Depending on the purpose of your travel to Portugal, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion.
Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside in Portugal permanently, you will have to apply for a different Portuguese Schengen Visa, accordingly.
You can apply for the Portuguese Schengen Visa since 1995 when Portugal as an EU Country State also became a member state of the Schengen Area.
Stat: As per 2017, Portugal has issued a total of 223,243 uniform Schengen visas from 263,502 visa applications received at Portuguese consulates and embassies around the world. The Visa rejection rate was 14.93%.
See the list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Portugal by clicking Do I need a visa to visit Portugal?
General required documents for a Portuguese Visa Application:
Download the Visa application form, fill it completely and with sincerity. You can also fill the Portugal Schengen Visa application form electronically and then print a hard-copy.
– 2 photos must be attached; the photo should be of passport format – a recent whole-face capture with a light background. Learn more about photo requirements and specifications for a Portuguese Visa.
– Your passport and copies of your previous visas – valid for at least 3 months beyond return date – are required. Your passport must have at least two blank pages.
– A copy of your return-ticket reservation. It is not recommended to purchase the ticket before obtaining the visa – if not otherwise required
Schengen Travel Insurance confirmation of minimum 30,000 € coverage within Portugal and the entire Schengen area
– A cover letter stating the purpose of visit to Portugal and itinerary
Booked Flight Itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Portugal
Hotel Booking Reservation for the whole duration of the intended stay in Portugal
– Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable)
Means of subsistence – Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay in Portugal.
Apart from the general documentation required, accompanying should be other additional documents depending on the purpose of your Portuguese Visa application.
List of additional documents required for the most frequent purposes of Portugal Visa Application:
Portugal Tourist/Visitor Visa:
Invitation letter from your family or friends in Portugal with the address and phone number – if applicable
– Bank statement of the last 6 months
– Passport copies
Portugal Visa for Business Purposes:
Invitation letter from the Portuguese company you will be visiting and their detailed address accompanied with the dates of your visit
– A certificate from your employer stating/allowing your business travel
– If there were previous trade relations between the two companies, proof of such events must be provided
– Business bank statement of the latest 6 months
– Memorandum and Article of Association in original certified copy (registered with joint stock companies) Trade License (first issued and present renewal), Proprietorship/Partnership documents
– Regarding the applicant’s expenses during stay in the Schengen zone, either the employer or the partner company must state coverage of expenses on the letter or invitation.
Portugal Visa for Medical Purposes:
– A local medical report
– A medical attestation from the hospital or doctor in Portugal, confirming the date of your appointment as well as your medical situation
– Payment receipt of medical fees
Portugal Visa for Cultural, Sports, Film Crew or Religious Purposes:
Portugal Visa for Members of Official Delegations:
Portugal Visa for Study, Training, Research, or other type of Internship Purposes:
Portugal Visa For The Wife/Husband of a Portuguese citizen:
– Proof of Portuguese citizenship (ID card or consular card or certification of Portuguese nationality or naturalization order)
– Portuguese marriage certificate
– Portuguese family record book
Portugal Airport Transit Visa:
Portugal Visa for Under-Age Children:
*Note: When applying at the Portuguese embassy/consulate in home country, the guardian or parent should accompany their under-age children.
Can I extend my Schengen visa in Portugal?
Yes, you can extend your Portugal Schengen visa but only in exceptional cases where new facts and special reasons arise after entry in Portugal.
Please read How to Extend a Schengen Visa to understand in what circumstances and what are the conditions you must fulfill in order to be eligible to Extend your Portugal Schengen Visa.
Attention! Please consult the Embassy of Portugal in your country for the updated Portugal Visa requirements!0