Household and personal effects may be imported into Portugal duty free, by the following persons, provided they do not own a fully furnished house in Portugal:

  1. Portuguese citizens/citizens of other European Union countries residing in the U.S. for over 12 months who are transferring their residency to Portugal;
  2. Foreign nationals holding residency visas for Portugal.

Conditions for Duty Free Importation

The following items may be imported duty free, provided they were in the use and possession of applicant for over 6 months prior to their transfer to Portugal (excluding clothes and personal items) and are intended for the same use in Portugal:

  • Furnishings, linens, kitchen equipment, professional tools;
  • Clothing and other personal items;
  • Electric or electronic items:

– computers/washers/dryers/refrigerators/stereos/TV .

Portuguese citizens may also import duty free, under certain conditions: an automobile, a motorcycle or a boat (please consult the chapter on importation of automobiles.)

How to Apply for Duty Free Status

The documents below must be submitted in order for the Consulate to issue a Baggage Certificate (Certificado de Bagagem), which must be presented to Customs in Portugal for clearance of the goods:

  • Portuguese citizens/citizens of European Union countries: proof of residency in the U.S. for over 12 months (tax receipts, letters from employers, etc.); valid Citizen card or ID card, showing “U.S.A.” in space reserved to the residency;
  • Citizens of non-European Union countries: proof of residency in Portugal (residency visa or residency card);
  • A list, in triplicate, of articles being imported (a packer’s list is acceptable). Electric and electronic items must be identified by brand name, model & serial number.

The articles may be transferred to Portugal in one or two shipments, but must be imported in the first 12 months of residency in Portugal.