Portugal Import Restrictions

In order to enter Portugal, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Portugal government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Portugal, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Portugal.

Portugal Import Regulations

Import regulations

Portugal requires an import permit for all goods that exceed a value of 15,000 escudos. Before posting any such item, senders should confirm that the addressee has the necessary permit. Senders should determine import restrictions from Portugese authorities before posting:


  • Animal products
  • Chemical products
  • Plants and plant products
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Raw hide and skins
  • Weapons.

Special documentation requirements

Commercial goods require an invoice attached to the outside of the article. Articles that contain goods not of Australian origin require an invoice endorsed either by a Portugese consul or by a Chamber of Commerce.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Portugal prohibits:

  • Animals and animal products
  • Arms and ammunition
  • Clocks and watches
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations
  • Footwear
  • Foodstuffs containing saccharine and similar products
  • Inorganic and organic chemicals
  • Live trees and other plants
  • Musical instruments
  • Optical, cinematographic and photographic instruments
  • Plastics and articles thereof
  • Printed articles; books and newspapers- offensive by nature
  • Prepared foodstuffs
  • Raw hides, skins and furs
  • Sugars and sugar confectionary