Portugal visa

To visit Portugal, you may need to apply for a Portuguese visa. Whether you need a visa depends on a number of factors, such as your nationality, the reason for your trip, and how long you plan to be there.

Find out how to apply for a Portuguese visa, the documents needed to apply and how long you are allowed to stay.


Do I Need a Visa to Visit Portugal?

If you come from one of the countries that have a visa-free agreement with Schengen, such as the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and most European countries, you can travel to Portugal without a visa for up to 90 days. You should only apply for a visa in the following cases:

  1. If you come from a country that does not have a visa-free agreement with Schengen.
  2. If you are staying in Portugal for more than three months.

Where to Submit the Portugal Visa Application?

You must apply for a visa to the nearest Portuguese embassy or consulate or to a visa application center. In some cases, where there is no Portuguese diplomatic representative in your place of residence, you will need to present documents to the embassy/consulate of another Schengen country.


Portugal Visa Requirements

The documents you need to submit to apply for a Portuguese visa are:

  1. Your passport. It must be valid for at least another three months from the date you leave Portugal or the Schengen area.
  2. Portuguese visa application form. You can download the application form from the website of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (here).
  3. passport-sized photos, in accordance with Portuguese requirements.
    1. They must have been taken recently.
    2. They must have a white background.
    3. Your face must be fully visible.
  4. Travel medical insurance, complying with Schengen requirements.
    1. It must be valid throughout the Schengen area.
    2. Must pay at least €30,000 for medical emergency and evacuation.
  5. Proof you have paid the Portugal Visa Fee.
  6. Your travel itinerary. You do not necessarily need to pay for the flight tickets, simply book them.
  7. Portugal Visa Cover Letter. It must detail your reason for travelling, the dates of arrival and departure, if you will travel to another Schengen country, your planned activities, etc.
  8. Proof of sufficient funds. You must be able to demonstrate that you can support yourself financially throughout your trip.
  9. Proof of accommodation in Portugal. This could be a hotel reservation or an invitation (if you are visiting friends or relatives).
  10. If you are an employee:
    1. Proof of employment – ​​employment contract if you have an employer or business registration certificate if you own a business or are self-employed.
    2. Leave of absence from work (if you have an employer).
    3. Bank statements for the last three months
  11. If you are a student: Certificate of registration from your university or school.
  12. If you are retired: Your pension certificate.
  13. Requirements for unaccompanied minors:
    1. Minor’s birth certificate
    2. Copy of parent or legal guardian’s passport.
    3. Consent letter signed by parent or legal guardian.
  14. If you are coming to Portugal to visit relatives or friends:
    1. Invitation letter from relative or friend.
  15. If you are on a business trip:
    1. Company invitation letter to Portugal. The letter must indicate the duration and purpose of your trip.
    2. Letter from your company, outlining the relationship between the two companies.

Documentation Instructions:

  1. All documents must be in English or Portuguese. If this is not the case, you must have them translated by an approved translator.
  2. All civil documents, such as birth certificates, must be legalized by the apostle or by the Portuguese Embassy.

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How to Apply for an Portugal Visa?

  1. Begin by clicking on the “Login” button, which can be found in the menu on the right side of the screen.
  2. If you haven’t registered yet, please register yourself first. After registering, proceed to log in to the panel.
  3. Once you are logged in, navigate to the menu on the left side of the panel.
  4. Select the “Visa Application Form” option from the menu.
  5. Fill out this form with the required information.
  6. Finally, submit the completed form.

Portugal Schengen Visa

If you want to visit Portugal for a short period of time (and you are from one of the countries that require a visa), you will need to apply for a Schengen visa for Portugal. You can apply for a Schengen visa to Portugal for short-term visits, such as tourism, business, family visits, etc. Portugal is part of the Schengen area, along with 25 other European countries.

These countries have adopted the right to free travel within their borders and have a common visa, known as the Schengen visa. This means that if you get a visa to any Schengen country, such as Portugal, you can also travel to other Schengen Agreement countries. If you want to stay in Portugal for a longer period of time (for example if you work or study there), you need a Portuguese national visa and not a Schengen visa.

When to Submit the Portugal Visa Application?

You must submit your request at least two weeks before departure. The Portuguese Embassy will accept your application no earlier than three months before your trip. Ideally, wait more than two weeks if you don’t want your plans revealed due to visa processing delays.

Processing Time for a Portugal Visa Application

Portuguese visas are usually processed within 15 calendar days. However, depending on circumstances, such as the time of year, whether you have all your documents fully organized, etc., this may take longer. You must therefore make your request approximately one month before you plan to travel, but no earlier than three months.

Portugal Visa Fees

When applying for a Portuguese visa, you need to pay the processing fee as follows:

  1. Portugal Schengen Visa (adults and children over 12 years old) – €80
  2. Portugal Schengen Visa (children from 6 to 12 years old) – €40
  3. Portuguese Schengen Visa (children under 6 years old) – Free
  4. Portuguese Schengen Visa for citizens of Azerbaijan and Russia (adults and children over 12 years old) – €35

You are entitled to a free Portuguese visa if:

  1. You are traveling with or visiting a close family member who is an EU/EEA citizen
  2. You are a student or teacher on a study trip .
  3. You are a researcher traveling for scientific research purposes.

How Long Is the Portugal Visa Valid?

The maximum time you can stay in Portugal on a Schengen visa is 90 days within a 180-day period. The Portuguese embassy or consulate decides when to issue your visa. The following visa types are issued:

  1. Single entry visa. You can only enter Portugal (or the Schengen area) once and stay there for the duration of the visa issued (one week, two weeks, one month, etc.). Once you leave, you can’t go back.
  2. Multiple-entry visa. You can enter Portugal (or other Schengen countries) multiple times within the time the visa is valid, as long as the total number of days spent in Schengen does not exceed 90. 

Can I Extend a Portugal Visa?

Yes, you can technically extend your Portuguese visa, but not for any reason. Your visa extension request will only be accepted if you have a valid reason, such as illness or natural disaster. To apply for a Schengen visa extension in Portugal, you need to contact the Portuguese Migration Service (SEF).

Remember that if you come to Portugal on a study or work visa, you will have to apply for a residence permit extension, not a visa extension.

Portugal Airport Transit Visa

If you come from one of the following countries, you will need to apply for an airport transit visa if you change flights at a Portuguese airport, even if you do not leave the international transit area:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka

You must apply for an airport transit visa by submitting the following documents:

  1. Portugal visa application form
  2. Your passport
  3. Your airline ticket
  4. Passport size photo that meets the requirements Schengen requirements
  5. Visa of the country of destination (if a visa is required)
  6. Certificate of permanent residence when the applicant has a nationality other than that of the country where the visa is required;
  7. Certificate of your employment and salary
  8. Bank statements for the last three months

To be able to leave the international transit area of ​​the airport, you must apply for a visa to transit through Portugal if You come from one of the countries that don’t have it. There is a visa exemption agreement.

Portugal National Visas (Long-Term)

The Portuguese national visa is a long-term visa leading to residence in Portugal, either temporarily or permanently (by residence permit). The main types of Portuguese national visas are:

  1. Portuguese work visa.
    This type of visa is issued to third-country nationals who have found employment in a Portuguese company.
    Usually in a qualified position.
  2. Portuguese student visa .
    This type of visa is issued if you are admitted to a Portuguese educational institution.
  3. Family reunion visa Portugal.
    You can apply for this visa if you are not an EU citizen and want to live in Portugal with a family member as a citizen or resident.
  4. Retirement Visa in Portugal.
    This visa allows you to live in Portugal as a resident, even if you are not working/studying, as long as you have enough money to cover your stay.
  5. Passive Income Visa in Portugal.
    This visa is issued to self-employed people who want to work for a foreign employer during their stay in Portugal.

You can usually extend your Portuguese national visa. Visas issued for work or family reunification also lead to permanent residence, while you can apply for a work visa if you find a job after studying in Portugal.


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