Portuguese embassies and consulates
In total, Portugal has around 48 embassies and many other consulates in countries around the world - meaning it has representation in most states.
Who needs to apply for a Schengen Visa at a Portuguese embassy or consulate?
When traveling to Portugal from a country without a visa-free arrangement with the Schengen group of countries, of which Portugal is a member, you will need a short-stay Portugal Schengen Visa for a trip lasting up to 90 days, and a residence permit and work or study visa if you plan to spend longer in the nation. You will need to apply via the embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
What services do Portugal’s embassies and consulates provide?
In addition to informing people and carrying out diplomatic instructions, officials at Portugal’s embassies and consulates provide services to foreign nationals including dealing with immigration and asylum issues - such as issuing visas.
Portuguese embassies and consulates in the U.S., U.K., China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico
Below you will find a list of the cities where the Portuguese embassy or consulate is located in major nations - if your home state is not on the list, you can look up the locations of your nearest Portuguese mission on the foreign ministry website. In most countries, these will be located in administrative or major population centers.
Portuguese foreign ministry website : vistos.mne.pt/en/
Portuguese embassies and consulates in the U.S.
Portuguese visas can be applied for at the embassy in Washington, D.C., and consulates in New York City, Newark, Boston, New Bedford (Massachusetts), and San Francisco.
Portuguese embassies and consulates in the U.K.
Portugal has an embassy in London and consulates in Belfast, Edinburgh, Jersey, and Manchester.
Portuguese embassies and consulates in China
Portugal’s embassy is based in Beijing. The consulates are in Macau, Guangzhou, and Shanghai.
Portuguese embassies and consulates in India
All visa applications are assessed by the embassy of Portugal at New Delhi or the Consulate General of Portugal in Goa.
Portuguese embassy and consulate in Indonesia
Portugal’s embassy in Indonesia is in Jakarta.
Portuguese embassies and consulates in Brazil
Portugal has a consulate in Brasília and consulates in Sao Paulo, Salvador da Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Santos, Belem, Curitiba, and Belo Horizonte.
Portugal embassies and consulates in Mexico
Portugal’s embassy is in Mexico City.
Do I have to apply for a Portugal Schengen Visa at an embassy or consulate?
Officials at Portugal’s embassies and consulates will most likely not process initial applications or conduct visa application interviews. They are instead handled by employees at VFS Global visa application centers - so they may act on the country’s behalf in your nation.
Staff at VFS can help arrange your appointment and track your application on behalf of the embassy. The company’s website : vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/index.html
How long will it take the Portuguese embassy or consulate to process a Schengen Visa?
Processing time for a Portuguese Schengen Visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation, but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.
What does this have to do with travel insurance?
When applying for a Schengen Visa to Portugal, you need travel and medical cover or your application will be refused. AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs only €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.
If you are seeking a multiple-entry visa, you can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
If you are traveling to a country other than Portugal, links to the embassies and consulates of other Schengen Area countries can be found below:
Frequently asked questions about Portuguese embassies/consulates and Schengen Visas
Will I have to turn up in person to be interviewed when obtaining my Portuguese Schengen Visa?
Yes. You need to attend an interview to submit and check the supporting documents submitted alongside your Schengen Visa application and to provide biometric data - an essential part of your application unless you have a valid reason not to or have already provided it.
If I previously applied for a Schengen Visa, do I have to fill in another form and attend a visa appointment?
Yes, unless your Schengen Visa is a multi-trip one and still valid. If your visa application was in the past five years, you may not need to submit new biometric data with your application.
I want to travel to Portugal for business, but also visit for tourist purposes, which visa type should I apply for at the embassy?
If you are planning to conduct business while in Portugal, you will need to state this as the main reason for your trip. What you do in your downtime is up to you - there are some great golf courses and beaches!