Portugal - Communication  

Mail
The word “Correio” denotes a Post Office or mail services. First Class mail is denoted by the words "correio azul" and associated with the colour blue. The Post Office also offers an express service named "EMS" that records the delivery. A registered letter is "correio registrado", and postage stamps are called "selos".

Post Offices are normally open from 08.30 hrs. until 18.30 hrs. from Monday to Friday but this is only a general rule as they may vary from district to district. In some towns main Post Offices will also be open on Saturdays mornings or the whole day. Outside and inside many Post Offices there are stamp vending machines that indicate the costs for each type and the weight of the item being posted.

Visitors wishing to receive mail when in Portugal may use the “Poste Restante”. Items should be addressed as follows:

(Last Name), (First name)
Poste Restante
(Postal Code Number) Town
Country

Collection of items will be made against proof of identity of the receiver and there is a charge of € 3.00 per item.

Major Post Offices also have the facility of sending and receiving Fax. There is also a system for receiving and sending e-mail by renting a Computer Unit.

Telephone
National Emergency is 112
National Enquiries is 118
International Enquiries is 171
Pre-paid Calls is 172

Public telephones are to be found in the street in major towns and in the Post Offices. The national service is run by a State company named "Telecom" (TLP). Telephones can be used according to the two ways of paying other than with cash. One is by a card named "Credifone" and the other is by "TLP Card". The former is accepted throughout the country and the latter only in Lisbon and Porto. Cards can be purchased at shops displaying signs advertising their sale.

International calls can be made direct and the dial code for Portugal is "351". A caller must first dial "00", then his country dial number, then the area code without the prefix "0", and lastly the subscribers number. Call charges are cheaper between 22.00 hrs. and 08.00 hrs., and at weekends. Hotels charge a surcharge for outgoing calls. Within Portugal you can call direct to any subscriber by first dialling the area code if the destination of the call is outside the area in which the call is being made. This area code is indicated by the prefix of "2" – example "289" indicates the area of Faro.

 Area Telephone Codes
241 - Abrantes
295 - Angra do Heroísmo
235 - Arganil
234 - Aveiro
284 - Beja
253 - Braga
273 - Bragança
262 - Caldas da Rainha
272 - Castelo Branco
286 - Castro Verde
276 - Chaves
239 - Coimbra
292 - Corvo
275 - Covilhã
268 - Estremoz
266 - Évora
289 - Faro
233 - Figueira da Foz
292 - Flores
291 - Funchal
295 - Graciosa
271 - Guarda
292 - Horta
277 - Idanha-a-Nova
244 - Leiria
21 -   Lisboa
231 - Mealhada
278 - Mirandela
285 - Moura
283 - Odemira
255 - Penefiel
254 - Peso da Régua
236 - Pombal
296 - Ponte Delgado
242 - Ponte de Sôr
245 - Portalegre
282 - Portimão
22 -   Porto
291 - Porto Santo
274 - Proença-a-Nova
256 - São João de Madeira
295 - São Jorge
296 - Santa Maria
243 - Santarém
269 - Santiago do Cacém
238 - Seia
265 - Setúbal
281 - Tavira
279 - Torre de Moncorvo
249 - Torres Novas
261 - Torres Vedras
251 - Valença
258 - Viana do Castelo
263 - Vila Franca de Xira
252 - Vila Nova da Famalicão
259 - Vila Real
232 - Viseu


Mobile phones in Portugal use the GSM telephone service. Visitors using this system will have the benefit of Roaming. To contact a mobile phone number from a fixed phone you use the same method described above for dialling outside your area.

 Country Telephone Codes
 
001907 - Alaska
00355 - Albania
00376 - Andorra
00244 - Angola
00213 - Algeria
0054 - Argentina
00374 - Armenia
0061 - Australia
0043 - Austria
001242 - Bahamas
00973 - Bahrain
00880 - Bangladesh
001264 - Barbados
0032 - Belgium
001441 - Bermuda
00591 - Bolivia
0055 - Brazil
00359 - Bulgaria
001 - Canada
00238 - Cape Verde
0056 - Chili
0086 - China
0057 - Columbia
00506 - Costa Rica
00385 - Croatia
00357 - Cyprus
0053 - Cuba
00429 - Czechoslovakia
0045 - Denmark
00971 - E.A.U.
00593 - Ecuador
0020 - Egypt
00358 - Finland
0033 - France
0049- Germany
00350 - Gibraltar
0030 - Greece
001808 - Hawaii
0031 - Holland
00852 - Hong Kong
0036 - Hungry
00354 - Iceland
0091 - India
0062 - Indonesia
0098 - Iran
00964 - Iraq
00353 - Ireland
0028 - Ireland (North)
00972 - Israel
0039 - Italy
0081 - Japan
00965 - Kuwait
00218 - Libya
00423 - Liechtenstein
00352 - Luxemburg
0060 - Malaysia
00356 - Malta
0052 - Mexico
00377 - Monte Carlo
00212 - Morocco
00258 - Mozambique
0064 - New Zealand
00238 - Nigeria
0047 - Norway
0092 - Paquistan
00595 Paraguay
0051 - Peru
0063 - Philippines
0048 - Poland
001809 - Rep. Dominica
0040 - Romania
007 - Russia
00966 - Saudi Arabia
0065 - Singapore
0027 - South Africa
0082 - South Correia
0034 - Spain
0046 - Sweden
0041 - Switzerland
00963 - Syria
0066 - Thailand
00886 - Taiwan
00216 - Tunisia
0090 - Turkey
0044 - UK
001 - U.S.A.
00380 - Ukraine
00598 - Uruguay
0039 - Vatican City
0058 - Venezuela
00381 - Yugoslavia
171 - Telephone Queries


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