Saturday, 27 May 2017
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Passport renewalThe fees for a UK passport for British citizens applying from overseas countries, including Portugal, will fall by 35% from next month.

James Brokenshire, Immigration and Security Minister, has announced that from 7th April the passport fee for customers applying for a UK passport from overseas will be reduced by £45 for adults and £28.50 for children.

GNR Safe Residence Programme Celebrates its 4th AnniversaryOn 27th January 2014 the GNR Safe Residence Programme SRP celebrated its 4th Anniversary with a gathering of village representatives, from various areas in Loulé, at the Community centre in Querença hosted by the GNR Loulé.

Around 23 village representatives attended representing some 31 areas which are now covered by the programme in the Municipality of Loulé. Presentations were given by Captain Adriano Commander of the GNR Loulé and David Thomas President of Associação Safe Communities Algarve.

A dog is for life...In the past week I have had 3 requests that have involved me giving advice I don't think was listened to. A comment that fills me with horror 'I want a puppy as a surprise for my children for Christmas'. I did my best, but I am sure ALL my words fell on deaf ears. I could bet all have carried on with their idea/whim. I know I am preaching to the converted BUT if anyone hears those words---just tell them the truth!!

Here are a few pointers before purchasing a dog (or indeed any pet) as a gift...

Merrylegs Pet HotelMerrylegs Pet Hotel will be officially opening their top quality purpose built facility on the 15th November 2013. Merrylegs is primarily a dog and cat hotel but we also can care for any other household pet, birds, reptiles, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits etc, and will provide a top quality pet hotel with the highest standard of care possible. 

Situated very close to Loule train station, 5 minutes from Almancil and within easy access to the EN125 and A22.


PovertyHow times have changed in a few fractious years! An alarming number of once prosperous Portuguese have joined the so-called “embarrassed poor,” unable to afford even basic food needs and dependant on handouts.

Severe austerity measures and high unemployment have caused the steady disintegration of middle class society. Poverty has become rife and it continues to spread.

Underfloor Heating - FREE labour dealTo celebrate 23 years of successful business in the Algarve, Domus owner Simon Zwart has decided to stay busy by offering customers a 23% Spring discount and throw in FREE labour for customers wanting to install underfloor heating, or add heat mats to existing floors without the mess of digging them up.

Zwart commented "with the economy still in recession I am keen to do business and provide solutions and upgrades for houses that suffer from wintertime cold."

British EmbassyThe office space associated with the British Honorary Consulate in Oporto will close on 31 August 2013. The closure of this office space in Oporto does not change the consular services delivered to British nationals in the North of Portugal.

Both Ms Zilda Gomes, Pro Consul and Mr Johnny Symington, Honorary Consul in Oporto will retire at the end of August 2013. The Embassy is extremely grateful for all the work, support and assistance that Zilda and Johnny have provided both to the Consulate and to the many British nationals over the last 8 years and wish them well in their new ventures.

Getting married in portugalA change in official procedures means that it is now simpler for Brits to get married in Portugal.  As from 1 August 2013, British nationals living in Portugal or planning a wedding here no longer need to produce a Certificate of No Impediment. This applies to marriages both between couples of the same and the opposite sex.