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Visas & Residence in Portugal

To enter Portugal, you may need a passport and/or a visa, depending on the country you live in. Citizens from the European Community don’t need a Visa for entering Portugal.

Portugal is also a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.

Be sure to clarify the requirements for your specific nationality and consult the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal for the latest information in this regard.


Some information of Visas & Residence requirements for Portugal



Passports must be valid for up to six months (depending on your nationality) and are required by all, except for European Union nationals and nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway, and Switzerland holding valid national ID cards. British, Australian, Canadian, American, and Japanese citizens need a valid passport.

Although it is not obligatory to have a return ticket, it is advisable to have one. If you don’t, you may have to prove sufficient means of financial support to return.



Visas are required by all for stays of up to 90 days, except for:

  • The European Union nationals listed above.

  • Nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Hungary, Israel, Korea (Rep. of), Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, and Venezuela.

  • Transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft provided holding onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport. However, nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dom Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, and Sri Lanka always require a transit visa, even when not leaving the airport transit area.



  • You will not require any vaccinations to visit Portugal unless you are coming from an area with a common infection. Make a point of checking with your tour operator or local Portuguese Embassy if in any doubt.

  • EU citizens can obtain a refund of most medical costs by using form E111, which is available from Post Offices, Health or Social Security offices in your country.

  • Yellow Fever Vaccination: International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required only when traveling from an infected area and when the traveler is more than one year of age.



Long-stay visas, in compliance with existing domestic law, can be either temporary or for residency authorization purposes, depending on the duration of the stay and granting the visa holder an authorization to stay in the country according to different purposes: study, internship, work, medical treatment, among others.

Temporary stay visas allow entry and stay in Portugal for less than a year. Temporary stay visas are valid during the entire stay and allow for multiple entries.

Residency visas allow two entries and is valid for a period of 4 months. During that time, the holder of a residency visa is required to request a residency permit with the Immigration and Border Services (SEF).



Third-country nationals are required to hold a long stay visa to enter and stay in Portugal for over 90 days.

The following citizens are exempt from that obligation:

European Union Member State citizen;

State party to the European Economic Area Agreement, or a third-countries with whom the EU has signed freedom of movement agreements;

Family members of portuguese citizens or foreign nationals included above.



A mandatory requirement for the lodging of a long-term stay visa application is providing proof that the applicant has sufficient means of subsistence to live in Portugal, or that he will be able to aquire such means upon arrival. 

The criteria to determine means of subsistence is based on the minimum monthly salary [currently (2021) amounting to 665€], net of any social security deductions, with a per capita increase for each family unit as follows:

First adult 100%; 

Second adult and additional adults 50%;

Children and young people under 18 years of age and non-minor dependent children 30%.




  • The official Residency form

  • Passport or additional travel document valid for 3 months after the duration of the stay

  • Two passport photos, up-to-date and with enough quality to identify the applicant

  • Valid travel insurance, allowing medical coverage, including medical emergencies and repatriation 

  • Proof of being in a regular situation when from a different nationality than that of the country where the visa is being applied for

  • Request for criminal record enquiry by the Immigration and Border Services (SEF)

  • Criminal record certificate from the country of origin or the country where the applicant is residing for over a year (children under the age of 16 are exempt from producing a criminal record)

  • Proof of accommodation

  • Proof of means of subsistence as stipulated by law

  • Proof of subsistence means can be made through a statement of responsibility, signed by a Portuguese national or by a foreign national legally resident in Portugal.

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