British Consulate


The Consular Team in Portugal is based in the British Consulate at the British Embassy in Lisbon and the Vice Consulate in Portimão. Our priority is to provide assistance to British nationals in Portugal who may be vulnerable or find themselves in difficult situations. The level and type of assistance we offer is tailored to the individual circumstances of each case, and we aim to offer assistance which helps meet your needs, such as providing advice and help if you have suffered rape and sexual or physical assault, are a victim of other crimes, such as domestic abuse, if you are ill, in hospital or have been detained by the police. We provide timely, accurate, local information so that you can help yourself effectively, for example details of English speaking lawyers, interpreters, doctors or funeral directors. We issue emergency travel documents and help you engage with other organisations that may be able to provide specialist support, such as charities or the Portuguese victim support agency, APAV. We also perform some notarial functions.

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During the ongoing pandemic, the consulates are open to the public on Monday and Thursday from 09.30 to 14.00. We are working from home on other days and can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on (+351) 21 392 4000 or (+351) 282 490750, or via our contact form here

Consular Team


Registering for residency in Portugal

If you are a UK national living in Portugal now, or you plan to do so by 31 December 2020, and you have not registered for residency yet, go to your local Town Hall (Câmara Municipal) to get your registration certificate. Check out this short animation and watch this video. For more detailed information on residency and other topics connected with life in Portugal, visit our Living in Portugal guide.



Healthcare in Portugal

As a UK national resident here you have the right to access state-provided healthcare. Register with your local health centre to get your health number (Número de Utente). Check out this short animation and watch this video. For more detailed information on how to register and access healthcare, visit the Healthcare in Portugal page.




Exchange your British driving licence for a Portuguese licence

You have 60 days from the day you become resident to register your address with the IMT. Alternatively, you can exchange your UK driving licence for a Portuguese one.  Register on the IMT online platform and follow the steps. The process is available in Portuguese and English. Until 31 December 2020, UK nationals should apply to exchange using the option “driving licences issued by a European Union or a EEA country". You can find more information about driving in Portugal in this series of videos:

Can I drive in Portugal?

How do I exchange my driver’s licence?

Will I keep all my categories?

When do I need to revalidate my driver’s licence?


Passport rules for travel to Europe from 1 January

British passport

Until 1 January 2021, you can continue to travel to Europe with your UK passport until it expires. New rules will apply for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021 and you may need to renew your passport before you travel. You can find more information here.