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Last updated in May 2019.
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  1. My wife and I live in Panama and plan to move to Portugal Jan. 1 to get longterm visa. The consulate here requires proof of residence once we get there. Do we need to book a home sight unseen? Can we just give an address of an Airbnb (we plan to stay in one while we explore and look to where we want to settle).?

    • Hi Royal,

      I’m not sure, so I’d recommend asking in one of the many expat Facebook groups, but I’ve used Airbnb address for many things and never had any problems.


  2. My husband and I plan to retire to Portugal. We will not be working. We will be receiving Social Security income from the United States. Must we pay any tax on that income. Must we become residents or citizens. We plan to rent not purchase. Where do we start to make a plan

    • Hi Joan,

      I believe you would pay tax on social security income, but it’s not something I know a lot about so I’d recommend speaking to a financial professional who has worked with clients in a similar situation.

      You don’t necessarily need citizenship, but I think as Americans you would need to get a residency permit to stay in Portugal. After 5 years of living here, you can apply for permanent resident status. The non permanent status is often allocated in 5-year blocks anyway, so there isn’t too long a period where you would be unsettled.

      As for renting, I’ve written quite a bit about where to find properties for rent (e.g. this article about renting in the Algarve).

    • Hi Flavio,

      What sort of events are you looking for?

      Portugal is quite a gay-friendly country, and most LGBT travellers feel very comfortable attending events here.

  3. Who should I talk to to get a fair comparison between Portugal and Spain when it comes to relocating from Sweden ro a warmer climate.

    • It’s definitely something I need to write about – I’ve lived in both, although I know Portugal must better – but it’s a huge topic that could cover cost of living, expat quality of life, politics, etc.

      Let me know what specifically you had in mind.

  4. When I move south I intend to continue working offshore in the oilbusiness for my Norwegian employer. Are there any tax insentives or difference in taxrates that would make Portugal more attractive then Spain ? If buying a house how much of the house cost do I have to pay upfront and what would the expected intrest rate be on a loan ( on average). Houses apear to be more expencive in Portugal then Spain.

    • Hi Johan,

      I’m not really qualified or knowledgeable to give advice on taxes, but Portugal does offer some scheme such as NHR (non habitual residency) and the flat 20% rate which many people find attractive. It’s worth looking into.

      Houses vary in cost depending on where you’re looking at. House prices in Lisbon are now very expensive, but you can easily get a house around Castelo Branco for less than €50k. The old “location, location, location” motto applies here, and I imagine it’s more or less similar in Spain.

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