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Identity Theft

Do you casually discard your letters and receipts? If you don't usually worry about issues like identity theft, it's time to pay more attention. Sadly identity theft is becoming ever more insidious as we are being forced to live more of our...

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Identity Theft

Bonfires

The critical period for fires, which is determined by the Bombeiros and Civil Protection Agency (CPA) runs from the 1st July to 30th September in 2019, but may be extended until the end of October by the authorities due to abnormally dry co...

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Bonfires

Receiving parcels from abroad

From time to time we may decide to purchase items via the internet for delivery to an address in Portugal, or we may have family members and friends who send us parcels with or without our knowledge. Sometimes these parcels arrive seemingly...

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Receiving parcels from abroad

147 Help line

One of the ways we decide on articles for UPDATE is after receiving calls from Members about things they have either read about in the press or heard about on the grapevine, asking if we can give more information. One such topic that has ca...

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147 Help line

How long to keep an invoice

Whether for guarantees, claims or proof of payment, invoices can have different purposes and it"s important to know how to manage them.

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How long to keep an invoice

ECE - Em Caso de Emergência (In Case of Emergency)

Members may already be aware of the ECE system for highlighting a person in your phone"s contact list for emergency services to contact if you are unable to respond to them through illness or accident. Basically you should choose the pe...

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ECE - Em Caso de Emergência (In Case of Emergency)

Prevention of burglary in the home

Earlier this year officers of the GNR visited home owners across the region, and afpop Members may have been visited as part of the operation, to talk about their home security and offer advice on how to avoid being victims of burglary, but...

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Prevention of burglary in the home

Damage to unattended vehicles

Recently a Member returned to their car which was parked in a carpark, to find that someone had reversed into it, in fact still was reversing into as she entered the carpark. Fortunately she witnessed the damage and was able to take details...

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Damage to unattended vehicles

Madeira Now

The new edition of Madeira NOW is now available to all AFPOP members at the discounted rate of just €6. Read more to see offer now.

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Madeira Now

Chave Móvel Digital (CMD)

As we mentioned in the June UPDATE, the website for the Portuguese national health system ("S.N.S"), which is used mostly for booking appointments for consultations with your family doctor and for prescriptions, has now changed and ...

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Chave Móvel Digital (CMD)

BLiP EXPO 2019 is getting close Bringing Business to YOU

October 12th and 13th are the dates for the 19th annual Better Living in Portugal Exhibition (BLiP EXPO) organised by afpop to bring key businesses, residents and property owners together in a face-to-face environment. There will be a wide...

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BLiP EXPO 2019 is getting close Bringing Business to YOU

Be vigilant when using credit cards

It seems that this edition of UPDATE is focussed on credit and debit card issues, but we have heard of a possible scam that Members should be aware of when using their debit/credit cards in stores. The good news is it is very easy to avoid ...

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Be vigilant when using credit cards

IUC change for imported vehicles

The Portuguese Government is reviewing the annual vehicle tax (IUC - Imposto Único de Circulação) tables for imported vehicles. Thousands of people have paid more IUC than they should, due to a serious fiscal irregularity tha...

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IUC change for imported vehicles

What to do if you lose your wallet with the documents

We know what to do if we lose our bank cards or find that they have been used fraudulently, but what about other documents? Passports and identity cards for example. Did you know that you can report those to the Bank of Portugal (BdP), or w...

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What to do if you lose your wallet with the documents

Open Golf tournament 2019

10th annual 'afpop/Medal Seguros Golf Open', Wednesday 11th September 2019

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Open Golf tournament 2019

New cat registration legislation

Members may have read in the press that there is a project of the Ministry of Agriculture that requires all cats are to be fitted with an identification microchip by 2021 (Dec. Lei nº 82/2019), as has been the case with dogs since 2008...

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New cat registration legislation

Condominiums

Some Members live in condominiums and might know how difficult it can be where there are no clear and well defined rules. It's important to know your rights and your obligations so that everything can run as smoothly as possible. Living in ...

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Condominiums

Drones in Portugal

The use of Drones, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), is growing and many of us will have encountered them and probably been annoyed as they fly over us while we're at the beach. Perhaps you are interested in buying one and want t...

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Drones in Portugal

Charging an electric vehicle

The demand for electric cars is increasing for varied reasons: environmental, economic and even tax. One of the factors for consideration is how to recharge the vehicle at home. Of course when you buy an electric vehicle you'll be given all...

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Charging an electric vehicle

Local Accommodation

One of the ideas people have when they purchase a house or apartment, particularly if it's an investment for the future, is to let it out for periods of the year as a holiday rental accommodation, or in Portuguese Alojamento Local. Much has...

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Local Accommodation

Chave Móvel Digital (CMD)

Members may have received e-mails about the new 'Chave Movel Digital' from SNS (Serviço National de Saude), to explain that they now have an option to login with the CMD or for Portuguese citizens with their Cartão Cidadão. T...

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Chave Móvel Digital (CMD)

Driving in Portugal

Together with our Alliance Partners, Medal Seguros, we have produced an updated version of the Driving in Portugal booklet, incorporating the new rules of the Portuguese Highway code. The booklet is available in English and German language....

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Driving in Portugal

Seminars Cascais and Silver Coast

We intend to hold our successful 'Dignified Dying' seminars in Cascais and the Silver Coast region after the summer. These seminars are based on the afpop Information Bulletins on the subject, which were in fact created some time ago under...

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Seminars  Cascais and Silver Coast

Beach Safety

The beach is the main destination for many in the summer. However we must be careful when visiting an unguarded beach, mainly because the sea is very treacherous and the hazards are not always immediately obvious. When a beach is guarded th...

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Beach Safety

Information Bulletins

The Information Bulletin system is a comprehensive source of information on a wide ranging list of subjects, from car importation and setting up a bank account, to Wills, IRS payment & includes sections on motoring, health, property rental ...

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Information Bulletins
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What is afpop?

Specialises in providing a comprehensive range of information services and support to foreign residents and visitors to Portugal. We can assist in keeping you up-to-date with new and existing legislation, along with social events for all of our members.

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That is invaluable information and thank you for the efforts you have put in on this subject. Alexander
Many thanks indeed for this information and please forgive my belated response to your kindness and help. This was exactly what I needed! Warmest best wishes to you and all at afpop. Anna
Thank you very much for your information of Wills in Portugal. It is of great help. Member Nº 12573
I feel reassured that the information is both correct and impartial. That's our membership fee for the year saved in one go!!! Member Nº 13013
What an amazing and professional service you give. I will be in touch with the Pensions office in England and will follow your instructions. Should I need your assistance again I will be in touch. Member Nº 2148
Many thanks for your advice re getting my residencia. I downloaded the forms, made the appointment, and went there this morning! Hopefully they will have the document ready for me to pick up tomorrow. Your help was invaluable and I am most grateful. Member Nº 8148
Thank you so much for the list of tax advisors! You have been a big help to us, and we appreciate your excellent customer service! Member Nº 12890
Thank you for sorting this out for us it is a great relief to know we do not have to do anything further. Member Nº 12384
Thank you so much for sending these regulations they are exactly what I wanted, is there any possibility you have a portuguese version as well. If you have I would appreciate it if you could let me have one as well. Also the Directory is useful too. Member Nº 8312
That is invaluable information and thank you for the efforts you have put in on this subject. Member Nº 10564
Many thanks indeed for this information and please forgive my belated response to your kindness and help. This was exactly what I needed! Warmest best wishes to you and all at afpop Member Nº 12654
You are so kind. This is exactly what I want, and thank you so much. Member Nº 2501
Very many thanks. This is most helpful and I look forward to hearing once there is more information on prices. Member Nº 11511
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