Importation of motor vehicles into Portugal
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Temporary Admission of Motor Vehicles
An EU-registered motor vehicle (including light goods vehicles, trailers, caravans, motor-homes and motorcycles) may be kept in Portugal for a continuous period of up to 180 days in any one calendar year, provided the following conditions are met:
Permanent Importation of Motor Vehicles
For those who intend to set-up residence in Portugal, it is possible to import a motor vehicle tax-free, provided:
In order to import a vehicle, you should submit an application within a maximum of 12 months of arrival, to the customs office with jurisdiction over your area of residence. These are as follows:
For those resident in the districts of Leiria, Lisbon, Portalegre and Santarem:
Alfândega de Lisboa
For those resident in the districts of Braga, Bragança, Guarda, Porto, Viana do Castelo and Vila Real:
Alfândega do Freixieiro
For those resident in the districts of Aveiro, Coimbra, Castelo Branco, Guarda and Viseu:
Alfândega de Aveiro
For those resident in the districts of Beja, Evora and Setubal:
Alfândega de SetÃºbal
Avenida Jaime Rebelo
Tel.: 26 552 2165
Fax: 26 523 4156
For those resident in the Algarve:
Alfândega de Faro
For those resident in Madeira:
Alfândega do Funchal
For those resident in the Azores:
Alfândega de Ponta Delgada
The application should be submitted, together with:
The authorities may ask for further documentation, as necessary, so it is advisable to contact them in the first instance for an application form, a list of the supporting documents required and the applicable fees.
A motor vehicle that has been imported in this way may not be sold, loaned, pledged or hired for a period of 12 months following importation. In addition, it may only be driven by its registered owners or keepers and their immediate family. Only one vehicle may be imported tax-free per person once every five years.
Motor Vehicle Documentation
All vehicles in Portugal are required to have:
These documents, as well as the driver's ID and licence, should be carried at all times for production to the authorities on request.
MOT Testing and Certificates
As in Britain, MOT testing is compulsory in Portugal for all vehicles over four years old. Cars aged 4-7 years must be tested every two years and thereafter every year. The test (Inspecção Periódica Obrigatória - IPO - IPO) must be carried out at an approved garage. The garage is required to request the vehicle's ownership document (Titulo de Registo de Propriedade), its logbook (Livrete) and the owner's taxpayer's identification card before carrying out the test.
A stamp confirming that the vehicle has undergone (and passed) the test will subsequently be issued. This should be displayed below the insurance stamp, in the lower right-hand corner of the vehicle's windscreen.
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