Types of visas you can apply for in Portugal

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There are different types of visas in Portugal that allow entry to the country depending on the needs and the specific situation of the applicant.

In this post you will find briefly explained what are these types of visas in Portugal, and how you could acquire them.

Some considerations

For those citizens of EU member countries, the visa process is not necessary, since they do not require a visa to move in this area as they are EU citizens, but they must register their move with the local authorities.

Non-EU citizens usually need a visa to enter the country and apply for a temporary residence permit once there.

To apply for a Portuguese visa, you must first find out if you really need it for your specific case, an example of a case in which this visa is not necessary, even if you are not an EU citizen, is the case of Colombian citizens, who do not need a visa to travel to the Schengen area for a period of up to 90 days per semester, so short-stay visas are no longer processed for Colombian citizens, but it will be necessary from ETIAS, which comes into force from the end of 2022.

Therefore, only residence or temporary stay visas for study, work and family reunification are processed.

The ETIAS travel authorization system is for citizens of countries that are currently exempt from visa requirements to visit the Schengen Area, including citizens of more than 60 countries.

It allows entry into Portugal for stays of 90 days or less and is valid for a period of 3 years from its approval. Requirements to process the same.


  • Have a valid passport (valid for 3 months before leaving Portugal).
  • An email account for the ETIAS application
  • Have a credit or debit card to pay the corresponding fee.

Tourist visa in Portugal?

If you are visiting Portugal as a tourist, you should consider the following options:

If you are not eligible for an ETIAS permit, your option is to apply for a Schengen visa. It is one of the types of Visas in Portugal that allows the stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days in the space of 6 months from its approval. To apply for the Schengen Visa is required:

  • Valid passport and copy of it, valid for at least 3 months after leaving the country.
  • Two photographs with dimensions 3 cm x 4 cm, on a white background.
  • Roundtrip airline tickets
  • Proof of lodging and financial solvency for the stay
  • Make the Schengen Visa fee payment

Work visa for Portugal?

With ETIAS, citizens of eligible countries will have a permit to enter Portugal for business purposes (for a short period of time).

If you are not eligible for ETIAS Portugal authorization or intend to work in Portugal for more than 3 months, you must apply for a work visa. The requirements to be met are as follows:

  • Valid passport
  • Two recent, identical, color photographs on a white background
  • Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence, according to the provisions of Order number 1563/2007.
  • Extract of criminal record from country of origin
  • Document proving accommodation in Portugal during the stay
  • Proof of Social Security registration (if available)
  • Employment contract or promise of employment
  • Proof of payment of the relevant fee

Study visa for Portugal?

When you intend to study in Portugal for more than 3 months, you must apply for a student visa. To do so, it will be necessary to have:

  • Two recent, identical, color photographs with a white background
  • Passport or other valid travel document
  • Residence permit issued under Article 61 of REPSAE, except for applications filed under No. 2 of Article 90
  • Evidence of sufficient means of subsistence (according to the provisions of the Order number 1563/2007, of 11/12)
  • Document proving that you have accommodation for your stay in Portugal.
  • Permission for criminal background check (except for minors under 16 years of age)
  • Valid proof that you are going to pursue studies or academic activities in the country.
  • Payment of the established consular fee

Transit visa in Portugal?

Foreign citizens who have to make a connection in Portugal to connect with a flight to another country will not need to apply for a visa, provided that:

  • Do not stay more than 24 hours in Portuguese territory (without leaving the predetermined space of the airport).
  • Have documents proving transit to another country (e.g. airline tickets).

Residence visa in Portugal?

It is intended to allow its holder to enter Portugal in order to apply for a residence permit. This visa entitles its holder to stay 4 months in Portugal in order to apply to the SEF (Foreigners and Borders Services) for the respective residence authorization.

  • Application for residency at the Estrangeiros e Fronteiras Service
  • Two color photographs on white background
  • Valid passport
  • Copy of employment contract or proof of studies or other activities in the country, depending on the applicant’s situation
  • Documents to prove solvency and accommodation in Portugal
  • Pay the corresponding fee and submit proof of payment.

Within a maximum period of 6 months from the date of submission of the application, you will be issued a residence card or cartão de residência.

Remember that the residence card is valid for a period of at least 5 years from the date of issuance, and is renewed every 10 years upon request of the applicant.

None of these processes require the services of a lawyer, but it is advisable to seek prior advice from a lawyer with knowledge of Portuguese law.