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Madeira

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.

Entry
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:

  • Possession of a travel document valid for at least 3 months beyond the termination date of the planned visit;
  • A valid visa appropriate to the purpose of the stay, which must always be obtained from a Portuguese diplomatic mission or consular office outside of Portugal;
  • Possession of sufficient funds to support themselves for the duration of the stay;
  • Non-inclusion on the common or national list of non-admissible persons.

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.

Accommodation
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.

Customs formalities
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.

Infrastructures
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.

Language
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:

  • Safe environment, unrivalled in Europe, with a low crime rate and social and political stability;
  • Exceptionally mild climate, which allows visitors to enjoy water-based activities or walks in the subtropical forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, throughout the entire year;
  • Modern, sophisticated infrastructures, in addition to boasting an excellent road network and an international airport with regular connections to the major european capitals;
  • Top-quality education system, including a local university that offers Master's degrees in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University USA, and boasts international schools, private colleges and one of the best institutes in the EU in the field of Man-Machine Interaction, Information and Entertainment Technology;
  • Access to goods and services of high international quality;
  • Friendly and cosmopolitan population;
  • Housing and lodging of excellent quality, matching the highest European standards and with currently good opportunities available in the real estate sector.
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