Local Information

Climate:

Lisbon enjoys a warm climate with mild winters and very warm summers. The typical summer season lasts about six months, from May to October, with an average temperature of 25°C (77°F) during the day and 16°C (61°F) at night. Rain occurs mainly in winter and the summer is very dry.

Lisbon is very close to the ocean, which brings windy and fast-changing weather, so you should bring extra outerwear or an umbrella with you, at least in winter, spring and autumn.

Currency:

The local currency is the euro (€)
The euro banknotes are issued in the following denominations: 5/10/20/50/100/200/500.

Credit Cards

Almost all establishments in the city center do accept credit and debit cards. The best choice to take is VISA and MasterCard followed by AMEX.

Electricity

Electricity in Portugal is 220V and AC 50Hz. Power sockets are type F.
If you are visiting from North America you will need a transformer as North America works on 110V and 50 cycles and Europe works on 220V.

Emergency Numbers

  • Ambulance: 112
  • Police: 112
  • Fire department: 112
  • Municipal police: 112

Language

The official spoken language of Portugal is Portuguese.
As the city of Lisbon attracts many tourists, English is widely spoken by its inhabitants.

Business Hours

Usual business hours are from 9 am to 6 pm (weekdays). Shops are normally open from 9 am until 8 pm (some shopping centers stay open until 11pm). Lunch break is generally from 12:30 pm until 2 pm.

Time Zone

Greenwich Mean Time (UTC).
From late March until late October: UTC+01:00

Tipping and Tax

If you were satisfied with the service, it is customary to leave a tip of around 10%.
A value-added tax (VAT) of 23% is added to most goods and services. 
A reduced rate of 13% VAT applies for accommodation and food.

Visa Regulations

Portugal has been a member of the European Union since 1986 and signed the Schengen agreement in 1991. Inhabitants of the Schengen countries can move freely within the Schengen area without having to go through border checkpoints. However, they still must have their passports or identification cards with them when travelling.

Visitors from other countries must have passports that are valid for at least six months from the the date of arrival. In some cases, it is necessary to obtain a visa. The list of countries whose citizens require a visa in order to visit Portugal can be found here.

Please note that it is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his / her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications.

It is recommended to apply for a visa at least 3 months in advance of the Congress.

The official spoken language of Portugal is Portuguese.

As the city of Lisbon attracts many tourists, English is widely spoken by its inhabitants.