SLM Legal Services PT.UK offers help and advice to those deciding to follow the rules in Portugal and apply for residency, thus avoiding a fine of between €400 and €1,500.
Many of the UK citizens arrive in Portugal and never take out any form of residency in the firm belief that they aren’t required to do so under the EU freedom of movement rules.
However, under Portuguese law, EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens who remain in Portugal for longer than 90 days, have to formalise their right of residence by registering at their local Camâra Municipal (City Hall) within the following 30 days. The certificate obtained is valid for five years.
All British citizens should make sure that their authorisations for residency, passports and other documentation is up to date and in order. Residents will retain their current EU rights in their host country, but under the latest 'Withdrawal Agreement', they will lose the right of free movement, including travel within the Schengen area for longer than 90 days in every 180.
The regime in Portugal for EU citizens is very straightforward when compared to that of the UK.
You need to go to the Câmara Municipal (City Hall) in person and take with you the following documents:
Workers, pensioners and students: ⦁ a valid identity document - passport
⦁ proof of address known as the Atestado de Residência.