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Ship’s papers

Ship’s registration papers.

Evidence of VAT status.

Ship’s radio licence.

Typed page listing name of boat, port of registry, and list of crew, with their passport numbers and dates of birth, stating where joined boat, and intended departure.


Crew papers


Skipper should hold the ICC.

Radio operator’s certificate.

Report to Customs?

No, if arriving from EU port.

Yes, if arriving from non-EU port or have non-EU nationals onboard.

Other formalities

Although a transit log is no longer necessary for EU boats, harbour officials may still wish to issue you with one. If so, you will need to pay a small fee.


In marinas. Must not use red diesel in fishing harbours.


Readily available. Is likely to be charged for.

Shore power 220V AC

At a few marinas.


Not readily available.

Camping Gaz

Readily available.

Berthing fees

Slightly cheaper than in UK.


Escudo (100 centavos).

Credit cards

Widely accepted. Can be used in cashpoints .


Widely accepted.

Travellers cheques

Can change in banks. Commission may be high.

Emergencies ­ VHF

Coast radio stations monitor Channel 16. Coast guards are backed up by Portuguese navy.

Emergencies ­ phone

Police 115

Ambulance 115

Fire 115


May be brought in. Need a certificate of health from a vet. Will probably be inspected by a Portuguese vet. If coming from countries with a history of rabies, may need to show proof of anti-rabies jabs.

Dialling code to UK

0044 then the number, omitting the first 0, except in Oporto, where the code is 0744 then the number, omitting the first 0.

Telephone boxes

International calls can be made from most. Use coins or credifone card bought at post office.

Weather forecasts

It should be possible to pick up the BBC Radio 4 long wave shipping forecasts and gale warnings. No local VHF forecasts in English. Port and marina offices display weather forecast daily.


No special rules. You’ll be asked to show proof of purchase for the boat, and evidence of VAT-paid status.

British Embassy

Rua de São Bernardo 33, 1249-082 Lisboa. Tel: 00351 392 4000. www.uk-embassy.pt

Tourist office in UK

Portuguese Tourist Office, 22 Sackville Street, London W1X 1DE. Tel: 09063 640610. It’s 60p per minute for a recorded message so try www.portugal.org/tourism/index.html or www.portugalinsite.pt/homepage.asp?ling=2


Admiralty charts give good coverage.

Macmillan Nautical Almanac

Iberian Guide.

Atlantic Spain and Portugal. Imray.




September 2001


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