A good first aid kit is essential for any trip abroad. Click here for advice on first aid and how to treat minor injuries, burns and bites yourself. The main concerns that parents have for their kids in Portugal are the hot sun and fast cars. Make sure to take all the usual precautions when taking your child out in the sunshine and be careful near roads as cars tend to move pretty quickly.
Pharmacies in Portugal
Most pharmacists in Lisbon and the Algarve will speak English well and if your child is unwell they may be able to direct you to a doctor or hospital.
Travel Insurance for Travel in Portugal
If travelling from the UK and Ireland you should ensure that you and each family member travelling has either the European Health Insurance Card or private health insurance. Irish residents can apply for the card at http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/schemes/EHIC/ and UK residents can apply at www.gov.uk . This card allows you to get health care covered by the public health system in Portugal. If you have previously applied for a card make sure that it is in date before you travel. Travel insurance should be taken out if you are covered by private healthcare however check your policy as it may offer you some cover while overseas.
The European Emergency number is 112 where you will get English speaking operators who can direct your call to the appropriate emergency response services.
Contact your consular service or embassy if you have been a victim of crime, arrested on suspicion of committing a crime, if you or anyone in your family has a serious illness, experience the unexpected death of a partner or spouse and for help with repatriation after a crisis. Consular offices also provide help in the case of a lost or stolen passport.
The British Embassy in Lisbon is located at Rua de São Bernardo 33, 1249-082 Lisbon/ tel +351 21 392 40 00. There is also a British Consulate in Portamao in the Algarve, The address is Edificio A Fabrica Avenida Guanaré, Portugal, tel +351 282 490 750.
The Irish Embassy is located at Embaixada da Irlanda, Avenida da Liberdade No 200, 4th Floor, 1250-147 Lisbon, tel + 351 213308200.