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  • EU residents and those of a number of other countries, such as Malta and Switzerland, can visit Portugal with only a valid identity card.
  • Visitors from some other countries, mainly from third world countries, need a visa and a passport.
  • Visitors from most countries of the Western world need only a passport for a stay in Portugal of up to 90 days.
  • In most cases, the passport must be valid for at least 3 additional months from the date of departure from Portugal apart from passports of EU residents.


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If you wish to stay in Portugal for more than 90 days or to work there, you must obtain a visa.. The main types of visa are:

  • A short term visa - a visa that permits a short term stay in Portugal. No other type of visa is required. The visa is issued at points of entry into Portugal.
  • A residential visa, the visa is issued at points of entry into Portugal.
  • A studies visa - this is designated for purposes of study. The visa must present confirmation of studies in Portugal and proof of the ability to live during the period of studies.
  • Work visa - permits entry into Portugal to obtain employment.
  • Temporary visa - permits entry into Portugal to obtain medical treatment and for the accompaniment of relatives who are receiving medical treatment, or relatives with a work or study visa.
In completing an application for a work visa, proof should be presented of the ability to live and a residence for the period of the stay in Portugal, as well as an employment contract with an employer in Portugal.







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