Portugal Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes No No
British Yes No No
Canadian Yes No No
Other EU 1 No No
USA Yes No No

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Passports

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.

If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another however, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though. Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.

Visas

Visas for Portugal are not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above for touristic stays of up to 90 days.

Visa note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy/consulate to check visa requirements for Portugal.

Types and cost

Schengen visa: €60.

Validity

Schengen visa: 90 days within a six-month period.

Transit visa: valid for one or two entries of up to five days, including the day of arrival.

Transit

Australian, Canadian, US and EU passport holders do not require transit visas.

Application to

In person at the consular section of their nearest Portuguese Embassy. Some embassies (including London) also accept online applications; see www.secomunidades.pt/vistos for further information.

Schengen visas

Portugal is currently part of the Schengen visa scheme.

Temporary residence

Registration certificates issued to visitors from EU countries who wish to stay for longer than three months are valid indefinitely. Non-EU residents planning on staying longer than three months must apply for temporary residence permits.

Working days

Allow up to 15 days for visa processing. Applications from some nationalities may take up to two months however.

Sufficient funds

Visitors requiring a Schengen visa must prove sufficient funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

Schengen visa holders can only extend their stay in exceptional circumstances such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.

Entry restrictions

Non-EU passport holders can stay within the Schengen zone for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. After their 90-day stay, they cannot return to these countries for at least another 90 days.

Entry with pets

Pets travelling to Portugal from other EU countries need a microchip for identification, an EU pet passport, and stamp to prove they have been vaccinated against rabies (within between four weeks and one year of date of entry into Portugal). Pets arriving from outside the EU need a health certificate completed by a vet in either Portuguese or English.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Portugal
Telephone: 2139 24000. Website: http://www.gov.uk/government/world/portugal Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.
Embassy of the Portuguese Republic in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7235 5331. Website: http://portuguese-embassy.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1730.
Portuguese Consulate General in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7291 3770. Opening times: Mon-Fri 1000-1300.
Embassy of Portugal in the USA
Telephone: Tel: (202) 332 3007. Website: http://www.embassyportugal-us.org Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700; Mon-Thurs 0830-1500 and Fri 0900-1300 (consular section).
Edited by Jane Duru
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