The European Commission has revealed its plan to digitalize the Schengen visa. This will replace the mostly paper-based application system to obtain a visa for EU and Schengen countries currently in place. This means the Schengen visa will soon be available through a simplified online application process, similar to the European Travel Information and Authorization
Visa policy for Portugal
On this page travelers from around the world can check the visa policy of Portugal and discover the requirements for their nationality.
Portuguese visa requirements depend on nationality of the traveler, the purpose of travel to the country, and the expected period of stay.
As it has signed the Schengen Agreement for passport-free travel within Europe,
Portugal shares the same visa policy as the other 25 Schengen Area countries.
Nationals from approximately 100 countries and territories are exempt from a visa to visit Portugal, including all citizens of the Schengen zone. Schengen nationals are granted freedom of movement to the country if they present a valid ID card at a Portuguese border checkpoint.
All other nationals with visa exemption are required to travel to Portugal with a passport with a minimum validity of 3 months from arrival. This document must be presented at Portuguese immigration control to gain entry for a maximum stay of up to 90 days.
However, all citizens from visa-free countries will be required to meet an additional requirement to travel to Portugal and any Schengen country from 2022.
By the end of 2021, the European Commission will implement the ETIAS online visa waiver program, which will become mandatory for these visa-exempt passport holders to visit Portugal for purposes of tourism, business, medical treatment, or transit.
The ETIAS authorization for Portugal will be available through a simple online form which applicants can complete in minutes, to receive an approved electronic visa waiver digitally linked to their passport.
An approved Portuguese ETIAS will allow holders to enter the Schengen Area multiple times for short stays during its validity, which is 3 years from the date of issue.
Citizens of all other countries are required ro visit their nearest Portuguese embassy or consulate to obtain a Schengen Visa for Portugal to travel to the country, no matter the purpose and duration of the stay.
No entry bans to Portugal are currently in place for any foreign citizen.
Find more information about the Portuguese visa policy for your nationality in the boxes below.