Lisbon tops the table of the best locations for an executive nomad to live, according to new research from Savills as part of its Impacts 2022 programme.
According to its official statement, "the Immigration and Border Service (SEF) operates four new generation e-gates at Lisbon Airport, ensuring a faster and more functional border control at arrivals for nationals of the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore."
by Carolina Maia 14th April 2022
The Chamber’s recent Moving to Portugal Show and Seminars, held on 31st March 2022, revealed some surprising changes in the profile of the many UK residents now researching their move to Portugal, as the restrictions caused by the pandemic recede.
by Carolina Maia 17th March 2022
The number of property sales in Portuguese resorts increased by 70% in 2021 compared to 2020, with prices also rising in tandem, says an influential recent report
by Carolina Maia 14th January 2022
From 1 January 2022, Portugal has introduced new changes to its Golden Visa Program, which will boost interest in interior areas of the country along with the islands.

Here Chamber members Global Citizen Solutions explain the changes in depth
Portugal is the fourth best place to retire in the world in 2022, according to the Annual Global Retirement Index prepared by editors at International Living magazine.

Since 2021, Portugal moves up one spot from fifth to fourth to overtake Colombia in this year’s survey.
by Carolina Maia 3rd December 2021
Last night (2nd December 21) the Portuguese Chamber co-hosted a Private View Networking Reception at Galeries Bartoux in central London with luxury property and lifestyle publishers Abode 2.  The event was sponsored by leading developers in Portugal Reward Properties, and the Portuguese law firm MATLAW.
Despite surging coronavirus cases in the UK last week, visitors (suitably masked) arrived in force on Thursday, October 21 for the first live Moving to Portugal Show and Seminars organised by the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK since November 2019.
• British migrants to Portugal up 34.6% from 2019 to 2020
• First Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK event since 2019 will respond to emerging trend
• Portugal voted the best place to live in 2022 in latest Expats Exchange survey
Are you interested in a detailed breakdown of the way house prices in Portugal are changing across the regions?
Property finder José Cabral from A House in Lisbon has just published his exhaustive analysis of house prices across the country, compiled from official statistics that are rarely publicised.
by Namrata Majithia 10th September 2021
The Times reports on the latest reasons to move to Portugal, and talks to our Chamber Corporate member John Mather from Émigré

Fibre broadband, low taxes and sun, could these Portuguese islands make you happy ever after?
by Namrata Majithia 9th July 2021
In the word of wine, few countries are as interesting as Portugal. Here, wine buff, cork expert and Chamber member Geoffrey Kelly extols the virtues of Portuguese wines
by Namrata Majithia 8th July 2021
Tate Britain's recent opening of its Paula Rego exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive retrospective of the world famous Portuguese artist's work to date.
Despite gloomy predictions, it is onward and upward for the Algarve’s property market The property market in the Algarve is booming and is likely to remain on an upward path as travel restrictions ease and prices catch up with other prime European real estate markets, say leading agents in the area.
by Namrata Majithia 5th July 2021
The UK’s Sunday Times recently covered bargains for Brits on the island of Madeira, explaining how Brits are being lured to Portugal’s ‘island jewel’ with the promise of working remotely at the island’s digital nomads village and also accessing European citizenship via Portugal’s golden visas. Read more…
by Namrata Majithia 15th June 2021
The leading website Investment Migration Insider  reports on Portugal’s recent approval of a fund offering the country’s  first Cultural Heritage Golden Visa.
Portugal’s prime minister António Costa has addressed the implications of the shock decision by the British government to remove Portugal from its ‘green list’
Chamber members Global Citizen Solutions and Goldcrest Properties launch a comprehensive step-by- step guide for foreigners investing in Portuguese real estate
Holidays to Portugal will resume from May 17, after the Portuguese tourism minister confirmed on Friday May 14 that the country would be welcoming British tourists from Monday.
by Namrata Majithia 12th May 2021
British inquiries for Portuguese holiday homes are up 70pc as buyers look to make longer stays abroad
Portugal is one of just 12 destinations on the 'green list', announced by transport secretary Grant Shapps last week – meaning that holidays can resume from May 17, and travellers returning to the UK will not be required to quarantine.
• New Algarve Tech Hub harnesses ‘technological fervour sweeping the country’
• Digital nomads, entrepreneurs and tech start-ups being welcomed to Portugal
• Algarve eyes up title of world’s #1 lifestyle tech hub
by Namrata Majithia 29th April 2021
Portugal's Ambassador tells the UK's Sky News that Portugal is 'hoping to welcome British holidaymakers from mid-May'
by Namrata Majithia 16th April 2021
Portugal ‘reopens’ flights between UK and Brazil – but only for essential reasons

by Namrata Majithia 12th April 2021
Last week, Portuguese Chamber of Commerce in the UK members Global Citizen Solutions – a boutique migration investment firm headquartered in Lisbon – held a webinar to discuss the upcoming changes to the Golden Visa scheme as well as alternative forms of acquiring residency.
UK residents from England, Scotland and Wales can now claim a VAT refund on retail purchases (over €50+VAT)they make in Portugal, effective from 1st January 2021.
The new world-class and innovative International School is now open in the Park of Nations (Parque das Nações/ Expo) area, in Lisbon.
by Namrata Majithia 16th March 2021
Portugal will be removed from the "red list" of countries from where travel to England is banned after 04:00 GMT on Friday 19th March, the British Department for Transport has announced.
by Namrata Majithia 19th February 2021
British buyers looking to move to Portugal have been given extra time to buy a property to qualify for the golden visa, the quickest and easiest route to residency after Brexit.
by Namrata Majithia 15th February 2021
Contrary to a controversial law passed at the end of last year (click here), restrictions to Portugal’s money-spinning ‘golden visa’ regime will not now come into effect on July 1.
by Namrata Majithia 22nd January 2021
The Chamber and its Corporate members Vilamoura World, Martinhal, Edge International and Ombria are all quoted in The Times today in a lengthy story about Where to Buy Property in Portugal to Get a Golden Visa by Zoe Dare-Hall. See the full story below
If you are a British resident and thinking of moving to Portugal in 2021, there are several options open to you.
by Namrata Majithia 31st December 2020
The Brexit deal has finally been agreed. Now the rules on travelling between the UK and European Union countries, including Portugal, change on 1 January 2021.

Below we cover the main things you must consider on your next trip to Portugal.
by Namrata Majithia 31st December 2020
Portuguese Government Confirms Changes in its Golden Visa Programme: Not Necessarily Bad News, Say Stakeholders
by Namrata Majithia 7th December 2020
Natasha Donn in the Portugal Resident reports on Portugal’s approach to ensuring high numbers of Brits continue to move to Portugal or visit for extended periods of time.
Many of the 1.8 million British expats living in Europe will have their UK bank accounts closed imminently because of Brexit - and they should urgently seek alternatives to "sidestep avoidable issues," Nigel Green, CEO of deVere Group, warned this morning.
Chinese buyers have rushed to buy homes in Lisbon to beat year-end deadline under Portugal’s ‘golden visa’ scheme; purchases in Portugal topped foreign purchases of flats in Singapore
The pandemic is forcing some older workers to confront painful financial realities and revise their financial planning for retirement. One option some may be considering is retiring abroad to a destination that is more tax efficient and offers other important lifestyle benefits, like Portugal.
With just over two months before the UK leaves the EU, property search agent Sebastien Niccolleau (who specialises in Portugal) takes a closer look on how this will impact Brits wanting to travel, buy or relocate to the continent.
Portugal’s SEF border and immigration agency and British Embassy launch joint information campaign

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by Namrata Majithia 7th October 2020
Portugal’s leading property fair SIL 2020 (which opens on 8th Oct 2020) goes for hybrid format.

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With so many events being cancelled this year, to the frustration of both businesses and visitors, afpop, Portugal’s largest association for foreign residents and property owners, has taken the initiative to move the 20th edition of its annual Better Living in Portugal Exhibition (BLiP EXPO) on-line this October.
There’s no doubt that Portugal is a fantastic place to call home, but did you know it can also offer financial advantages?
With early, careful financial planning, you can make the most of tax-efficient opportunities and avoid potential mistakes.
Searching for a better life abroad after a heart attack last year, James Reynold-Payne, 49, chose the Algarve in Portugal. Besides the plentiful beaches, excellent food, widely spoken English and easy access from the UK, it was the tax breaks that appealed.
Holidays cannot not be deemed “essential” travel. The prospect of six months of 'shutdown' restrictions may, to many, make overseas breaks seem frivolous. Yet, in my experience, even briefly swapping gloom-laden Britain for somewhere with a sunnier disposition delivers a much-needed shot of positivity.
by Namrata Majithia 10th September 2020
The Chamber team is back in the office after a few precious days on the ground in Portugal...

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by Namrata Majithia 24th July 2020
News that Greece is to offer a ten-year tax incentive to foreign pensioners means they now join Portugal in offering retirees an very attractive tax regime. But MoneyWeek magazine explains why the EU may not like it...

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The  Socialist Party (PS) of the Algarve today publicly celebrated Prime Minister António Costa's commitment to the historic Covid- rescue agreement reached last week in Brussels by the European Council.
As reported by Natasha Donn in the Portugal Resident newspaper, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa returned from the marathon negotiations in Brussels this week waving the promise of €45.1 billion in much-needed post-coronavirus recovery funding for the country.

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by Namrata Majithia 17th July 2020
17 July 2020
Our General Manager, Christina Hippisley, recently joined Dylan Herholdt of Chamber members Portugal Realty as a guest on his popular podcast called Portugal: The Simple Life.  
The recent exclusion of the Portuguese mainland from the UK’s newly issued travel list of ‘green’ and ‘amber’ countries has caused consternation in the Portuguese government.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) recently announced that it will provide support for British citizens and their families in their applications for residence in Portugal.
The Times reports today that Britain is in talks with Portugal over plans to create an "air bridge" that would allow holidaymakers and potential property buyers to travel to the country without quarantining on their return.
by Namrata Majithia 28th April 2020
Since late 2017, over 6,000 people have attended the Chamber’s Moving to Portugal Shows and Seminars in the UK and Ireland, and the demand for more information about retiring to Portugal or moving your business and family there for lifestyle reasons grows each month.
by Namrata Majithia 23rd April 2020
Chamber members EDGE International Lawyers have now created a dedicated website giving pragmatic updates about Portugal’s Covid-19 response and how legal and practical matters can continue in the meantime.
by Namrata Majithia 20th April 2020
Portugal’s Algarve Resident newspaper and website reports on the ‘second wave’ of complimentary articles in the international media over Portugal’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
by Namrata Majithia 21st March 2020
Here you can learn about the state of emergency and all the measures enacted by the Government that are mandatory as of Saturday, March 21st
by Namrata Majithia 30th January 2020
British Tourists, visitors and residents can continue to enjoy freedom of movement, travel, access to healthcare and recognising driving licenses in Portugal, as normal, until the end of the transition period, foreseen to be the 31st of December 2020
by Namrata Majithia 23rd May 2019
After 6 successful events, the demand is still high!
Everything you need to know to prepare for a new life in the tranquility, beauty and warmth of Europe’s most westerly country.
All that’s left is to pack your suitcase.
The Portuguese are coming!  In response to popular demand from Irish property buyers, the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce is bringing its Moving to Portugal Show and Seminars to Dublin on 15th May 2019.
As the subject of the meeting was ‘Brexit’, the main points made by Augusto Santos Silva were: