For expats moving to Portugal , you will need to get a Portuguese driving licence within 60 days after registering your residency in Portugal , otherwise you will be driving illegally in Portugal. Tourists and short-term visitors can drive in Portugal for up to six months using their foreign licence. The minimum age to drive a car in Portugal is 18 years. Road tax is called Imposto Unico de Circulacao. If your car was registered before , how much tax you pay will depend on the age of the vehicle and its capacity. Newer cars are also judged on engine power and CO2 emissions.
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Find out if you need a Portuguese driving licence as a foreigner, whether by taking a driver licence test in Portuguese, arranging a Portuguese driving licence exchange or using an international driving permit in Portugal. If you continue to use your licence after this date without renewing it or arranging Portuguese driving licence exchange, you could face heavy fines. If you relocate to Portugal and become a permanent resident, however, the conditions change. If you have a non-EU licence, you may be mandated to get a Portuguese driving licence.
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The news is out: we just bought a Portuguese car! Each time we left the house in our UK-plated estate car we would be taking our lives into our own hands. We found that the Portuguese drivers would see our foreign plates and proceed to meander out of their lane and drive directly at us. Yes, we are very aware that the driving ability of some Portuguese drivers is extremely questionable but we feel like our UK plates were making things even worse.
Every year, hundreds and sometimes thousands of people drive from the UK to Portugal and back again. This means that there are two ways that you can get from the UK to Portugal by car. Take the channel tunnel or a ferry to France.