Campaign for British people in Portugal to register as residents

in News · 19-10-2020 17:49:00 · 9 Comments

The Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) and the United Kingdom Embassy launched, on 19 October, a campaign for British citizens living in Portugal, or who intend to do so by the end of the year, to register as residents. The campaign comes as part of the UK's exit from the European Union.

British citizens who already live in the country and intend to continue to live after the end of the year, as well as those who, until 31 December, arrive in Portugal and intend to reside here, must request the respective Certificate of Registration from the city council of their residence area.

In a press release from SEF and the British Embassy Lisbon it is explains that registration as a resident must be done so that British citizens can demonstrate that they are covered by the Exit Agreement between the European Union and the UK, thus guaranteeing their rights, including the right to work, health care, education and tax benefits after the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. The EU and the United Kingdom have decided to establish a transitional period, which ends on the end of the year.

British citizens' residence documents that have already been registered will continue to be accepted after the end of the transition period.

The report indicates that there are 34,358 Britons living in Portugal.


Hi Lesley! Your choice of words surprises me.
Anyone wanting to live in Portugal should have made their minds up much earlier, NOT LEAVE IT TILL THE LAST MINUTE. It is a process that takes time and now the pandemic is slowing things even more.
It became very clear in recent years how Brexit will affect travel and residency rules, and freedom of movement as we know it will end. That is the harsh truth.
Indeed I'm resident in Portugal. My decision (not an easy one either) was made even before the conception of Brexit.

By Annie from Algarve on 22-10-2020 12:04

Well annie that's a very selfish point of view now your in f... everyone else very I'm all right jack so go to hell NICE

By Lesley from Lisbon on 21-10-2020 04:57

Nick - I'm with you. It was selfish and authoritarian thinking, even downright hoodwinking, that led to the Brexit mess. But the fact of the matter here is the extent to which travel, immigration and residency rules/requirements between the EU and the UK will change as of 1st January 2021. They will come as a shock to many.

By Annie from Algarve on 21-10-2020 02:50

Portugal weather is only good. And portugal office and sef work is BullShit. The worst web & telephone service in whole Europe. And algarve sef is worse sef in portugal.

By Frank from Algarve on 21-10-2020 07:36

Why do we even allow the Brexit British in Portugal

By John derringer from Lisbon on 20-10-2020 07:42

Clamp down? Annie - isn't that the selfish and authoritarian thinking that got UK into this mess? Anyway, you are in, so now they can shut the door?

By Nick Bowles from Porto on 20-10-2020 06:50

Best of luck trying to get an appointment.spent hours sending emails and get automated reply saying to ring or go online.
Don't bother going online because unless you have the password as requested you will get nowhere.
Tried all formats to generate password and got nowhere.
Sent an email to public relations office and got no reply so resorted to phone and after an early morning call and waiting over 10 minutes eventually got to speak to someone.gave them email address for confirmation email but never got email so had to go through the wretched process again.
The SEF are a waste of time so good luck to anyone trying to get residency.

By Peter Shepherd from Lisbon on 20-10-2020 03:36

Are SEF working at the moment?
Extremely difficult / impossible to contact them in Albufeira in order to book an appointment.
Anyone got any ideas how to help ?

By Darren from Algarve on 20-10-2020 01:42

Definitely need to clamp down on "part-time residents" - it's either here or there. Already over 34,000 in Portugal?! That's probably quite enough.

By Annie from Algarve on 20-10-2020 09:25
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