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Hunting Season

The general hunting season for 2019-2020 began in August and runs through until February. However hunting for fallow deer, buck, mouflon and boar, are permitted all year round as these are only allowed in very restricted areas. Hunting is o...

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Hunting Season

National Health Care - Foreigners rights ensured

In Portugal it is a crime to refuse health care to anyone at the National Health Service. Foreigners who are here, whether they are residents or not, can go to the health centre or hospital, just like any Portuguese citizen. However, not ev...

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National Health Care - Foreigners rights ensured

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

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

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

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

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 Movel Digital (CMD)

-- Excuses, geen Nederlandse vertaling beschikbaar -- For foreigners this means that you must go to an Espaço Cidadão office near you and take with you your passport, fiscal number and mobile phone. The staff will register you ...

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Chave Movel Digital (CMD)

Driving in Portugal/Autofahren 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/Autofahren 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

De afpop Informatiebulletins

Onze Informatiebulletins zijn een uitgebreide bron van informatie over een brede lijst van onderwerpen, van auto invoer en het opzetten van een bankrekening, naar testamenten, IRS betaaldatums en omvat secties over Verkeer, Gezondheid, Ver...

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De afpop Informatiebulletins
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Wat is afpop?

Een vereniging die in haar 30 jarige geschiedenis al meer dan twintigduizend leden van dienst heeft mogen zijn en die nog steeds elke dag duizenden leden helpt. Ons team van gespecialiseerde medewerkers werkt om antwoorden op vragen te vinden [...]

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Kijk wat onze leden zeggen

Wij zijn lid sinds onze aankomst in Portugal, 8 jaar geleden, en wij bevelen afpop altijd aan als we met nieuwkomers praten, want jullie hebben ons de laatste jaren op zoveel manieren geholpen. Lid Nº 5624
Dank u voor de opheldering - je hoort ook zoveel verschillende tegenstrijdige verhalen. Lid Nº 11241
Jullie vereniging is fantastisch! Jullie zijn zo behulpzaam. Reuze bedankt! Lid Nº 10808
Wij willen jullie bedanken voor jullie vriendelijkheid en geduld bij de hulp die wij nodig hadden. Lid Nº 2501
Wij willen u alleen even berichten, dat onze magnetron binnen een week was gerepareerd, nadat wij jullie voor advies hadden geraadpleegd! Lid Nº 11065
Zeer nuttig, die rekeningen van nutsbedrijven hadden een probleem kunnen zijn, bedankt voor de waarschuwing! Lid Nº 9694
Het welkomstpakket is zojuist aangekomen. Bedankt voor de interessante informatie en website instructies. In beiden kan ik veel nuttige voorlichting vinden. Lid Nº 11153
Nogmaals hartelijk dank voor uw snelle en duidelijke reactie op mijn vragen m.b.t. ziektekostenverzekering. We hebben nog zoveel te leren in de komende maanden en het is goed te weten dat we ons kunnen wenden tot vakkundige en hulpvaardige mensen. Lid Nº 11062
Heel veel dank! Ik vertrouw op u. Lid Nº 9621
Hartelijk dank voor uw Update. Zoals altijd is het leuk van u te horen en ik waardeer de manier waarop u helpt onze Portugese gastheren nog betere gastheren te laten zijn. Lid Nº 9217
Hartelijk dank voor de vriendelijke assistentie. We zijn erin geslaagd om de pop-ups te deblokkeren en de site is nu perfect toegankelijk. De informatie is zeer nuttig. Lid Nº 7805
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