Entry and important informations
(Information at the Foreign Office)
To check in at the airlines, you need a valid identity card or passport. Swiss citizens need a passport or a valid identity card to enter.
Credit cards and debit cards are accepted as means of payment almost everywhere. With your debit card, you can withdraw money at ATMs at any time.
Loss / theft of EC / credit cards:In case of loss or theft of your debit or credit card, immediately inform your credit card company to block your card. The emergency call is available 24 hours a day:
- Blocking emergency (0049) 116 116 +49 30 4050 4050
- American Express (0049) 69 979 710 00
- Diners Club (0049) 69 661 661 23
- MasterCard (Eurocard) 001 314 275 669 0
- Visa 001 410 581 38 36
- ec cards emergency service (0049) 1805 021 021
Telephone and internet:
The internet in Madeira is very well developed and you will find zones, cafés and bars where you can log in to check emails or do other things. Almost all hotels have Wi-Fi zones.
Customs regulations for Madeira:
As Madeira is a member of European Economic and Monetary Union, there are few restrictions on the import and export of goods. Observe the usual restrictions on the transport of certain goods, such as cigarettes or alcohol.
In addition, the import and export of plants and animals is strictly regulated, as the island's unique ecosystem is very vulnerable to the effects of external species.
Willow products are everywhere in the city of Funchal - one of the biggest shops in Rua do Castanheiro - and on the whole island, but the most important center for pasture products with the largest selection is in the village of Camacha.
Embroidery- Shops - often in conjunction with a factory - are everywhere in the city center of Funchal.
There are several Madeira wineries and specialty shops in Funchal and the surrounding area where wine tastings are offered and where your purchases are packaged professionally for safe home transport (e.g., Diogos Wine Shop, Madeira Wine Company, Oliveiras)
The flowers of Madeira, such as orchids, birds of paradise flowers, white-winged sitting, flamingo flowers, etc., are the most popular souvenirs that, once arrived at home, make the feeling that the holiday would last a little longer. These flowers can be bought everywhere in Funchal - at the local market, at the flower stalls in the city center or in the flower shops. At all of these outlets your flowers are packed in special boxes for safe transport so you can enjoy them at home for as long as possible.
Vaccines for Madeira:
Excerpts from the website of the Foreign Office ...The level of medical care is generally satisfactory, but in rural areas in particular longer journeys may have to be taken into account. In Portugal, all persons who are legally insured in Germany are entitled to treatment, if urgently required, from doctors, dentists, hospitals, etc., who have been approved by the Portuguese statutory health insurance institution. As proof, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or replacement certificate (both documents can be obtained from your health insurance). The cost of a private medical treatment is usually higher than in Germany and must be paid in cash.
Medicines that you need all the time should be brought in sufficient quantities from home.
MALARIAPortugal, also the Azores and Madeira are considered malaria free.
Insurance:Irrespective of this, it is strongly recommended that you take out travel health insurance for the duration of the stay abroad, covering risks that are not covered by the statutory health insurance funds (eg necessary repatriation to Germany in case of illness, treatment with private doctors or in private clinics).
Drinking water:The tap water is drinkable throughout the island. Mineral water is available everywhere.
Embaixada da República Federal da Alemanha
Campo dos Mártires da Pátria 38
1169-043 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel.: 00351 21 / -8810210
Fax: 00351 21 / -8853846
Embassy of the Portuguese Republic in Germany
10117 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: 0049 (0)30 / -590063500
Fax: 0049 (0)30 / -590063600
Did you know?
This small, romantic village, located about 6 km from the city center in the hills of Funchal, was once the in-resort for Europe's 'high society'. One of its most famous attractions was a cogwheel railway that once connected Monte with Funchal. Remains of this railway, especially the old railway station at the foot of the mountain, can still be seen today.
Karl I, the last Austrian emperor, found exile on the island of Madeira after he was deposed during the First World War. He and his family found their new home in Quinta do Monte, but only six months later, the ex-emperor died of pneumonia. His grave can be found in the famous pilgrimage church 'Nossa Senhora do Monte', which can be reached by an impressive staircase with 68 steps.
One of the most traditional festivals, and certainly the largest church festival in Madeira, is the folk festival on the day of the 'Assumption of Mary', which always begins on the eve of the 15th of August. An incredible number of locals attend a procession in honor of the Virgin Mary every year.