What is a visa?
A visa is an authorisation issued by a Portuguese consular office abroad and is used to enter Portugal. In the case of Schengen visas, these can be issued by Portugal or by another state that is part of the Schengen Agreement, but they are only for short stays, approved in several Schengen states, and they may not exceed 3 months.
I have heard about a third country and would like to know what it is.
A third country is any country that is not party to the Application Convention, or where this is not being applied.
Which countries form the European Union?
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom
- Czech Republic
Which member states form the European Free Trade Agreement?
Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.
Which member states signed the Schengen Agreement?
- The Netherlands
Which member states are parties to the EES Agreement?
Member states of the EU and the EFTA member states (European Free Trade Agreement).
What is a travel document?
A travel document is a valid, recognised document that allows the holder to enter and leave Portugal. The validity of the travel document should always be for at least 3 months longer than the duration of the planned stay, except when it is held by a foreign national resident in Portugal re-entering the country.
Foreign nationals who are nationals of states with which Portugal has agreements may also enter and leave Portugal with an identity card or equivalent document.
Citizens of the European Union may enter or leave the Portuguese territory on presenting a valid identity card or passport and without any visa or equivalent formality.
Family members of EU citizens who are not nationals of a Member-State shall be admitted to the national territory on presenting a valid passport and shall only be required to have an entry visa in accordance to the legal rules in force in the European Union. These citizens will be granted all facilities for obtaining the necessary visas, free of charge and under special proceedings to guarantee a swift issuance. These citizens are granted special conditions for a swift and free of charge issuance of visas.