In a statement, the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) said that after Cascais, Loulé is the second county in the country where the cooperation protocol between the SEF and the municipalities is implemented.

Under this protocol, the municipalities provide the facilities and human resources needed to perform the service and the collection of biometric data, while SEF is responsible for training employees of the municipalities and provides the support and computer structures necessary for the process.

According to SEF, Loulé is the municipality in the Faro district where most British citizens live (3.504), followed by the municipalities of Lagos (3.369), Albufeira (2.177) and Tavira (1.577).

In total, 18.714 citizens from the UK live in the Faro district.

This project, which started last February with the collection of biometric data from British citizens living in the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira, will be extended to other Portuguese municipalities.

The SEF states that this process will soon be extended to the various municipalities where a significant number of British citizens live.

That security service indicates that the certificate with the QR Code, which can be downloaded from the Brexit portal, remains an official residence document in Portugal under the Exit Agreement concluded between the European Union and the United Kingdom and is valid until the new card is issued.