Portugal

Home to over 10 million people, the east European country Portugal is flanked by the North Atlantic Ocean on the east and Spain on the west. The archipelagos of Azores and Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean also belong to Portugal territory. Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal, which has very good bilateral relations with Australia. One of the oldest countries of Europe, Portugal was a world power in the 15th and 16th centuries but lost most of its wealth to a devastating earthquake in 1755. A revolution in 1910 dismantled the monarchy in Portugal, but the next 6 decades were dominated by repressive governments. However, in 1974, a military coup ushered in democratic reforms, and now Portugal is a democratic member of the European Union -- since 1986. As such Portugal is also a member of the Schengen zone which has 26 European countries as its members who have done away with all border controls and regulations. This means that once you have a visa for Portugal you can freely move within the 26 countries of the Schengen zone.

If you transited through another Schengen country by air, sea or land en route to Portugal without having registered your entry and you are not staying in a hotel or a similar tourist accommodation, you are subject to the requirement to register with local immigration officials within three working days of entering Portugal. You must document your entry to prove your length of stay. Request a stamp at an official point of entry, or download a declaration of entry (declaracão de entrada) from the Portuguese Immigration Service’s (SEF) website, and personally submit it to the nearest SEF office within three business days of entry. You must also present your passport. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in an administrative offense punishable with a fine from €60 to €160. Under Portuguese Immigration law, foreign minors under 18 years of age entering or exiting Portugal must be in possession of an authorization letter of parental consent to travel, if travelling with adults other than their parent/s or legal guardians. The document must be signed and dated, with the signature(s) certified by a notary. The letter of parental consent to travel must include the dates and reason for travel and the details of an adult who will be responsible for the child.

The main types of Portugal visa?

If you are planning a visit to Portugal for a short duration, you will have to apply for a Schengen visa to Portugal, which could be any one of the following:

  • Airport transit visa:This visa is required if you are going to pass through one of the Portugal airports for travelling to your destination which is out of the Schengen Area.
  • Visitor visa: his Portugal visa is required for foreigners who have family members, relatives or friends staying in Portugal and want visit them for a short vacation.
  • Tourist visa: This visa is needed if you wish to spend your holidays in Portugal for sightseeing or exploring the country.
  • Official visit visa: You will need this visa type if you are a member of a delegations visiting Portugal for official purposes
  • Medical visa: If you need to take medical treatment in Portugal, you will have to get this type of visa.
  • Business visa: If your purpose to Portugal is to do business, then you will have to procure a business visa.
  • Study visa: As the name implies, this visa is issued to students who wish to pursue their studies in Portugal for a short duration.
  • Cultural, sports and film crew visa: If the purpose of your visit to Portugal is for attending a cultural, sports or film activity, you need to get this type of visa.
  • Documents required for Portugal visa

    To apply for a Portugal visa, you are need to submit the following documents to the Portugal embassy or consulate.

    1. A Portugal visa application form fully filled and signed
    2. Two sized photos which taken in the last three months.
    3. Your passport, which should not be older than 10 years, and should be valid for at least three months till after your intended departure from Portugal.
    4. You will also have to submit copies of your previous visas, if applicable.
    5. Portugal is bit of a multi-lingual country, and you may be allowed to select the language in which you need your visa, but if you want it in English, just check the box against the “no preference” option.
    6. You may need to submit a copy of your travel insurance policy which proves that you are covered for the whole of your visit to the Schengen Zone to the minimum extent of 30,000 Euros. This may be needed in cases of medical emergencies or repatriation in case of death.
    7. With the application, you need to submit a cover letter stating the purpose of your visit to Portugal.
    8. Your round-trip itinerary needs to be submitted which clearly states the dates and flight numbers of your entry and exit from the Portugal or the Schengen area.
    9. Also, you will have to show a proof of accommodation -- your hotel booking or any other arrangement for the whole duration of your visit to Portugal.
    10. A proof of your civil status has to be submitted, like a marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, or death certificate of spouse, etc. which are applicable.
    11. You will have to also submit a proof of your financial status, showing that you have enough means to support yourself for the whole duration of your visit to Portugal. This can be a bank statement of the last 6 months.

    Extra documents for self-employed people:

    1. A copy of your business license needs to be proffered
    2. A bank statement of your business company of the last 6 months
    3. An Income tax return (ITR) of your company

    Extra documents for employed people:

    1. A copy of your employment contract needs to be submitted
    2. A copy of your bank statement for the last 6 months
    3. Leave permission from your employer in writing
    4. Your latest Income tax return (ITR) or a certificate of tax deducted at source (TDS)

    Extra documents for a Portugal Visitor Visa

    While applying for a Portugal visa to visit friends or family members, you will have to provide the following extra documents:

    1. You will need a proof of your financial status if you are going to fund your visit yourself, such as your bank statement of the last six months
    2. If someone else is going to support you, you will have to submit an obligation letter/ invitation from your guarantor which should not be older than 6 months, their salary statements of the last three months and proof of their tax payment.
    3. Copy of your guarantor’s ID and proof of their residence permit in Portugal.

    Extra documents require for a business Schengen visa:

    1. An invitation letter from the company in Portugal with whom you will be engaging in business, along with the dates of your entry and exit from Portugal.
    2. If you are going on a business visit on behalf of your company, they you need to submit a certificate from your company to this effect.
    3. A bank statement of your business of the last 6 months has to be submitted.
    4. The memorandum and article of association of your company as officially registered. This should be an original certified copy.
    5. A copy of your trade license, both when it was originally issued and when it was renewed.
    6. You must submit proof of how your trip is being financed.

    If Self Employed:

  • A copy of your business license
  • Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
  • Income Tax Return (ITR)
  • List of additional documents required for the most frequent purposes of Portugal Visa Application:

    Portugal Tourist Schengen Visa:

  • Invitation letter with the address and phone number from family member or sponsor – if applicable
  • Bank statement of the last 6 months
  • Passport copies
  • Eligibility criteria for applying for the Portugal visa:

    1. You must be a citizen of the country from where you are applying for the Portugal visa.
    2. You should be a foreign citizen who is currently on a temporary residence permit in the country from where you are applying.
    3. You are eligible to apply for a Portugal visa if it is the only country in the Schengen Zone that you are going to visit.
    4. You are eligible to apply for a Portugal visa if you are going to spend most of your trip duration in Portugal.
    5. If Portugal is the entry point of your visit to the Schengen Zone.

    The process of applying for a Portugal visa

    The procedure for applying for a Portugal visa for a short duration is as follows:

    1. You will first have to find out where you need to apply for a Portugal visa. It could be the Portugal embassy or consulate in your residence country. It could also be a visa application center which has been authorized by Portugal to process the visa applications. It could also be an embassy or consulate of any other Schengen country which Portugal has authorized to undertake the visa submission process.
    2. You will need to select the right type of visa that you need depending on the purpose of your visit to Portugal.
    3. Compile all the documents as outlined above to meet the specific criteria as required by the Portugal embassy/consulate in your country of residence.
    4. Make an appointment with the Portugal embassy or consulate to process your visa.
    5. Attend the visa interview in the Portugal embassy or consulate as per the appointment./li>

    Portugal Airport Transit Visa: :

  • Visa or other type of entry permit in the transit country
  • Copy of your valid visa for your final destination
  • Can I extend my Schengen visa in Portugal?

    Yes, you can extend your Portugal and Schengen visa but only in exceptional cases where new facts and special reasons arise after entry in Poland. Please read How to Extend a Schengen Visa to understand in what circumstances and what are the conditions you must fulfill in order to be eligible to Extend your Poland Schengen Visa.

    Portugal and National D-type visa

    If you intend to stay in the territory of Portugal and for a total of more than 90 days (at least 91 days) during one or more visits within a half-year period calculated from the date of first entry, you need to apply for a national D-type visa.

    What is a C-type visa?

    The Uniform Schengen Visa is valid in the Schengen Area and permits its holder to remain in the territory of all of the Schengen Area Member Countries for a maximum of 90 days during a 180-day period.

    Schengen Visa with limited territorial validity is valid in the territory of one or more Schengen Area Member States, but not in all the Schengen Area Member States and permits its holder to remain in their territories for a maximum of 90 days during a 180-day period.

  • A travel document (passport document) which: - is valid for at least three months after the planned date for leaving the Schengen Area or, in the event of multiple visits, after the planned date for the last leave of the Schengen Area, - contains at least two blank pages, - was issued during the last ten years;
  • A filled out and signed visa application;
  • A photograph;
  • A proof of visa payment;
  • A medical travel insurance whose coverage amounts to not less than EUR 30,000, valid throughout the Schengen Area, and covering all expenses that may arise in connection with the need to return for medical reasons, a medical emergency, urgent hospitalisation or death;
  • Supporting documents: - A document confirming the purpose of travel; - A document confirming possession of adequate financial resources to cover the costs of living during the planned stay and to cover the costs of return to the country of origin or residence, or to cover the costs of transit to a third country, which will certainly give permission for entry, or documents confirming that the applicant can legally obtain such funds; - A document concerning accommodation or possession of financial resources to cover the costs of accommodation; - A document that permits to assess whether the applicant will leave the Schengen Area before the visa expires.
  • What is a D- type national visa?

    A D-type national visa permits to enter the territory of the Republic of Poland and to stay continuously or for several successive times in this territory for a total duration of more than 90 days during the period of validity of the visa, but not longer than one year.

    A D-type national visa also permits to travel in the territory of other Schengen Area Member States for up to 90 days during a 180-day period, during the validity period of the visa.

  • A travel document (passport document);
  • A filled out and signed visa application;
  • A photograph;
  • A proof of visa payment;
  • A medical travel insurance whose coverage amounts to not less than EUR 30,000, and covering all expenses that may arise in connection with the need to return for medical reasons, a medical emergency, urgent hospitalisation or death, or medical insurance within the meaning of Polish regulations on health care benefits financed out of public funds;
  • Supporting documents: - A document confirming the purpose of travel and conditions of stay; - A document confirming possession of adequate financial resources to cover the costs of living during the planned stay and to cover the costs of return to the country of origin or residence, or to cover the costs of transit to a third country, which will certainly give permission for entry, or documents confirming that the applicant can legally obtain such funds; - A document that permits to assess that the applicant will leave the territory of the Republic of Poland before the visa expires; - Other documents that confirm other circumstances referred to in the visa application.
  • Supporting documents may be different depending on the country where a visa application is submitted.
  • Time taken to process a Portugal visa

    The entire process for processing a Portugal Schengen visa should take around 15 days under normal circumstances. However, the period may get extended depending on the number of applications being received by the Portugal embassy at the time you apply. If it is peak season, the process could go up to 30 days. And it could take up to 60 days in extraordinary circumstances, especially if your case is sensitive and when the Portugal embassy has to consult the embassy of one or more Schengen members countries.