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Canada has a strong diplomatic relationship with Portugal. The two countries have ties in people-to-people relations supported by a vibrant Canadian community of Portuguese origin with over 480,000 population. Furthermore, the cultural and social ties between the two countries are further promoted as tens of thousands of Canadians live in Portugal.

The two countries also have academic relations, economic and commercial relations, trade and investment relations, and many more. Universities in both countries cooperate across several disciplines.

Canadians travel to Portugal for several purposes including visitation, tourism, trade, business, and education. But most Canadians forget to get an adequate Portugal travel insurance policy before traveling. It is important to get the right travel insurance policy or additional health insurance before leaving Canada to protect yourself and your loved ones when you travel abroad.

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Portugal Travel Insurance Details

Basic Information About Portugal

Some important information on Portugal Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Euro
Official languages Portuguese and Miranda Do Douro
Capital Lisbon
Continent Europe
Population Approx. 10 million
Plug type Plug type F
Driving side Right-hand side
  • Spring - March to May
  • Summer - June to August
  • Autumn - September to November
  • Winter - December to February
Laws Local laws and customs


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Portugal Security Measures for travelers

The decision to travel to Portugal is yours and it is your responsibility to cater to your personal safety abroad. But since we care about your safety and security abroad, we provide you with credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to help you to make an informed decision when traveling abroad.

Risk Level

Portugal – Take normal security precautions

Entry / Exit requirements

Portugal has the right to decide who enters or exits its borders and the Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet the exit and/or entry requirements for Portugal.

The information on this page was obtained from Portugalese authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.


The entry requirement that applies to you is determined by the type of passport you use. Contact your transportation company to find out about passport requirements before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport - You are required to hold a passport valid for a minimum of three months from the date you expect to leave Portugal or other Schengen area countries.
  • Passport for official travel - Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents - If you are traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency traveling document, the entry rules may differ. Find out about the entry rules from the closest diplomatic mission for Portugal before you travel.

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Portugal Healthcare

There are public and private hospitals and healthcare centers in Portugal. Portugal has a standard healthcare service. As a matter of fact, the WHO ranked Portugal as the 12th best healthcare system out of 190 countries. However, the cost of medical treatments and healthcare in Portugal could be high. So, you need to have the right Portugal travel insurance or private medical plan to cover you when you travel to Portugal.

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Portugal Travel Insurance News

Canada recently signed an agreement with Portugal under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. This makes Portugal the newest country to have such an agreement with Canada.

The agreement opens further channels making exchange between Portuguese and Canadian youth seamless. It also allows Portuguese youth to work in Canada and at the same time, allowing Canadian youth to travel and work in Portugal.

The Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, and Jose Luis Carneiro, Secretary of State of Portuguese Communities Abroad, signed the new bilateral Youth Mobility Agreement between the two countries in early 2018 and the agreement has been finalized.

The agreement stipulates that foreign nationals from Portugal can participate in all three of the IEC programs which include working holiday, young professionals, and international co-op.

The IEC program is designed to allow youths to gain international work experience and travel abroad. Canada has had formal Youth Mobility Agreement with 33 other countries and territories.

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