Working, Living and Setting Up in Madeira


In this section you will find useful and practical information on the formalities to be followed when setting up in Madeira, as well as the most recent information relevant to your activity. It also provides you with updated information on the local traditions or main events and activities that occur in Madeira.

New Customer for Setting Up

Now that the formalities and procedures for the incorporation and licensing of your company within Madeira´s IBC are completed, you will find in this section useful and practical information for different day-to-day situations, both at a company and personal levels. This information is complemented by the documents and links for other relevant sections of this site, included on the left-hand side column.

Labour and recruitment

Information concerning local recruitment, labour law and average gross monthly wages, foreign staff and personal income tax and social security taxes. Read more

Personal formalities

Information about the registration for tax purposes and consequent issue of the fiscal card,  the Portuguese National Health System SNS, the Citizens Bureau, the requirements and formalities for opening bank accounts in Portugal as well as information about the importation of personal goods. Read more

Acquisition and rental of property

There is a wide availability of properties for sale and rental in Madeira. In this section you can find more information about the acquisition and rental of property, as well as taxes, fees and other costs. Read more

Other practical aspects

Madeira hospitals, health centres and private clinics, pharmacies, English schools, Portuguese teaching for foreigners, public and private schools and nurseries, university and technical schools, utilities (water, electricity, gas, cable TV, internet, telephone connection). Read more

Corporate Tax Returns

Periodical tax returns must be submitted online at

  • Periodical income declaration: if the fiscal year corresponds to the civil year, until the last working day of the month of May. Otherwise, five months after the term of the fiscal year;
  • Annual Simplified Company Information (IES): if the fiscal year corresponds to the civil year, until the last working day of the month of June. Otherwise, six months after the term of the fiscal year;
  • Periodical VAT declaration: for a turnover of or above Euro 650,000 in the precedent civil year, until the 10th day of the second month following the one to which the operations refer to. Otherwise, until the 15th day of the second month following the quarter to which the operations refer to.

Association of Professionals of Madeira's IBC

The Association of Professionals of Madeira's IBC - APCINM

If you are already an IBC customer, you may be interested in joining the Association for the IBC Professionals (APCINM). This Association was created in 1988 with the purpose of creating, valuing and developing professional opportunities within the scope of IBC. It is an essential instrument for the defence of its members interests and, inherently, for the defence of the IBC Companies.

Ever since its incorporation, APCINM has tried to provide benefits to its members, in a wide range of areas, and also aimed to stimulate proximity and interaction between its members. With this goal, beside special discounts and preferential access to APCINM events and training programmes, members receive a newsletter with regular information about APCINM activities as well as cultural and recreational suggestions to enjoy Madeira excellent quality of life. For further information on how to become an associate and also which benefits you can enjoy, please visit APCINM Website.

IBC Jobs

The IBC Job Opportunities is a totally free service, provided by S.D.M., which intends to build a bridge between IBC companies and professionals searching for a job. If you are looking for qualified candidates, you can find out more information about this service at the Job Opportunities section.

What's on in Madeira

Acontece Madeira - Events

All year long, Madeira hosts a multitude of cultural and social events: folk celebrations, festivals, concerts, exhibitions and sports events, offering tourists and residents a unique opportunity to combine entertainment and culture.

For detailed information about all the cultural and social activity Madeira has to offer, please visit the site: Acontece Madeira

IFTZ Customer

Companies currently operating in the Industrial Free Trade Zone may resort to this section to access useful information, circulars and updates on matters related to the day-to-day operations in the industrial park. This information is temporarily only available in Portuguese.

Please return regularly as this section will be continuously updated. Suggestions on how to improve this section are welcome.

Shipping Customer

For the convenience of our shipping costumers, we have gathered in this section several on-line tools as well as documents and forms related to MAR - The International Shipping Register of Madeira.

You may therefore:

  • Initiate the process of Provisional Registration of a vessel in MAR
  • Consult the latest Notices & Circulars for updates on documentation and interpretations by the Technical Commission of MAR or by DGRM, the Portuguese Maritime Authority
  • Use our MAR Fees Calculator to calculate the fees applicable on the registration of vessels
  • Request log books or any other documents from MAR through our form for Documentation Requests
  • Download or fill on-line MAR's Registration Forms

For further information about MAR and its operational and tax advantages, please visit the Shipowners section.

You may also contact the Technical Commission (TC) of MAR directly. The offices of the TC are open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:30 GMT +1 (summer time from 29 March to 25 October). For after hours emergency calls, the TC may be reached through mobile numbers 00 351 965011917 or 00 351 926792374.

Any suggestions on how to improve this section are welcome.

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MAR Fees Calculator