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You can now exchange your foreign driving licence online on the IMT website

Citizens residing in Portugal with a foreign driving license may, as of this Thursday, October 1st, exchange their foreign driving license for Portuguese through the new service available on the IMTonline portal.

This new service, available in Portuguese and English, allows citizens residing in Portugal to submit the exchange request and all necessary documents through the IMT portal.

Posteriorly, a trip to an IMT answering service is scheduled for the driver to confirm his identity and carry out the collection of biometric data, thus concluding the procedure safely.

The portal provides, in addition to all the necessary information on the procedure, a foreign driving license exchange simulator.

This simulator allows the driver to know which category of the Portuguese driving license corresponds to the category he has on his foreign driving license.

The procedures for exchanging foreign driving for Portuguese, depend on the country where the driving license was issued, according to:

  • Driving licenses issued by the European Union or the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein);
  • Driving licenses obtained in countries with bilateral agreement or reciprocity regime with Portugal for recognition and exchange of driving licenses obtained in countries adhering to international traffic conventions;
  • Driving licenses obtained in countries that do not adhere to the conventions.

Until now, this service had to be done by face-to-face service, with a significant increase in demand from 2018 to 2019. Thus, in 2018, 45,197 requests for foreign driving license exchange were received at the counter and in 2019 around 67,070.

This new service aims to speed up procedures and contribute to the digitization of public services and the continuous improvement of services provided.

The IMTonline portal currently offers several services related to drivers, transport and vehicles, among which the following stand out:

  • Drivers – revalidation, replacement and request for a duplicate of the driving license; exchange of foreign driving license for Portuguese;
  • Transport – issuing and renewing a tachograph driver card, issuing a CMT taxi driver certificate and issuing a TVDE driver certificate;
  • Vehicles – request for 2nd copy of the Registration Certificate / Unique Automobile Document, requests for certificates referring to vehicles and requests for changes to technical characteristics.

Setúbal now has more coronavirus cases than Porto

The district of Setúbal is now the second with more new cases of covid-19, passing Porto to third place, indicates a report that reveals that 36% of the infected people were between 20 and 39 years old.

The data from the epidemiology and statistics division of the DGS for the period between 13 and 21 May and revealed this Sunday by the Minister of Health show that, using a sample of 1504 cases, corresponding to 80% of all new cases of covid -19 infected in the same period, 48% were women and 36% occurred in the age group between 20 and 39 years old.

The statistical analysis also concludes that more than half of the new cases (55%) occurred in the district of Lisbon and that “the district of Setúbal became the second with more new cases of contagion, with 13% of the total, with Porto becoming be the third, with 11% “, revealed Marta Temido at the daily press conference on the situation of covid-19 in Portugal.

Of the new cases of contagion, half of the people experienced symptoms and 33% were asymptomatic.

The sample also revealed that 45% of infections were contracted at home, 19% in the workplace, 11% occurred in nursing homes and that 10% of people were infected in a social environment, “a percentage that remains relatively stable throughout of the weeks “, according to Marta Temido.

Of the 1504 cases in the sample, 244 had a registered profession, of which 80 were health professionals, of which 14 were nurses.

Portugal accounts for 1,316 deaths associated with covid-19 in 30,623 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest daily bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on the pandemic.

In relation to the previous day, there are 14 more deaths (+ 1%) and 152 more cases of infection (+ 0.5%).

The number of hospitalized people dropped from 550 to 536, of which 78 were in intensive care units (minus two).

Due to a change in accounting procedures, the number of recovered patients has now increased from 7,705 to 17,549.

Rules for the beaches – Bathing season beginning June 6th

6th of June will be the start date of the bathing season (instead of June 1) . The accessible beaches will be indicated by a flag or a poster, and an application (app) “Info Praia” will know the level of occupation of the beach where you want to go.

Three occupancy levels: red (full occupancy; yellow (medium occupancy) green (reduced occupancy.

Recommended distance between people, group (5 people) or family: 1.5 meters. Three meters between parasols, deckchair and other mattress: 5 meters.

Equipment rentals (concessions) will be made in time slots, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, and no more than 5 people per tent or parasol. No sport activities allowed for more than 2 people, except for surf lessons or similar activites.
Bars and restaurants must be disinfected 4 times a day.

The government is appealing to the common sense of the people.
The police will pay particular attention to vehicles parked outside authorized parking lots. Municipalities that have received an explanation manual will have to set up teams to inform and communicate.
All information is available on the website :

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Restaurants, cafes, pastries and terraces from the 18th, can reopen their doors

Restaurants, cafes, pastries and terraces are some of the commercial spaces that, from the 18th, can reopen their doors to the public, with special operating rules designed to contain the Covid-19 transmission.

In order to reduce the risk of transmission from Covid-19, the DGS has defined an orientation guide, with a set of measures and procedures to be adopted by the food and beverage establishments and by the customers after the reopening scheduled for the 18th, and at this stage the bars remain closed.

The reduction of the maximum capacity of the establishments, including interior spaces, balconies and terraces, in order to ensure the recommended physical distance of two meters between people in the facilities is one of the main measures announced.

Whenever possible, chairs and tables should be arranged to ensure a distance of at least two meters between people, with cohabitants being able to sit face to face or side by side, without having to observe the distance rule.

It is also recommended by establishments to promote and encourage prior booking for seat reservations.

Standing spaces, due to the difficulty in guaranteeing a safe distance between people, are discouraged, as are self-service operations, such as buffets and food dispensers that involve contact by customers.

The provision of alcohol-based solution dispensers, preferably installed in the entrance areas of establishments, is another requirement, as well as the reinforcement of cleaning and sanitation protocols in all areas of frequent contact.

Among the various measures and procedures to be adopted by the food and beverage establishments are also the removal of decorative motifs on the tables and the replacement of individual menus with others that do not need to be handled directly by customers.

The establishments must also ensure that everyone, employees and customers, are aware of compliance with the rules, the correct washing of hands, the respiratory label, as well as other personal and environmental hygiene measures.

It should also be noted the importance of preparing and / or updating the contingency plans for Covid-19.

The special rules defined by the DGS also cover customers, who must also adopt an active and self-protective stance in order to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 when using these spaces.

Thus, customers should wash their hands with alcohol-based solution or with soap and water at the entrance and exit of the establishments and, in particular, before meals, as well as respect the minimum safety distance of two meters and comply with the respiratory label.

Users should also consider the use of a mask in the take-away services that are installed inside the establishments, always using it appropriately in accordance with the recommendations of the DGS.

Customers should also give preference to payment through means that do not involve physical contact between the employee and the customer.

The guidance guide of the DGS to support the reopening of these spaces can be consulted in its entirety in this dossier on the page of the Setúbal City Council, exclusively dedicated to programs and measures to support companies.

This new phase of social misconduct decreed by the Government, which comes from the transition, on May 3, from the State of Emergency to the State of Calamity, also covers stores with an open door to the street up to 400 square meters.

Arrábida with access to restaurants

Circulation on the road connecting the beaches of Arrábida, until now only allowed to residents, workers and authorized vehicles, is also accessible to customers of restaurants and drinks establishments from the 18th.

The Setúbal City Council decided to maintain the ban on pedestrians and motor vehicles on the former EN 379-1, between Gávea and the crossing with EN 379 -1 (Pinheiro), and access to Albarquel Beach, now with more exceptions.

As of 00:00 on the 18th, access to restaurants and beverages is allowed in that area of ​​Arrábida, which may reopen under the deconfination plan decreed by the Government.

On the other hand, the ban on road and pedestrian circulation in the city’s riverside area, namely on the avenues Jaime Rebelo and José Mourinho, in the section between Rotunda das Sardinhas and Parque Urbano da Albarquel, remains.

All access routes to that section also remain closed, namely the streets Eng. Ferreira da Cunha and Teotónio Banha – access to ferries is maintained, also to streets Cláudio Lagrange, Ocidental do Mercado, Trabalhadores do Mar, Praia da Saúde e do Gaz.

Both in Arrábida and on the riverside, residents, workers in the area and duly authorized vehicles are exempt from the prohibition on movement. In the case of Arrábida, now with the authorization of circulation to customers of restaurants and cafes.