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News from afpop - Friday 26th of May 2023

Michael Reeve - 29-05-2023

News from afpop - Friday 26th of May 2023

Included in this Member Briefing: 1. afpop website issues 2. SEF airport strikes 3. CP (rail) strikes 4. Beira Alta Line 5. easyJet strikes 6. Transavia cancels flights this summer 7. ISV Tax motorhomes 8. Civil Protection website 9. Satellite Offices

Hello to you all and welcome to this Member Briefing, which sadly again includes information about yet more disruption for travellers. There is also news about the updated Civil Protection website, giving access to information about fires as we approach the height of summer.
On 15th of June we will be joining the Open Media roadshow once again at the Cascade resort near Lagos, with the next edition of the Living in the Algarve seminars, more details of which can be found on the website These events are free to attend, but they do ask that you register in advance on the website, so they can make sure they have catered sufficiently. Perhaps the team and I will see you there.
SEF airport strikes
As reported in our previous mailing, the SEF inspectors’ Union has issued two pre-warnings about strikes in airports from the 27th of May. One for Lisbon airport and the other for Faro, Porto and Madeira airports. These strikes will affect the border control at the airports and may lead to longer waiting time to exit the airport.
Following strike dates have been announced:
Lisbon airport: 27th to 29th of May, 3rd to 5th of June, 10th to 12th of June, 17th to 19th of June, 24th to 26th of June – always between 05h00-10h00
Faro, Porto and Madeira airports: 29th of May, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th of June – the entire day
CP (rail) strikes
The rail workers have announced another strike for the 31st of May. You can find further information here : 
Beira Alta Line
The complete renovation of the Beira Alta Line (Linha da Beira Alta - LBA) is one of the fundamental works of the Corredor Internacional Norte, which will allow for a safer and faster rail link between the center and north of the country and the border with Spain.
In the 193 kilometers between Pampilhosa and Vilar Formoso, several works are underway, which are part of the complete renovation of the track, including the construction of some variants, the renovation of ten stations, the elimination of seven level crossings and the installation of electronic signaling.
One of the most relevant works of this project is the construction of the Concordance of Mealhada, for a more efficient connection to the Northern Line, significantly improving trips to Lisbon and Porto.
The Corredor Internacional Norte project also includes the complete renovation and electrification of the Beira Baixa Line, between Covilhã and Guarda, which is already in operation.
easyJet strikes
easyJet crew members in Portugal started their five-day strike in May and June today.
The strike will cover all flights carried out by easyJet as well as other services to which cabin crew members are assigned. The dates are 26th, 28th and 30th of May and 1st and 3rd of June. Cancelled flights will be reimbursed. There is no news on the easyJet website (yet), but you can check your flights here:
Transavia cancels flights this summer
Due to a shortage of aircrafts, Transavia is changing or cancelling flights. On the links below you will find an overview of cancelled flights. Some are from or to Porto, Lisbon and Faro. You will find the links for June: HERE and July and August: HERE
ISV Tax motorhomes
There is news for Members who are planning to import a foreign registered motorhome to Portugal. The ISV tax for importation of motorhomes (table B) will remain the same this year with a rate of 30% of the total ISV, but it will increase progressively to 40% in 2024, 60% in 2025 and 80% in 2026 and 100% in 2027, meaning that by 2027 you will have to pay 100% of ISV tax. If you want to import your motorhome, do it soon!
Civil Protection website
The Civil Protection (Autoridade Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil) website has a new look. To find the ongoing fires or other occurrences, you can click on the following LINK.
The Green Em Conclusão: In Conclusion - Occurrence extinct, under observation
The Red Em Curso: In Progress - Occurrence in evolution without area limitation
The Orange Em Despacho: In Dispatch - Means in transit to the area of operations
The Blue Em Resolução: In Conclusion - Occurrence extinct, under observation
On the right upper corner you can choose
Occorências for All Occurrences
Incêndio Florestal for Forest Fires
Incêndio Mato for Bush Fires
Incêndio Agricola for Agricultural Fires
On the right hand side you find a list of occurrences, which you can scroll through.
If you click on the little triangles on the map, you get more specific information about the location, date and time.
Our friends from Forest Fires Alert also give regular updates on fires in the Algarve and Southern Alentejo, if you join their facebook group:
Satellite Offices
afpop staff will be on hand in the Satellite Offices again in May/June 2023. If you need advice or assistance, wish to introduce a new Member to the Association, need to renew your subscription or just have a general query, please pass by and see us. Please contact the afpop office to make an appointment on 282 458 509 or    
The next dates of the Satellites are:
  • Almancil – Tuesday 30th of May between 10h00 and 12h30 (offices of MEDAL Seguros)
  • Lagos - Thursday 29th of June between 10h00 and 12h30 (premises of MediLagos on R. José Ferreira Canelas, which is behind the Câmara building).

Alliance Partners
  • Medal Insurance
  • Algarve Resident
  • Blevins & Franks
  • Turismo de Portugal - Algarve
Associate Partners
  • Toldolanda
  • Golf for Greys
  • NCA Portugal
  • Mestre Raposa