How to apply for a Portugal Visa from India ?
Do Indians need a visa to travel to Portugal?
Portugal is in the Schengen Area, which does not have a visa-free arrangement with India, so you will need a visa to travel there as an Indian citizen.
How do I apply for a Portugal Visa from India?
You will first need to work out which Portugal Visa you need, depending on your purpose, the length of your trip, and how many times you plan to visit. The standard Schengen Visa for Portugal, for trips lasting up to 90 days, is a short-stay visa, with longer stays requiring a work, study or family reunion visa. Multiple-entry visas are also available if you plan on traveling regularly to the Schengen Area.
You must apply for your visa no more than six months, and no fewer than 15 days, before your trip. You need to fill out your application, pay a fee of €80 for adults and €40 for minors, obtain all of the documents you need for your Portugal Visa, and attend an interview at a consulate, embassy, or visa application center. Children under six years of age do not need to pay a fee, and those traveling to Portugal for study purposes, researchers, those under 25 years old traveling with charitable organizations, and those taking part in sporting or cultural events, may have their fee waived in some circumstances.
What documents do I need to apply for a short-stay Portugal Visa from India?
First of all, you need to download and complete a Schengen Visa application form.
Applicants will also need two recently taken passport-style photos, an Indian passport or other travel documents that are no older than 10 years and are valid for at least three months after your departure date from Portugal, or another country within the Schengen Area that you’re planning to travel to. Travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000 is also required, as is evidence of legal residence in India (such as an ID card), a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary and proof of accommodation during your stay, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence to support yourself during your stay.
For Indian nationals to enter Portugal, you need to show you have at least €40 per day when applying for a Portugal Visa. Each time you enter Portugal’s territory you must have funds of €75. However, if you can prove your accommodation and food is covered during your stay in Portugal, you may be released from the means of subsistence obligation.
What additional documents do I need to get a Portugal Visa to work or study?
If you are planning to work or study in Portugal for fewer than 90 days, then you will need additional documents to obtain your visa. These include an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no-objection letter from your Indian employer, and an income tax return. The self-employed need an income tax return, and a company bank statement, as well as any licensing documentation. As a student, you will need proof of enrolment at an educational institution in Portugal, and a no-objection letter from your current Indian institution, if you can get one.
If you are planning to study in Portugal for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a national study visa and residency permit - providing evidence of your enrolment and plans to reside in Portugal. For work visas, you should provide evidence of a salaried employment contract, as well as obtaining a residency permit. Those who are highly skilled or who earn high salaries (approximately €55,200) can apply for an EU Blue Card, entitling you to work across the European Union. Otherwise, you should check that your qualifications and skills match the requirements for entry. Your employer should be able to help you with your application.
Where do I apply for a Portugal Visa in India?
The company VFSGlobal deals with initial applications before passing them to Portuguese embassy officials. You can apply online via the VFSGlobal website, and you will need to attend an interview at a VFSGlobal center, which are located in :
- New Delhi,
- and Bengaluru.
Applications should take around 15 days but can take up to 30 days to process, especially during busy periods. However, in some cases, it may take up to 60 days - so apply as early as you can.
Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance for my Portugal Visa application?
AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs only €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip, and will meet your visa requirements, while our AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000. Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase our Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again, covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
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Frequently asked questions about Portugal Visas from India
What should I do if my Portugal Visa is refused?
If your visa is refused, you have the right to appeal to the authorities in Portugal.
Can I travel to Portugal if I have obtained a Schengen Visa from another country?
Yes. Schengen Visas allow you to travel throughout the countries who are signed up to the agreement.
Can I travel to the Portuguese islands of Azores or Madeira on a Schengen Visa?
Yes. Although not on the continent of Europe, these are incorporated into the Schengen Area.