Internship in Portugal: Travel Preparations

You successfully completed the application and have been placed in an internship program in Portugal. You are going to go! But wait, what about the flight, immigration regulations or vaccinations? Here we briefly summarize everything you should consider before you travel.


Citizens from non-EU countries must generally apply for the so-called Schengen visa. There are also different requirements for different countries. Please check the website of the Portuguese Embassy.


You are not required to have any specific vaccinations at the time of entry to Portugal, however, your vaccination records should be up-to-date. If appropriate, vaccination against hepatitis A and B is recommended, as well as a tetanus booster, depending on the on-site activities. It is best to consult your doctor first.


For the period of your internship, you will need valid foreign-health insurance. Before you select an insurance plan, please inform yourself about the insurance services abroad, in particular, whether an emergency return to your home country is guaranteed. With the European health insurance card, you are only covered for medically necessary services in the respective health insurance system on the spot, but not for a return transport.


Portugal stretches over 3 climatic zones, due to its elongated shape. Roughly, one could say that the north is cooler and humid compared to the Mediterranean south. Lisbon and Peniche are located in the temperate, but warm zone. The average annual temperature is 15 °C, with summer rarely exceeding 30 °C and winter falling below 10 °C. The precipitation increases in the cold half of the year and decreases in the summer. This means: light clothing and the layers like an onion principle!