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Entering Portugal


To enter Portugal, you may need a passport and/or a visa, depending on the country you live in. Citizens from the European Community don’t need a Visa for entering Portugal. Portugal is also a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.


Passports must be valid for up to six months (depending on your nationality) and are required by all, except for European Union nationals and nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway, and Switzerland holding valid national ID cards. British, Australian, Canadian, American, and Japanese citizens need a valid passport.

Although it is not obligatory to have a return ticket, it is advisable to have one. If you don’t, you may have to prove sufficient means of financial support to return.


Visas are required by all for stays of up to 90 days, except for:

  • The European Union nationals listed above.
  • Nationals of Andorra, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Hungary, Israel, Korea (Rep. of), Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, and Venezuela.
  • Transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft provided holding onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport. However, nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Dom Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, and Sri Lanka always require a transit visa, even when not leaving the airport transit area.

Health and Vaccination Information for Portugal

  • You will not require any vaccinations to visit Portugal unless you are coming from an area with a common infection. Make a point of checking with your tour operator or local Portuguese Embassy if in any doubt.
  • EU citizens can obtain a refund of most medical costs by using form E111, which is available from Post Offices, Health or Social Security offices in your country.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination: International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required only when traveling from an infected area and when the traveler is more than one year of age.

Touring Portugal

If you meet all the requirements to visit and are looking to vacation in Portugal, explore our travel packages for great deals to explore our beautiful country. We also have day tours and excursions available for a quick weekend getaway.

General Info FAQ

Do I need a visa to visit Portugal?

  • Check our list of countries that need our visa above.

Are Portugal visas part of the Schengen agreement?

  • Yes.

Can you help me get a visa?

  • No, please refer to your respective country’s government resources for this. We cannot help you get a visa.

Is English common in Portugal?

  • Yes, English is very common and most people speak it here. However, learning a bit of Portuguese will go a long way with the locals!

Should I visit Portugal?

  • You absolutely should! It is a beautiful coastal country with an incredible history. Visit our homepage for more info.