RELOCATING TO MADEIRA

A NEW LIFE IN MADEIRA
 Regulations and laws vary widely among different countries, so it is important to research these before moving abroad.
 - Vaccines for family members.
 - Restrictions or taxes on shipped household items.
 - Taxes involved in shipping your car.
 - Vaccines and quarantines for pets.
 - Insurance
 - Application for Passports, Visas and Permits
It is wise to do this early as this process takes time to complete and also if necessary the renewal and expiration dates.

DOCUMENTATION
Be sure to request official copies of important personal documents arrange for official translations if required;
 - Birth and marriage certificates,
 - Naturalisation, passport, green card, proof of citizenship, etc.
 - Social security cards,
 - Vaccination, medical and dental records,
 - Insurance policies,
 - Academic records and diplomas,
 - Employment records,
 - Proof of residency (utility bill, statement, etc.).


DRIVERS LICENSE
If you intend to make Madeira your main or permanent home, there are a number of very good reasons for exchanging your licence for a Portuguese-issued one. These are: - If lost, stolen or damaged, the licence can only be renewed or replaced by the original issuing authority. - When the licence eventually expires, the Portuguese authority cannot renew it as you will have to take (and pass) a driving test in Portugal before the Portuguese authorities can issue you with a licence. In order to exchange your driver's licence, you should apply to the nearest office of the IMTT - Instituto da Mobilidade e dos Transportes Terrestres (Portuguese Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority). You will be required to surrender your original licence in exchange for a locally-issued one. 

VEHICLE INSURANCE
If you are planning on driving you will need the correct insurance.
Requirements vary among countries, so select an insurance provider with the expertise and resources to ensure the policy is appropriate.

PROPERTY INSURANCE
International personal property insurance, which can include transit and destination coverage, protects items damaged during the relocation process.
Some insurance providers specialise in relocation and expatriate insurance.

HEALTH INSURANCE
Even if the destination country has a socialised healthcare system, not everyone may be eligible for coverage. This may require an individual policy to protect the insured worldwide, including medical protection and evacuation services.

BANK ACCOUNTS
Review accounts and notify banks of the relocation. Also consider online international banking, which makes it easier to transfer and manage funds between countries.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS 
If you or a family member takes prescription drugs, purchase additional quantities and obtain a copy of the medical file related to the condition. Keep them in your carry-on luggage in the event any bags are lost in transit.

TAX OBLIGATIONS 
Each country has distinct tax rules for foreign earned income. Determine the tax obligations and gather the necessary paperwork.

PETS 
If a pet is being moved, ensure it receives proper vaccinations and identification microchip. Find a pet carrier. If a pet is not being relocated, allow enough time to find it a new home.

PHONE SERVICES
Consider using VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone service, otherwise known as broadband phone service. It is an affordable way for expatriates to make local, long-distance and international calls, all for a monthly fee.

HEALTH CARE
To access free medical benefits under Portugal’s National Health Service, you’ll either need to have EU citizenship or be working and paying contributions into the country’s social security (segurança social) system.
Retirees from non-EU countries generally need to have private health insurance. You will be expected to provide proof of this when applying for a residence card.

COST OF LIVING
Obviously much depends on your  lifestyle. It is possible for a couple to enjoy life in Madeira for around 800€. This does not include rent.
Rental accommodation prices depend mostly in the location. A two bedroom apartment in Funchal could cost you an average of 500€, monthly. The same price will rent you a house in the outskirts of Funchal.
Utilities such as electricity, gas, water and garbage should run somewhere between 80€ and 100€.
Here are the prices of some everyday grocery item:
Litre Milk 0.80 cents 
12 Eggs 2.00€
Sugar 0.60 cents
Whole wheat bread 1,20€
rented quality apartment located in Funchal: EUR 20/m2/month    
purchased quality apartment located in Funchal: EUR 1,250/m2    
meal in a mid- to high-quality restaurant: EUR 20/meal     
purchased offices in the centre of Funchal: EUR 1,750/m2   
rented offices in the centre of Funchal: EUR 20/m2/month

The cost of living in Madeira is considerably lower than the rest of Europe.  This fact is reflected by the cost of living. The majority of goods are much cheaper than in the other European Union countries, including the price of property, renting, food, drinks and entertainment. The fact of the matter is that the majority of foreigners living in Madeira coming from Western European countries consider the cost of living to be up to 50% lower than in the country of their birth.

Labour costs:
Minimum wage in Madeira: EUR 494,7/month 
Salary of a newly graduated professional without work experience: EUR 750/month 
Salary of a university graduate (engineer, accountant, economist, lawyer) with two years’ work experience: EUR 1,500/month   
Salary of a highly qualified top-level manager with more than five years’ work experience: EUR 3 000/month


ELECTRICITY
The local current is 220 AC and the connection is made by a two-pin plug.

GAS
Gas is the most common energy source. 

WATER
Tap water is safe to drink and it is of good quality. In Porto Santo the water is desalinated and can be consumed without question. 

TELEPHONE
Both analogue and ISDN are used, (fixed lines). However more and more residentsare  opting for a telephone service integrated in their Broadband Internet package, which offers a combination of phone, internet and TV service.

INTERNET
There are a number of Internet Service Providers (ISP's) in Portugal and Madeira. Broadband is the most common option, either via Cable, ADSL or Wireless. .
Cable Internet is a very popular solution as Madeira has a very well established Cable system, which was set up for Cable TV and then naturally expanded for Broadband Internet use. The cost depends on the bandwidth which you choose, and home solutions ranging from €20 to €45 per month.
ADSL Broadband Internet is another very poplar solution, as it used the existing phone lines available in practically all households on the island. Again the chosen bandwidth determines the cost and ranges from €15 to 45€ per month.
Wireless Broadband is fairly recent. A simple wireless adapter on your laptop connects you at amazing speeds from home, the office or even when you're sitting at the coffee shop. Prices vary from €23 to €45 per month.
There are currently three mobile phone operators in Madeira.  
  
GARDEN SERVICE
Gardening services can be contracted through companies or privately. Normally a gardener will cost about 25.00€ per day. 


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