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Portugal business visa application, requirements, price, and processing time

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Portugal is ranked as one of the top countries in the ease-of-doing business (EODB). It’s one of the best countries for starting a business. Many businessmen travel to Portugal to attend conferences, business meetings, undertake business, etc.

The Portugal Business visa or the Portugal Schengen business visa allows you to travel to Portugal and participate in undertaking business, attending meetings, conferences, and all other business-related activities.

The Portugal Business visa is a type of Schengen short-term permit. It is a short-term visa that allows you to stay in Portugal for fewer than 90 days in a 180-day period. Depending on how often you will enter or exit the Schengen zone for business reasons, you can get this visa as a single entry or multiple entry.

Portugal's Entry Restrictions In Response To Coronavirus

While the coronavirus outbreak was occurring, Italy and other Schengen Area members imposed a Europe-wide ban on entry for third-country nationals in the middle of March 2020, on the recommendation given by the European commission. Furthermore, entry restrictions to Italy often keep changing due to Covid situations in other countries.

Types of Work Visas in Portugal

Citizens from European member states do not require a work visa to work in Portugal, but if you’re a non-European citizen, you will need a visa from your origin country to enter Portugal for work-related purposes. There are three types of work visas for Portugal.

  • Permanent residency visa

  • Resettlement visa for a relative of a citizen of Portugal

  • Resettlement visa for a permanent non-citizen resident of Portugal

After you have required your visa of choice, you can travel for work to Portugal. You will have four months to convert the visa into a residence permit. To legally work in Portugal, you will need an additional permit.

What documents are required for a Portugal Schengen visa application?

To acquire a Portugal Schengen visa, you must submit several necessary documents for your short-term Portuguese Visa application.

  • A completed visa application form with all the necessary information

  • Two passport pictures

  • Your valid passport with at least two empty pages and a validity of at least more than 3 months

  • Copies of your previously applied visas

  • A round-trip flight itinerary: this document has information regarding your booked flight for entering and leaving Portugal

  • Proof of accommodation

  • Proof of sufficient financial means

  • A cover letter explaining why you’re visiting Portugal, the duration of your stay, time of departure, and other details

  • Proof of civil status

  • Portugal Travel Health Insurance

Duration of a work visa

A Portugal work visa is a short-stay visa that has a duration of not more than 90 days of stay. A Portugal work visa can also be a temporary residency permit through which you can work for more than 3 months.

You can renew your temporary residence permit after 2 years for an additional 3 years. After 5 years, you can apply for Portuguese citizenship or permanent residence. Once you’re a citizen of Portugal, you won’t have to apply for a Portugal work visa.

Additional requirements based on the purpose of entry into Portugal

Your purpose as to why you’re traveling to Portugal plays a big part in the documents you have to submit for your visa application form and to enter Portugal.

Portugal Airport Transit Visa Requirements

If you’re traveling to a non-European country, but your flight is intended to land in any of the Portuguese airports, then you will require a Portugal Airport Transit Visa.  

When applying for an Airport Transit Visa, you will need the following documents:

  • A valid visa for the final country you’re intended to travel to

  • A flight ticket for the final country you’re intended to travel to

Portugal Study Visa Requirements

If your purpose of traveling to Portugal is to attend a study course, training, or internship, then you will need a Portugal study visa. It lasts 90 days or less within six months in Portugal.

Following documents will be needed when applying for a Portugal study visa.

  • No letter of objection from your current educational institute

  • Agreement of internship

Portugal Business Visa requirements

Traveling to Portugal to engage in business activities will require applying for a Portugal business visa.

Following are the main required documents for a Portugal business visa:

  • Letter of invitation

  • Confirmed registration for congress or trade fairs

  • A letter that states your purpose of travel from your employer

  • Proof of trip financing

Portugal Visitor Visa requirements

You will need a Portugal visitor visa if you have a friend or family member in Portugal and they’re inviting you for a visit for less than 90 days.

Following are the documents you will need to apply for a Portugal visitor visa:

  • Travel itinerary, which is an elaborate everyday plan of your trip to Portugal

  • Invitation letter

  • A copy of your host’s permit of stay and a copy of your passport’s bio page of your host

  • Documents confirming the address of your host

  • Proof of your relationship with your host in Portugal

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Portugal Visa Policy

The entry requirement for any foreigner coming to Portugal depends on their nationality, why they are traveling, and how long they intend to stay there. Portugal is a member of the Schengen Area, having signed the Schengen Agreement and subscribed to the one visa policy of the Union. This policy is shared by 27 European countries which grants visa-free access to their citizens. Subsequently, Schengen citizens are free to live in any Schengen country indefinitely without visas, and they can enter member states with only their ID cards if they do not have passports.

The second visitor category is those from somewhere other than visa-exempt nations. Nin visa-exempt visitors will need visas before being allowed into the South West EU country. Visas can either be Schengen visas or national long-stay visas. Schengen visas are short-term visas for 90 days visits. They are primarily issued to persons coming for business or tourism, but transit travelers can equally use them.

Long-term visas are issued for longer stays that exceed 6 months and tend to remain valid for one year and above.

The other visitor category is those from visa-exempt countries who don't need visas to enter Portugal. The Portuguese government maintains a list of visa-exempt countries like other Schengen countries. If you are a citizen of any of these countries, you can stay in Portugal or other Schengen nations for 90 days, but you will need ETIAS approval. This list is determined by several factors and regulations by the European Commission and all the other member nations in the Schengen zone. This is why they all seem to have the same visa free list.

Portugal ETIAS

Visitors from visa-exempt countries must apply for the European Travel Information and Authorization System permit before being granted entry into Portugal. The program is currently in the pilot stage, and visitors from these countries can visit Schengen countries with it or with their valid passports. By the start of 2024, it will be mandatory for all visa-exempt visitors to get their ETIAS; otherwise, they will not be allowed into any Schengen country, including Portugal.

The European Commission launched the ETIAS program, which will be implemented by member states to combat illegal immigration and to track terrorist and health risks. The ETIAS approval is a visa waiver program mandatory for visa-exempt passport holders for eligible visitors coming to Portugal for business, tourism, transit, and medical treatment. This visa waiver permit is valid for 3 years, and a holder can stay in Portugal or any other country in the Union for 90 days within 6 months. Furthermore, it is digitally linked to the visitor's passport, and it takes only a few minutes to complete the application form.

Applicants must go online and complete an online application form; this form contains sections for passport, travel and personal information and there is also a set of security questions which must be answered truthfully.  After completing and submitting the form, the ETIAS system will kick into gear to screen their data across several security databases for potential risks.

Applications that trigger no alerts will be approved while those classified as high risks will be rejected.  The European Commission has also mandated member states including Portugal to have local review units to manually vet suspicious applications  in line with their independent policies. This process may take some time but the affected applicant will be informed of the situation and kept informed.

Note: If you are not from a visa-exempt country, you can still visit Portugal if you obtain a visa. Visit the nearest Portuguese foreign mission to apply for a visa. Portugal doesn't have an entry ban at the moment.

Key Information About Portugal ETIAS

Interested applicants should bear the following in mind as they prepare to submit their applications.

It is not a visa: The first thing to note is that this document is merely an online authorization which permits the holder to enter Portugal. It is not a visa nor does it grant the holder the privilege to apply for a resident permit or work visa during their stay. This permit is solely for short visits.

Limitations: Despite allowing the holder to enter Portugal without a visa there are limits to what you can do with it. For starters, you cannot work in the country with this visa nor can you study in any of the academic institutions in the country. To work or study you will need a work or study visa issued by a Portuguese embassy or consulate abroad. Secondly, you cannot stay in Portugal or any other Schengen country for more than 90 days within 6 months. Staying much longer will be treated as a violation and you will be fined on your way out.

Primary Destination:  If you apply for Portugal ETIAS that means you intend to visit only Portugal or it will be your first destination before traveling to another country in the Schengen zone. If Portugal will not be your first port of call, please apply to the appropriate countrym

Portugal Visa Online – Get your Portugal e-Visa with VisaHQ

If you plan to travel to Portugal on a short trip, you do not need a visa if you are from a Schengen country or one of the visa-exempt countries. If you are a Visa-exempt visitor, what you need is online ETIAS approval for the trip. The good news is that you don't have to visit the Portuguese embassy to get it, as you can apply for it via VisaHQ.

How To Apply For Portugal ETIAS

To apply for Portugal ETIAS, do the following

Fill out the application form: Start by choosing the permit you want and carefully fill out the application form with accurate details.

Upload your documents: Follow up by uploading your passport and any other document. Valid documents only.

Crosscheck for errors, pay the application fee, and submit for approval.

Get your ETIAS: Processing takes under 30, and the permit will be forwarded to your email.

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