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In the context of the election for the Portuguese Parliament, which will take place on January 30th 2022, voters residing abroad should verify and, if necessary, update the address associated with their Citizen Card, which may be done in person or online. This verification is essential to ensure that the right to vote abroad can be exercised without constraints.

The address updated on the Citizen Card is only effective for voter registration if its confirmation occursuntil the 60th day before the date of the election or until the day of the publication of the Presidential decree scheduling the election, if it is posterior.

At, citizens can obtain the mobile digital key associated with their citizen card and, after registering, they can verify their address.

The address update can be done at the consular office or online at (using the mobile digital key or the Citizen Card + PIN).

It should be noted that the change of address made in person at the consular office or consular section takes immediate effect, while the online change is subject to the aforementioned confirmation by the citizens themselves, upon receipt of a letter at the current address containing several codes.

It should also be noted that voter registration will be inactive for voters whose Citizen Card have been expired for more than 24 months. However, inactive registrations can be reactivated by obtaining or revalidating the Citizen Card, or through voluntary re-registration. The reactivation only takes effect in the voter registry if it occurs until the 60th day before the day of publication of the Presidential decree scheduling the election if this is later.

Citizens who have an identity card with an address abroad as their identification document may verify the place of their voter registration at the consular post or consular section, or by consulting the website These citizens can register with the voting commission in their area of residence (in the consular section of the Embassy or in the consular post) until the 60th day before the election date or the day of publication of the Presidential Decree scheduling the election, if it is published after the 60 days.

Regarding the form of voting, citizens living abroad can exercise the right to choose between voting in person or voting by post, until the date of publication of the Presidential Decree scheduling the election, or in person at the respective voting commission (in the consular section of the Embassy or in the consular post). If the voter does not exercise his or her right of option, he or she will have to vote by mail.

Finally, it is important to note that consular registration does not mean that the citizen is registered in the electoral register.


Lisbon, 19 November 2021

On September 22nd, 1976, Portugal deposited the instrument of accession to the pan-European organization, becoming its 19th Member State. Mário Soares was Prime Minister and José Medeiros Ferreira Minister of Foreign Affairs.

One of the oldest European political organisations, founded in 1949, the Council of Europe includes 47 Member States and is based on three pillars: human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

The Council of Europe's achievements are numerous. The most emblematic are the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights, which constituted the first international system of human rights protection. But also, the fact that it is a geographical area totally free of the death penalty: the abolition of capital punishment is a condition for membership of the organisation.

The action of the Council of Europe extends to the protection of children, the promotion of gender equality, the protection of minorities, combating racism, preventing torture and monitoring the treatment of people deprived of liberty, the defence of freedom of expression, legal and judicial cooperation, the fight against corruption and various forms of crime, and improving the quality of justice. It also covers social rights, education and culture.

Portugal is party to most conventions concluded within the framework of the CoE. Throughout these 45 years, Portugal has had an active and committed participation in the organisation and in the defence of its values.

Portugal hosts, in Lisbon, the headquarters of the "North-South Centre", the Council of Europe's European Centre for World Interdependence and Solidarity. The Centre constitutes a multilateral cooperation platform for the promotion of the rule of law, democracy, and human rights, enhancing dialogue with non-Member States of the Council of Europe, in particular in the Mediterranean, strengthening intercultural and intercivilizational dialogue.

Marking its 45th anniversary, Portugal renews its commitment to the Council of Europe and its values.

Lisbon, September 22nd, 2021


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