Entry in Portugal

For the entry into Portuguese territory, foreign nationals need to comply with the following conditions:
  • Holder of a travel document valid for more than at least three months of the duration of the required stay.
  • Holder of a visa valid and adequate for the purpose of the stay. This visa shall be required always in a diplomatic mission or Portuguese consular post abroad.
  • Having sufficient means of subsistence for the duration of the stay.
  • Not being registered in the SEF Integrated Information System nor in the Schengen Information System.

For Short Stays, nationals of the following third countries are visa-free.

1.STATES

ALBANIA (2)
ANDORRA
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
ARGENTINA
AUSTRALIA
BAHAMAS
BARBADOS
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA2
BRAZIL
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
CANADA
CHILE
COLOMBIA
COSTA RICA
DOMINICA
EL SALVADOR
FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA2
GEORGIA (2)
GRENADA
GUATEMALA
HOLY SEE (VATICAN CITY STATE)
HONDURAS
ISRAEL
JAPAN
KIRIBATI
MALAYSIA
MARSHALL ISLANDS
MAURITIUS
MEXICO
MICRONESIA
MOLDOVA (2)
MONACO
MONTENEGRO (2)
NEW ZEALAND
NICARAGUA
PALAU
PANAMA
PARAGUAY
PERU
SAMOA
SAN MARINO
SEYCHELLES
SERBIA (2) (3)
SINGAPORE
SOLOMON ISLANDS
SOUTH KOREA
ST KITTS AND NEVIS
ST LUCIA
ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
TIMOR-LESTE
TONGA
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
TUVALU
UKRAINE (2)
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
URUGUAY
VANUATU
VENEZUELA

2.SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGIONS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
HONG KONG S.A.R (4)
MACAO S.A.R.(5)

3.BRITISH CITIZENS WHO ARE NOT NATIONALS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND FOR THE PURPOSES OF UNION LAW:
BRITISH NATIONALS (OVERSEAS)
BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES CITIZENS (BOTC)
BRITISH OVERSEAS CITIZENS (BOC)
BRITISH PROTECTED PERSONS (BPP)
BRITISH SUBJECTS (BS)

4.ENTITIES AND TERRITORIAL AUTHORITIES NOT RECOGNISED AS STATES BY AT LEAST ONE MEMBER STATE

TAIWAN (6)

 

(2) The visa exemption applies only to holders of biometric passports.
(3) Excluding holders of Serbian passports issued by the Serbian Coordination Directorate (in Serbian: Koordinaciona uprava).
(4) The visa exemption applies only to holders of a “Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” passport.
(5) The visa exemption applies only to holders of a “Região Administrativa Especial de Macau” passport.
(6) The exemption from the visa requirement applies only to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.

Applying for a Visa (Short Stay Visa/Temporary Stay Visa/Residence Permit)

Residence permits, for temporary stay or short stay, to third country nationals are issued on the following general conditions only:

  • Having not being subject to a removal measure from the Country and within the ban period of entry into the national territory, following a removal from the country;
  • Do not have an alert in the Schengen Information System for purposes of refusing entry by any of the Contracting Parties;
  • There is no indication in SEF Integrated Information System for non-admission purposes under article 33;
  • Having means of subsistence, as defined by decree order of the Members of the Government responsible for home affairs and social security areas;
  • Having a valid travel document;
  • Having a travel insurance.

The application for a visa shall be submitted in the consular post in the usual country of residence or in the consular jurisdiction area of the State of residence.

More information on Portal das Comunidades Portuguesas / Vistos

Entry by way of a border not subject to border control/Declaration of Entry

Foreign nationals entering into Portugal by a border not subject to border control are required to declare that within 3 working days from the date of entry, in the Immigration and Borders Service, except foreign nationals:

  • Resident or authorized to stay in the country for more than six months;
  • Benefiting from the community system or equivalent;
  • Lodging in a hotel establishment or equivalent.

How to submit a Declaration of Entry?​