Azores Islands Pro - 25th to 30th August - Sao Miguel | PORTUGAL

FAQs

1. What’s the connection between Takeoff Surf Travel and the Azores Islands Pro event?
2. What is the official language spoken in the Azores?
3. How is the climate in the Azores?
4. What is the Azores Time Zone?
5. What is the currency used?
6. What is the cost of living in the Azores?
7. What are the forms of payment?
8. Will I be able to use cash machines to withdraw money?
9. Do mobile phones work on the islands?
10. Can I get broadband connection to the Internet?
11. What is the Voltage, Frequency and plug type in Azores?
12. What about health care?
13. Do I have to worry with safety issues in Azores?
14. What are the documents needed to get in and out Azores?
15. How to make a reservation?
16 What is the information needed to make a reservation?
17. How can I make a payment?
18. Can I change or cancel my reservation after it is fully confirmed and paid?
19. How can I go from the airport to the hotel?
20. What about driving in Azores?
21. How do I go to the WQS event spot?


1. What’s the connection between Takeoff Surf Travel and the Azores Islands Pro event?
Takeoff Surf Travel was appointed as the official event travel agency, and developed products according to the local organization requests and event traveler’s needs.


2. What is the official language spoken in the Azores?
Portuguese is the official language spoken in the Azores, though with a strong local accent.


3. How is the climate in the Azores?
Situated in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, at the centre of the anticyclone zone of the Azores, bathed by a warm branch of the Gulf Stream, the archipelago enjoys a temperate maritime climate, without great variations in annual temperature with an average winter temperature of 14°C (57°F) and 24°C (75°F) in the summer.

Sea temperatures are also mild and vary from 17°C (63°F) in winter to a pleasant 23°C (73°F) during summer months.

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4. What is the Azores Time Zone?
Azores time zone is GMT -1, one hour less then the mainland.


5. What is the currency used?
The Azores are an autonomous region of the Portuguese territory and the official currency is also the Euro (€).


6. What is the cost of living in the Azores?
In general terms the cost of living in the Azores is lower then the European average.


7. What are the forms of payment?
Most of the restaurants, hotels and car-renting companies accept common credit cards, but don’t expect credit cards to be accepted in smaller restaurants and hostels. Be sure to carry small bills.


8. Will I be able to use cash machines to withdraw money?
There are plenty cash machines in the city of São Miguel and at the Airport.


9. Do mobile phones work on the islands?
Yes. The Azores enjoy a good GSM coverage.

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10. Can I get broadband connection to the Internet?
Yes. Most villages have ADSL connections and there are hotspots in Ponta Delgada and at the Airport. GSM internet service is also available.


11. What is the Voltage, Frequency and plug type in Azores?
Electricity in Azores is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Azores with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. Outlets in Azores generally accept two round pin plugs.


12. What about health care?
The Azores and São Miguel Island in particular have a quite good heath care system, both with public hospitals and private clinics. All municipalities have pharmacies that provide almost every type of medication.
Pharmacies regular schedule is from 09h to 18h, but in case of emergency there are some opened every night and also on the weekends.

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13. Do I have to worry with safety issues in Azores?
With a low crime level Azores are considered to be a very safe destination.


14. What are the documents needed to get in and out Azores?
Entry formalities: Citizens of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland need only an identity card to enter Portugal. In addition to their identity card, minors must also present authorization from their parents to travel.

For visits of less than 90 days, a passport valid for at least three months after the end of their stay is necessary for visitors from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela and Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China in Hong Kong and Macao.

Citizens from countries not mentioned above need a visa to enter Portugal, which may be requested at the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate of their country for stays of up to 90 days.

Under the terms of the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement, flights between Schengen states are considered to be internal flights and passengers do not need to obtain another visa.

Related links:

Portuguese embassies
- www.mne.gov.pt/mne/pt/ministerio/missoes/
Portuguese consulates
- www.secomunidades.pt/web/guest/PostosConsulares


15. How to make a reservation?
To make a reservation you may contact our contact-center by phone our email info@takeoffsurftravel or fill the booking form in the website.

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16. What is the information needed to make a reservation?
Make your request with the most details, informing:
- Dates of travel (in and out dates)
- Hotel/Accommodation name
- Type of room and occupancy and chosen meal plan
- Complete names for participants (as shown in Passport)


17. How can I make a payment?
You may pay through Credit Card, or bank transfer
To pay by credit card please download the debit authorization form, fill up and return it (by fax or e-mail) properly signed.


18. Can I change or cancel my reservation after it is fully confirmed and paid?
Although we strongly recommend otherwise, yes it is possible to change or cancel (with penalty fees, see our terms and conditions chapter) a reservation after it is paid.


19. How can I go from the airport to the hotel?
There are several means of transportation between Ponta Delgada’s airport and city center:
- Car Rental (the best option)
- Taxi
- Private transfer
- Public transportation (bus)


20. What about driving in Azores?
Like many other European countries, in Portugal and naturally in Azores the driving is made on the right hand of the road. Azores benefits of small traffic flow.


21. How do I go to the WQS event spot?
The Azores pro is a mobile event. Because most of the sports are remote, we strongly suggest hiring a car to fully explore the island.

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