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adminee
3/20/2020 12:48 EST


This new thread is intended for non-political posts about coronavirus. Please share information that will help other expats in your area and elsewhere in Portugal. This is vital. Share updates on hospitals and other testing locations, business and school closures, government updates, locked down areas, travel restrictions, where to get food, medications and other necessities.



Please also use this thread as a place to support one another in these uncertain and stressful times. There are expats on this forum (many of whom read and don't post) who are living alone and very far from family. A few kind words can make a difference in someone's day. If you want to debate the politics of how the situation is being handled in your country and other countries, PLEASE keep that off of this thread.



I lived in NYC on 9/11 and remember with humbling clarity how people came together at that time. That event changed me forever and thinking of it always bring tears to my eyes, but the kindness of strangers is what I remember most. When you look back at this time one day, you will remember the kindness of strangers. Please be kind.

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craigandmicki
3/20/2020 13:09 EST

Portugal's government is extending the validation period on: Visas, Driver's License, Residence Permit. If yours expired on/after 10 March 2020, it is now valid until 30 June 2020. Do not worry about missing a Consulate, VFS Global or SEF appointment. You will have a new appointment set for you when they can re-schedule, or you can check in May or June for available appointments. Appointment setting is a bit hit-and-miss right now but your documents' extended validity date is guaranteed to 30 June.

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garyret2017
3/21/2020 11:05 EST

I am a expat living on the Silver Coast in Portugal and would be happy to chat with anyone who would like to just say Hi and stay in touch.

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Oakwood
3/21/2020 11:50 EST

Hi Gary. How is the general population taking this lockdown? I am stuck in the US possibly until June.
My house is in Central Portugal and I am hopeful the little villages and hamlets are being monitored for the virus and supplies to keep everyone healthy.
Do you hear much about contact with these people in the valleys and on top of mountains? - Bryn

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MidMO
3/21/2020 17:20 EST

I'm guessing that most people are aware of this.

https://covid19.min-saude.pt/

Best site for information. IMHO. It is updated hourly.

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Almamia
3/25/2020 15:11 EST

To
garyret2017

Hello Gary,
I am available anytime to chat.
Privet email perhaps?
Here is mine

Alma

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northofyou
4/14/2020 08:35 EST

craigandmicki,

Thanks for this info. I was schedule to get a medical number so I could exchange my driver's license. My appointment was March 30. Now I have no appointment, and they are hard to get here in Coimbra. Do you know if you can't get an appointment by June 30, do they make allowances for that?

Thank you!

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northofyou
4/14/2020 08:35 EST

craigandmicki,

Thanks for this info. I was schedule to get a medical number so I could exchange my driver's license. My appointment was March 30. Now I have no appointment, and they are hard to get here in Coimbra. Do you know if you can't get an appointment by June 30, do they make allowances for that?

Thank you!

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craigandmicki
4/14/2020 12:39 EST

to "Northofyou': You can always try to get your Numero de Utente, as you don't need an appointment for that (you just walk in and ask for it, and keep doing that until they give you one). Be certain to explain you want the number 'sem um médico designado', which means 'without being assigned to a doctor' as that is often the reason you're not processed at a Center do Saude; and say 'para trocar a carta de condução', to exchange your driver's license. That should reassure the Saude that you don't want anything more from them than a number. Have your private physician complete the IMT physical form when he/she can, and then be ready to pounce on IMT when it re-opens in July. Make sense? Did I miss anything?

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dancebert
4/19/2020 03:32 EST

>I'm guessing that most people are aware of this.
>https://covid19.min-saude.pt/

And I'm guessing that most people know that the DGS daily updates now include the number of confirmed cases for each concelho (analogous to a county), for those concelhos with 3 or more confirmed cases.

https://covid19.min-saude.pt/relatorio-de-situacao/

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northofyou
4/29/2020 09:57 EST

crainandmicki,

Yes, that made sense, and thank you for the reply! Sorry it took me so long to thank you -- didn't see the notice in my email.

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perfikalgarve
5/6/2020 06:39 EST

Hi Gary,

We have lived in the Algarve since 2006 and are hopefully moving to Figueira da Foz later this year, would be good to keep in touch,

Reghards

Keith & Ann

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garyret2017
5/6/2020 07:58 EST

Hello perfikalgarve

Darci and I would also like to share information and keep in touch with you. Can you PM me or send me some contact information. We were traveling to Fig monthly for the expat luncheon and we also have not ruled out to move there?

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garyret2017
5/6/2020 08:05 EST

Sorry Bryn,

Just seen your reply for a number of weeks ago? You can contact me at to share information. Sorry of the late response. Hope you make it back to Portugal soon. - Gary

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