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Recently moved to Portugal and need to buy items for your new house? Or maybe you’re taking a Portuguese holiday, and need some travel essentials delivered quickly.
Whichever is the case, online shopping could be the answer - especially if you can’t find what you need locally. And the online retailer with one of the largest product ranges is Amazon, but is it available in Portugal?
In this guide, we’ll run through everything you need to know about ordering from Amazon in Portugal. This includes which country-specific Amazon site you should use, along with key info about currency conversion fees and rates.
We’ll also show you the most cost-effective way to pay when shopping internationally with Amazon - with the Wise international debit card.
Amazon has lots of dedicated country-specific websites, serving shoppers in each region. Unfortunately though, this doesn’t include Portugal.
However, this doesn’t mean that Portuguese residents can’t access Amazon’s huge range of products. The retailer does serve Portugal and you can get orders delivered there. But you’ll need to use one of the other Amazon country websites.
There are a few different routes you can use to order from Amazon in Portugal. This includes ordering from
All four of these Amazon sites will ship to Portugal, although not every seller will. However, you can set your location on Amazon so that you only see products that are available for shipping to Portugal. This can be a real time-saver, as it filters out products that you can’t have delivered.
To set your location, look for the box at the top-left of the Amazon site (next to the Amazon logo), when viewed on desktop. Then, all you need to do is select ‘Portugal’ from the drop-down list at the bottom.
Although you can choose from multiple Amazon sites delivering to Portugal, it perhaps makes the most sense to shop from your nearest. In this case, it’s Amazon Spain.
Amazon.es not only delivers to Portugal (once you set your location using the method above). It also offers a Portuguese language version of its website, which makes shopping easier.
And as the currency in Spain is the euro, just like in Portugal, there’ll be no need for currency conversion. This means you can pay in your local currency, without losing out to poor exchange rates and high conversion fees.
Ready to start shopping? All you need to do is go to Amazon.es and set your delivery location to Portugal.
Then you can browse and shop as normal, comparing prices in euros and adding products to your baskets. You should see ‘delivers to Portugal’ on the right-hand side of product pages, along with pricing and delivery information.
To shop via the mobile app, you’ll need to access ‘Settings’ and then ‘Country & Language’ to set your location and language preferences.
Another option is to order from Amazon UK, which allows products to be shipped internationally.
When you’re ready to shop, here’s how to do it on desktop:
- Go to Amazon.co.uk
- Change your location to Portugal on the top left, next to the Amazon logo.
- Shop as usual, comparing products and prices before adding goods to your cart. All should say ‘deliver to Portugal’ on the right-hand side next to pricing and delivery information.
- Check out, entering your Portuguese address for delivery when prompted.
It works pretty much the same way on the Amazon mobile app. You can select your location on the ‘Deliver to’ dropdown. If your country isn’t in the list, you might need to go through ‘Settings’ first.
Here’s what to do:¹
- Tap the three bars icon at the bottom of the app
- Scroll down until you reach ‘Settings’ - tap to expand the menu
- Select ‘Country & Language’ to set your preferences.
An important thing to remember is that when you buy from Amazon.uk, it’s likely that Amazon will need to convert the currency from GBP to your local currency of EUR.
To do the conversion, Amazon will use its own exchange rate, and this is likely to have a margin added on top of the mid-market exchange rate. This makes the purchase more expensive for you. Amazon also charges an exchange rate guarantee fee.³
Another important thing to be aware of when ordering from Amazon UK for delivery to Portugal (or anywhere outside the UK) is that import fees may apply.
If fees do apply, you’ll be shown an estimate of the import fees deposit before purchasing. This deposit will be used to pay any import fees or taxes due on the order on your behalf.⁴
The best way for customers in Portugal to avoid currency conversion costs with Amazon is to shop on Amazon.es, where the set currency is also the euro. But what if the product you want isn’t available there?
You might need to try Amazon UK or Amazon US, and this will mean currency will need to be converted.
But don’t worry, there’s a way you can avoid these expensive currency conversion costs.
If you use a Wise international debit card to pay for your Amazon order, you can pay in GBP, USD or whatever the local currency of the Amazon country site is. This means there’s no need for Amazon to convert the currency or charge you any additional fees.
Your Wise card will automatically convert the currency for you, for low fees and margin-free exchange rates. Or if you already have the currency in your Wise account, it’s free.
It’s quick and easy to open a Wise multi-currency account online, and order your own Wise card.
And that’s pretty much it - everything you need to know about shopping on Amazon in Portugal. The country doesn’t have its own dedicated Amazon site, which is a shame.
But this doesn’t mean you need to look for Amazon alternatives in Portugal. Just use Amazon Spain or the Amazon UK websites instead, and you can take advantage of international shipping. Happy shopping!
- Ghacks.net - How to switch to a different regional Store in the Amazon App
- Amazon - Currency Converter
- Amazon UK - About import fees deposit
Sources last checked on date: 14-Apr-2023
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