PORTUGAL

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Country Description: Portugal is a moderately developed and stable democracy. Tourist facilities are widely available.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: A passport is required. A visa is not required for tourist stays up to sixty days. For further information concerning entry requirements for Portugal, travelers may contact the Embassy of Portugal at 2125 Kalorama Road N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, tel. (202) 328-8610, or the nearest Portuguese consulate in Boston, New Bedford, Providence, New York, Newark, San Francisco, or Los Angeles.

Medical Facilities: Medical facilities are available. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. Travelers have found that in some cases, supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage has proved useful. Information on specific health matters is available through the Centers for Disease Control's hotline for international travelers at tel, (404) 332-4559 or by visiting CDC's Internet home page at http://www.cdc.gov.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: Portugal has a low but increasing rate of violent crime. Travelers, especially those who appear to be affluent, may become targets of pickpockets and purse snatchers. Automobile break-ins, particularly from rental cars, and car thefts are common. The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. U.S. citizens can refer to the Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" for ways to promote a more trouble-free journey. The pamphlet is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Penalties for possession, use, and dealing in illegal drugs are high. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

Traffic Safety and Road Conditions: Road travel in certain areas is hazardous due to poor illumination on narrow rough roads, potholes, poorly marked road works, vehicles without working lights and slow moving road repair or agricultural machinery. Excessive speeds and unpredictable driving habits are additional hazards. For further information, travelers may wish to contact their nearest automobile club or travel agency.

Registration/Embassy/Consulate Locations: Americans are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon and obtain updated information on travel and security within Portugal. The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon is located on Avenida das Forcas Armadas; telephone (351)(1) 727-3300. The U.S. Consulate is located in Ponta Delgada on the island of San Miguel in the Azores. The address is Avenida D. Henrique, tel. (351)(96) 22216/7/8/9. There is also a Consular Agency located in Funchal, Madeira, on Avenida Luis de Camoes, tel. (351)(091) 743-429, open from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon.

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