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International Driving Permits

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 10:56am
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Philtherugbyref

Posts: 2

Location: Portimao

Joined: 19 Nov 2020

Please advise me on the best way to get an International Driving Permit. Looks as if we may need it soon

Yvonne33

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:51pm

Posts: 1

Location: Guia

Joined: 22 Nov 2020

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2020 3:51pm

Hello, i have owned a house in Guia for the last 12 years. I am from London and am 67 years old. I used to come here 4 times a year and rent to friends in the summer months. I had a fashion business for many years. Due to the pandemic my business ceased in the beginning of March. I expected after 3. months to have been paid by the government as a self employed person. I was blown away when the message said not illegible. I lost everything impossible to restart as all my venues shut down. I came out to Guia on the 2nd July. My boyfriend went back to UK to work. I have been here alone since. He is due back on December 24th for 1 month. I find myself alone. No car a nightmare. Would love to do Pilates or Yoga. Also would love to learn Portuguese. Any ideas. I lso need a not expensive car or get someone tobring my car nd from London UK.??? 

tsmith2456

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:29pm

Posts: 2

Location: Salir

Joined: 26 Nov 2020

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:29pm

You don't need an international driving permit. If you plan on staying you need to register your driving license with the IMT and eventually you need to swap your UK license for a Portuguese one. This is very easy to do online but if you have more than the simple B category requires various health/ability checks. I've just been through this so could help if you need it. Feel free to get in touch by personal message if you need help with the process.

Philtherugbyref

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:53pm

Philtherugbyref

Original Poster

Posts: 2

Location: Portimao

Joined: 19 Nov 2020

Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:53pm

tsmith2456 wrote on Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:29pm:

You don't need an international driving permit. If you plan on staying you need to register your driving license with the IMT and eventually you need to swap your UK license for a Portuguese one. This is very easy to do online but if you have more than the simple B category requires various healt...

...h/ability checks. I've just been through this so could help if you need it. Feel free to get in touch by personal message if you need help with the process.

Hi 

Thank you for your help. Would this enable me to drive in Spain as well as Portugal?

tsmith2456

Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:19am

Posts: 2

Location: Salir

Joined: 26 Nov 2020

Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:19am

Philtherugbyref wrote on Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:53pm:

Hi 

Thank you for your help. Would this enable me to drive in Spain as well as Portugal?

You can drive anywhere in the EU with a Portuguese license subject to the regular Schengen rule of 90 days in any 180 without informing the authorities. If you stay in another EU country from your country of residence (assuming you take, say, Portuguese residency before Dec 31st 2020) for more than 90 days in any 180 you have to register with that country so they can check you have the means to support yourself, have appropriate health cover and/or evidence of jobs prospects.

The same would have applied for a UK license registered with Portuguese authorities but will change after Jan 1st 2021, no-one knows what the rules will be then at the moment.

If you plan on living in, say, Portugal and wanting to travel to, say, Spain (or vice versa) I would recommend you get a Portuguese (or Spanish) license and the appropriate residency sorted smartish.

If you need advice on how to do that (for Portugal) private message me and I can talk you through the process, I've just applied for my license on line, it was pretty straightforward but you'll need to be quick as you need a medical and there's a waiting list.

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