How to get there
Madeira can be reached by air or by sea. Flights between Lisbon and Funchal take 1 hour and 25 minutes. Connections to Europe´s main capitals take around three hours.
Madeira International Airport´s runway was recently extended to allow intercontinental flights to land. There are direct flights to Madeira from London, Paris and other European cities as well as from some South American cities. There are currently more than a dozen daily flights connecting Madeira to Lisbon and Porto.
In most cases, to visit Madeira on tourism or business, you just need a valid national passport, or other ID document in the case of European Community citizens.
Citizens of non-EU countries require the following to stay in Portugal long-term:
Citizens of European Union member states, member states of the European Economic Space and Switzerland possess the right to enter, stay and reside in Portugal. If they decide to reside in Portugal, they must apply for a residency card within 3 months of entering Portugal.
You can choose from a vast range of four and five-star hotels located in Funchal. As an alternative, you can opt for more recent accommodation solutions, consisting of smaller-sized units in rural areas, which permit closer contact with the local population and nature. Hospitality, tailored customer service, good taste and quality are the traditional and dominant characteristics of all hotels. newmadeira can help you reserve your hotel.
There are no limits regarding the export of articles. If you are conveying a quantity of goods that customs officials deem to be excessive, you may be asked to prove that the items are for personal consumption.
Vaccinations and health precautions
No vaccinations are required before visiting the archipelago. Emergency services in public hospitals are provided to European Union citizens free of charge. Private medical assistance is appropriate for visitors of other nationalities.
In recent years Madeira´s infrastructures have undergone substantial investment, creating modern and efficient infrastructures that make the people of Madeira proud. These infrastructures have been the motor behind the archipelago´s development. Examples include the modern road network, the new commercial port beside Madeira´s Industrial Free Zone and the modern telecommunications network with high-quality connectivity levels and bandwidths.
Well located high-quality real estate for residential or commercial purposes is easy to find, at reasonable prices.
The official language is Portuguese, though most people are fluent in at least one foreign language - principally English - due to Madeira´s vocation for international services.
Living in Madeira
Madeira has a large community of foreign nationals from a vast range of countries. They mostly chose the island for the following reasons: