Messages to U.S. Citizens
November 18, 2013
Metro System and Customs and Border Agency Strikes from November 19 - 25, 2013
The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that Lisbon’s Metro System and Portuguese Customs and Border Agency employees have scheduled strikes for this week.
--Metro service: Lisbon's metro system employees will stage a limited strike on Tuesday, November 19, from 5:30 a.m. – 9:30a.m., halting metro service during this time. Since this strike will take place during the morning commute, please plan for increased vehicular traffic and longer commute times.
--Customs Service: The Portuguese customs and border agency, Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, (SEF), will hold partial strikes on November 21, 23, 24, and 25, reducing their workforce by 75 percent. All points of entry (e.g. airports, border crossings, ports, etc...) throughout the country will be affected. Expect long and unpredictable delays, 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.
We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, monitor local news stations for updates, and report specific incidences of targeted violence to the U.S. Embassy.
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 you in an emergency. 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.”
Contact the U.S. embassy 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, and download our free Smart Traveler App, available through the iTunes store or the Google Play store, to have travel information at your fingertips.
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: http://lisbon.usembassy.gov/ . The emergency after hours telephone number is (351) 21-727-3300 or (351) 21-094-2300.