Portugal Country Guide

Everything you need to know about moving to Portugal

How to Move to Portugal

Moving to Portugal can change your life. Make sure to do it the right way.

Moving anywhere poses its challenges, but Portugal is worth it. With its charming historic cities and towns, inviting climate, and welcoming culture, the country sets the stage for both adventure and tranquility. Portugal’s stable political climate, well-regarded healthcare system, and robust education offerings make it an attractive destination for retirees, families, professionals, and Digital Nomads. In this guide, we outline the steps to ensure a seamless and efficient move to Portugal.

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StartAbroad's High-level Relocation Checklist

At StartAbroad, we provide our clients detailed, tailored checklists that cover every aspect of their move. By clicking the link below, you can download a high-level relocation checklist that covers the basics of your move abroad. While it is not exhaustive, this checklist is designed to help you get started with planning your move to Portugal.

How to Move to Portugal as a Retiree

Why Retire to Portugal?

One of the safest countries in the world

Excellent visa options, specifically the D7

Affordable, high-quality healthcare

Ranked #1 place to retire in 2023

Easy access to the rest of the EU

Lower cost of living than the US or Canada

Mild Mediterranean climate

How can you retire to Portugal?

There is no one-size-fits all move to Portugal. Here is a broad outline of steps you could take to make your move a success. 

  1. Define your goals for your life in Portugal
  2. Set your retirement budget
  3. Decide on your relocation timeline
  4. Visit the country at least once on a scouting trip
  5. Decide your residency route, connect with StartAbroad
  6. Understand tax implications of your move
  7. Choose where to live in the country
  8. Decide if you’ll buy or rent
  9. Create a medical plan, including health insurance, access to medications, access to specialists, and an emergency care plan
  10. Take care of banking and money transfer matters
  11. Make sure you have a place to stay upon arrival
  12. Book your ticket!

Reach out to [email protected] if you’d like to speak with a relocation specialist to start laying out a roadmap to your life in Portugal!

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How to Move to Portugal as a Family

Why move your family to Portugal?

One of the safest countries in the world

Diverse, highly rated school options

Affordable, high-quality healthcare

Accessibly priced real estate

Excellent visa options, including the D7 and Digital Nomad Visa

Lower cost of living than the US or Canada

Mild Mediterranean climate

How can you move your family to Portugal?

There is no one-size-fits all move to Portugal for families. Here is a broad outline of steps you could take to make your move a success. 

  1. Start with schools
  2. Set your budget
  3. Decide on your relocation timeline
  4. Visit the country at least once on a scouting trip
  5. Decide your residency route, connect with StartAbroad
  6. Understand tax implications of your move
  7. Choose where to live in the country
  8. Decide if you’ll buy or rent
  9. Identify the best transportation option for your needs
  10. Take care of banking and money transfer matters
  11. Understand the medical landscape, make sure that your families needs are covered
  12. Make sure you have a place to stay upon arrival
  13. Identify childcare if necessary
  14. Book your ticket!

Reach out to [email protected] if you’d like to speak with a relocation specialist to start laying out a roadmap to your life in Portugal!

How to Become a Digital Nomad in Portugal

Why become a digital nomad in Portugal?

One of the safest countries in the world

Excellent visa options, including the Digital Nomad Visa

Vibrant, active, like-minded community

Lots of coworking spaces and accommodation options

Excellent internet speeds

Lower cost of living than the US and Canada

Easy access to the rest of the EU

Mild Mediterranean climate

How can you become a digital nomad in Portugal?

There is no one-size-fits all move to Portugal for digital nomads. Here is a broad outline of steps you could take to make your move a success. 

  1. Define your goals + length of stay
  2. Set your budget
  3. Speak with your employer or work with an employer of record
  4. Get started on your Digital Nomad Visa
  5. Understand tax implications of your move
  6. Decide where your home base will be
  7. Identify the best transportation option for your needs
  8. Take care of banking and money transfer matters
  9. Ensure that you’ll have fast enough internet where you’re staying
  10. Make sure you have a place to stay upon arrival
  11. Book your ticket!

Reach out to [email protected] if you’d like to speak with a relocation specialist to start laying out a roadmap to your life in Portugal!

How to Move to Portugal as a Professional

Why move to Portugal as a professional?

One of the safest countries in the world

Excellent visa options, including the Digital Nomad Visa, D1, D3, and D7 visas

Easy access to the rest of the EU

Excellent internet speeds

Mild Mediterranean climate

Accessibly priced real estate

Lower cost of living than the US and Canada

How can you move to Portugal as a professional?

There is no one-size-fits all move to Portugal for professionals. Here is a broad outline of steps you could take to make your move a success. 

 

  1. Confirm that your employer has Ok’d the move, and understands the tax implications
  2. Define your goals + length of stay
  3. Set your budget
  4. Decide were in the country you will live
  5. Get started on your visa, connect with StartAbroad
  6. Understand tax implications of your move
  7. Decide where your home base will be
  8. Identify the best transportation option for your needs
  9. Take care of banking and money transfer matters
  10. Ensure that you’ll have fast enough internet where you’re staying
  11. Make sure you have a place to stay upon arrival
  12. Book your ticket!

 

Reach out to [email protected] if you’d like to speak with a relocation specialist to start laying out a roadmap to your life in Portugal!

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