19.03.2020

This seems to be an unusual week here in Portugal, we are facing some few of the only 65 days a year that are not sunny around here.  Strong winds might make hard for the few golfers around to play…

 

As I drive to my place of work, I see that most of the businesses around are closed. The streets are almost empty. Very few tourists are still strolling around the marina in Vilamoura like nothing is happening. The population has been waiting on the government to announce the measures for these next 15 days of State of Emergency – declared yesterday by the Portuguese President. Nothing was released yet so we are doing our voluntary quarantine, which consists of home-work-home, no contact with people in between.

Our office is closed to the public at the moment, to follow the instructions given by the government, and try to help minimise the spread of the virus. Ive been working almost normally, calling clients & partners and doing my daily tasks. As our business is operating normally, we are still able to help people in this difficult time with their money transfers, as most of the deadlines for payments have not changed.

When Im contacting our clients, some of them with viewing trips booked I see a mix of feelings; people that want postpone their trips, people that still want to come, as they think Portugal is not in a bad situation and they would be better off here than in their home country, and some that say, ‘better locked in a nice property with the sunshine than in a dark grey country’. I get a bit of everything…

Our Real Estate partners have seen the viewing trips dropped drastically. Few people that were already local did the last viewing trips this week and from now on some of the Real Estate are offering virtual viewings, thanks to the technology and creativity we are able to overcome few obstacles. But I guess we are all looking forward to going back to the old personal way, with a little break in between property viewings for a coffee and Pastel de Nata, right?

We have our line open to help any clients that it is in Portugal at the moment and need assistance, not only in their money transfer but also on updates of how the situation is progressing.

Stay safe!

18/03/2020

This seems to be an unusual week here in Portugal, we are facing a few of the 65 days a year that are not sunny around here. Strong winds might make it hard for the few golfers around to play…

As I drive to my place of work, I see that most of the businesses are closed. The streets are almost empty. A small few tourists are still strolling around the marina in Vilamoura like nothing is happening. The population has been waiting on the government to announce the measures for the next 15 days in State of Emergency – declared yesterday by the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. Nothing has yet been released so we are adhering to the voluntary quarantine, which means home-work-home, and no contact with people in between.

Our office is closed to the public to follow the instructions given by the government, and try to help minimise the spread of the virus. Ive been working almost normally, calling clients & partners and doing my daily tasks. As our business is operating normally, we are still able to help people in this difficult time with their money transfers, as most of the deadlines for payments have not changed.

When Im contacting our clients, Im hearing mixed feelings about viewing trips. There are people that want postpone their trips, people that still want to come – as they think Portugal is not in a bad situation and they would be better off here than in their home country, some that say ‘better locked in a nice property with the sunshine than in a dark grey country!

Our Real Estate partners have seen a drastic drop in viewing trips. The few people that were already out here have done the last viewing this week and from now on some of the Real Estate are offering virtual viewings; thanks to the technology and creativity we are able to overcome few obstacles this way.

But really, were all looking forward to going back to the old personal way, with a little break in between property viewings for a coffee and Pastel de Nata, right?

 

To read more from Leticia about daily life in Portugal, visit our expat life blog. 

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