Postage to Portugal

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International Tracked & Signed

Added peace of mind for sending important or valuable items
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days1
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Fully tracked to delivery point
  • Signature on delivery
  • Online delivery confirmation
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

Options

  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

1 Delivery aim to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg is 3-4 working days

International Tracked & Signed cannot be sent to PO Boxes or Pack Stations, because a signature cannot be captured. This restriction does not apply when items are sent to Africa or the Middle East

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Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 6.85
Online from £ 6.85

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 8.75
Online from £ 8.55

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 10.50
Online from £ 10.20

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 10.50
Online from £ 10.20

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International Tracked

Tracked to delivery point for peace of mind
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days1
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Fully tracked to delivery point
  • Online delivery confirmation
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

Options

  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

1 Delivery aim to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg is 3-4 working days

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Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 6.75
Online from £ 6.75

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 8.65
Online from £ 8.45

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 10.10
Online from £ 9.80

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 10.10
Online from £ 9.80

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International Standard

An affordable service for everyday international mail
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 6-7 working days
  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 1.70
Online from £ 1.70

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 3.25
Online from £ 3.05

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 5.80
Online from £ 5.50

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 5.80
Online from £ 5.50

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International Economy

For heavier parcels that don't need to arrive in a hurry
Max 2kg

Features

  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Buy online and print the label at home, or go to a Post Office®

Delivery aims

  • Western Europe in up to 2 weeks
  • Eastern Europe in up to 5 weeks
  • North America in up to 6 weeks
  • South America, Africa and Asia in up to 8 weeks
  • Australia in up to 12 weeks
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Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 3.00
Online from £ 3.00

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 4.85
Online from £ 4.85

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 4.85
Online from £ 4.85

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Customs and Brexit

On 24 December 2020, the UK and the EU reached an agreement on how to trade (the Trade and Cooperation Agreement). It entered into force on 1 January 2021. As a result of the agreement, the UK is no longer part of the EU’s single market and customs union and new rules apply. 

From 1 January, the UK has extended the rules which applied to non-EU postal items before. Similarly, the EU now treats postal items from the UK as it did non-EU items before. This means there may be changes to how you send and receive items from abroad.

For more information on how sending and receiving items to the EU may be impacted from 1 January, please click here

You are responsible for checking postal restrictions and prohibitions for your destination.

There are rules about what Royal Mail will carry and each country has their own restrictions which may differ, so it’s important to check both.

Check the status of deliveries around the world on our International Incident Bulletin

Can I send it to Portugal?

There are some restrictions on what you can post to Portugal. Check our handy guide:

Here is an indication of prohibited items for mailing to Portugal. For further information, or further clarification please refer to the Portuguese Post website

Please also refer to the Universal Postal Union - full prohibitions and restrictions list

You must not send any item addressed to a country in which the item is unlawful or prohibited. When an item is restricted you must comply with the restriction. Prohibitions and restrictions vary from country to country, and can sometimes apply to items which you may think are ordinary.

The information below is provided in good faith, but Royal Mail is not responsible for it, and it should be viewed as a guide only. Specific restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for clarification please contact the destination country's trade, postal, and customs authorities as appropriate. Business customers are strongly recommended to do this.

Please remember that Royal Mail also prohibits and restricts certain categories of items. For more information visit royalmail.com/prohibitedgoods

Prohibited items

Prohibited products are not permitted in the mail under any circumstances.

  • Live animals
  • All live animals except bees, leeches and silkworms.
  • Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
  • All the products included in appendix I to the Washington Convention (CITES). For instance: ivory, tortoise-shell, horns, claws, nails, hooves and beaks. Importation of porcine semen except from the following countries: Austria, Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and UAE.
  • Vegetable products
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
  • Water hyacinth. All the products included in appendix I to the Washington Convention (CITES).
  • Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
  • Sugars and sugar confectionery
  • The importation of chocolate containing saccharine is prohibited.
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations
  • The importation of substances containing saccharine is prohibited.
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks' products
  • The importation of substances containing saccharine is prohibited.
  • Preparations of vegetables, fruits, nuts or other parts of plants
  • The importation of substances containing saccharine is prohibited.
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations
  • The importation of substances containing saccharine is prohibited.
  • Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
  • Radioactive substances
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • Preparations regarded as combustible or dangerous.
  • Plastics and articles thereof
  • Preparations regarded as combustible
  • Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
  • All Skins of animals included in appendix I to the CITES.
  • Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans
  • Obscene or immoral publications.
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles
  • All Skins of animals included in appendix I to the CITES.
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; clocks and watches; musical instruments; parts and accessories thereof
  • All Products in this section containing skins of animals included in appendix I to the CITES.
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof
  • Preparations regarded as combustible.
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles
  • Products containing skins of animals included in appendix I to the CITES.

Restricted items

  • Live animals
  • Bees, leeches and silkworms.
  • Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included

Imports are subjected to inspection by the Animal Health Protection and Control Centre.

  • Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included

Horns of some animals require inspection by the Animal Health Protection and Control Centre.

  • Vegetable products
  • Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
  • Live plants with roots require a Quality Certificate from the National Farm Produce Hygiene and Quality Centre.
  • Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons

All products require a Quality Certificate from the National Farm Produce Hygiene and Quality Centre and must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the country of origin.

  • Coffee, tea, maté and spices

All products, other than coffee, tea and mate, require a Quality Certificate from the National Farm Produce Hygiene and Quality Centre,

  • Cereals

All products require inspection by the Directorate-General of Stock-Breeding as regards cereals for animal feed.

  • Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder
  • Soya and sweet lupine require inspection as regards their destination.
  • Coca and cannabis leaves require the authorisation of the National Pharmacy and Medicament Institute.
  • Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts
  • Cannabis resin and opium require the authorisation of the National Pharmacy and Medicament Institute.
  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes
  • Animal oils require inspection by the Animal Health Protection and Control Centre.
  • Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
  • Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates

All products require inspection by the Animal Health Protection and Control Centre.

  • Preparations of vegetables, fruits, nuts or other parts of plants

All products require a Quality Certificate from the National Farm Produce Hygiene and Quality Centre.

  • Miscellaneous edible preparations

All products require a Quality Certificate from the National Farm Produce Hygiene and Quality Centre.

  • Ores, slag and ash

Presentation of an accompanying document for dangerous residues is required.

  • Products of the chemical or allied industries
  • Organic chemicals

Psychotropic substances require the authorisation of the National Pharmacy and Medicament Institute.

  • Pharmaceutical products

All products require the authorisation of the National Pharmacy and Medicament Institute.

  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations

These products must be accompanied by a certificate that they do not involve any danger to health.

  • Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes; polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modelling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster

These products must be accompanied by a certificate that they do not involve any danger to health.

  • Rubber and articles thereof

Presentation of an accompanying document for dangerous residues is required.

  • Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather

Some skins included in appendix II to the CITES need a certificate of origin.

  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)

Some skins included in appendix II to the CITES need a certificate of origin.

  • Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof

Some skins included in appendix II to the CITES need a certificate of origin. Skins of baby seals are subject to a licence from the General Directorate of External Trade.

  • Textiles and textile articles
  • Cotton
  • Crop of samples except those from EFTA or EC countries.
  • Man-made staple fibres
  • Crop of samples except those from EFTA or EC countries.
  • Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles
  • Some skins included in appendix II to the CITES need a certificate of origin.
  • Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin

Only if contained in insured items. These products require a hallmark applied by the National Hallmark Bureau.

  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • Domestic or industrial heating equipment and their gas-powered accessories require a certificate from the Portuguese Quality Institute.
  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers; television image and sound recorders and reproducers and parts and accessories of such articles

Domestic or industrial heating equipment and their gas-powered accessories require a certificate from the Portuguese Quality Institute. Electrical equipment for installations with a nominal voltage between 50V and 1000V AC or between 75V and 1500V DC is subject to one of the following four conditions:
– a mark of conformity;
– certificate of conformity with safety standards;
– manufacturer's certificate of conformity;
– certificate of the Portuguese Quality Institute guaranteeing the safety standard.

  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof

Products containing skins of animals included in appendix II to the CITES. If they contain precious
metals, they must be sent as insured items. These products require a hallmark applied by the
National Hallmark Bureau. Electrical equipment for installations with a nominal voltage between 50V and 1000V AC or between 75V and 1500V DC is subject to one of the following four conditions:
– a mark of conformity;
– certificate of conformity with safety standards;
– manufacturer's certificate of conformity;
– certificate of the Portuguese Quality Institute guaranteeing the safety standard.
Domestic or industrial heating equipment and their gas-powered accessories require a certificate from the Portuguese Quality Institute.

  • Clocks and watches and parts thereof

If the products contain precious metals, they must be sent as insured items. These products require a hallmark applied by the National Hallmark Bureau. Products containing skins of animals included in appendix II to the CITES.

  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles

Electrical equipment for installations with a nominal voltage between 50V and 1000V AC or between 75V and 1500V DC is subject to one of the following four conditions:
– a mark of conformity;
– certificate of conformity with safety standards;
– manufacturer's certificate of conformity;
– certificate of the Portuguese Quality Institute guaranteeing the safety standard.

  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof

All arms requiring the authorisation of the public safety police.

  • Furniture, bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings

Electrical equipment for installations with a nominal voltage between 50V and 1000V AC or between 75V and 1500V DC is subject to one of the following four conditions:
– a mark of conformity;
– certificate of conformity with safety standards;
– manufacturer's certificate of conformity;
– certificate of the Portuguese Quality Institute guaranteeing the safety standard.

  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof

The products in this chapter require an authorization from the General Games Inspectorate.

  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles

Products containing skins of animals included in appendix II to the CITES. Domestic or industrial heating equipment and their gas-powered accessories require a certificate from the Portuguese Quality Institute. If the products contain precious metals, they must be sent as insured items. Products made of precious metals or lined with such precious metals require a hallmark applied by the National Hallmark Bureau.

For more information about posting an item to Portugal please refer to the Portuguese Post website

Clear addressing - general guidelines

When sending an international item, always include the destination country name:

  • on the last line of the address
  • in capital letters
  • in English.

For further details please check the UPU website

Read our top tips for sending mail overseas

We recommend that you include the addressee's mobile telephone number on parcels in case we need to contact them about their delivery.

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