2014-07-17 11:33:08

Before traveling to Portugal, you are advised to inquire on conditions that apply, whether or not you will need a visa, regardless of your nationality.

Foreigners traveling to Portugal have to inquire on entry requirements before proceeding. Find out more in this article.

If you wish to travel to Portugal, it is better to inquire on entry requirements and conditions before proceeding. Citizens coming from some countries may need a visa while other may simply have to produce a valid identity document. Different conditions apply to European and non-European citizens.

European Union citizens

Foreigners coming from European Union countries, including those who are part of the Schengen zone, do not need a visa to travel to Portugal. Documents to be produced for a less than three months stay are:

  • a passport (even if it has expired since less than 5 years)
  • a valid identity card.

Those wishing to stay longer, that is for more than 6 months, have to register with Portuguese authorities and apply for an extension of stay.

Non-European citizens

Foreigners residing in the European Union but who do not have its citizenship may produce the following documents:

  • a valid passport (for at least six month)
  • a travel passengers or
  • a resident permit issued in the country where you have been residing recently.


Apart from the above-mentioned documents, students wishing to travel to Portugal also have to produce an International Student Card which will entitle them to various benefits once they are on the spot.


Nationals coming from the following countries do not require a visa for a less than 6 months stay in Portugal:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, San Marino, South Korea, Singapore, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela.

Other nationals have to seek related information and apply for necessary visas with the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in their home country.

 Useful links:

Portuguese Communities Visa Portal www.secomunidades.pt
Visit Portugal www.visitportugal.com
Foreigners Border Service www.sef.pt

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