Portugal Visa Information

Visa applications should be made at least one month before the intended travel dates. The Embassy of Portugal is not responsible for not being able to accommodate last-minute applications, nor is responsible for delays in the issuance of visas.

Os pedidos de visto devem ser efetuados pelo menos um mês antes da data prevista da viagem. A Embaixada de Portugal não é responsável por não conseguir agendar pedidos urgentes, nem por atrasos na emissão de vistos.

NO VISA IS NECESSARY if you are a U.S. citizen and will be traveling to Portugal for up to 90 days. However, you will need a valid U.S. passport for at least 6 months from the date of planned return or other travel document recognized by member States of the Schengen Agreement.

Residence visas, student visas, work visas and temporary stay visas are valid only for Portugal (not the European Union).

Residence visas

Enables the applicant to enter Portugal in order to request a residence permit; this visa is valid for a period of four months with two entries.

Student visas

Allows the applicant to enter Portugal for the purpose of study, scientific investigation

Work visas

Allows the bearer to enter Portugal to carry on professional activities for a maximum period of three years.

Temporary stay visas

Allows the holder to enter Portugal for medical treatment in Health Services, apprenticeships in educational establishments, firms, or public departments. This visa can also be issued in exceptional cases.

General Requirements

  • Application form signed in the presence of a Consular Officer
  • Valid passport
  • One (1) recent colour photo, passport size
  • FBI record check
  • Declaration outlining the reasons for wanting to obtain residence in Portugal (for residence visas only)
  • Medical insurance or declaration that applicant will acquire it in Portugal within 90 days after arrival
  • Proof that applicant has guaranteed housing in Portugal
  • Proof of means of support while in Portugal (i.e., financial statement, pension, etc.)
  • Portuguese bank account statement (if applicable)
  • Proof of ownership of property in Portugal (if applicable)
  • Submission of a work contract approved by the Portuguese Ministry of Labor (for work visas only)
  • Submission of certificate of enrollment in a University or Educational Institution in Portugal (for study visas only)

Children under 16 are exempt from presenting FBI record checks.

Mail: Stamped, self-addressed envelope (certified or express mail, FEDEX, UPS, etc.). If the passport is to be mailed to you once the visa is ready.

Visas for Citizens of Schengen States

The countries of the Schengen Agreement using the following regulations are:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switerzeland  and Sweden.

A Schengen visa (or uniform visa) issued by the Embassy or Consulate of any of the above countries allows the holder to travel in all these countries.

As the processing of a visa application may take up to three weeks, it is essential to apply ahead of time.


If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you need to apply at the Embassy or Consulate of that particular country.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply at the Embassy or Consulate of your main destination country. Main destination is the country where you will stay the longest.

If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination, you should apply at the Consulate which represents your first country of entry.

Applications should be filed in person at the Embassy or Consulate in whose jurisdiction you reside. If you cannot apply in person, you must contact the appropriate Embassy or Consulate for further instructions.


  • Visa application form – completely and legally filled, signed by the applicant, and 1 passport-size colour photo (not older than 6 months).
  • Passport or travel document – which must be valid for at least three months after the expiration of the visa for which you are applying. The passport or travel document must be recognized by all parties of the Schengen Agreement and could not have been issued for more than 10 years, even if its validity was prolonged.
  • Proof establishing the purpose of trip – please present the original of either a letter of invitation, official invitation, company letter (for business travellers), or proof of participation in group travel.
  • A confirmed flight reservation and itinerary – should be submitted with the visa application; and/or proof that you can and will continue your trip after your visit to the Schengen countries.
  • Travel health/accident insurance – covering accident/medical/hospital expenses, and repatriation costs, if necessary (minimum of USD 50.000,00). (Regular insurance from the US is not accepted. Must be travel medical insurance. Some companies provides this insurance: insuremytravelvisa.com; Travelex; O.S. international
  • Proof of sufficient funds (last 3 months bank statements, traveller checks, letter of employment, international credit card, etc.)
  • Proof of accommodations – i.e., hotel reservation or, if staying with family or friends, an official letter of invitation signed by your host must be submitted. The host’s signature must be notarized by the local authorities of the relevant Schengen country. If the host is a citizen of Portugal or of another European Union country, he/she/ must include copy of identification Card or national passport; if a legal resident of Portugal or of another E. U. country, proof of legal residency must also be submitted.
  • Proof of U. S. residence permit – notarized copy of alien residence card, or valid U. S. visa with original form I-94 and/ or I-20, I-AP 66, or I-512, if applicable. Visas and permits to re-enter the U. S. must be valid for 3 months beyond date of expiration of the Schengen visa. If applying for transit visa, a ticket showing destination to the final country must be presented.
  • If the applicant is a minor, written consent of the parent or guardian having custody of the child. The signatures on this document must be notarized;
  • Visa fees vary depending on the type of visa, duration of stay, and the exchange rate. Visa fees are payable in cash or money-order only;
  • Stamped, self-addressed envelope (certified or express mail, FEDEX, UPS, etc.). If the passport is to be mailed to you once the visa is ready.


Tickets should not be purchased before all above requirements are fulfilled. The Embassies or Consulates of the Schengen countries are not responsible for any loss or penalties that might be incurred.

Visas can only be accepted/processed once all required documents are received.

In individual cases, more documents may be required by the Embassies or Consulates of the Schengen States.

MAILING INSTRUCTIONS  (for those applying by mail):

Visas my be mailed to applicant by certified mail, express mail, FEDEX, or UPS (no other forms of mailing will be accepted). Please include the proper envelope, self-addressed or with completed prepaid invoice or with an account number.

The Consulate is not responsible for items lost in transit. Please keep tracking number from your mailing invoice.

All customers who need consular attention are required to timely contact the Consulate, requesting appointment for a date and hour available. All information about procedures and documentation to be submitted will be provided, as well as expected costs.


In case of any query or meeting appointment with Dubai Best Portugal & Residency Visa Consultants, feel free to email us at info@mahandruassociates.com

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