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Entry and important informations

Entry requirements:

With the entry into force of the Schengen Agreement, the passports and customs controls for entry and exit officially ceased to exist for the EU states Germany, Austria and Portugal. Child entries in the passport of a parent are no longer valid since 26.06.2012. Every child needs its own identity document.
(Information at the Foreign Office)

To check in at the airlines, you need a valid identity card or passport.
Swiss citizens need a passport or a valid identity card to enter.


The currency unit for Madeira has been the EURO (€) since 2002. The import and export of foreign currency is unrestricted..

Credit cards and debit cards are accepted as means of payment almost everywhere. With your debit card, you can withdraw money at ATMs at any time.

Loss / theft of EC / credit cards:

In case of loss or theft of your debit or credit card, immediately inform your credit card company to block your card. The emergency call is available 24 hours a day:
  • Blocking emergency (0049) 116 116 +49 30 4050 4050
  • American Express (0049) 69 979 710 00
  • Diners Club (0049) 69 661 661 23
  • MasterCard (Eurocard) 001 314 275 669 0
  • Visa 001 410 581 38 36
  • ec cards emergency service (0049) 1805 021 021


The official language is Portuguese. In touristically developed areas, English and / or German are also spoken as foreign languages.

Time shift:

In Madeira, the Central European time applies - 1 hour

Telephone and internet:

The area code of Madeira to Germany is 0049, from Germany to Madeira 00351. After the area code you dial the area code of the participant without the first 0 and then the participant number. Mobile phones work on Madeira everywhere.

The internet in Madeira is very well developed and you will find zones, cafés and bars where you can log in to check emails or do other things. Almost all hotels have Wi-Fi zones.

Customs regulations for Madeira:

As Madeira is a member of European Economic and Monetary Union, there are few restrictions on the import and export of goods. Observe the usual restrictions on the transport of certain goods, such as cigarettes or alcohol.

In addition, the import and export of plants and animals is strictly regulated, as the island's unique ecosystem is very vulnerable to the effects of external species.

Souvenir purchases:

Willow products are everywhere in the city of Funchal - one of the biggest shops in Rua do Castanheiro - and on the whole island, but the most important center for pasture products with the largest selection is in the village of Camacha.

Embroidery- Shops - often in conjunction with a factory - are everywhere in the city center of Funchal.

There are several Madeira wineries and specialty shops in Funchal and the surrounding area where wine tastings are offered and where your purchases are packaged professionally for safe home transport (e.g., Diogos Wine Shop, Madeira Wine Company, Oliveiras)

The flowers of Madeira, such as orchids, birds of paradise flowers, white-winged sitting, flamingo flowers, etc., are the most popular souvenirs that, once arrived at home, make the feeling that the holiday would last a little longer. These flowers can be bought everywhere in Funchal - at the local market, at the flower stalls in the city center or in the flower shops. At all of these outlets your flowers are packed in special boxes for safe transport so you can enjoy them at home for as long as possible.

Vaccines for Madeira:

If you travel to Madeira from Germany, no vaccinations are required for entry. A valid yellow fever vaccine is required for all travelers older than 1 year of entry from a yellow fever area to Madeira and the Azores. Such vaccination may only be administered by travel or tropical health professionals. Therefore, if necessary, contact a Tropical Institute or a specialist in good time before your trip.

Medical supplies:

Excerpts from the website of the Foreign Office ...

The level of medical care is generally satisfactory, but in rural areas in particular longer journeys may have to be taken into account. In Portugal, all persons who are legally insured in Germany are entitled to treatment, if urgently required, from doctors, dentists, hospitals, etc., who have been approved by the Portuguese statutory health insurance institution. As proof, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or replacement certificate (both documents can be obtained from your health insurance). The cost of a private medical treatment is usually higher than in Germany and must be paid in cash.

Medicines that you need all the time should be brought in sufficient quantities from home.


Portugal, also the Azores and Madeira are considered malaria free.


Irrespective of this, it is strongly recommended that you take out travel health insurance for the duration of the stay abroad, covering risks that are not covered by the statutory health insurance funds (eg necessary repatriation to Germany in case of illness, treatment with private doctors or in private clinics).

Drinking water:

The tap water is drinkable throughout the island. Mineral water is available everywhere.

Important addresses:

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Portugal
Embaixada da República Federal da Alemanha
Campo dos Mártires da Pátria 38
1169-043 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel.: 00351 21 / -8810210
Fax: 00351 21 / -8853846
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Embassy of the Portuguese Republic in Germany
Zimmerstraße 56
10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: 0049 (0)30 / -590063500
Fax: 0049 (0)30 / -590063600
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Did you know?

Christus-Statue in
Garajau - „Cristo Rei“

A hike to the Christo Rei statue is worthwhile. The statue of Christo Rei Ponta do Garajau stands on a cliff between Caniço and Funchal. From Caniço de Baixo it is a wonderful trip there. This imposing statue, from which sailors wish for a safe trip home, was built in 1927 by the Frenchman Serraz and has a smaller "sister" in Lisbon. From the plateau, a cable car leads down to the beach for each guest. There is a restaurant where you can sit right by the sea and enjoy fresh fish.

Close to this statue is the steep cliff. From here, the deceased, who did not have the Catholic faith, were thrown into the sea. They were not allowed to bury them in Madeiran soil. This affected above all the Englishmen. This did not change until 1765, when the English cemetery was created.