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December 2, 2013

Public Transportation and other Strikes Throughout the Month of December, 2013

December 02, 2013 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of various strikes of Portugal’s public transportation system and one political protest planned for the month of December. Be prepared for increased road congestion, decreased taxi availability, and overcrowded public transportation alternatives on these days, and please plan accordingly.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

  • December 19: Lisbon (Belém) – CGTP (Confederation of Portuguese Workers) has announced a protest at 18:30 next to the Presidência da República.
  • December 27, 30, 31: CTT (postal service) will hold strikes.
  • Throughout the month of December: CP, CP-Carga, REFER, and EMEF (Portugal’s rail services) announced small stoppages/strikes – this could affect commuter rail and train lines.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Portugal enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Portugal. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

The U.S. Embassy in Lisbon is located on Avenida das Forcas Armadas, in the neighborhood of Sete Rios near the Jardim Zoológico. Telephone: (351) 21 727-3300; fax: (351) 21 726-9109; Internet home page: The emergency after hours telephone number is (351) 21-727-3300 or (351) 21-094-2000.

U.S. Consulate in the Azores is located in the city of Ponta Delgada on the Island of Sao Miguel. The address is Av. Principe do Monaco, 6-2F, tel: (351) 296 282-216, fax: (351) 296 287-216.

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