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My husband and I, both US Citizens would like to retire to Portugal.
Does Portugal have a Retirement Visa, permanent residence? We would not want to work and have adequate retirement funds to support us.
Where do americans tend to retire in Portugal, any particular areas?
Any Americans who have done this, any reccommendations?
All Assistance is appreciated!
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Melissa

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Hi Melissa,
There are a few Americans and Canadians here on the Silver coast, but you will find them all over the country to be fair. Mainly Portuguese ancestry though.
As far as residency is concerned, you will need to contact your nearest Portuguese consulate for a definitive answer. I know for a fact that you will require health insurance, beyond that, not much else. Sorry.
I know there are a couple of Americans who post on here, so maybe one of them will reply.
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James,
Thank you for the reply, I will have to check out the silver coast. Health insurance we would want anyways, so that is okay.
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Hi Melissa, when you check for medical plans, look up the word "planos de saude". Check all the conditions and if they accept people after 60, I know Multicare does not. We are with a company called Medis and just to give you an idea, for two people a plan including dentistry (estomatologia in portuguese) it costs us 170 euros per month. Obviously it depends on the type of cover you will want. HD broke his elbow 6 weeks ago and they paid for everything except pain killers. Your best bet is to go to the nearest consulate for info on visas. Good luck with your research. Nelinha

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Nelinha,
Thank you for the response, I am starting the language course soon. My husband will be 55 and myself approx 50 at time of retirement, so hopefully insurance will not be an issue.
Have a great day!
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Hi Melissa

Best bet would be to contact the Portuguese Embassy in the US

Portugal Embassy , United States

2012 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington
District of Columbia
USA
Phone:
+1-202-3288610
+1-202-3289025
+1-202-3288789
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More information here:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_p.../cis_1002.html

For updated visa information, contact the Embassy of Portugal in Washington, DC or the Portuguese Consulates in Boston, MA; New Bedford, MA; Providence, RI; New York, NY; Newark, NJ; or San Francisco, CA. The Embassy of Portugal is located at 2012 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036, tel. (202) 350-5400.

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While you're still in the planning stages, you may want to look into one of the US expat associations: AARO - Association of Americans Resident Overseas or ACA American Citizens Abroad

Lots of retired Americans living overseas belong to one or both of these groups to keep up to date on various legal, tax and social issues affecting US expats. AARO offers expat health insurance to its members and ACA publishes a bunch of position papers explaining some of the more pressing overseas issues for US expats.
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Siobhanwf,
I did get thru on the phone, thank you for the additional options! I found out the basics and it appears Portugal is an option for us to retire to. They are sending me a list of details and send I need to apply approximately 2 months before move.
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Bev,
Thanks for the AARO website, looks like that is something we should consider joining.
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I did get thru on the phone, thank you for the additional options! I found out the basics and it appears Portugal is an option for us to retire to. They are sending me a list of details and send I need to apply approximately 2 months before move.
Melissa
Well done Melissa. Good luck. Gather all the inforamtion you can and DEFINITELT join the AARO.

Have you thought yet what area of Portugal you would like to move to?

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