How To Shop At Amazon from Portugal

Yes, you can shop at Amazon from Portugal. Simples! Well, almost. Amazon doesn’t have a warehouse in Portugal so you’ll have to shop at one of the Amazon stores in another country (for example Amazon UK, Spain, or Germany). 

Now, the question is: which Amazon should you shop at? Which site offers the best prices, the fastest delivery, and, ideally, free shipping for shoppers in Portugal? 

Most people living in Portugal shop at Amazon Spain because it offers free shipping on many items, and it’s right next door so it should be fastest, but is it actually the best option? Portugalist decided to find out.

(Don’t want to read the whole article? We actually did find Amazon.es to be the best option for people in Portugal, but only just.)

Based on shipping costs

The first area we looked at were shipping costs and, to cut a long story short, Amazon.es (Spain) is the best option if you’re spending at least €19 on books or €29 on other qualifying products because of its free shipping deal for Portuguese shoppers.

None of the other Amazon stores offer free delivery to Portugal.

Free Delivery
Amazon.es (Spain)Yes
Amazon.de (Germany)No
Amazonco.uk (UK)No
Amazon.com (USA)No

But, let’s say you wanted to buy one book for €10 or something else that costed less than €29. Which site would be best then?

BooksDVDs, CD, SoftwareOther Items
Amazon.es (Spain)€ 0.99€ 3.49€ 3.99
Amazon.de (Germany)€7.50 per delivery  + €1.30 per kg (proportionally)€5.00 per delivery  + €1.30 per kg (proportionally)€7.50 per delivery  + €1.30 per kg (proportionally)
Amazon.co.uk (UK)£5.50 per delivery + £0.90 per kg. £3.60 per delivery + £0.90 per kg.£5.50 per delivery + £0.90 per kg.

Again, even without free delivery, Amazon.es (Spain) is the best store here.

  • Winner(s): Amazon.es (Spain) 
  • Losers(s): Amazon.com, Amazon.de (Germany), Amazon.co.uk

Info taken from Amazon.es, Amazon.de, and Amazon.co.uk.

Based on standard delivery times

Delivery Times
Amazon.es (Spain)4-5 Working Days
Amazon.de (Germany)4-6 working Days
Amazonco.uk (UK)4-6 Days

In practice, Amazon.de (Germany) isn’t always slower than Amazon.es (Spain): sometimes if you order from Amazon.de (Germany), your order will get dispatched from Spain instead. 

  • Winner(s): Amazon.es (Spain) 
  • Losers(s): Amazon.com, Amazon.de (Germany), Amazon.co.uk

Info taken from Amazon.es, Amazon.de, and Amazon.co.uk.

Based On Expedited Delivery Times

What if your Kindle breaks and you desperately want a new one ASAP? Or, what if you run out of a product that you can’t find anywhere in Portugal. Which Amazon store offers the fastest rush delivery?

Using the example of a Kindle, this is how long it would take to get an order expedited to you.

Expedited Delivery Times
Amazon.es (Spain)Next Day (€5.99-8.99)
Amazon.de (Germany)Next Day (€11.00 per delivery  + €3.00 per kg (proportionally))
Amazonco.uk (UK)1 Day (£9.00 per delivery + £2.40 per kg.)
  • Winner(s): Amazon.es (Spain) 
  • Losers(s): Amazon.com, Amazon.de (Germany), Amazon.co.uk

Info taken from Amazon.es, Amazon.de, and Amazon.co.uk.

Based on import charges

Amazon.es (Spain) and amazon.de (Germany) are both in the EU, along with Portugal, so you shouldn’t have to worry about import charges. 

Amazon.com (USA) is outside of the EU, so you should expect additional customs and import costs. Once Brexit fully happens, and the UK leaves the Single Market, it’s possible that ordering from Amazon.co.uk (UK) will mean additional importation costs as well. 

Import Costs
Amazon SpainNo
Amazon GermanyNo
Amazon UKNot currently (but Brexit might change that)
Amazon.comYes
  • Winner(s): Amazon.es (Spain), Amazon.de (Germany), Amazon.co.uk
  • Losers(s): Amazon.com

Based on overall price (product cost + delivery cost)

Now, assuming you don’t need expedited delivery and assuming the product is something that’s sold as each of the different Amazon stores, here’s what really shows which Amazon site is best.

TypeAmazon.esAmazon.deAmazon.co.uk
Da Vinci CodeBook€10.63€15.13£13.65
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Box SetCD€118.12€19.96Can’t be sent
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1Appliance€99.95€117.01Can’t be sent
Eufy RoboVac 11S Robot VacuumAppliance€233.79€220.52£203.69 (€227.66)
Bose 35 ii Headphones (Black)ElectronicsCan’t be sent€241.35£236.67 (€264.62)
Kindle Paperwhite (8GB Wifi)ElectronicsCan’t be sentCan’t be sent£138.96 (€155.37)
Calvin Klein CK One GoldPerfumeCan’t be sentCan’t be sentCan’t be sent
Gritin Skipping RopeSkipping Rope€21.98Can’t be sent£20.64 (€23.06)

This random collection of popular products shows just how difficult it is to say which Amazon site is best. Yes, Amazon.es, came up top, but only just. Unless you want a Kindle or a pair of Bose 35 ii Headphones, in which case Amazon.es wouldn’t send them to Portugal.

  • Winner(s): Amazon.es (Spain) – but only just!
  • Losers(s): Amazon.de (Germany), Amazon.co.uk (UK)

So, with all of that in mind which one is the overall winner?

And, the winner is…

The overall winner is Amazon.es.

While Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de were sometimes cheaper than Amazon.es, once you factored in shipping costs there either wasn’t much of a difference or Amazon.es came up cheaper.

However, some products couldn’t be shipped from Amazon.es and if they’d been a little more obscure, it’s likely that Amazon.es mightn’t have stocked them. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Box Set, which isn’t that obscure a CD, was €118 on Amazon.es at the time of writing.

So, basically: Amazon.es is probably the best option. Unless they won’t ship to you, in which case you’ll need to check Amazon.de or Amazon.co.uk instead.

  • Best for free shipping: Amazon.es
  • Best for standard shipping: Amazon.es
  • Best for standard delivery times: Tie between Amazon.es, .de, and .co.uk
  • Best for expedited delivery times: Amazon.es

Note: There wasn’t any point in including other European sites like Amazon.fr (France) and Amazon.it (Italy) as neither are bigger than Amazon.de (Germany) or offer free shipping to Portugal (like Amazon.es). That said, if you’re making a big purchase, sometimes it’s worth quickly comparing all the different sites just in case they come in cheaper. 

Note: Each store has its pros and cons

There’s one overall winner, yes, but it’s also worth pointing out that each Amazon store has its pros and cons.

Amazon.com (USA) is usually the worst option for people in Portugal due to import costs but, if you’re looking for an obscure book or product, sometimes it’s the best option. 

Amazon.co.uk (UK) has a better selection, and often a cheaper selection, of electronic products, but they usually have a British plug and not an EU plug.

The following are some of the different pros and cons for each store.

Amazon.es (Spain)

Pros

  • Free delivery is possible
  • Cheapest expedited delivery
  • Cheap delivery 

Cons

  • In Spanish (although it’s possible to translate)
  • Less selection than other stores
  • More expensive than amazon.de and amazon.co.uk

Read more about shopping at Amazon Spain
Also, how to translate Amazon Spain into English

Amazon.de (Germany)

Pros

  • Good selection
  • Can be switched to English (although it’s not perfect)

Cons

Read more about shopping at Amazon Germany
Also, how to translate Amazon Germany into English

Amazon.co.uk (UK)

Pros

  • In English
  • Good for English books, second-hand books, and certain products like kettles
  • Cheaper than other Amazons
  • Good selection

Cons

  • British plugs on most electronic items
  • Slower delivery times
  • Items sent via Royal Mail often end up with GLS
  • Larger items like appliances can’t be shipped to Portugal

Read more about shopping at Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com 

Pros

  • In English
  • Best for selection
  • Good for English books and second-hand books

Cons

  • Import and duty costs
  • Long Delivery times

Read more about shopping at Amazon.com

Tips & Trips for Using Amazon in Portugal

After 10+ years of shopping at Amazon from Portugal, here are some tips and tricks for using Amazon in Portugal. 

Delivery issues

Delivery issues are, unfortunately, common in Portugal. This is typically a problem with the courier (GLS is well known for being terrible) rather than Amazon. 

Apartments

If your apartment is on the top floor, you may have issues getting your packages delivered. This is especially true if you don’t have an elevator in your building. 

Basically, some delivery people won’t climb five flights of stairs.

Solution(s):

  • Get your order delivered somewhere else
  • Run downstairs to meet them as soon as they buzz (if they know you’ll come down, they’re more likely to deliver).

Houses in the countryside

Many houses in the countryside have a postbox near their house rather than at their house and, because they’re not big enough to take a package, this means that couriers are unable to deliver orders from Amazon and other online shops. 

Solution(s):

  • Add your (Portuguese) phone number to the address, so they can phone you if they get lost. Make sure you know how to give directions in Portuguese or be willing to go meet them.
  • If you’re sending via a courier, it may be better to not put the CP box number on the address and just wait for them to phone.
  • If you can get it sent somewhere else, such as an office or a shop, get it sent there instead.
  • Make friends with your courier drivers.
  • Put a note on your mailbox with your real address.
  • If you’re in the Algarve, shop at Amazon UK and get it to the UK address of one of the following companies. Then pick it up from their Algarve depot: Algarve Express (Depot in Almancil), Algarve Removals (Depot in Alcantarilha, Almancil, and Tavira), Direct Transport (Depot in Porches).

Delivery to lockers

While there aren’t Amazon lockers in Portugal like there are in other countries, 

Item doesn’t ship to Portugal

It’s quite common for some sellers not to ship to Portugal (or to charge a lot of money for shipping to Portugal).

What should I do if the item can’t be shipped to Portugal?

Notice on Amazon: this item does not ship to portugal
A lot of sellers do not ship to Portugal, and you’ll soon get used to it. To get around this, you have three options:
  1. Find a seller that does deliver to Portugal.
  2. Use a package forwarding company who will provide you with an address in the UK/Germany/the US and then will forward your order onto you.
  3. Use eBay instead – it’s a little easier for international shopping).

Now, the Amazon Echo pictured above is actually a special case. Amazon doesn’t deliver them internationally, so you’ll either need to use a package forwarding company or buy one from eBay (which is often easier to shop with as an international shopper than Amazon).

For most items, however, it’s usually possible to find another seller.

1. Find another seller

other sellers on amazon

There’s usually more than one company selling the product that you’re looking at: below the “add to basket” button, there’s another button which says “Other Sellers on Amazon”.

Unfortunately, finding another seller can be very time-consuming: often you need to put the items into your basket and go to the checkout to see if the item can be delivered to Portugal (and also how much postage will cost).

If I’m in a rush, I sometimes just use eBay. Although I’d prefer to shop with Amazon as their customer service is better, eBay is easier for international shoppers as it automatically shows you everything that can be delivered to Portugal.

ebay postage to Portugal

2. Use a package forwarding company

Package forwarding companies give you an address in another country, like the UK, USA, or Germany. Rather than getting your Amazon order sent to your address in Portugal, you send it to the package forwarding company and they forward it onto you.

I’ve had mixed results with package forwarding companies. All of my orders have arrived, but my shipping costs have often ended up being more expensive than the pricing estimator predicted they would be.

Unfortunately, there’s no definite way of knowing how much your shipping costs will be until the package forwarding company have weighed and measured it. If you can, I think it’s better to look for another seller as then you know what your costs will be upfront.

UK package forwarding companies

  • Algarve Express – Based in Alcantarilha in the Central Algarve, this company brings orders out from the UK every week. The benefit of this company is that they handle the entire delivery rather than passing it between couriers and you can go and pick your order up.
  • Algarve Removals – Has several depots in Portugal (including Lisbon and several locations in the Algarve) and can also deliver to your door. Like Algarve Express, the benefit of this company is that they handle the entire delivery rather than passing it between couriers and you can go and pick your order up.
  • Direct Transport – Similar to both Algarve Express and Algarve Removals, this company allows you to send your order to their address in the UK and pick it up from their depot (near Porches).
  • Forward2me – I’ve used Forward2me a few times, but every time I’ve used them the amount I’ve ended up paying has always been higher than their estimate (usually double), so they’re a last option. I definitely wouldn’t use them for sending a large item like a bike as I got stung with very high costs.

View more package forwarding companies in the UK, Germany, and the USA that deliver to Portugal.

Delivery to Madeira & The Azores

Unfortunately, some sellers won’t ship to the Portuguese islands even though they ship to mainland Portugal. There’s no real solution here other than to look for a seller that does. 

FAQs

The following are some questions that frequently get asked about using Amazon in Portugal. 

Amazon alternatives

Q. What are some Amazon alternatives?

A. Many people are concerned about Amazon’s reported ethics or just want to shop at a Portuguese company. Unfortunately, there really isn’t an alternative to Amazon, particularly in Portugal.

Some shops are good for certain things. For example PCComponentes.pt & PCDiga.com which both specialise in PC parts, that are worth looking at and comparing to Amazon. Staples.pt is good for office supplies and furniture

In terms of Portuguese companies, Fnac and Worten are probably the two biggest companies that could compare but they only cover certain products like appliances and some electronics. Supermarkets like Jumbo (Auchan) or Continente can often be worth looking at but, again, that’s only for certain products.

Two other sites that are a bit Amazon-like are dott.pt and stock-off.com.

Ebay is one alternative if you’re just looking for choice and, if you’re willing to take your chances or second-hand or almost second-hand products, OLX, the Portuguese equivalent of Craigslist or Gumtree, is worth examining.

Delivery to a hotel, Airbnb, or campsite? 

Q. How can I order from Amazon if I don’t have a permanent address in Portugal?

A. It is possible to get an Amazon order sent to a hotel, although it’s a good idea to ask the hotel first. Normally they always say yes.

Tip: If you haven’t actually booked the hotel yet, choose one with a reception so there’s someone there to sign for your delivery.

You can also get Amazon orders sent to an Airbnb but, unless you’re staying in the Airbnb long-term, this can be a little trickier as there isn’t going to be a reception desk. It’s also polite to ask the Airbnb host beforehand.

For those that are travelling in a motorhome, you can get orders sent to a campsite in the same way as you would get them sent to a hotel.

Prime Membership

Q. Is it worth getting Amazon Prime?

A. For the majority of people living in Portugal, there’s no point in getting Prime in another country like Spain or Germany. It won’t get you free delivery to Portugal.

Yes, you can watch Prime Video if you have an account in another country, but it doesn’t seem to be as good as Netflix (yet, at least).

Amazon coming to Portugal

Q. When Is Amazon Coming to Portugal?

A. Yes, Amazon is coming to Portugal and, as of 2018, it has announced that it will be opening up warehouses near Porto.

Unfortunately, there haven’t been any recent announcements so nobody knows when this will happen. Well, Jeff Bezos probably does but nobody outside of Amazon’s team really knows.

57 thoughts on “How To Shop At Amazon from Portugal”

  1. Great website.
    You did ask if there is an alternative to Amazon in the article.
    The answer you gave was no. Perhaps you are right, but
    there is a fnac.pt that you can find many things at.

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    • Hi Joe,

      This is true. Fnac does have plenty of electronics, DVDs, etc.

      It doesn’t cover everything in the same way Amazon does, though. I’ve purchased some random things from Amazon over the past few years that I think I would struggle to find anywhere else.

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  2. Thank you for such an indepth and helpful guide. We have been living in Portugal for several years but getting Amazon Portugal to delivery to us is always hard. Thank you.

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  3. Do you happen to know about ebooks? I hear reports that ebook sales of English-language books are blocked for Portugal. Is this your experience?

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    • Hi Christine

      I have not heard this, but not sure it would be an issue (if true). There’s no Amazon.pt, and your Kindle will be registered at an international store e.g. Amazon UK or Amazon us where English language ebooks are obviously sold.

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  4. As always, lots of very detailed information, which is going to be a big help for us as new property owners here in the Algarve (coincidentally, we live between Porches and Alcantarilha, where two of the big depots you mention are located). I’ve saved this page for future reference. Thanks again for being so thorough in your research.

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  5. Hello!

    I am from Canada and am moving to Portugal.

    I am wondering what items I can bring from here to help myself adjust easier until I find my own way in Portugal.

    I am wondering what are the top items you purchase over amazon?

    What top items from US/CAN are not available in Portugal? Including electronics.

    Also I have read somewhere that I people have used North American extension cords using an adaptor in EU. Do you advise doing this or have any experience with this?

    Many Thanks!

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    • Hi Joyce,

      I think electronics are the main thing. If you’re planning on getting a new laptop or mobile phone anytime soon, for example, it’s better to buy it in North America than in Portugal. Obviously you don’t want to go spending money for the sake of it, but it does make a bit of financial sense to buy things that you know you’ll need in Portugal.

      I think everyone’s Amazon purchases are going to vary a lot. For me, it’s usually electronic items or random things like certain teabags that I like and that would be very hard to find in Portugal.

      And, yes, you can easily get A US-EU plug adapter for your electronic devices but you might as well order it in advance from Amazon and bring it with you.

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    • Hi! I am Portuguese living in the USA and the electricity in the USA is not the same as in Portugal. So, maybe a kindle or apple ipad and phones are cheaper here than over there…

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  6. Hi James. I have a Goddaughter in Porto, Portugal. I would like her to apply to a job at Amazon if it places a location within her driving distance from there. Do you have any clue when this might occur? Thank you.

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    • Hi Michael,

      I’ve not read anything about it recently. I wouldn’t hold off applying for other jobs as it could be a long time before anything happens.

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    • Hi Priscilla,

      I’m not sure. Last year, there were a few news stories that said that Amazon Portugal was launching and Amazon was looking at opening a base in Porto. That was at the start of 2018, and I’ve not really read anything else.

      For the time being you’ll need to use one of the other Amazons e.g. Amazon Spain.

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  7. We have lived in Portugal for many years and initially spent a lot of time trying to order from amazon however after a lot of issues, we have given up. We might well try again after reading this article but I think the change has actually been positive. By not shopping at Amazon we interact a lot more with the Portuguese and it probably means that we spend less as well. Online shopping is addictive and often uneccessary.

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  8. Fantastic overview of using Amazon in Portugal. I wish I had read this when I first moved here. It would have saved me a lot of headaches and hassle as I tried to get stuff delivered to me.

    Looking forward to reading the other articles on this site.

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    • Hi Angola,

      Thank you.

      Well, the article mightn’t have been as thorough then! I had to go through a lot of headaches myself in order to write it 🙂

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  9. Hi.. I think this is a brilliant overview for anyone living in Portugal. I can confirm that in the countryside even if it is not Algarve but the area of Pegoes GLS or DPD are still using the old trick of “Can´t find your house, and update your address.”. A week ago I argued around with them for over 1 week to finally have my parcel getting delivered to a local Cafe. How sad is that really? I complained to Amazon ES who apparently took it on board.
    Sometimes you just don´t have a chance to ask for a speedy service. I am shocked by this terrible attitude to work. It was not the first time this happened to me. I even sent messages to GLS on FB with my GPS coordinates from Google. Nothing.
    Would you please update us on what is possibly going on with an Amazon WH in Portugal? That would be awesome to be fair.

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    • Thanks Petra,

      As you can tell, I’m very familiar with all the joys and pains that go with shopping at Amazon in Portugal (mainly pains).

      I don’t know much about the Amazon warehouse but I think CTT, the Portuguese Post Office, are going to be delivering Amazon orders now instead of GLS. There were a few articles in the Portuguese news about it recently.

      If you’re okay with going to pickup your Amazon order, I think some of the expat removals companies that come from the UK on a weekly basis are worth trying out (at least until Brexit happens).

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  10. HI, I’m Amazon Prime from amazon.es website, I live in Portugal near the boarder with Spain. The point is I have buy a lots of products and because I’m Prime I never pay for the shipping now I have 2 products on the basket and I have to pay 3,99€ is not fair because I pay the Prime subscription I’m not a regular costumer.

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    • Hi Jose,

      Prime delivery isn’t available on all products.

      Also, are you getting free delivery in Portugal with an Amazon.es Prime membership? That’s interesting.

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  11. Hi!

    I have some balance in gift cards from Amazon US, which I have used before to buy a mobile and some clothes, without any trouble to be shipped and received in Portugal. However, in the last two months I placed three different orders to get some items (wristwatch and a mobile cover and protective glass)
    and they all have been returned to the seller (and I have been reemboursed after two weeks each time), but I don´t know if there is a new regulation on imports from the US to Portugal.
    I inquired to Amazon US and they said it is a problem with Portuguese customs, and Portuguese customs said they cannot provide any explanation since items have not received a delivered order in Portugal.
    I am afraid my Amazon.us gift card balance could not longer be used to import to Portugal. Amazon says it is not case, but my latest experiences make me thik the contrary.
    Are you aware of any similar case and/or how to overcome this issue?
    Thanks

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    • Hi Carlos,

      I think Amazon is right: it can’t be anything to do with using gift cards. That wouldn’t make a difference. As for new regulations, I have no idea and I don’t know why those particular items would be returned.

      If you need the items, I would recommend ordering from a European Amazon store (e.g. Amazon UK, Germany, or Spain) and then decide what to do about your balance later.

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  12. How does the delivery process work for a delivery to an apartment in Lisbon WITHOUT a doorman? Are deliveries “scheduled” in some way, or is there some sort of centralized delivery location from which I would have to pick things up??

    I realize things can’t just be left on the street, and leaving them in an unsecured lobby would be crazy too.

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    • Hey Jeff,

      Most apartments in Lisbon (and I think most of Europe) don’t have doormen so the process works like this:

      The courier rings the doorbell for your apartment.
      If you’re in, he brings it to you and you sign for it (it’s polite to go down to them if you don’t have an elevator).
      If you’re not in, he either comes back another time or leaves a notice that you bring to the depot to collect your item.
      Some couriers will leave an item with your neighbour but this *should* only happen if you’ve arranged for that to happen with the courier company.

      Most couriers will only tell you the day that the courier should come and not an estimation of the time. After a while you get an idea of their rhythms though.

      If you work in an office, it’s often easier to try and get things delivered there.

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  13. Hi James. I’m a regular user of Amazon Spain and I have Prime. Does my Prime.es work in other Amazon sites?

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    • Hi Bruno,

      Do you mean Amazon Prime or Amazon Prime Video?

      I wasn’t able to get my Amazon Prime UK to work for deliveries in Germany or Spain. I think I am able to watch most of Amazon Prime’s videos, though.

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  14. Hi. Is there anything similar to Amazon locker to postbox in Lisbon. I’ve shipped Amazon items successfully, but the shipping service sometimes required me to go collect from the shipper. Thanks in advance! James

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    • I think Amazon lockers were due to be coming to Lisbon, but there’s no sign of them yet. There is Pudo, but I’ve never used them so don’t know what the service is like.

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    • Not sure about amazon.co.pt.

      Had a quick look, and I don’t think it’s an official Amazon site. Like you say it just takes you to amazon.co.uk, so unfortunately it’s not a secret Portuguese Amazon site.

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  15. Hi.
    I want to send from Portugal birthday gifts to a friend in Spain. What shall I do?

    I also have an extra problem for I do not know if Amazon has gifts that could be sent.
    Maybe you can help me finding the items, too.

    Helium-filled balloons of animals;
    Teddy Bear (child size);
    Glass jar with roses.

    Thx!

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    • Hi Luis,

      You can send an order from Amazon to your friend in Spain, but Amazon don’t really do gift wrapping or make it look like a present. If that’s important to you, you should get the items sent to you first, wrap them, and then send the package to your friend.

      I would have a look on Amazon Spain to see if they have those items. If not, Amazon UK is a good place to look.

      James

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  16. Will the still ship items to Portugal azores from a USA account and will I still be able to buy digital items of amazon

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    • Hi Diogo,

      It depends on the seller and the item you want to ship. The only way to know is to add it to your basket and see.

      As for the USA account (amazon.com), that shouldn’t make a difference.

      Will you still be able to buy digital items? Do you mean Kindle Books and things like that? If your Kindle is registered to a US address, you shop at the Amazon US store. If it’s registered to a UK address, you shop at the UK store. Etc.

      Having a shipping address in the Azores won’t make a difference. You can have several shipping addresses in your address book, but only one is tied to your digital purchases.

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  17. I heard that amazon pantry spain delivers to algarve…but now when i try and do it it says it wont deliver to this address? Do I have to have over a certain amount for it to deliver?

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  18. I live in Canada but my son is living in Portugal. Can I order from amazon UK or amazon es with a Canadian billing address?

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  19. Don’t use forward2me for large items. Their website isn’t very clear how much the item will cost, and you won’t know until it arrives at their warehouse and they measure it. Stick to small items.

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  20. Does anyone know about the azores and does anything ship there? We are looking to move there and wanted to make sure places will ship?

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    • Amazon ship to the Azores as far as I know, but the service is slower than to mainland Portugal. You’ll find that’s the case with everything, though. Add on around 3-4 working days or more.

      Ikea also deliver to the Azores and Madeira, but it’s not possible to buy every product that’s on Ikea Portugal’s website. Some are for mainland Portugal only.

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  21. Hi. We’re going on holiday for 2 weeks self catering to Portugal in the summer.
    Wondering if I could use amazon pantry to deliver bulky items like drinks etc. We can’t eat out much due to allergies

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    • Hi K,

      I don’t think Amazon Pantry delivers to addresses outside of the UK. There are a couple of alternatives, though.

      Some Portuguese supermarkets offer home delivery, which I’ve written about in another blog post. So, you could order from them.

      If you’re staying in the Algarve, and are looking for food items that you’re already familiar with, you could go to Iceland at Algarve Shopping. This isn’t identical to Iceland in the UK as it contains products from other stores like Waitrose as well. It’s basically a supermarket with English supermarket products. A lot are frozen or tinned, but they do have a butcher’s counter there as well.

      Alternatively, I’m sure there’ll be a supermarket somewhere near your self-catering apartment. You could order a taxi or an Uber and do a weekly shop if you’re not hiring a car in Portugal.

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    • Hi there

      I just ordered electronic accessories on amazon.es. I ordered it with express shipment.

      According to DHL tracking information, it was shipped from Hamburg Germany yesterday. The parcel arrived today 16:30 in Carvoeiro/Lagoa/Algarve without problems.

      Even the driver called me on my foreign mobile number to doublecheck the location. Great!

      Reply

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