Important Travel Document Information – Please Read
If you are wishing to apply for a Portugal Schengen visa you will be pleased to know that the Portugal embassies have reopened for business and are now processing visas for travel to Portugal. The processing of Portugal visas can take up to 12 weeks due to high demand for appointments.
We strongly advise to apply as soon as possible to ensure that you are approved for a Portugal Schengen visa in time for your trip. You will not be allowed on your flight without a valid visa document.
What is a Portugal Schengen Visa?
A Schengen Visa is an official travel document. It allows a person to travel to any country in the Schengen Area. For stays of up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.
The Schengen Area
The Schengen Area is a zone in which 26 European countries have abolished their internal borders to allow for free and unrestricted movement of people, while also adhering to common rules for controlling external borders and combating criminality by bolstering the common judicial system and police cooperation.
Except for Ireland and the nations that will soon be part of Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Cyprus, the Schengen area encompasses the majority of EU countries. Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein are all members of the Schengen zone despite not being EU members.
One of the most well-known reasons for visiting the Schengen Zone is for tourism. However there are many reasons you can list as your travel purpose on your application such as:
Visiting Family or Friends - those who desire to visit family or friends who are lawfully resident in the Schengen region.
Business - Many individuals travel to and from the Schengen nations on a regular basis for business.
Medical reasons — For heading to any of the Schengen member states for medical treatment
Students and learners - who intend to attend any form of educational institution, such as university courses, language courses, and other courses, for a duration of less
Cultural, Sports, and Film Crews - a visa created for those residing outside of the Schengen region who want to go to Europe for a Cultural, Sports, or Religious Event, a
Once you have completed the online form and submitted your details, your information will be reviewed and your application will enter processing. First of all, any mistakes or un-clear information will be clarified or corrected to ensure no issues during your application.
An appointment must be scheduled to lodge your application, but first we will check the availability and advise accordingly. You must gather a selection of required documentation to prove you have sufficient financial means to support yourself, as well as evidence of your accomodation and flights to and from the country.
Because interview wait periods vary by location, season, and visa type, you should apply for your visa as soon as possible. Examine the appointment wait time at the place where you’ll be applying.
A Portugal Schengen visa enables a foreign person to go to a Schengen port-of-entry (usually an airport) and request to be granted permission to enter the country. We can ensure your visa application goes smoothly, however, entrance to the Schengen zone is not guaranteed by an approved visa.
Portugal National D-Visas
You must apply for a residency permit or national D-Visa, rather than a Portugal Schengen Visa if you plan to stay in Portugal for more than 90 days.
Your long-stay visa must be for a period of three months to one year, regardless of the length of your anticipated stay. You must apply for a residence permit at a prefecture in order to prolong your stay beyond the duration of your visa.
The long-stay visa is comparable to a Schengen visa throughout its validity term, allowing you to travel and remain in the Schengen area outside of Portugal for up to 90 days in any 180-day period, under the same circumstances as if you had a Schengen visa.
If you are a citizen of a country that can visit the Schengen zone without a visa, then you may travel visa-free and apply for your national visa / residence permit from within the country you wish to stay in long-term.
For detailed information on specific parts of the visa process, you can refer to the links on the right to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
A Visa is required for any third national wishing to enter Portugal or any other Schengen country. It could be a short-stay Schengen C-visa for stays of up to 90 days or a national D-visa / residence permit for longer stays in the country.
Schengen visas are utilised by business persons, tourists, speciality workers, and students who want to stay in Portugal for a limited time for specific travel purposes. Those who apply for a Schengen visa must show the Visa Applications Centre that they intend to leave the Schengen zone at the end of their temporary stay. Portugal are a member of the EU.
Once you submit an application, it will go through our 8 point check to ensure there will be no issues with your authorization. Sometimes it can take up to 72 hours to schedule your consultation call with the attorney but you will be kept up to date from the moment your application is submitted.
You will receive all updates to the email address you present on your application and our phone lines are open 9am-5pm (GMT+0) if you have any queries. We can ensure that Visa Applications go smoothly, however, entrance to the Schengen zone is not guaranteed by an approved visa.
This depends on a number of things such as whether or not you have had a Schengen visa in the past or how many countries you intend to visit. Generally you first Schengen visa will be issued for the duration of your stay. Future Visa Applications may be granted for multiple entry for a number of years.
There are 26 Schengen members states in Europe. You can see the full list of countries in the table on this page.
You can expect an update on your application within 3 days of submission. You can choose express processing at checkout for a response within 24 hours.
Once you attend your appointment, your visa can take up to 15 working days to be processed by the Embassy.