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Moving to Portugal?
Our door-to-door international removal service will get you to Portugal in no time.

Get a quote for household removals to Portugal from the UK and receive a seamless transition to Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Algarve, or Madeira. We’re here to ensure your move is stress-free and smooth, from beginning to end.

Can you imagine yourself immersed in the captivating culture, beautiful beaches, and breath-taking vistas of Portugal? Are you looking for a reliable removal van service to facilitate your journey? Look no further than United International Removals. Trust us to handle your move from the UK to this wonderful country with impeccable care and expertise

Embarking on international removals to Portugal presents its own set of hurdles, from navigating diverse geography and customs to managing logistical complexities and visa requirements. At United Removals, we use our extensive experience to guarantee a seamless transition for you, from start to finish. Our priority is ensuring that full household removals to Portugal feel effortless.

Whether you’re interested in the dynamic atmosphere of Lisbon, the sunny beaches of the Algarve, the timeless allure of Porto, the rugged beauty of the Azores, the cultural tapestry of Coimbra, the gastronomic wonders of Porto, or the tranquil landscapes of the Douro Valley, we’re here to help with your move to Portugal. Our expertise extends to every corner of Portugal, guaranteeing a seamless door-to-door service for the safe arrival of your belongings at your new home.

Using our extensive worldwide network, we promise a consistently excellent service throughout your relocation journey from the UK to Portugal. Our team is made up of seasoned professionals who are familiar with Portugal’s relocation dynamics, ensuring careful handling of your move. Going beyond typical “man and van removals,” we offer a personalised service tailored to your needs, including road freight, part load removals and a comprehensive packing service.

We specialise in international removals, and we are ready to focus on your move to Portugal. Every relocation, no matter the size, is treated with our dedication and expertise, even small removals. We recognise the complexities of overseas moves and prioritise the security of your belongings throughout the process. By handling all removal logistics, we ensure a seamless transition, giving you the freedom to embrace everything that Portugal has to offer.

If you are ready to start your exciting adventure, contact us via our online form for a personalised quote, or give us a call at 01942 559960. Our dedicated removals team is always on hand to provide help, advice, and answers to your burning questions

We’ll Handle It! – No matter Where In Portugal You Are Moving To!

Our comprehensive service and expert teams will take care of everything for you, no matter how big or small your move.

Our removals to Portugal service includes:

  • Complete door-to-door service
  • Free video or home survey
  • Your own personal Move Coordinator
  • Highly experienced packing crews
  • Quality packing materials as standard
  • Full or shared load container shipping
  • Customs clearance dealt with on your behalf
  • Help with the required paperwork and documentation
  • Shipment Protection Cover available
  • Local teams to handle your delivery
  • Storage facilities available in the UK or overseas
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Frequently Asked Questions About Removals To Portugal

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How long do removals and shipping to Portugal take?

Usually, we estimate around 1-4 weeks for a sole use or full container (FCL) to arrive at most imports, including Lisbon, Porto, Algarve, Cascais, Sintra, Madeira, and Braga. Shared containers (LCL) could take slightly longer. 

On arrival, your shipping container will need to be cleared by customs, and how long this takes can vary depending on how busy the port is. For this reason, all shipping times are only estimates. It is important to mention that there is a good chance that a part load container, sometimes referred to as a shared or LCL, will take longer to arrive than a full container load, FCL.

How much do removals to Portugal from the UK cost?

The cost of removals to Portugal will depend on several factors, such as the volume of goods you are sending, what packing is required, and the distance you are from the port.

There will also be additional costs to consider, such as optional insurance/shipment protection and German customs inspection fees that need to be paid on arrival.

The best way to get a more accurate price or estimate is to call our team or request a removal quote online. They can also advise on the best way to reduce your removal costs.

What is included in the cost of removals to Portugal?

We offer a fully comprehensive removal service to Portugal, which will take care of everything for you. The removal service includes door-to-door pick-up and delivery (not door-to-port), export packing by professional international removal packers, specialist cartons, crates, and antique packing as required, help with customs paperwork and inventory listing, shipping via accredited shipping lines, transport to and from the port, customs clearance service,

Additional fees that are not included in your removal costs quote include customs inspection fees, duties, port fees payable on arrival in Portugal, storage services, and maritime insurance or shipment protection cover, which is recommended but not required.

What is the shipping or removal process to Portugal?

Your household belongings and furniture will be shipped to Portugal via a lorry, as part of a part load / shared service. You can use a dedicated lorry, but it will be more expensive. 

Our Portugal removal service includes the following steps:

1) A home or video survey to provide you with an accurate quote or removal estimate.

2) A personal Move Coordinator to plan and manage all aspects of your home removal.

3) They will guide you through completing all the necessary paperwork for sea freight shipping, customs clearance, and shipment protection.

4) On move day, our movers and packers will take care of all the packing and export wrapping of furniture and other belongings.

5) For shared or part-load, your household goods and personal belongings will be taken in our removal vans.

6) On arrival at the port (we ship to all major ports in Portugal), our local partner agents will handle the customs process for you. Once your shipment has been cleared and all customs fees and duties paid, it will be released for final delivery.

7) Your belongings will then be delivered to their final destination to your new home address or storage if required. Our partner will then unload your goods and unpack furniture to ensure all your belongings arrive safely.

What about small moves to Portugal?

If you are only sending a few personal belongings such as luggage and boxes, we recommend our baggage or box shipping service.

We can deliver boxes and other packing materials for you to self-pack. Once you are ready, we can collect them and deliver them to your address in Germany.

Our baggage shipping service for small moves includes up to about 20 boxes or suitcases and can include items such as TVs, bicycles, surfboards, and toolboxes.

It does not, however include large items of furniture.

Are there any prohibited and restricted items for Portugal I need to be aware of when packing?

,Whether you’re visiting or planning a permanent move to Portugal, you need to understand the items that are restricted or prohibited. Certain items are restricted or prohibited from being imported into Portugal due to customs regulations. These restrictions aim to protect public health, safety, and security, as well as ensuring that importations comply with international agreements and treaties.

  • Importing firearms, ammunition, explosives, and related items are strictly regulated in Portugal and often require special permits or licenses.
  • Controlled substances, drugs, and narcotics are prohibited from importation into Portugal without proper authorisation from relevant authorities.
  • Importing counterfeit or pirated goods, including counterfeit currency, branded products and copyrighted materials is illegal.
  • The importation of certain species of flora and fauna protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is restricted.
  • Counterfeit currency, forged banknotes and fraudulent monetary instruments cannot be imported into Portugal.
  • Pets such as cats, dogs, and ferrets require a mandatory health inspection upon entry into any EU territory, including Portugal. A Common Veterinary Entry Document Pets is required to certify this health check.

 For comprehensive guidance on import regulations, consult the official Portuguese customs website or contact local customs offices in Portugal, which details items that can and cannot be imported.

Do you provide an air freight service to Portugal?

If you only have a small number of personal effects to send to Portugal, then our air freight removal service is for you. We can provide you with boxes and cartons, or you can use your bags and suitcases. This is the quickest removal service but also the most expensive. 

What if I have other questions about removals to Portugal?

You can check out our more detailed Portugal Removals Guide below, or why not give one of our advisers a call on 01942 559960?

They will be happy to answer all of your questions, give you some guideline prices, and arrange a home survey consultation to give you a more accurate price.

The United Removals complete guide to household removals to Portugal from the UK

We move hundreds of people and families to Portugal every year…

No matter where in the UK you are moving from and where in Portugal you are moving to, we are to help and provide a friendly, personal removal service.


Popular Portugal Destinations Include:

  • Lisbon
  • Porto
  • Algarve
  • Cascais
  • Sintra
  • Madeira
  • Braga











Essential tips to make removals to Portugal easier and stress free

It can be daunting if you have not undertaken an international removal before. There are a lot of things to consider. Our guide below gives you a quick overview of what you need to know about overseas removals from the UK to Portugal.

However, remember, your United Removals Coordinator will guide you step by step through the process and take care of the details for you.

Planning your move – Start early!

When it comes to any type of house move, planning, and preparation are the most important things you should consider, and this is particularly important when you are moving overseas.

The best advice we can give you regarding removals to Portugal is to start planning everything early. Do not leave everything until the last minute; otherwise, you might have forgotten something important.

We recommend that you begin by booking your initial free home survey with us at least 3-6 months before you plan to move. Whilst we do our best to accommodate last-minute and urgent moves, your relocation will be a lot smoother and stress-free if you have time to prepare in advance.

Get quotes from about 3 specialist international removal companies

We recommend getting a few quotes for your move so you can compare the different styles of companies and ensure you are happy with their service. Make sure, however, that you are comparing like with like. For example, are the volumes the same? Is everything included?

Also, overseas removals are very different to domestic moves. It is therefore essential to ensure that your removalist is experienced, if not specialising in international moves.

We are confident that you’ll find your quote from United Removals to be very competitive and can be assured that standards of service are second to none.

Find the right balance of what to take and what to leave behind

In recent years, shipping costs have increased, so you may want to keep this in mind when you consider what you want to take with you to Portugal and what you can leave behind. However, it isn’t all bad news; remember, it becomes relatively cheaper as you ship more.

You need to think about the cost involved in replacing some of your items in Portugal if you are not sure about shipping them. Even when they are only small items, this cost can soon add up, particularly if there are many things.

Research the cost of replacement items as some things are more expensive, and some may not even be available – it may turn out that shipping them may be more economical in the long run.

Storage services for your household goods in UK or Portugal

Will you need storage in the UK or Portugal?

Moving from one location in the UK to another is rarely the smooth process that people hope for, so it goes without saying that when you move to another country, the entire process can become a little trickier.

Often people find that they have a period once they have sold their property and before they move when they need to place their belongings in storage, and this is something we can help you with.

We have several storage solutions depending on your needs. We can arrange storage for your personal effects in the UK before they are shipped or in Portugal after they arrive – whichever suits your situation.

Suppose the issue is that you do not have a fixed address in Portugal to ship your belongings to. In that case, we can arrange for your household goods and personal effects to be placed in storage in Portugal whilst you sort out accommodation.

Once you have a property ready, our local movers can arrange delivery of your belongings from storage.

Packing for your move to Portugal

Your belongings must be appropriately packed for shipping to Portugal. The journey is a lengthy one, and they will be moved around from one form of transport to another more than once.

This means that there is a chance items could move within your shipping container, and if they are not adequately protected, then they could become damaged.

A high standard of export packing is, therefore, essential so it is recommended that you use a professional packing service. This will also save you a lot of time and stress.

Our team of professional packers is expertly trained to deal with all the issues that can be encountered with export wrapping. The boxes that we use to transport all of your smaller items are double-walled, and we also ensure that all of your furniture is export-wrapped to ensure that it arrives in good condition at your destination.

For those delicate and fragile items, such as artwork and antiques, we can arrange specialist packing to offer better protection to your personal effects. This includes custom-built crates.

Our expert packing team is here to help you with as little or as much of your packing process as you want. We offer all of our customers the following packing services:

  • Full international export standard packing & wrap service
  • Fully trained export packers
  • Provision of export quality boxes, cartons, packing paper & packing materials
  • Custom wood casing/crates, if required
  • Professional antique wrapping for delicate items
  • Advice on preparing your items for transport to Portugal
  • Premium grade disinfectant available for outdoor items
  • Full inventory list for customs

You may wish to start packing some boxes before your move day. Speak to our team about using export-quality cartons, and remember you’ll need to keep an inventory of items for customs.

Preparing your items for removal and shipping

The Germany government is quite stringent when it comes to biosecurity issues in order to protect their unique environment, and as such, all of your items will need to be cleaned thoroughly in preparation for shipping. This is especially the case when it comes to any outdoor items.

If you are planning to ship tools, bikes, garden equipment and BBQ then these will need to be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. Our team can offer a professional disinfecting service that should clean all of your belongings thoroughly enough to keep the Customs inspectors happy.

Shipping Furniture to Portugal

Our international removal service is perfect for shipping your furniture to Portugal from the UK.

For furniture removals, every item is carefully packed or ‘export wrapped’ using packing materials such as blanket wrap. All furniture pieces including sofas, armchairs, beds, tables, and cupboards can be packed and shipped in a container.

As large items are bulky you consider which are cost effective to send. For example, most houses and apartments in Germany have built-in wardrobes so it might not be worthwhile shipping these.

Arranging collection and shipping from Self-storage in the UK

You may wish to put your belongings in self-storage units whilst you are selling your property or waiting for your visa to come through.

Shipping your belongings to Portugal from storage is a simple process. If your household belongings and furniture are in self-storage units in the UK, our team can arrange to collect them and professionally pack them for shipping either at the self-storage unit or back at our depot.

If you wish to pre-pack yourself, please ensure you have appropriate international shipping cartons/boxes and that everything is carefully wrapped and packed for its journey.

Customs clearance and inspection

Many of our customers worry about customs clearance for all of their belongings when they arrive in Portugal, especially since Brexit. This is something that we can help you with. You may find the following information useful when planning your move.

If you are an EU citizen you should have no problem with customs. For non-EU citizens moving to Portugal, you are able to import used personal effects and household goods duty-free but you should check that you meet the requirements and have all the correct documentation.

Customs regulations and duties are subject to change, so it can be a good idea to check for the most up-to-date guidelines and information.

If you do not meet the criteria for household effects, or it is deemed that your goods are commercial imports, then Customs duty and GST may be applied.

On arrival in Portugal, your household goods and personal effects will require inspection and clearance from German Customs before they are allowed into the country.

In order for your shipping container to be released, you will need to pay any German Customs inspections and customs fees, and also any quarantine fees. These will be payable locally. Our agents in Portugal will be able to assist you with the customs clearance process.

The personal Move Coordinator who is assigned to you when you choose us to assist with your removal will be able to advise you with information regarding what you can and can’t take to Portugal and how you can prepare and clean your items for shipping. If you prefer, our expert packers can help you with this.

Insurance and shipping protection

United International Removals take great care to ensure your belongings are well-packed and taken care of during their journey. We only use accredited shipping lines and partners to ensure the highest service levels.

However, due to the nature of international shipping and removals, it is recommended that you take out your own maritime insurance policy or shipment protection cover for complete peace of mind. Just like when you mail a parcel overseas, the shipping company cannot cover the full value of your goods in the unlikely event of something going missing or being broken.

We can offer and recommend a highly flexible Shipment Protection Cover that will provide you with many advantages.

This cover is simple and easy to put in place. All that is required is completing a shipment protection valuation form detailing the items that need to be covered and their value.

The shipment protection costs are calculated on the value of the belongings you want to cover and whether you have packed them yourself or if they have been packed professionally.

A Practical Guide To Moving To Portugal

Essential advice to help make your move to Portugal a breeze!

Moving to Portugal has its own set of challenges, but with the right guidance, it can be a rewarding and exciting experience. From navigating the diverse cities to embracing the local culture, there’s a lot to consider when relocating to Portugal. With our helpful tips and insights, we’ll help you navigate everything from choosing the right city to understanding Portuguese customs, turning your move to Portugal into an adventure worth remembering.

Buying property in Portugal

Buying property in Portugal involves several steps, but with careful planning and guidance, it can be a straightforward process, even if you are used to how things are done in the UK. It’s important to start by researching the property market in Portugal to determine your preferences, such as location, property type, and budget. You can browse property listings online through real estate websites, work with local estate agents, or attend property exhibitions and open houses.

Once you’ve found a property that meets your criteria, you can make an offer to the seller through your estate agent or directly if you’re working independently. Once both parties agree on the terms of the sale, you’ll sign a promissory contract – known as a ‘Contrato de Promessa de Compra e Venda’ – and pay a deposit, typically around 10% of the purchase price. This contract outlines the conditions of the sale, including the agreed price, payment schedule, and completion date.

On the completion date specified in the contract, you’ll meet with the seller to sign the final deed of sale, known as an ‘escritura’. This document transfers ownership of the property from the seller to you, and you’ll pay the remaining balance of the purchase price, as well as any associated taxes, fees, and closing costs.

Where to move to in Portugal?

Portugal’s charm is unmistakable, boasting a sun kissed climate, culture and incredible landscapes. For individuals in search of a thrilling overseas adventure, Portugal presents an abundance of possibilities. There really is something for everyone.

1. Lisbon

As the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon is a bustling metropolis renowned for its culture, historic architecture and lively atmosphere. Visitors are drawn to its picturesque neighbourhoods, such as Alfama and Bairro Alto, as well as its thriving arts and culinary scene.

2. Porto

Located in the north of Portugal, Porto is famous for its stunning riverside views, historic landmarks, and world-famous port wine. Visitors are attracted to its relaxed way of life, charming streets and rich cultural heritage.

3. Algarve

Situated along Portugal’s southern coast, the Algarve is known for its breathtaking beaches, scenic coastline, and warm climate. Holidaymakers flock to this region for its laidback lifestyle, outdoor recreational activities, and picturesque coastal towns such as Lagos, Albufeira, and Faro.

4. Cascais

Just a short drive from Lisbon, Cascais is a picturesque coastal town known for its stunning beaches, charming marina and upscale amenities. It boasts a tranquil atmosphere, cosmopolitan vibe, and proximity to the capital city.

5. Sintra

In the hills of the Serra de Sintra, lies Sintra, an area famous for its fairytale castles, lush forests, and romantic architecture. Sintra boasts an enchanting atmosphere, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and scenic landscapes.

6. Madeira

Located off the northwest coast of Africa, Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago known for its stunning natural landscapes, including lush forests, volcanic peaks, and dramatic cliffs. It boasts a mild climate, outdoor recreational opportunities, and relaxed island lifestyle.

7. Braga

Situated in the northwestern part of Portugal, Braga is a charming city known for its rich history, religious heritage, and lively atmosphere. Visitors enjoy its historical center, including landmarks such as the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary and the Sé de Braga Cathedral.

 From the vibrant streets of Lisbon to the serene beaches of the Algarve, Portugal presents a range of opportunities for those seeking a new life abroad. Whether you are attracted to the bustling energy of urban centres or the relaxed ambiance of coastal communities, Portugal offers a suitable destination for every preference. Our team of international relocation specialists is ready to facilitate your transition to Portugal, ensuring a seamless and efficient journey to your chosen destination.

Relocating your pets

Relocating to Portugal with pets requires careful planning to ensure a smooth transition for both you and your furry companions. One of the first steps is to ensure that your pets are up to date with their vaccinations. Portugal follows the European Union’s regulations regarding pet travel, which generally require dogs, cats and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies. Pets must receive the rabies vaccination at least 21 days before travel and be microchipped for identification purposes.

 In addition to the rabies vaccination, it’s advisable to consult with your veterinarian to determine if any other vaccinations or preventative treatments are necessary based on your pet’s health and the specific risks in Portugal. This may include vaccinations against diseases such as distemper, parvovirus, and leptospirosis for dogs, and feline leukemia and infectious diseases for cats.

 Once your pets are vaccinated and have met the necessary health requirements, you’ll need to obtain the required documentation for travel. This typically includes a pet passport issued by an authorised vet, which contains details of the pet’s vaccinations, microchip number, and other identifying information.

Looking for a job in Portugal?

When searching for a job in Portugal, it’s important to explore various avenues such as online job boards, recruitment agencies, and networking events. Websites such as Indeed, LinkedIn, and Sapo Emprego are valuable resources for job seekers looking for employment in Portugal.

Researching the job market and understanding the demand for your skills and expertise can help you target relevant industries and companies. This is especially if you are moving to Portugal from the UK, and will be entering a new sector. Networking with professionals in your field and attending industry events can also provide valuable insights and connections to potential job opportunities.

Understanding aspects such as typical work hours, communication styles and business etiquette can help you adapt more smoothly to your new work environment. Taking the time to learn about Portuguese workplace customs and expectations demonstrates your commitment to integrating into the local work culture and can contribute to your professional success.

Visas for moving to Portugal

Moving to Portugal from the UK post-Brexit requires careful consideration of visa requirements and regulations. UK citizens can stay in Portugal for up to 90 days within a 180 day period without a visa for tourism, business, or other short-stay purposes. However, for stays exceeding 90 days or for purposes such as work, study or residency, you will need to apply for the appropriate visa or residence permit.

 Depending on the specific circumstances of the move, options may include a temporary stay visa, known as a Visa de Estada Temporária, or a long-term residence visa, known as Visto de Residência. A residency permit, known as an Autorização de Residência, is also an option.

Transferring money to Portugal

When making the move to Portugal, most people choose to transfer funds from the UK. There are a lot of international banking institutions and currency exchange services in Portugal that offer competitive rates and services for transferring significant sums from the UK. It’s important to carefully compare these rates and associated fees to ensure that you get the best deal for your specific financial situation. It’s also a good idea to get a local bank account in Portugal, as this can simplify financial transactions and make transferring money more convenient.

 We hope this information helps you with your move to Portugal. If you need further assistance, or more information on the removals process, our knowledgeable team is here to help.

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