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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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 for Portugal are not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. Nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA can stay for up to 90 days without a visa (USA citizens must have at least six motnhs' validity on their passports). EU nationals can stay for an unlimited period, but must register with the local authorities after three months. Permanent residency can be requested after five years.

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 (children age 6-12: €35,; temporary stay visa: €75 (usually issued for study, medical or work purposes).


Schengen visa: 90 days within a six-month period; temporary stay visa: multiple entries within a four-month period.


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 visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at their visa appointments.

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.

Embassies and tourist offices

British Embassy in Portugal
Telephone: +351 21 392 4000. Website: http://www.gov.uk/government/world/portugal Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700.
Embassy of the Portuguese Republic in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7235 5331. Website: http://portuguese-embassy.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1300, 1400-1700.
Portuguese Consulate General in the UK
Telephone: +44 020 7291 3770. Website: http://portuguese-embassy.co.uk Opening times: Mon-Fri 0830-1600.
Embassy of Portugal in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 350 5493. Website: http://www.embassyportugal-us.org Opening times: Mon-Tue 0830-1530; Wed-Fri 0830-1300 (consular section).

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.