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Portugal Visa Types

Portugal has three visa types. For temporary reasons, you need to apply for Schengen Visa. It also has a Transit visa for travelers who want to pass through Portugal in order to get to the final destination. For visitors, who intend to stay in Portugal for more than 90 days, there is Portugal National Visa.

 

Portugal E-visa

At the moment, Portugal E Visa is not available for short-term visas. However, due to pandemics, this system accepts online Portugal visa applications for long-term purposes. For that, you need to create your account and upload all your documents there.

 

Portugal Schengen Visa

Portugal is one of the Schengen countries, that is why in order to go there, you need to apply for a Schengen Visa. There are different types of Portugal Schengen Visa, such as Portugal tourist visa, Portugal business visa, Portugal student visa, etc. Regardless of the purpose of visit, duration of stay, Schengen Visa holders can be in the Schengen area up to 90 days every 6 months. The start date of your visa counts from the date you entered the country. 

Portugal Schengen Visa can be single-entry, double-entry, and multiple-entry. Usually, the validity of a Schengen visa depends on the period of travel mentioned in the application form. 

 

Portugal National Visa

If you intend to study in Portugal for a long period, you need to apply for a Portugal student visa, or if you want to work there permanently, you need to apply for a Portugal work visa. There are also long-term visas for family reunions, self-employment, and Au Pair. Regardless of type, the validity of your visa can be between 90 days and one year. Portugal National Visa gives you the opportunity to enter Portugal and, during the first 3 months of arriving, apply for a resident permit.  

Portugal Resident Permit grants freedom of movement on the Schengen Zone, with the condition of stay no more than 90 days during 6 months. 

If you would like to extend your stay in Portugal, you need to submit your application online. The application form should be delivered personally accompanied by required documents. 

 

Portugal visa fees

Portugal Schengen visa fee is 80 EUR, but you may also have to pay other administrative fees, such as visa application centre fees, courier service fees, etc., depending on the location where you submit your documents.

According to the agreements between the EU, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fees for citizens of these countries are reduced to 35 EUR.

Portugal National visa fee is 75-100 EUR. It varies depending on your nationality and type of long-term visa. 

 

Portugal visa interview questions

All applicants applying for a Schengen visa for the first time are being interviewed. However, this also depends on your visa application center/embassy location, where you may be asked a few questions or will be exempted from it.

 

How To Get a Portugal Visa?

To get a visa to Portugal, you need to apply for a visa at the closest visa centre, consulate, or embassy. If there are no available institutions in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate in your region.

 

Do I need a visa for Portugal? 

Portugal is part of the EU and Schengen zone. All EU and Schengen area citizens are able to travel, work and live without any other formalities. All other nationalities need to check their availability based on their nationalities. Depending on the purpose of your visit, you may need a visa in order to enter Portugal.

 

What documents are required for a Portugal visa?

Required documents for a visa to Portugal depend on the purpose of the visit. 

However, there are documents which are needed to be shown regardless of the type: 

  1. Application Form 
  2. Passport 
  3. Proof of financial means
  4. Photos 
  5. Proof of occupation 

Additional documents will be needed depending on the type of visa you are applying for. You can check the required documents on our website.

 

How long does it take to get a Portugal visa? 

Portugal Visa processing time usually depends on the type of visa you are applying for. The average processing time for short-term visas is 3 -20 calendar days, and for national visas is 10 – 60 calendar days.