Travelling to the Azores

How to get there and useful information

Terceira Island is part of the Azores archipelago of Portugal, in the North Atlantic Ocean.

How to Get To Terceira Island
The best way to get to Terceira is by plane (Airport of Lajes). There are daily flights from Lisbon or Porto, a two-hour and half trip, and links to the United States and Canada.

Sata Air Açores flies daily to the other islands of the archipelago, taking about 40 minutes when departing from S. Miguel and Faial Islands.

From May to October, one can get to the other islands by ferry boat.


Special Bus Transfer
From Airport 'Lajes TER' to Bus stop 'Angra Alto das Covas'. The bus stop is only 3 mins by walk to the congress venue

The agency Aguiartour provides buses for participants:

  • Tuesday, 27 August: From the Airport to Angra Alto das Covas, passing through Hotel Caracol and Hotel Terceira Mar (5€ paid on the bus), on the arrivals of the flights from Lisbon (taxis are 20€).
  • Friday, 31 August, 2.30 hours before the Flights to Lisbon: From Angra Alto das Covas to the Airport, passing through Hotel Caracol and Hotel Terceira Mar (5€ paid on the bus).
  • Bus transfer to the Congress venueThe bus departures from "Hotel Praia Marina" at 8h15 in the morning on the 27, 28, 29 and 30 August. Agreeing with participants it can pass by Hotel Teresinha at 8h25 and Hotel Atlantida Mar at 8h30. On the 31 Aug, it will be confirmed later.

Cross Air Routes between China and Brazil, America and India, Canada and Africa, Europe and Central America. 

Cross Sailing Routes between Western and Eastern Indies, America and Europe.

Node of the Tectonic Plaques of Africa, Eurasia and Africa.

Peripheral influencer of weather and conflicts.

With a scale of a small city able to become a large campus in the last week of August 2024.

It's also the headquarter of RSAI, PIRS, RSPP and APDRAngra do Heroísmo, Terceira, Azores

Getting Around
Urban public transport – in the main towns, there are a complete public transport networks.

Ferry services are available for travel between the islands.

Taxis are painted mostly cream with a roof-light to identify them. However, there are still some taxis which keep the old colors, green and black. In towns, they use taximeters, but once outside urban boundaries the service is charged by the kilometer, and includes the price of the driver’s return trip to his starting point. From 10 pm to 6 am, the rate increases by 20%. Luggage is charged according to a fixed rate. All taxis have an updated chart in two languages.

The Azores Islands are GMT-1, one hour behind the Portuguese mainland.

The average temperature in Azores is 18°C (64°F). Statistically the driest month is July and the wettest November. Average annual mean relative humidity is 76%. It ranges from 73% in August to 80% in December and January. Frost is non-existent in Azores.

Light clothes, with one or two sweater or jacket pieces for the cooler days or nights, are enough all year round. In the winter slightly warmer clothing may be necessary. It is better to bring along a light raincoat, however, as there are sometimes showers followed at once by sunshine. “The days of the four seasons” as the Azoreans affectionately say are more prevalent in the months from October to April.

The official language in Azores is Portuguese. English is widely used in the tourism industry and is gaining momentum in the islands due to being officially a required language in early schooling.

Emergency services
112 is the number for medical emergencies.

Every one of Azores islands including the smallest, has at least 1 public health center. There are 3 hospitals, Faial, Terceira and São Miguel. Considering that São Miguel has half the population of the archipelago, it also has the most comprehensive and diverse care. However, Terceira has the newest and most modern hospital.

The Portuguese air Force based on Terceira island takes care of all emergency evacuations from Islands that don't have the needed services, and any flights or Cruises that experience health problems are sent to (flights) Terceira, and from boats they are evacuated by helicopter to the nearest with appropriate facilities.

The Currency
Portuguese currency monetary is the Euro ”€”. Visitors from countries were the Euro is not used must resort to exchanging the currency at the prevailing exchange rate. The best places to exchange your currency are the local banks which are usually open from 09:00 to 15:30 Monday through Friday. Most banks do not close for lunch.Credit cards are accepted most anywhere as well as debit cards. All banks feature ATM machines or “Multibancos” where your debit card can be used to extract Euros as well as your credit card (make sure you bring your pin). Please note that Portuguese banks will not cash credit cards at the counter.

Passport and Visa Information

To enter Portugal, you may need a Passport and/or a Visa, depending on the country you live in. Citizens from the European Community don’t need a Visa for entering Portugal. Portugal is also a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.

Passports must be valid for up to six months (depending on your nationality) and are required by all, except by European Union nationals and nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway and Switzerland holding valid national ID cards. British, Australian, Canadian, American and Japanese need a valid passport.

Although it is not obligatory to have a return ticket, it is advisable to have one because, if you don’t, you may have to prove sufficient means of financial support to return.Visas are required by all for stays of up to 90 days, with the exception of:

• The above mentioned nationals;
• Nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Hungary, Israel, Korea (Rep. of), Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela;
• Transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft, provided holding onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport. However, nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dom Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia and Sri Lanka always require a transit visa, even when not leaving the airport transit area.

Information on the Schengen Visa can be found on Schengen visa to enter Portugal official website.

Health and Vaccination Information for Portugal

You will not require any vaccinations to visit Portugal, unless you are coming from an infected area. The most likely infection being ‘Yellow Fever’. Make a point of checking with your tour operator or local Portuguese Embassy if in any doubt.

EU citizens can obtain a refund of most medical costs by using form E111, which is available from Post Offices, Health or Social Security offices in your country.

Yellow Fever Vaccination - International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required only when traveling from an infected area and when the traveler is more than one year of age.

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