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Moving to Portugal: A guide to get you started

Expatica's Getting Started section will provide practical information on how you can open a bank account, sort out a residence permit or improve your language skills.


If you’ve just landed in Portugal, it’s tempting to start exploring, but there are some essential tasks to get through first. Our Getting Started section offers a wealth of important information and advice.

Visas and permits

If you haven’t done it already, sorting out your residence permit is an essential first step.

Opening a bank account

Another essential step is opening a bank account. Visit our Banking section for details on banking in Portugal and to keep up to date with news from the financial world.

Finding a home

So you have your visa and bank account. Now you need to find a place to stay. Read Expatica’s guide to where to live in Portugal. Should you rent or buy? Expatica helps you to do the research and decide on the best housing option. Visit our Housing sections for guides, advice and tips.


Education is another important point for you to consider when moving to Portugal with your family. You’ll need to decide on local or international education for your children and pick a school. Visit our Education section to find out about the Portuguese education system.

If you have young children, you may need to enrol them in a daycare centre or hire an au pair. Expatica’s Kids and Pre-school sections will help you to find suitable childcare. Students should visit our Higher Education section and Courses & Workshops has something for everyone.

Setting up home

Once you have found accommodation, you’ll need to get connected and set up basic utilities. Ask around to find the most cost-effective service providers; why not try asking in the Expatica forums or Ask the Expert section?

Finding a job

If you are looking for a job, then learn more about the management culture in Portugal before you start on your job hunt. Check out our Employment & Trends section for more advice and tips.

Learning the language

Speaking the local language is important if you want to improve your social life as well as job prospects, therefore make sure that you enrol in a language course and pay a visit to our Languages section


So far so good, but don’t forget your health – moving country is stressful. Learn about the Portuguese health system by clicking on our Healthcare section.

Join the community

Get out and about, and network – become a member of Expatica’s community in Portugal, make full use of Expatica’s forums, and use the dating site to meet and interact with like-minded people in the international community.

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