Guests in tourist accommodations increased to the highest level in 10 years during the first quarter of 2017. Madeira’s hotels recorded the strongest occupancy rate (75%), followed by Lisbon (67%) and Porto (63%). Nationwide, foreign visitors are up 10% over a 12 month period. By nationality, the largest rise came from Brazilians (68%), Polish (40%) and Americans (34%). Urban tourism is one of the major trends in demand. The country’s security is perceived as one of the main criteria, followed by climate, culture and cuisine.
To register as a permanent resident of the United Kingdom now demands an 85-page form, presenting a history of water, gas and electricity bills as well as a record of all departures from the country. The online guide to the process is 18 pages long, contributing to the bureaucratic nightmare. Formerly, merely 5 years of continuous residence was sufficient to pass on to the permanent status.
Citizens can now request their criminal record online. This is one of the essential documents for foreigners who are seeking Portuguese citizenship. The measure is one of many of the current Simplex program measures being put in place.