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Below are some tips on traveling to Porto to help make your trip as easy and seamless as possible.

Passport and Visa:
A valid passport (or identity card for European Community nationals) is required. Visas are not necessary for citizens of European Union countries, the U.S.A., Canada and most major countries. Please contact your local Portuguese Embassy, Consulate or your Travel Agency for further information.

Health Requirements:
With the exception of vaccination certificates for persons coming from areas where yellow fever is endemic presently there are no special health requirements.

Spoken Language:
Portuguese is the official language spoken in Porto. However, English and French are spoken by plenty of locals, not to mention those who work in tourism speak English fluently.

Time Zone:
GMT (summer time: one hour ahead of GMT)

The official currency of Portugal is the Euro.

Tipping is optional, but normally 10% is customary in taxis, restaurants and bars.

Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants.

Being one of the biggest cities in Portugal, Porto makes it easy for anyone to deal with issues like the currency exchange. Banks, as a rule, offer the best rates, but tourists can also rely on the exchange desks or on the specific services provided by the post offices in Porto.

European type 2 pin sockets with 220 volts AC at 50 cycles are used. The phase 380 volt current is normally available in meeting and exhibition rooms.

Smoking is forbidden by law in public transportation and in closed public areas.

Tap water:
Being one of the largest cities in Portugal, Porto is supplied with tap water perfectly safe to drink. However, as a rule, bottled water tends to be better than tap water.

Text by Porto Tourism Board / CC BY-NC_SA 3.0
Photo by Porto Convention & Visitors Bureau /

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