UK nationals working in Portugal and frontier workers in Portugal shall enjoy the following rights: 


  • The right not to be discriminated against on grounds of nationality with regard to employment, remuneration and other conditions of work and employment; 

  • The right to take up and exercise an activity in accordance with the rules applicable to Portuguese nationals, either Portugal is the host State or the State of employment; 

  • The right to assistance afforded by the employment offices of Portugal as offered to Portuguese nationals, either Portugal is the host State or the State of employment; 

  • The right to equal treatment in employment and work conditions, namely in with regard to remuneration, dismissal and in case of unemployment, reinstatement or re-employment; 

  • The right to social and tax benefits; 

  • Collective rights; 

  • Rights and benefits attributed to Portuguese workers in matters of housing; 

  • The right for their children to be admitted to general educational, apprenticeship and vocational training courses on the same conditions as Portuguese nationals, provided children reside in Portugal. 


**NOTE: If a direct descendant of a worker, who has ceased to reside in Portugal, attends school in Portugal, the primary carer for that descendant shall have the right to reside in Portugal until the descendant reaches the age of majority.  The primary carer is entitled to the same right after the descendant comes of age if he/she still needs the carer presence and care to complete his/her education.


Frontier worker is someone who is employed or self-employed in one country and lives in another country.

If you are living in the UK and working in Portugal, you can apply for a document that certifies you are a frontier worker by sending an e-mail with your request to


*More information on working in Portugal and frontier workers >  here  

*More information on Frontier worker permit for those working in the UK while living elsewhere

*Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional - IEFP) website > here  

*We also recommend you to visit the Authority for Work Conditions (Autoridade para as Condições do Trabalho ACT) website for information related to labour rights > here