THE BRITISH consulate will be opening to the public at its new premises opposite the Clube Naval in Portimão on Tuesday, December 9 at 9am.
Today (Friday) at 2pm, the consulate will be closing its doors for the last time at its current location.
British consul, Paul Rodwell told The Resident: “We are delighted about the move. The new location has much better parking, more air and space and a better working environment for the team.”
He said that the new consulate will give British residents and visitors a more professional and upgraded service, as well as catering for disabled users.
“I think this really shows the seriousness with which the government is taking the Algarve region,” he said.
An official inauguration of the new consulate is due to take place next year. “This is likely to happen in March but we haven’t got a date confirmed yet,” said Paul Rodwell. “The ambassador will come and several Portuguese dignitaries will also be invited.”
The consulate’s new address is Apartado 609, Edificio A Fábrica, Avenida Guanaré, Portimão.
GPS coordinates for the building are: 37º 07 ‘56” N 08º 32’ 08” W.
The consulate’s opening times to the public remain Monday to Friday from 9am until 2pm, with telephone enquiries being accepted until 4pm.
The consulate will be closed at weekends and on Bank holidays. The consulate is also closed on the following days; Monday, December 8, Thursday, December 11 and Friday, December 12.
For more information, please telephone the consulate on 282 490 750 or email [email protected] Alternatively, visit the website at www.ukinportugal.fco.gov.uk In the case of an emergency such as death, serious assault or arrest, please call the emergency number on 213 924 000.