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Christmas in Portugal

If you are thinking about doing something different for this Christmas, you could consider seeing something of Portugal and taking in some of the festive atmosphere that abounds across the country. It"s a great time to think about a min...

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Christmas in Portugal

Seasonal caution

Once again the festive season is upon us and many of us will be buying presents for our friends and families. People may well have already started and will be hiding away sometimes fairly expensive items around their homes. This then is the...

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Seasonal caution

IRS Seminar Dates

In a slight change to the annual afpop Tax Seminars, in association with EuroFinesco, they will now take place March 2020. The dates for the seminars are:

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IRS Seminar Dates

Cleaning chimneys

As summer comes to a close each year, we are often asked if we have a chimneysweep in the Advantage Directory and we are pleased to tell Members that we now do have a sweep, Neill Bailey, offering services to Members. We asked Neill if he h...

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Cleaning chimneys

Civil Protection flooding advice

We have been contacted by the Portimão Bombeiros regarding advice they have to help avoid flooding over the winter, particularly as some rain has begun to fall and started to cause blockages in the drainage system.

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Civil Protection flooding advice

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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 Movel Digital (CMD)
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O que é a afpop?

Uma Associação que já ajudou mais de vinte mil associados nos seus 30 anos de existência e que continua a dar assistência a milhares de associados todos os dias. A nossa equipa de funcionários trabalha no sentido de encontrar respostas para as suas perguntas, para que [...]

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O que nossos membros dizem

Somos sócios desde que chegamos a Portugal, há cerca de 8 anos, e recomendamos sempre a afpop quando falamos com recém chegados. Temos razão para isso, vocês têm-nos ajudado de diversas maneiras ao longo dos anos. Membro Nº 5624
Muito obrigado pelo esclarecimento - é que ouvimos tantas histórias diferentes. Membro Nº 11241
A vossa organização é fantástica! É tão útil. Muito obrigado! Membro Nº 10808
Agradecemos a vossa paciencia e carinho ao fornecer a ajuda que precisavamos. Membro Nº 2501
Só para vos informar que uma semana depois de mencionar que vos tinhamos contactado, recebemos o nosso micro-ondas de volta completamente reparado! Membro Nº 11065
Muito útil - as contas seriam um problema - obrigado pelo aviso! Membro Nº 9694
O pacote de boas-vindas acabou de chegar, obrigado port e-lo enviado e também a informação de acesso ao vosso site. Muita informação útil em ambos! Membro Nº 11153
Mais uma vez muito obrigado pela rápida e muito clara resposta á minha pergunta sobre o seguro de saude. Vamos ter muita coisa para aprender nos próximos meses e é muito bom saber que há alguém conhecedor e disponivel a quem podemos recorrer se for necessério. Membro Nº 11062
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 Membro Nº 5490
You are so kind. This is exactly what I want, and thank you so much. Membro Nº 2501
Very many thanks. This is most helpful and I look forward to hearing once there is more information on prices. Membro Nº 11511
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