The visa is an authorization previously granted by a country so that a person from another country can enter and/or stay in the country that issues it. It is up to SEF to issue the visa, which must always be requested through Portuguese consulates or, in some cases, Portuguese embassies.

The visa to enter Portugal is, as a rule, mandatory, and can be waived only in certain cases (see exemption from visa for tourism, for example) or in some applications for residence permits (not in all). It is important to note that there is no so-called tourist visa. Tourists are exempt from visa.

Articles 45 and following of the Portuguese Foreigners Law (Law 23/2007) indicate the types of visas granted abroad, their scope and characteristics:

  • Airport scale visa – is valid for one or more countries in the Schengen Area and allows passage through the international area of the airport of one of the States parties;
  • Short-stay visa – valid for one year (one or more entries of 90 days every 180 days), for one or more countries in the Schengen Area, allows entry for purposes that do not justify the granting of another type of visa, for example : transit, tourism, visiting, seasonal work or accompanying family members who hold a temporary stay visa;
  • Temporary stay visa – valid for up to one year, only for Portuguese territory, allows entry and stay in national territory for, for example, medical treatment and accompaniment of family members, professional activity or training, research or highly qualified activity, amateur sports activity, study, internship or volunteering;
  • Visa for obtaining a residence permit (or simply a residence visa) – valid only for Portuguese territory, allows two entries during the four-month period, in order to apply for a residence permit.

The reasons for cancelling a visa are provided for in Article 70 of the Foreigners Law (including staying outside Portugal for longer periods than authorized).

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Can I extend my stay in Portugal?

Being a visa holder or benefiting from a visa exemption, it is possible to extend your stay in Portugal and / or other States that are part of the Schengen Area, as long as the conditions of admission are maintained and for up to one year, according to case. (Source: articles 71 and following of the Foreigners Law).

See more information about extending your stay in Portugal and necessary documents here.

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