Switch to Portugal is not an easy decision and requires a lot of planning. Sometimes we do not know where to start, and anxiety, We forget many things that can make a difference over there in front.

People always ask me how is the process to move to Portugal. They need to do and step by step. So, I decided to create a series of posts with the checklist of moving to Portugal.

In this first post, I want to tell you what you need to organize before coming. The things you need to let organized in Brazil and will need in the first days in Lusitanian lands.


To travel to a European country, you must have your ID on a journey. The passport. He must have a minimum validity of 3 months, during the trip that is doing.

To make the passport is necessary to enter the federal police website and request payment guide. After filling in the data and make the payment, the site provides scheduling. You will set the best day to go to federal police take pictures and sign the passport.

The Brazilian passport is valid for 10 years and the cost is 257,25.

The delivery time is between 6 e 30 working days!

Since x Switch to Portugal

To switch to Portugal and to be able to live here, exist 7 rates seen. You need to research which one fits your profile and go to the Portuguese Consulate apply for a visa. Click on here, to access the Portuguese consulate site.

The 7 visa types are:

D1: Exercise subordinated professional activity;

D2: Exercise independent professional activity or for entrepreneurs;

D3: research activity or highly qualified;

D4: Study, student exchange, internship or volunteering;

D5: Mobility of students in higher education;

D6: For the purposes of family reunification;

D7: pensioners, religious or people with income

Soon I will make a post explaining in detail each of these visas.


Start searching the tickets for the possible date of change. Watch for promotions, use of miles and is cheaper to come into direct flight or flight range.

Usually provide the following sites to search, Apart from the sites of the airlines themselves:

An important recommendation: Do research on your browser anonymously. The sites recognize their IP and place caches and cookies to recognize you. What affects the prices shown.

Source: Skyscanner


For your documents are valid in Portugal, We need to make the Hague apostilamento.

The apostilamento is a seal or stamp issued by the competent authorities, placed in the document as a way to certify its authenticity so that is valid in another country.

Usually you must first apostilamento the following documents: birth certificate or marriage; Certificate courses, school certificates

First the documents should have recognized the signature of the person who signed it, the notary puts a stamp confirming that the signature is original. In second, You must take this document to apostilar, and it is not always done in the same notary who recognized the signature.

In each Brazilian state, the Hague apostilamento, It has a value. For more information on prices and documents to be apostilados, click on here.


One of the items requested by the Portuguese consulate or any country in Europe, It is that the person has medical insurance when entering the country. The immigration officer may ask you what your insurance, because if something happens during the trip, are you prepared.

for Portugal, Italy and Cape Verde, It is not necessary to buy insurance, because Brazil has an agreement with these countries, calling PB4.

The PB4 is a social security agreement / Social Security between Brazil and Portugal that provides, among other benefits, protection in health to Brazilian citizens in Portugal and Portuguese citizens in Brazil.

The agreement was signed in 1995 and provides the Brazilian citizen to come to Portugal, as a tourist or temporary visa or residence, right to medical assistance and even the purchase of medicines.

For more information, click on here.

Letter of attorney

If there is any problem we have to solve urgently, It is not always easy to catch a plane and go back to work this, of course?

So the solution is to leave a power of attorney to someone you trust who can represent you before government agencies, banks and institutions you know that one day may be necessary.


Every change requires money, Then prepare! Gather as much money as you can! You never know how long it will take to get jobs.

Or how much you have to invest to rent an apartment: the owners have asked for a month's rent and a few months deposit.

In addition to the basic food items, home, bedding etc., you need to buy to start life here.


Now is the day of the trip and you come all excited move to Portugal. After flying hours, you will queue for immigration. You will need to have on hand the passport, Round trip ticket, health insurance, money.

The agent will ask you what you will do in Portugal, How many days will stay and where you will stay.

Do not worry, It is not a big deal, answer all safely and approved after the entry: enjoy and get to know the city!

Switch to Portugal - Pastel de Belém
Switch to Portugal – Pastel de Belém

Will move to Portugal with the mind and heart open to receive a new culture, a Portuguese with different words and full of accents, new local foods!

I often say that the move to Portugal, you will give a restart in life and start all over again! If you want to know more about what life is like in Portugal, see this post on here.

open heart boarding to make the most of the experience in a new country and all that will bring you knowledge and maturity.

I hope my tips help you plan the best of your trip, we will soon have the continuation of this post! 

Switch to Portugal is just the beginning!

 Tips on how to take the first steps in Portugal, how to get your documents and more!

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If you have any doubt, comments here and I'll try to help you can!

Until next 😉


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    February 22, 2019 - 1:46 pm

    Pretty cool its publi is a very complete checklist for those who wish to change. Really needs planning and organization!

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    rayanni k
    February 22, 2019 - 6:04 pm

    I loved the post, one of my dreams is to know the country, I would not change me there, but a long days raisins love!!!

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    Joana D'arc
    February 22, 2019 - 6:05 pm

    I love ❤ Portugal is an amazing country, It would be a dream to live there…

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    February 22, 2019 - 8:37 pm

    Every trip to any country needs a plan, an organization, you brought good tips that are important when traveling, move to Portugal is a wonder the country is lovely enjoyed the post bjs.

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    February 23, 2019 - 12:40 am

    Your post will help many people! One day I want to meet Portugal.

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    Leandro Maximiano
    February 23, 2019 - 1:37 am

    I loved the tips very well detailed and insightful congratulations

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    February 23, 2019 - 10:50 am

    How detailed tips, great post for those who are thinking of moving to lusas land. I really want to know Portugal, maybe one day, neither?

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    February 23, 2019 - 3:21 pm

    Look at that great tips for those who are intending to move to Portugal. Article valuable.

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    February 23, 2019 - 3:42 pm

    very important information. Recently I was researching the topic, but here I found the most complete information. Thanks.

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    Leandro Maximiano
    February 23, 2019 - 8:40 pm

    I loved the post, Portugal is a great country with a rich culture and loved the tips I want to follow them soon

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    February 23, 2019 - 9:55 pm

    I love Portugal and I want to live there after retiring. I really want to read the article where you explain the types of view more detalhadamente.um kiss

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    February 24, 2019 - 7:44 pm

    Hi, okay? What most complete post will surely help a lot in knowing who is thinking or move to Portugal. This is the dream of my boyfriend. I'll save and show him. It must be a very big difference culture. kisses, Erika = ^. ^ =

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    February 24, 2019 - 9:54 pm

    Ameei your checklist, I certainly would skip some of these steps cited by you… It's a lot to think and provide what's really easy to forget something. =D

    Mayara Drumond.

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    February 25, 2019 - 12:28 pm

    Girl you got me much doubt, I intend to go ah Portugal later this year, and this post saved me.. It is very well explained.

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    February 25, 2019 - 12:41 pm

    That's Cool. I never traveled out to, but I would love to visit Portugal, It has beautiful places there. But not know if I would move to it. I did not know q q have had health insurance before you go there.

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    February 25, 2019 - 8:33 pm

    Very cool and useful your post!! a lot of people looking for this information and have such a detailed post so much help!

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    February 27, 2019 - 1:54 pm

    I loved your post! All super well explained! great information! I have always had doubts about it!! Congratulations on post!

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    February 28, 2019 - 6:37 pm

    I loved the post. Congratulations! Here at home we have thought a lot in this matter of living in Portugal.

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    March 1, 2019 - 10:15 am

    Dying to know Portugal. I found your post very rich in information for those who want to try living there. The key is planning!

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    March 2, 2019 - 1:30 am
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    March 3, 2019 - 11:44 pm

    Eiiii Jessica loved the check list! I have a question, at the time of immigration one has to say that it moves in the time given in the passage? Or the passage of return is the same for the record?
    I want to see more posts from series Switch to Portugal
    Big kiss

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    March 4, 2019 - 12:15 am

    Loved this post your, beginning and the very beginning of where we need to act! even continue with this series of posts, It will help many people! kisses

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    Rosana Martins wolf
    March 13, 2019 - 8:14 pm

    I loved this instruction already realized my plans to live in this wonderful country will soon be in Portugal carrying my child des dream I've wanted to travel to Portugal now perform well because God gave me this long awaited trip

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    May 1, 2019 - 5:55 pm

    Please, subscribe me to your newsletter.
    Thank you.

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    September 11, 2019 - 1:11 am

    You are very good! I will change soon and if I suggest a hint to move home without spending too much is by checking promotions and offers online brochures. Nesses Ikea catalogs 2020 It has quite something to kitchen, Bedroom and livingroom, gives money to save seeing if it's worth the price. Always seek the best options. I'll recruit a staff to help me to box things.

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    November 24, 2019 - 11:06 pm

    great tips.

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