Covid-19 – Frequently Asked Questions

According to Decree Law n.º 42-A/2022, visas and permits concerning the stay of foreign nationals in the national territory which have expired after july 1st (or 15 previously days) are accepted until 31st December 2022.

The permits and visas regarding the stay in the national territory are still accepted under the same terms after 31st December 2022, as long as their holder submits supporting evidence that he already has an appointment for the corresponding renewal.

Order n. º 4473-A/2021 of 30 April provides that every foreign national with applications pending before SEF, submitted between March 18 2020 and December 31 2021, is deemed temporarily regular in national territory. Foreign nationals in that situation have guaranteed access to every public service, specifically with regards obtaining the National Health Service user’s number and access to the NHS, as well as access to social benefits, rental contracts, employment contracts, opening of bank accounts and hiring of essential public services.

It is not an automatic legalisation. The procedure remains suspended, during its appreciation and processing period, ensuring an equal treatment for foreign nationals.

Foreign nationals who have submitted an Expression of Interest, pursuant to Act 23/2007, as amended, between March 18 2020 and April 30 2021, are deemed legal in Portugal.

Their application document for an expression of interest extracted from SAPA Portal is proof of the regular status of the person concerned. At SAPA webportal you can consult and download the certificate of registration of the expression of interest under articles 88 and 89, n.º 2 (clicking on the QR Code icon) which may be validated within SEF by public and private authorities through an access and reading key of the QR Code.

This document shall be accepted and deemed valid by all public services, specifically with regards obtaining the National Health Service user’s number and access to the NHS, as well as access to social benefits, rental contracts, employment contracts, opening of bank accounts and hiring of essential public services.

Foreign nationals who have pending proceedings before SEF, pursuant to Act 23/2007, as amended, submitted between March 18 2020 and April 30 2021, are deemed legal in Portugal.

The proof of an appointment at SEF or the application receipt for an application submitted are evidence of the regular status of the applicant.

This document shall be accepted and deemed valid by all public services, specifically with regards obtaining the National Health Service user’s number and access to the NHS, as well as access to social benefits, rental contracts, employment contracts, , opening of bank accounts and hiring of essential public services.

Foreign nationals who have pending proceedings before SEF, pursuant to the Asylum Act (Act 27/2008, as amended), submitted between March 18 2020 and April 30 2021, are deemed legal in Portugal.

The procedure remains suspended, during its appreciation and processing period, ensuring an equal treatment for foreign nationals.

According to Decree Law n.º 42-A/2022, visas and permits concerning the stay of foreign nationals in the national territory which have expired after july 1st (or 15 previously days) are accepted until 31st December 2022.

The permits and visas regarding the stay in the national territory are still accepted under the same terms after 31st December 2022, as long as their holder submits supporting evidence that he already has an appointment for the corresponding renewal.

Yes. According to Decree Law n.º 42-A/2022, visas and permits concerning the stay of foreign nationals in the national territory which have expired after july 1st (or 15 previously days) are accepted until 31st December 2022.

The permits and visas regarding the stay in the national territory are still accepted under the same terms after 31st December 2022, as long as their holder submits supporting evidence that he already has an appointment for the corresponding renewal.

According to Decree Law n.º 42-A/2022, visas and permits concerning the stay of foreign nationals in the national territory which have expired after july 1st (or 15 previously days) are accepted until 31st December 2022.

The permits and visas regarding the stay in the national territory are still accepted under the same terms after 31st December 2022, as long as their holder submits supporting evidence that he already has an appointment for the corresponding renewal.

One should consider that, as defined by the law, the holder of a document certifying that a residence card of a family member or the holding of a residence card or of a permanent residence card is not, in any case, a previous condition for access to a right or the compliance of an administrative formality, and may as a beneficiary of the rights of a resident under the Community regime be certified by any other means of supporting evidence.

Currently, passport’s requests at SEF are made by pre-booking.

At SEF, please address the scheduling request through the email address gricrp.cc@sef.pt. You should indicate the following data: full name, Citizen Card number, desired location for the appointment (Lisbon / Oporto Airport), telephone, as well as preferred date for the attendance.

Please check the IRN and SEF offices where you can apply for the Portuguese Electronic Passport in mainland Portugal.

Yes, however considering the following rules in force

– Every citizen intending to enter in the national territory by the land border should hold the EU Digital COVID Certificate.

– In case their origin is countries classified with a high-risk level (red or dark red level of the classification of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) (click here), the vaccination certificate is not enough. In these cases, citizens shall hold one of the following documents as well:

a) EU Digital COVID Certificate for test or recovery certification;

or

b) Supporting evidence of the TAAN negative test of the last 72 hours;

or

c) Supporting evidence of the negative rapid antigen test (RAT) of the last 48 hours.

The requirement of the supporting evidence for the testing is applicable to citizens not holding an EU Digital COVID Certificate as well.

You can consult all the informations here.

Yes!
All travels, essential or non-essential, are allowed for passengers who enter by air, sea or river, regardless their origin, as long as they present, at departure, one of the following:

All travel, essential and non-essential, are authorized for all passengers who enter by air, sea or river, regardless of their origin, as long as they present, at the time of departure, the following:
a) EU Digital COVID Certificate; or vaccination certificate (related to a COVID-19 vaccine allowed in this market); or a full recovery certification
or
b) Vaccination or recovery certificates issued by third countries, under conditions of reciprocity;
or
c) Supporting evidence of the negative nucleic acid amplification test (TAAN) or rapid antigen test (RAT) from the last 72 or 48 hours before boarding, accordingly.

Passengers who doesn’t have any of above, should be tested at the arrival (TAAN or RAT), but before entering national territory, at their own expense.
These measures do not apply to under 12 years old.