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

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Portugal is a southern European country that is one of the oldest nations of Europe. Portugal is one of the best places to spend holidays with your family for several reasons; it’s a historical country with rich culture and amazing weather, it’s one of the cheapest countries in Western Europe, and it has great food. The reasons why you should visit Portugal are quite endless.

The Portugal tourist visa is a type of Portuguese Schengen Visa. It’s a short-term visa that is valid for 3 months, and you need it if you want to travel to Portugal as a tourist. Some countries with a visa-free agreement with Portugal do not require this visa.

Can I visit other countries in Europe with a Portugal tourist visa?

Yes, if you have a Portugal Tourist visa, you’re also allowed to visit any other country you want in the Schengen area. This is because Portugal is a part of the Schengen Agreement. According to this agreement, 26 countries European countries have a single joint Tourist visa which is called the Schengen visa. So, a Portugal Tourist and a Portugal Schengen Visa are the same.

Portugal's entry restrictions in response to coronavirus

During the coronavirus outbreak, Italy and the other European/Schengen Area members imposed a Europe-wide entry ban in mid-March 2020 for third-country nationals due to the recommendation given by the European Commission. Additionally, entry restrictions to Italy are changing from time to time based on the COVID-19 situation in other countries.

What documents are required for a Portugal Schengen Visa Application?

When applying for a short-term Portuguese Visa at the Portugal consulate or embassy in your residential country, you will have to provide certain documents that are mandatory with your Portuguese visa application.

Following are the documents mandatory for applying for a Portugal Schengen Visa:

  • You will need a Portuguese visa application form. Finish filling out the visa application form with all the necessary required information. Take a printout of it and sign it at the end

  • Two passport photos will be required. The photos should be the same as each other and should follow the photograph requirements that are required for the Portuguese Schengen visa application

  • A valid passport with at least two blank pages. The passport shouldn’t be older than 10 years. Passport should also have a validity of three months, at least beyond the date of your departure from Portugal and the overall Schengen territory

  • Previously applied visa copies will also be required. You will be required to provide a visa copy from any country you’ve previously traveled to

  • A round-trip flight itinerary will be needed. This document shows that you have a booked flight for entering and leaving Portugal. This document will specify details, flight numbers, and dates

  • Proof of accommodation will be required, such as a place for your stay such as a hotel reservation

  • You will also have to provide sufficient financial means to support your overall time in Portugal

  • A cover letter or personal letter where you will explain why you’re applying for a visa to travel to Portugal. You will also mention how long your stay in the kingdom will be when you depart and any other necessary details

  • Civil status proof. This can be a birth certificate of children, a marriage certificate, etc

  • You will also need Portugal Travel Health Insurance. You will have to provide confirmation that you have Portugal travel insurance and insurance for the whole Schengen territory as well

Additional Portuguese visa requirements based on your employment status

Depending on your occupation and status, you will have to provide various other documents to the Portugal consulate or embassy.

  • If you’re employed, you will have to provide an employment contract, current bank statement of the latest 6 months, Income Tax Return (ITR) form, and a leave permission from the employer

  • If you’re self-employed, you will need a business license copy, a company bank statement not older than 6 months, and an income tax return

  • If you’re retired, you must submit a pension statement not older than 6 months

  • If you’re a student, you must submit your enrollment proof, no-objection certificate from your university, college, or school, and advertisements

  • If you’re applicable, provide proof of regularly generated income from a property that is not older than 6 months

Who needs a Portugal tourist visa?

If you want to travel to Portugal as a tourist, to spend vacations or holidays, for entertainment reasons, sightseeing, or anything similar, then you will need a Portugal tourist visa.

How do I apply for a Portugal tourist visa?

To apply for a Portugal tourist visa, fill out a visa application form at VisaHQ. You can also visit the website for any other additional information.

Who needs a Schengen visa to enter Portugal?

According to the Schengen visa policies, which Portugal is a part of, you will need to apply for a visa to visit Portugal or any other country in the Schengen area. If you’re a citizen from a visa-free country, then you won’t need this visa.

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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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