, about contents or value. They make up their own value and charge you up to 23% VAT. If you have a Baggage Certificate no duty is charged. You might wish to see what it would cost to bring as additional baggage on your flight or boat. Actually, I understand if you come by boat you can bring lots of baggage as long as it fits in your room. Anyway, some things to think about. Hope that helps! :-) countga


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