In the midst of the sequence of COVID-19 legislation, measures and restrictions which are being implemented globally to control the spread of the virus, and the resulting economic challenges, we should not lose sight of the fact that normality as we previously knew it will return. Many both domestically and internationally consider that the proportional response of the Portuguese Government to the crisis will position the country well in the post COVID-19 world.

Portugal will not have changed overnight and will continue to be an attractive country in which to live and invest, with the Golden Visa and Non Habitual Residency Programmes providing the ideal platforms to attract overseas investment. Forbes are in agreement with this view, putting Portugal, specifically the Algarve, at the top of the list of countries to live and retire overseas post COVID-19 and as a place to diversify lifestyle and investment portfolios. Forbes cites Portugal’s healthcare system, safety, infrastructure, healthy living, language and of course sunshine as some of the factors which make it one of the best places in the world to live.

As the government services adapt as quickly and innovatively as possible to the COVID-19 restrictions, Portugal promises to be well placed to take advantage of the eventual recovery and, in fact, benefit from a repositioning of the people’s priorities generally.

In the first of a series of webinars we will show how Portugal continues to be operate within the required COVID-19 restrictions and how the process of implementing a decision on a change of lifestyle can still be started now.


Edge International Lawyers April 2020

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