VFS Portugal Visa Appointment from UK – Application Centre

Portugal is a treasure to be discovered from the mainland cities to the natural wonders of island, the coastline, golf courses and surfing waves. Immerse yourself in the culture, explore history and try scrumptious cuisine. If you are organizing a trip to Europe make sure to include Portugal in your list as it is one of the most popular destinations. Don’t forget to apply for Portugal Schengen visa for a smooth trip.

What are the Documents Requirements for Portugal Visa?

As part of the Schengen visa application process, you will need to provide some mandatory documents while applying VFS Portugal visa UK.

For each purpose of entry into the country, the Schengen region have produced a list of required documents and these requirements are essentially the same for a stay in any of these member states. The list of required documents for a successful Portugal visa application is as follows:

  • Portuguese Schengen visa application form, filled completely and signed.
  • Two recent photos taken within the last 3 months according to the following Schengen visa picture requirements:
    • Two similar photos.
    • 35x45mm size.
    • It must be a colour photograph with a light background.
    • The applicant must look straight in camera with closed mouth and neutral facial expressions.
    • It’s advisable to avoid outfits that match the background and uniforms.
  • A valid passport with the following requirements:
    • Issued within the last ten years.
    • Must have 2 full blank pages for visa stamp.
    • It should be valid for at least 3 months after you come back to UK from Portugal.
    • Previous passports with visa stamps on them (if any).
  • Reservation for a round-trip flight ticket or the entire travel schedule. The flight numbers on your ticket must include the dates of your arrival and departure from Portugal. We can take care of almost all of your Portugal visa appointment requirements including complete consultation and dummy bookings for hotels and flights.
  • A travel insurance policy which covers your medical crises, accidents and even repatriation in the event of death with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros for the whole Schengen region. For any Schengen visa, we can offer you the best travel medical insurance.
  • Evidence of accommodation that clearly shows the details of your visit to Portugal over the course of your journey. One of the following possibilities applies here:
    • Hotel or hostel booking.
    • If you intend to rent a property while you are there, a rent agreement is required.
    • An invitation letter from your friends or family who will be hosting you during your vacation in Portugal.
  • Documentation proving your ability to support yourself financially while visiting Portugal. One of the following documents must be submitted:
    • Bank statement which displays that you have sufficient funds in your account for your trip. The statement cannot be more than three months old.
    • Letter of sponsorship from a third party stating that they will be paying for your trip to Portugal. This letter must be submitted along with your sponsor’s bank statement which should not be older than 3 months in order to be considered valid.
    • A combination of both of the above mentioned documents.

Documents Requirements Based on Employment Status

Documents requirements for Portugal visa depending on your job status are as follows:

  • For Employees
    • Employment Agreement
    • Latest six-month bank statement
    • Approval from employers for leaves
    • Income tax return file
  • For Self-Employed
    • Your business license
    • Bank statement of business of latest six months
    • Income tax return of business
  • For Retirees
    • Last six months pension statement

Documents Requirements for Minors

Minors’ parents or legal guardians are required to provide the following additional documents when applying for a Portugal visa:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Visa application form signed by both parents
  • If just one parent has sole custody of the child, a family court order may be necessary.
  • Certified copies of both parents’ Passport/ID.
  • If the minor will be travelling alone, a notarized parental consent form signed by both parents and guardians is required.

Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Portugal?

Portugal is a part of the Schengen region and according to the common visa policy you will require a visa in order to enter Portugal or any other Schengen area in case one of these applies to you:

  • If you are not a UK citizen and living with a valid residency permit.
  • As a UK citizen you do not need a visa for traveling to Portugal or any Schengen country for up to 90 days, however beyond that you too will need a visa.

What are the Types of Portugal Visa

  • Portugal Tourist Visa – Tourist visa is generally given to those willing to visit the country for tourism purposes which remains valid for 90 days.
  • Portugal Business Visa – Business visa is granted to individuals traveling with business purposes.
  • Long Stay National Visa – British citizens who wish to stay for more than 90 days can acquire long-stay visa. As they generally do not need a visa to travel to Portugal for 90 days.

How to apply for Portuguese visa from UK?

Following is our Portugal visa process to obtain it easily:

  • Fill the application form and pay online securely for appointment booking.
  • Get documentation support from our experts.
  • Visit the VFS visa centre with our executive along with your documents & submit your biometrics.
  • Receive your Passport & visa via courier.

What is Portugal Visa Validity?

The validity of your Portugal visa depends on various factors including whether this is your first application or if you have applied for and been granted multiple Schengen visas in the past. Portugal generally issues visas for stays of three months to two years or more.

How Long Can You Stay in Europe with a Schengen Visa?

Portugal short-stay visa allows you stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days in 180 day period. You can also visit other Schengen countries during your stay in Portugal without applying for any other visa. Make sure you apply for your visa well in advance of your planned travel dates as processing times can vary depending on your personal circumstances.

Portugal Visa Fees

Here is the fees depending on the type of visa you are applying for:

Visa Type Consulate Visa Fee Visa Centre Fee Our Handling Charges Total Online Payable
Tourism/Visitor/Business/Family & Friends £69 £32  £267  £299
EU/EEA Spouse or dependents £0 £32  £267  £299
Long stay Single/Multiple Entry £77 £32  £267   £299
Children between 6 and 12 years old £34 £32  £267   £299
Children less than 6 years old £ 0 £32  £267   £299


What is the validity of a Schengen Portugal visa?

Schengen visa is generally valid for 90 days in 180 day period.

Is it possible to extend my Portuguese Schengen visa?

Generally Portugal short-stay visa is not extendable as the conditions for getting the same are quite strict. The visa remains valid for 90 days but if you need the extension the reason must be unforeseeable and serious. We can help you to extend your visa if you have not exceeded the validity of your visa while in the country.

Can I Travel to the Portuguese Islands Outside of Europe with a Schengen Visa?

No, you cannot travel to the Portuguese islands outside of Europe with a Schengen visa as this visa is specifically for travel within the Schengen Area. Hence if you want to travel to islands outside you require a separate visa or authorization. It’s possible that there are some visa exemptions or specific arrangements depending on your nationality but in general you cannot use a Schengen visa to enter these Portuguese territories outside of Europe.

Can I visit other Schengen countries with a Portugal visa?

Yes, you can visit other Schengen countries with your Portugal tourist visa. Portugal is part of Schengen Area which means once you enter the country with a valid Schengen visa you can travel freely to other Schengen countries without applying for any other visa.

Can I travel to non-Schengen countries with a Portugal visa?

No, you are not allowed to travel to non-Schengen countries with a Portugal Schengen visa.

Can I work in Portugal with a Schengen visa?

No, you cannot work in Portugal with Schengen visa as it is intended for purposes like tourism, business visits, family visits or short-term medical treatment. So, this visa does not allow you to engage in employment or work activities in Portugal or any other Schengen country unless and until you have a dedicated work visa.



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