As I travel to Brussels today, I know that many people will be looking to us – the leaders of the 28 nations in the European Union – to demonstrate we are putting people first. I have been clear throughout this process that citizens’ rights are my first priority. And I know my fellow leaders have the same objective: to safeguard the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU.
There can't be many people that are not familiar with the public announcements made twice yearly by the Government, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, to reveal the names of those receiving one of the many honours bestowed annually upon citizens from all areas of the United Kingdom, and abroad, in recognition of their contribution to their communities.
Statement on return of postal votes for overseas voters at the EU Referendum.
Information for British Nationals: If you aren’t already registered to vote, you must register by 7 June if you want to vote in the EU referendum on 23 June.
O Primeiro Ministro Ministro Britânico David Cameron anunciou hoje no Parlamento em Londres que o Governo cumpriu a sua promessa de realojar 1.000 refugiados sírios vulneráveis até ao Natal. Acrescentou que o Governo iria prosseguir com a sua derminação de realojar aqueles que na região se encontram numa situação de maior risco.
The British Embassy in Lisbon, in partnership with the National Archives - Torre do Tombo, are pleased to announce that Portugal will be one of the countries included in the Magna Carta Global Tour, to commemorate its 800 years. Over the course of four months an original version of the Magna Carta from 1217 and the only surviving King’s Writ from Runnymede in 1215, on loan from Hereford Cathedral, will tour seven countries and four continents, travelling a total of approximately 65,000 miles. The tour will include New York, Luxembourg, China, Australia, Singapore, Malta and Portugal, in the second week of December.
From 1st May 2015 telephone numbers for the British Consulates in Portugal are changing. If you need assistance, consular staff can be contacted throughout the week on 21 392 4000 for the British Consulate in Lisbon, and 282 490750 for the British Vice Consulate in Portimao. Our Consular team in Portugal is available to provide assistance Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 4.30pm. In an out of hours emergency these numbers will also connect you to the Foreign Office in London, where consular assistance is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The daughter of a deceased benefit claimant, who was living in Portugal, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison in the UK after falsely claiming over £73,500 in benefits. Maria Joao Ferreira Lucas, whose mother passed away in January 2008, posed as her mother to claim her benefits. She failed to inform the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of her mother’s death and transferred all benefits claimed by her mother into her own account.
New figures show fall in some serious types of consular case, but FCO still helped over 17,000 British people last year.
The British Behaviour Abroad report 2014, published today, highlights that while millions of British nationals still travel abroad every year, there has been a decrease in some of the serious types of consular case in the past year.
Travelling abroad uninsured can cost thousands if a trip goes wrong. Yet according to new research issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), more than one in three (38%) young Brits think it is unnecessary to take out insurance when they travel overseas, often leaving their families to pick up the pieces.