Travel Information

General information to help you prepare your travel

Visa Information

VISA maybe required online or at the local/national Portuguese embassy or consulate.

For a complete list of countries whose citizens are required to obtain a Schengen visa in order to enter please click on list of countries.

Additional information available at the website of Schengen VISA information

Besides all the Schengen area countries, the countries listed below DO NOT need a VISA to enter Portugal:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Ecuador
  • Israel
  • Japan Korea (Rep. of)
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Paraguay
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • UK
  • US
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela

Invitation Letters

An Invitation Letter is required to apply for a Visa. Upon request, an Invitation Letter will be provided to authors and presenters of accepted papers, posters, keynotes, tutorials, panels, and ECSMGE 2024 attendees who completed their registration and payment process.

After registration and payment is completed, the Invitation Letter may be requested. With this letter participants will be able to obtain a Visa for the period of the ECSMGE 2024 conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

Lisbon airport

Lisbon airport is centrally located and only about 5 km away from the Centre of Lisbon. There is a direct connection with the red line from the underground (metro) station at the airport. The trip is three stations to the Oriente station and takes about 5 minutes and the one-way ticket costs 1,50€


The average maximum and minimum temperature in the Lisbon area are 22ºC / 72F (high) and 14ºC / 57F (low). Please take into consideration that Lisbon is located by the river and the ocean, and therefore can be somewhat windy in the late afternoon or evening. A sweater or a ladies pashmina may be necessary.


Portugal is a member of the European Monetary System, and the previous currency Escudo was replaced by the €uro on 1 January 2002.

Electric Current

Portuguese standard is the European type 2 pin sockets with 220 volts AC at 50 cycles. The phase 380 volt current is normally available in meeting rooms and exhibition halls.

Health Requirements

With the exception of vaccination certificates for persons coming from areas where yellow fever is endemic, at the present there are no special health requirements.

Hotel Check in/out Policy

Normal check in time at hotels is 15h00. The established check out time is 12h00. Should you need guaranteed occupancy before 13h00 on the day of your arrival, the previous night should be reserved.

Local Time

Mainland Portugal is 1 hour ahead of European Standard Time (C.E.T. - 1).


The official language in Portugal is Portuguese. English, Spanish and French are widely spoken.

Medical Care

Clinics and hospitals provide 24 hrs emergency service.

The national emergency phone number is 112. Hotels have a doctor on call through the reception. Reciprocal E.C. cover is available at out-patient departments, otherwise private consultation fees are charged.


The Portuguese law, in accordance with Regulations in force in the majority of European Countries and the USA, does not allow smoking in any public transportation or in any closed public areas (some restaurants, bars and discotecs may have a designated smoking area).

TAX Free

Sales tax (VAT) is included in prices quoted. For non E.U. residents, tax free shopping schemes are available in many shops, which give substantial savings to visitors.