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Visa requirements for Portuguese citizens

Visa requirements for Portuguese citizens are pre-established rules and conditions set by the foreign country and applied upon entry. The information provided below is a sample of possible requirements.
The rules change frequently and may vary depending on whether you enter by air, sea or land.
Stay informed before traveling and contact your nearest embassy for up-to-date information.
Portuguese citizens require a visa to enter approximately 30 countries, of which approximately 180 use a visa-on-arrival or visa-free system. This gives Portuguese passport holders significant freedom of international travel.
 
Travelers are advised to stay within the visa period of stay before the visa expires. Failure to comply with visa instructions may result in visa revocation. That means that, regardless of the visa type chosen, the length of stay allowed can vary and is always regulated by national authorities. This can range from a few days to months or years.
Portuguese citizens can apply for the following visas:
  • Tourist visa: a visa issued for the purpose of tourism, usually given to people who are visiting another country but with no intention of immigrating or working in that country for any longer than their visa permits. These are usually applied for and granted during the visa application process at visa checkpoints in airports or at visa desks in border crossings. However, can also be obtained in the convenient form of an e-Visa or at an Embassy.
  • Working visa: Issued by an embassy or consulate to foreign citizens that want to enter a jurisdiction for work purposes, such as employment, residence or investiment. This visa is issued when it's been determined that the individual meets all requirements for residence and work.
  • Student visa: Issued by an embassy or consulate to foreign citizens that want to enter a jurisdiction for study purposes, such as higher education.
  • Transit visa: issued to a person traveling across the borders of two countries for the sole purpose of travel from an origin country to another destination country. The visa is usually valid for as long as the traveler stays in transit, but can be revoked on short notice if there are any changes in visa type or status.

An important note is that all visa types have several subcategories (subclasses) depending on each visa's purpose or applicability. The most common subtypes are those below:

  • A single-entry visa. This visa will allow citizens of Portugal to enter and exit the country just one time. This visa can be issued for up to 3 months, depending on your travel intentions (more specific visa requirements).
  • A multiple-entry visa is a visa that allows a citizen of Portugal to enter and leave multiple times during a certain period; usually 3 or 6 months.

Travelers that fail to meet visa requirements or deadlines may be detained, fined or deported depending on their visa's purpose and the country's visa regulations.

Electronic visa

An e-visa is an electronic visa issued using the online application option.
This visa can be applied for at any time and must be paid for online.
There are several benefits to using e-visas, not the least of which is that they are processed quickly as there is no need to queue at any visa checkpoint. On the other hand, it should also be noted that there are restrictions and requirements regarding the use of electronic visas.
However, the e-visa requirements are basic and require minimal preparation.
For example, one condition is that you must have a valid passport that will not expire during the planned trip.
Electronic visas make the visa processing process much easier as they do not require any visit to the embassy. Currently, around 60 countries offer an e-visa option for Portuguese citizens, including Kenya, Djibouti, Egypt and the United States!
There are some conditions to apply for an electronic visa:
  • Valid passport - for at least 6 months from the planned departure date
  • Completed online visa application form
  • An active email address - to receive the approved document

Please note! Additional supporting documents may be required depending on the selected destination.

Applicants will have to pay a visa fee to apply ranging from €25 to €180, depending on the visa type.
Portuguese passport holders applying for an e-Visa can use any online payment method, choosing from several available methods. An approved electronic visa allows its holder to engage in leisure, business or transit-related activities.
You can go on vacation, relax, explore available tourist attractions, visit friends and family. Additionally, you can travel on business and negotiate future agreements, look for new cooperation opportunities or attend a meeting, seminar or conference. The final option for using an e-Visa is simply transit if the trip you are taking requires a stopover abroad.

Visa on Arrival

A visa on arrival is a visa issued at the port of entry where the traveler meets the visa requirements based on their chosen visa type and nationality. This visa will allow Portuguese citizens to enter and exit the country only once (usually).
Traveling with this type of document helps you avoid having to apply for a visa before departure. Currently, more than 30 countries allow Portuguese citizens to apply for a visa on arrival.
Before applying for an embassy visa, check whether the VoA system is available for the destination you intend to visit.
In addition, many countries that apply a visa-on-arrival system also use electronic visas.
Choose to apply for an e-Visa whenever possible for a comfortable and easy travel experience.
This way, you can easily avoid long lines at the airport and the stress of getting your visa at the last minute. If your selected destination does not offer an e-Visa option, follow these steps to apply for a visa on arrival:
  1. Choose a visa type that best suits your itinerary and check if there are any required documents you would need to prepare (Do this before arriving to the selected country)
  2. Go to any border control checkpoint and ask for a Visa on Arrival application form. Next, fill out the visa application form completely and accurately, providing all the necessary information requested and submit it.
  3. Pay visa fee (if required). Please note! Some countries require travelers to cover the fee with local currency in cash.
  4. Additional requirements may be needed depending on the destination country.

Embassy visa

An embassy visa is a type of visa that requires visa requirements to be met through a visit to the embassy.
The visa application process can take up to 2.
5 months and will require the traveler to provide all necessary documents for visa processing.
Visa fees are typically higher than the e-Visa and Visa on Arrival options. Luckily, only about 20 countries still require Portuguese citizens to apply for a visa in the traditional way.
You will need an embassy visa to visit Afghanistan, Algeria, Bhutan, North Korea, and other countries.
To apply for an embassy visa, the most important step to complete is preparing the necessary documents.
Contact the embassy of the country you plan to visit and request an updated list of required documents. With the completed application form and complete documents, go to the embassy and apply.
Next, you may need to complete a visa interview to further confirm the purpose of your visit and cover costs. Start preparing your embassy visa application at least a few weeks before your expected departure date, as processing may take some time.

Visa-free countries

A visa-free country is a country that allows visa-free entry to any tourist, business person, or transit visitor from other countries without the need for a visa.
For example, if you are traveling to a visa-free country, such as Taiwan, and it is your first time in the country and you are not required to have a visa for any reason (e.g.
e.g. EU, US, Australia), you will not need a visa.
 
In some cases, visa-free countries may not allow visitors of certain nationalities to enter without a visa.
Portuguese citizens can enter over a hundred different countries without a visa! To travel without a visa, Portuguese citizens must have a valid passport in hand.
This is a great convenience as there is no need for visa processing! Just make sure your passport won't expire during your planned trip.
Visa-free travel applies to tourism, business and transit purposes. Take advantage of all the activities you can enjoy when traveling on an e-Visa or visa on arrival.
Visa-free travel is also generally short-term and allows Portuguese passport holders to go on vacation, visit friends and family, relax, work or simply transit.

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