General Information

Learn about various local customs, information and travel tips below:

ATM/Cash Machines
ATMs are widely accessible and are generally the best way to obtain euros.

Banks & Foreign Exchange Offices
Almost all the Portuguese banks and many major European ones have branches in Cascais. Currency exchange, withdrawals and bank transfers are easily done. All international credit cards are valid and widely accepted throughout Portugal.

Cascais can be unpredictable in the early part of the year. The weather may be pleasant and sunny or gray and rainy, but never too cold. The average temperature in March is 66.2 degrees F (19 degrees C) for a high and 51.8 degrees F (11 degrees C) for a low.

Credit Cards
All major credit cards are accepted in the majority of hotels, restaurants and shops.

The Euro is the unit of currency in Portugal.

220 Volts; European standard electrical socket types C & F.

Emergency Phone Numbers
112 for all emergencies (police, fire, medical). Callers will then be placed through to the appropriate emergency service. Calls are free from any phone (mobile or fixed-line).

All presentations will be presented in English. The national language is Portuguese.

Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour. Cascais is on WET (Western European Time Zone).

A service charge or serviço is NOT usually added to hotel and restaurant bills in Portugal. However, it is customary to tip an additional 10% + (the amount depending on the quality of the service you receive) if the service warrants.

In hotels, tip €1-2 for bellhops who carry your luggage up to the room.

Travel Insurance
A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is recommended. The ISTH will not be held liable for illness, accidents or thefts suffered by participants or accompanying persons during the Course or their stay in Portugal before or after the Course.

Citizens of the European Union, Andorra, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Romania and Switzerland need only an identity card to enter Portugal.

For visits of less than 90 days, a passport valid for at least three months after the end of their stay is necessary for visitors from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela and Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China in Hong Kong and Macao.

Citizens from countries not mentioned above need a visa to enter Portugal, which may be requested at the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate of their country for stays of up to 90 days.

Under the terms of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement, flights between Schengen states are considered to be internal flights and passengers do not need to obtain another visa.

Additional Resources
More information about Cascais and the Estoril region can be found at: