There is an underlying threat from terrorism.
Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
A number of British nationals have been the victim of a serious sexual offence in the Algarve this summer 2009
Around 2,254,300 British tourists visit Portugal every year
(Source: Portuguese National Statistical Office (www.ine.pt).
Most visits are trouble-free.
required consular assistance in Portugal in the period
01 April 2008 – 31 March 2009
- deaths (208 cases);
- hospitalisations (91 cases);
- arrests, for a variety of reasons (22 cases).
- lost or stolen passports (612 cases).
You should be alert to the risk of petty theft.
See the Crime section of this advice for more details.
If you need to contact the emergency services in Portugal
Portugal travel advise
update November 2009