Do You Need Visa to Visit Portugal?

Do You Need Visa to Visit Portugal? Check It Out!

Visa Types

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Portugal

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Portugal

There are three different types of visas to Portugal:

  1. Schengen Visa - Short Stay Visa
  2. Airport Transit Visa
  3. National Visa – Long Stay Visa

As Portugal belongs to Schengen countries, you should apply for a Portugal Schengen visa to make your temporary trip. Reasons to apply for this type of visa can be tourism, visiting family or friends, business trips, medical examination or treatment, short-term education, exchange programs, and many other non-permanent nuances.

If you want to study in Portugal for more than 90 days (such as bachelor's, master's, doctoral, etc.) or work permanently in an institution located here, you can also apply for a Portugal national visa if you have official invitations or letters of acceptance from those educational and business institutions.

Portugal Schengen Visa

The Schengen visa entitles the holder to visits of up to 90 days every 6 months in the entire Schengen area.

 

Which Countries are in the Schengen Area?

The Schengen area is an area comprised of 26 European states that have abolished passport control at their shared borders and have adopted a common visa policy.

 

List of Schengen Countries:

Austria

Liechtenstein

Belgium

Lithuania

Czech Republic

Luxembourg

Denmark

Malta

Estonia

The Netherlands

Finland

Norway

France

Poland

Germany

Portugal

Greece

Slovakia

Hungary

Slovenia

Iceland

Spain

Italy

Sweden

Latvia

Switzerland

 

If your citizenship country does not have a visa exemption agreement with Portugal and you want to come to Portugal for a short stay, for a business trip, holiday, family, or friends visit, you will be required to apply for a Schengen visa beforehand. This short-stay visa is valid only for up to 90 days stay within a 180-day period in Portugal and all other Schengen area member states. The start date of the 180-day period is the day you enter Portugal or another Schengen country.

The main purposes of the visit for a Schengen visa are tourism, business, family visit, participating in cultural (scientific, sporting) events, study (up to 90 days), work (up to 90 days).

 


 

Portugal Tourist Visa

If you intend to visit Portugal with the purpose of tourism for a period shorter than 90 days, depending on your nationality, you might be required to obtain a Portugal Tourist visa first.

The Portugal Tourist visa permits you to stay in Portugal and realize your tourist activities for a maximum period of 90 days at most per 180 days.

 

Required Documents for Portugal Tourist Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Portuguese and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Copy of ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter.

11. For Minors:

  • Copy and Portuguese or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Portugal Tourist Visa

The average processing time for a Portugal Tourist visa is 3-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Portugal Tourist Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon applying. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

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

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries travelling within the European Community to carry out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Portugal citizens
  • Parents of minor Portugal citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Portugal Tourist Visa?

You will apply for a Portugal Tourist visa in Portugal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Portugal Business/Congress/Trade Fair Visit Visa

A Portugal Business visa gives you the authorization to enter Portugal and stay here for a maximum period of up to 90 days within six months, as permitted. It permits its holder to engage in business-related activities such as attending meetings or conferences, conducting or attending the training, conducting internal audits, installing equipment, or performing other temporary services for a client, local affiliate, or branch office.

Under the Business visa category, other following cases would be applicable:

  • Business matters/meetings/negotiation/trainings
  • Conference/Congress/Exhibition
  • Scientific/Research events
  • Journalists
  • Official delegations

 

Required Documents for Portugal Business Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Portuguese and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages.”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Copy of ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa

7. Travel Itinerary

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or in a separate confirmation letter.

11. For Minors:

  • Copy and Portuguese or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

12. Documents Reflecting the Nature of the Business Trip and the Existence of Business Relations

  • Invitation letter from company/authority in Portugal with full address, stating the purpose and duration of the business trip and/or
  • Information on event/congress/trade fair being visited in Portugal with details of organizer/host, with full address in Portugal, duration of the event, and reason to take part (e.g., visitor ticket for trade fair).
    • If applicable, including information about who covers the expenses of the business trip to Portugal.
  • Only applicable if fair exhibitor: Information on trade fair by submitting exhibitor ticket/exhibitor invoice/confirmation letter reflecting status as trade fair exhibitor.
  • Information reflecting the existence of trade relations or relations for work purposes stating details of Parties.
  • Copy proof of registration of your company

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Portugal Business Visa

The average processing time for a Portugal Business visa is 3-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Portugal Business Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

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

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries travelling within the European Community to carry out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Portugal citizens.
  • Parents of minor Portugal citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Portugal Business Visa?

You will apply for a Portugal Business visa in Portugal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Portugal Cultural, Scientific, Sports Events Visa

The Portugal Cultural/Scientific/Sports Visa enables you to enter Portugal for cultural, scientific, or sports purposes, such as attending cultural events.

 

Required Documents for Portugal Cultural Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Portuguese and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Copy of ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

11. Documents Reflecting the Nature/Purpose of the Journey and Stay of Artist/Member of Cultural/Sports Association in Portugal: Artist/Athlete Member of Cultural/Sports Association in Your Country Travels to a Cultural/Sports Event Organized in Cooperation with a Portugal Cultural/Sports Association

  • Letter of Local Cultural Association / Sports Association stating timeframe and schedule of cultural event/sports camp with details of organizer/host with full address in Portugal, as well as the purpose of cultural camp/event and information who covers costs (accommodation, travel expenses).
  • If the applicant is under the age of 18, signed “letter of no objection” of school/university confirming participation in cultural / sports event.
  • Letter of Local Portugal Cultural / Sports Association with full address, stating partner of cooperation, timeframe, and schedule of camp/event

12. For Minors:

  • Copy and Portuguese or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Portugal Cultural Visa

The average processing time for a Portugal Cultural visa is 3-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Portugal Schengen Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

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

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries travelling within the European Community to carry out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Portugal citizens
  • Parents of minor Portugal citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals
 
Where to Apply for Portugal Cultural Visa?

You will apply for a Portugal Cultural visa in Portugal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Portugal Visiting Family and Friends Visa

A Short-stay Family/friend Visit visa allows you to travel to Portugal to visit family or friends for up to a maximum of 90 days within 180 days.

 

Required Documents for Portugal Family Visit Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Portuguese and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Copy of ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

    In case of sponsorship:

  • Bank account of sponsor for the last one year
  • Sponsorship letter
  • Work contract and salary slips of last three months of sponsor (if working)

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or a separate confirmation letter

11. Proof of Visit / Accommodation:

  • Letter of invitation
    • Must be official. A scanned version is accepted at the time of application, but it is advisable to send the original by mail as the original will be required at the border.
  • Documents proving kinship (if any)
  • A document confirming the status of the inviting person in the Schengen area
  • If the invitee stays at the inviting person’s home, documents about the house (contract, payment for utilities, etc.)
  • Original “Termo de Responsabilidade” from invitee in Portugal (signed and stamped by advocate in Portugal).

12. For Minors:

  • Copy and Portuguese or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Portugal Family Visit Visa

The average processing time for a Portugal Family Visit visa is 3-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Portugal Schengen Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

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

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Portugal citizens
  • Parents of minor Portugal citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Portugal Family Visit Visa?

You will apply for a Portugal Family Visit visa in Portugal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Portugal Study (up to 90 days) Visa

A Portugal Study visa is granted to you to undertake trips to Portugal for study or educational training, which requires staying in Portugal up to 90 days per half a year.

 

Required Documents for Portugal Study (Up to 90 days) Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Portuguese and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Copy of ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa

7. Travel Itinerary

  • Flight reservation
  • Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation) - Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

8. Proof of Visit

  • Personalized invitation letter from the inviting institution in Portugal
  • Proof of educational qualifications copy

9. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation), if any

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

10. Proof of Financial Means

        In case of scholarship:

  • Confirmation of receipt of a grant or scholarship from the relevant fund of Portugal or the EU

        In case of self-funding:

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

        In case of sponsorship:

  • Latest 6 months current account bank statement of a sponsor (showing sponsor’s name, an end balance, and date of issue).
  • Sponsorship letter, copy of the first page of the sponsor’s passport with the data.

11. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or a separate confirmation letter

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Portugal Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa

The average processing time for a Portugal Schengen (Study up to 90 days) visa is 3-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Portugal Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

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

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Portugal citizens
  • Parents of minor Portugal citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Portugal Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa?

You will apply for Portugal Schengen (Study up to 90 days) visa in Portugal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Portugal Work (Up to 90 days) Visa

A Portugal Work visa is granted to you to undertake trips to Portugal for short-term work activities, which requires staying in Portugal up to 90 days per half a year.

 

Required Documents for Portugal Work (up to 90 days) Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Portuguese and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Copy of ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa

7. Travel Itinerary

  • Flight reservation
  • Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation) - Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

8. Proof of Visit

  • Invitation from your business partner in Portugal

9. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation), if any

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

10. Proof of Financial Means

        In case of self-funding:

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

        In case of sponsorship:

  • Latest 6 months current account bank statement of a sponsor (showing sponsor’s name, an end balance, and date of issue).
  • Sponsorship letter, copy of the first page of the sponsor’s passport with the data.

11. Original Documents That Prove Your Work Qualification

  • Copy of the work contract
  • Documentary proof of professional/educational/technical qualifications
  • Work insurance provided by the employer

12. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

13. Police Clearance Certificate

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Portugal Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Visa

The average processing time for a Portugal Schengen (Work up to 90 days) visa is 3-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Portugal Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

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

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Portugal citizens
  • Parents of minor Portugal citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Portugal Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Visa?

You will apply for Portugal Schengen (Work up to 90 days) visa in Portugal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Portugal Transit Visa

Portugal Transit Visa

What is an Airport Transit Visa?

A transit visa allows visa holders to stay in the international transit area of a Portuguese airport, without access to the national territory, during stopovers or flight connections. Entry clearance requirements depend on the citizenship and resident status of the applicant (sometimes in a third country). You must confirm with your travel agent or airline whether your flight is scheduled via another airport. If you leave the airport’s international transit area (for instance, if you change the terminal), you will have to apply for a Schengen Visa – Category C.

You do not need a Transit visa - if during a stopover at Portugal airports, they do not leave the International Airport Area and if the final destination is a non-Schengen member State.

However, if for some reason you need to enter the Schengen area during your stopover (for example, to change terminals or if your final destination is one of the Schengen countries), you may require to apply for a Schengen visa – Category C, therefore please plan for this accordingly. You must apply for a Portugal transit or tourist visa well before you travel!

 

Required Documents for Portugal Transit Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Portuguese and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Portugal.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Copy of ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Portugal.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Portugal.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservations for the entire trip

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

11. In Case of Transiting through Sea (Seaman)

  • Declaration from the ‘Port Authority’ (in Portugal) regarding the arrival of ship
  • Photocopy of all the pages in CDC booklet (Seamen’s Booklet)

12. For Minors:

  • Copy and Portuguese or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Portugal Transit Visa

The average processing time for a Portugal Transit visa is 3-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Portugal Transit Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Where to Apply for Portugal Transit Visa?

You will apply for a Portugal Transit visa in Portugal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Portugal National Visa

Even if your country is exempt from visa requirements if you intend to stay longer than 90 days you will need to apply for a long-stay visa from your home country before coming to Portugal.

The national visa grants entry to Portugal on the basis that you will be applying for a residence permit. It enables you to enter Portugal as a potential resident and stay while you apply for residency. You will need to convert your visa into a residence permit within three months of arriving in Portugal.

 


 

Portugal Employment (National) Visa & EU Blue Card

This visa is designed for applicants wishing to take up employment in Portugal and high skilled persons who are candidates for a Blue Card of the European Union.

The EU Blue Card allows third-country nationals with a university degree to take up employment in Portugal commensurate with their qualifications. Please note that potential Blue-Card holders need to earn a gross salary of 52.000 EUR or MINT profession (Mathematics / Informatics / Natural Sciences / Technology) require at least 40.560 EUR and shall have found a position in their field of study.

All documents need to be submitted in 3 sets (1 x Original and 2 x copies) in order to have 2 complete application sets of documents. Original documents will be returned after the application process has been finalized. Documents that are not in Portuguese or English language require a translation.

 

Required Documents for Portugal Employment (National) Visa & Blue Card

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Portuguese and signed and dated by the applicant 

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages.”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Copy of ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous Schengen visas/ Portugal resident permit

7. Proof of Employment in Portugal

      a) Employment contract or Contract/binding job offer

  • Containing the terms and conditions of employment with details of gross annual salary

      b) Deputation Order

  • Confirming the deputation, including the basic information and reason for deputation

8. Job Description

  • Format provided by the Labors Office or company itself

9. Proof of Qualification

       a) General Employment:

  • All University degrees required and vocational Training certificate

       b) EU Blue-Card Candidate:

  • Portuguese university degree or
  • Recognized foreign university and foreign degree comparable to a Portuguese degree.

10. Curriculum Vitae (CV) of Professional Career, Specifying the Certificates, Diplomas, and Qualifications You Have Obtained

11. Proof of Accommodation

  • Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation or contract) - Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

12. Police Record

  • A document which is no older than six months that shows that you have committed no criminal activity in the last 5 years.

13. Proof of Financial Means (in case of company is not sponsoring for travel)

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

14. Medical Certificate

  • A document issued by a legally known physician states that you are not suffering from any disease or that you may have a serious public health impact.

15. Medical Insurance

  • You must purchase health insurance arranged with an insurance company authorized to operate in Portugal with a validity of one year. Travel insurance is not accepted.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Portugal Employment (National) Visa

The average processing time for a Portugal Employment (National) visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Portugal Employment (National) Visa Fee

Portugal Employment (National) visa fee is 75-100 EUR (it may vary depending on your nationality and country of residence).

 

Where to Apply for Portugal Employment (National) Visa?

You will apply for a Portugal Employment (National) visa in Portugal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Portugal Study (National) Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Portugal for a longer period. This visa applies to those who are admitted to the state college or state university in Portugal.

 

Required Documents for Portugal Study (National) Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Portuguese and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Copy of ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous Schengen visas/ Portugal resident permit

7. Details from Your University in Portugal:

        a) Confirmed University Admission

  • Admission letter issued by an educational institution (school/college/university) accredited in Portugal
    • Must state language of instruction
    • Must contain the start and end dates of the course

        b) Confirmed Language Course with Conditional University Admission

  • Receipt/confirmation of language course payment for minimum of 3 months
  • Proof of conditional university admission or confirmation of admission as an applicant or detailed communication with the University for a concrete subject of study

8. Knowledge of Language, for cases of Confirmed University Admission and Confirmed Admission to a Preparation Course for University

  • Proof of language proficiency in English (TOEFL/IELTS), if the course is taught in English
  • Proof of language proficiency in Portuguese, by a recognized institute according to ALTE, if the course is taught (partially) in Portuguese.

9. Proof of Accommodation in Portugal

  • This could be a rent or dorm agreement or letter issued by the academic institution indicating details of the accommodation. In the case of accommodation in a private residence, you must present a letter from the owners in the one that expresses its agreement.

10. Proof of Economic Solvency

  • Bank statements for the last three months
  • Scholarship award (if any)
  • Documents that prove the studies have been paid by you or are covered by the body with which the activity will be carried out
  • In case your parents pay the expenses, a notarized document must be presented, signed by them, stating their commitment to cover the expenses. You should also submit a copy of parents’ banking history of the last three months, a photocopy of their passports, and your birth certificate.

11. Medical Insurance

  • You must purchase health insurance arranged with an insurance company authorized to operate in Portugal with a validity of one year. Travel insurance is not accepted.

12. A Certificate of Criminal Record

  • Issued in the country where you have resided in the last five years. This document too, must not be older than 90 days, must be duly apostilled, with translation into Portuguese.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Portugal Study (National) Visa

The average processing time for a Portugal Study (National) visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Portugal Study (National) Visa Fee

When you submit your application for a Portugal Study (National) Visa, you will also need to pay a certain fee. Portugal Study (National) visa fee is 75-100 EUR (it may vary depending on your nationality and country of residence).

 

Where to Apply for Portugal Study (National) Visa?

You will apply for a Portugal Study (National) visa in Portugal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Portugal Family Reunion Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Portugal for a longer period. This visa applies to family members of Portugal nationals and wishing to obtain a permit for long-term residence in Portugal.

 

Required Documents for Portugal Family Reunion Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Portuguese and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Copy of ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous Schengen visas/ Portugal resident permit

7. Details of Spouse

  • Passport copy
  • For spouses of foreign nationals have to submit a copy of their partner's residence permit for Portugal.
  • Certificate of residence of the spouse living in Portugal, not older than 6 months

8. Marriage Certificate

       a) Portugal Marriage Certificate:

  • Portugal certificate of marriage or extract from the Family Register, along with certified copies.

       b) Foreign Marriage Certificate:

  • Foreign documents or certificates are often only recognized by the authorities of a state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure.

9. Divorce Decree of Previous Marriages or Death Certificate of Former Spouse (if the applicant has been previously married)

  • Foreign documents or certificates are often only recognized by the authorities of a state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure

10. Proof of Accommodation in Portugal

  • Copy of lease certificate of an apartment in Portugal or title deed of owned property, if the partner is already residing in Portugal.

11. Proof of Sufficient Means of Substance

  • Copy of employment certificate of the foreign spouse who intends to live in Portugal
  • Salary slips from the past three months if the partner is living in Portugal (in case of sponsorship)
  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.

12. Health Insurance will Only Be Requested Where Applicable

  • Proof of health insurance for the stay in Portugal.
  • Offer letter from a Portuguese Health Insurance company, stating the expected month fees.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Portugal Family Reunion Visa

The average processing time for a Portugal Family Reunion National visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Portugal Family Reunion Visa Fee

When you submit your application for a Portugal Family Reunion National Visa, you will also need to pay a certain fee. The fee is required in order to cover the expenses for the processing of your application. Portugal Family Reunion visa fee is 75-100 EUR (it may vary depending on your nationality and country of residence).

 

Where to Apply for Portugal Family Reunion Visa?

You will apply for a Portugal Family Reunion visa in Portugal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Portugal Self-Employment Visa

Portugal Self-employment (Entrepreneurial) Visa can be granted to third-country nationals investing in the national economy of Portugal, whose who are or intend to become stockholders or shareholders, with management or administration powers in companies that are Portugal legal entities.

 

Required Documents for Portugal Self-Employment (National) Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Portuguese and signed and dated by the applicant

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Copy of ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous Schengen visas/ Portugal resident permit

7. Company Profile

       a) Head Office

  • Name, Address, Phone, Fax, E-mail, Website
  • Subsidiaries abroad in the following countries/ cities
  • Shareholders
  • Executive Board/ Board of Directors
  • Equity capital – Registered and Paid Up
  • Annual turnover worldwide Last Year, This Year, Within EU)
  • Number of Staff (Worldwide and in Head Office)
  • Bank Connections (House Bank, Banks in other Countries)
  • Summary of the company history (year of foundation, activities, products, main markets…)

       b) New Office

  • Name, Address, Phone, Fax, E-mail, Website
  • Registered shareholders
  • Managing Director
  • Planned start of business
  • Business activities
  • Capital
  • Annual turnover in Portugal planned for the first and second year
  • Business references in Portugal or Europe (Customers, Suppliers, along with their contact details)
  • Contacts in Portugal (e.g., business partner, lawyer, tax advisor, bank…)
  • Number of planned staff (without the managing director) for the first year and after three years

8. Business Plan

  • Description of the project
  • Liquidity Planning

9. Concept

  • Business concept, products/services
  • Legal form, partners, founder members (including CVs), management, staff
  • Location, office space
  • Industry, market, competence
  • Client target group
  • Marketing-/sales strategy, co-operation partner
  • Forecast, trends, risks

10. Capital Requirements

       Investments

  • Land and buildings
  • Renovation costs/additional costs
  • Office furniture and equipment
  • Vehicles
  • Basic equipment with goods
  • Purchase price/Takeover price

       Non-recurring Additional Start-up Costs

  • Deposit
  • License fees, royalties, franchise fees
  • Advisory services
  • Notary/commercial register
  • Launch
  • Other

       Operating Funds

  • Start-up costs
  • Courtage
  • Prefinancing of orders/claims
  • Other (potential provisions for a living)

       Capital Budget

  • Liquid funds
  • Tangible assets /Goods on their own accounts
  • Affiliated loans/Third-party funds
  • Venture Capital

11. A Certificate of Criminal Record

  • Issued in the country where you have resided in the last five years. This document too, must not be older than 90 days, must be duly apostilled, with translation into Portuguese.

12. Personal Details

  • Language knowledge
  • Intended function
  • CV

13. Medical Insurance

  • You must purchase health insurance arranged with an insurance company authorized to operate in Portugal with a validity of one year. Travel insurance is not accepted.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Portugal Self-Employment Visa

The average processing time for a Portugal Entrepreneur visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Portugal Self-Employment Visa Fee

When you submit your application for a Portugal Entrepreneur Visa, you will also need to pay a certain fee. The fee is required in order to cover the expenses for the processing of your application. Portugal Self-employment visa fee is 75-100 EUR (it may vary depending on your nationality and country of residence).

 

Where to Apply for Portugal Self-Employment Visa?

You will apply for a Portugal National Entrepreneur visa in Portugal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Portugal Au Pair Visa

This visa is intended to allow foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Portugal for a longer period. This visa applies for young people welcomed temporarily into a family, where he/she is lodged and fed in return for light everyday family tasks, to perfect his linguistic knowledge and increase his general culture through an improved familiarity with the country while participating in the life of the host family.

 

Required Documents for Portugal Au Pair Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Portuguese and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Copy of ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

5. Residence Permit/Visa Copy (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your departure from Portugal.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • Copies of previous Schengen visas/Portugal resident permit

7. Invitation Letter from Host Family Clarifying the Following:

  • At least one under-age child (minor) in the host family
  • No kinship between the au pair and the host parents.
  • That least one of the host parents speaks Portuguese as a mother language

8. Agreement with the Host Family

  • This document must include the duration of the agreement, which must be no longer than a year. It should also state the work conditions – working hours, days off, pocket money, obligations, etc. -and give the address of the host family and other details about them.

9. Knowledge of Portuguese Language

  • Proof of language proficiency in Portuguese by a recognized institute according to ALTE 

10. Au Pair / Host Family Questionnaire

11. Motivation Letter (Why Do You Wish to Go to Portugal?) in Portuguese or English

12. Documents Reflecting Your Previous Education and Skills

  • School certificates
  • University degree certificates
  • Internships
  • Training
  • University and/or employment confirmation

13. A Certificate of Criminal Record

  • Issued in the country where you have resided in the last five years. This document, too, must not be older than 90 days, must be duly apostilled, with translation into Portuguese.

14. Medical Insurance

  • You must purchase health insurance arranged with an insurance company authorized to operate in Portugal with a validity of one year. Travel insurance is not accepted.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Portugal Au Pair Visa

The average processing time for a Portugal Au Pair visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Portugal Au Pair Visa Fee

When you submit your application for a Portugal Au Pair Visa, you will also need to pay a certain fee. The fee is required in order to cover the expenses for the processing of your application. Portugal AU Pair visa fee is 75-100 EUR (it may vary depending on your nationality and country of residence).

 

Where to Apply for Portugal Au Pair Visa?

You will apply for a Portugal National Au Pair visa in Portugal visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

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FAQ

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Can I travel within the Schengen countries with a single-entry visa?

Yes. Once you have entered the Schengen territory, a single-entry visa allows the holder to circulate within the Schengen territory multiple times. However, if the holder of this visa leaves the Schengen territory, he/she cannot re-enter again without a new valid visa.

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I am from a country whose citizens do not need a visa to enter the Schengen area. Can I experience any problems at the border, while entering Portugal?

You must meet certain requirements to enter Portugal, even if you are not required a visa:

  • The purpose of your trip to Portugal must be plausible and comprehensible.
  • Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your stay in Portugal.
  • You must be able to finance your own living and travel costs.
  • You must hold a confirmed return flight, to prove that you are prepared to leave Portugal before the visa expires.
  • You must have travel health insurance for the whole duration of your stay in Portugal.
  • You must not pose a threat to security or public order.
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How long am I allowed to stay in Portugal with 1, 3, 5 years valid multiple-entry Schengen visa?

This visa gives permission to its holder to enter the Schengen Area (all 26 member States) as many times as they wish, within a period of 1, 3, 5 years. However, even in this case, the visa holder is limited to remaining in the Schengen Area no longer than 90 days within a 180-day period.

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How long is my Portugal visa valid for?

Schengen visas are valid for a maximum of 90 days (within 180 days) from your arrival date. The Schengen visa is not valid before the arrival date you provide on your visa application.

An airport transit visa is valid for the period it takes you to transfer between flights in a Portugal airport.

National visas are usually issued for over three months but can be valid up to 12 months, depending on your reason for requesting a visa. The national visa will cover you while your residence permit application is processed.

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What happens if my Portugal visa application is rejected?

If your Portugal visa application is rejected, you will be notified by your mission that your application has been unsuccessful. You will be informed of the grounds on which it was rejected and have one month to appeal the decision by writing to the Portuguese mission. Your application will then be reconsidered. You can also apply for a visa again if your circumstances have changed.

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Can I submit my visa application through mail, a courier, or through another person?

All applicants must appear in person in the Embassy/Consulate or Visa Application Center for the submission of the documents since the identity needs to be verified and biometric data must be collected. Please contact local Portugal representatives for more precise information.

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Will my fees be refunded if my visa is refused?

All fees are non-refundable and will not be refunded if your visa application is not successful.

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Can I study in Portugal with a Schengen Visa?

Yes. You can study in Portugal with a Schengen Visa, if your education program is less than 90 days, you do not need a national visa.

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Can I work in Portugal with a Schengen Visa?

No, you generally cannot work in Portugal with a Schengen Visa. If you come to Portugal as a temporary foreign worker, you need to apply for a national visa in advance.

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Can I extend the validity of my Portugal visa?

It is possible to extend the validity of visas only in exceptional cases, such as a natural disaster. This must be done at the Foreigners’ Office covering your area of residence.

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Can a Schengen visa be extended or transferred to a residence permit?

A Schengen visa is issued for a maximum period of stay of three months and cannot be extended. The visa must be applied for, by the traveler personally, at the Portuguese Foreign Mission abroad, which is responsible for the place of residence and cannot be extended in Portugal, nor converted into a residence permit.

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