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EEA/EU and Swiss national family member

Overview

Every applicant, including children/infants, has to submit his/her Schengen visa application in person and by appointment only on their appointment date, which needs to be booked online (see Schedule an Appointment) by the applicant.

For Non EU citizens who are not sure whether a Schengen visa is required to travel to the Schengen Area, please click Do I need a visa? to find out.

  1. Following family members of EEA/EU and Swiss nationals are entitled to apply for a Schengen visa as EEA/EU and Swiss national family member, i.e. submitting fewer documents required than regular Tourists and exempt from paying the applicable visa fee, when travelling together with their EEA/EU or Swiss national family member OR when joining their EU family member who is already inside the Schengen Area :

    1. Spouse
    2. Parent(s) (only if child is under 18 years old or elderly parent cohabiting with child)
    3. Child(ren)
    4. Registered partner
  2. Any applicant, travelling without his/her EEA/EU or Swiss national family member or joining their EU family member who is in the Schengen area, cannot apply as EEA/EU and Swiss national family member and need to apply as Tourist, i.e. providing all the required documents and paying the applicable visa fee.

Visa application exemption for certain EEA/EU and Swiss national family members:

  1. Family members of EEA/EU or Swiss nationals holding a valid UK Residence permit as demonstrated below, do not need a Schengen visa to enter Portugal/Schengen Area, only if the following 2 conditions are fulfilled:

    1. they are travelling with/joining the EEA/EU or Swiss national family member in Portugal/Schengen Area
    2. their UK Residence permit literally bears the following wording:

      1. Residence Card of a Family Member of an EEA National (endorsed in passport)

        residence card
      2. Permanent Residence Card (endorsed in passport)

        Permanent Residence
      3. Residence Card of a Family Member of a Union Citizen (biometrics card)

        Union citizen


        Union citizen
  2. However when applicant, holding one of the abovementioned UK residence permits, is travelling without their EEA/EU or Swiss national family member, then they have to apply as Tourist, i.e. providing all the required documents and paying the applicable visa fee.

Eligibility

Applicant must at least meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to submit a Schengen visa application:

  1. holding a valid passport/travel document
  2. holding a valid UK residence permit. In case applicant holds a short stay visa for the UK, a C type visa (see example here), then applicant can also apply for a Schengen visa; however the minimum processing time may be considerably longer than the regular 2-weeks minimum processing time
  3. applying for a short stay visa: Tourist (including Minors), Visitor Family/Friends, Business, EEA/EU and Swiss national family member or Airport Transit

Jurisdiction

The following counties, please click here, come under the jurisdiction of the Consulate of Portugal in London, i.e. applicants residing in 1 of these counties can only submit their visa application at the VFS Portugal Visa Application Centre in London, which is outsourced representative for the Consulate of Portugal in London.

The following counties, please click here, come under the jurisdiction of the Consulate of Portugal in Manchester, i.e. applicants residing in 1 of these counties can only submit their visa application at the VFS Portugal Visa Application Centres in Manchester or Edinburgh, which are outsourced representatives for the Consulate of Portugal in Manchester.

If you are an EU Family Member accompanying or joining the EU citizen, applying at VFS facilities, no visa fee will be charged, only an additional fee. You may also apply directly at the Consulate General were no visa or additional fee will be charged”.

Visa Fees

Visa Category Visa fee (in Euro) Visa fee (in GBP) VFS Service fee (in GBP)
Tourism/Visitor Family & Friends/Conference 80 72.46 25.70
Business 80 72.46 25.70
Airport Transit 80 72.46 25.70
Nationals of countries with a visa facilitation agreement with the European Union: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia and Ukraine 35 31.70 25.70
Children between 6 and 12 years old 40 36.23 25.70
Children less than 6 years old 0 0 25.70
EXEMPTION VISA FEES - - -
Organised groups of school pupils/students accompanied by teachers on study/educational trip; only applicable if applicants have a formal invitation from an educational institution in Portugal. 0 0 25.70
(scientific) researchers from third countries 0 0 25.70
Representatives of non-profit organisations (up to 25 years old) actively participating in conferences/events (sports, cultural or educational) organised by non-profit organisations. 0 0 25.70

Applicable visa fee, in Pound Sterling (£), is as per the current exchange rate and may be subject to change without notice.

VFS service fee (inclusive of VAT) is charged per visa application, in addition to the applicable visa fee.

All fees can be paid by cash (except in Manchester and Edinburgh), Credit/Debit card or Postal Orders in the name of “Portugal Visa Application Centre”.

Cheque payments and direct bank transfers are not accepted.

All fees are non-refundable.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all Schengen countries. If you have not purchased, please click here

The list of documents below is not an exhaustive list of documents and the applicant can always be asked to provide additional information/documents, if desired by the Mission.

Both the standard and the supporting documentation have to be recent, i.e. not older than 1 month, and need to be provided for every Schengen visa application.

Applicants always have to bring and present their original documents, but they only need to submit photocopies of the same; unless the requirements specify that an original document has to be submitted.

Before gathering the required documents mentioned below, applicants are advised to read the requirements under Overview (see here) in order to ensure they are entitled to apply for the chosen visa category.

For Minors, please click here.

  1. STANDARD DOCUMENTATION FOR SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION

    1. Visa application form (original) (see here)
    2. Passport (original)

      Signed passport, at least 2 blank pages for visa purposes, must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area and has to be issued within the last 10 years on the day of leaving the Schengen Area.

      Extended passport may still be valid, but when older than 10 years the passport is no longer acceptable; in that case applicant first needs to apply for a new passport.

      Photocopies of previous Schengen visas endorsed in an old passport and issued in the last 3 years, if applicable.

    3. UK Residence permit

      UK Residence permit, endorsed in the passport or issued as a Biometrics card, must be valid for at least 60 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area; C type visitor visa (see here) is also acceptable, however the minimum processing time may be considerably longer than the regular 2-weeks minimum processing time..

    4. Photograph (original) (see here)

  2. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FOR SCHENGEN VISA APPLICATION
  1. EEA/EU and Swiss national’s passport or ID card (original to be seen)
  2. Proof of relation to EEA/EU and Swiss national: marriage/birth certificate (original to be seen), if not in English or Portuguese, then translation by a certified translator in the UK of the same is required.
  3. Proof of joint travel

    Signed declaration from the EU Family member

  4. If joining the EU family member who is already in the Schengen Area, the applicant should provide a signed declaration from the EU Family member stating that they will be meeting inside the Schengen Area or a proof of stay with both their names.

 

Photo Specifications

photo

Please provide one recent colour photograph (not more than 6 months old) of yourself, meeting the following requirements:

  • Taken against a light (white or off-white) background so that features are distinguishable and contrast against the background.
  • Clear quality and with the face in focus
  • Full face: non-smiling, no sunglasses, no hat/cap or any head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of his/her religious belief or ethnic background
  • Printed on normal photographic paper (camera print)
  • Photograph attached (glued) to the Visa Application Form

If the photographs presented do not meet these requirements (see examples here), then the visa application will be considered incomplete and applicant will be asked to take new photographs in the photo booth in the visa application centre.

Processing Time

Every applicant can submit his/her Schengen visa application up to 6 months before the intended travel date to the Schengen Area.

The minimum processing time of a visa application is 2 weeks, so applicants are advised to leave enough time - between the appointment date and travel date - for the Mission to process their visa application; no guarantees can be given on the visa application’s return date as delays may occur.

For certain nationalities (see list here) the visa application needs consultation from the other Schengen countries and therefore the minimum processing time takes more than 3 weeks.

In order to avoid any delays in the visa application process, it is paramount that the visa application is complete and its documents submitted are as per the Mission’s requirements (see Documents Required for the different visa categories).

Applicants also need to be aware that, especially during busy season around Easter, Summer holidays (July and August) and Christmas, the appointments (see Schedule an Appointment) are being booked very quickly as the Mission only processes a fixed amount of visa applications on a daily basis.  

Furthermore, applicants need to consider that VFS/Mission’s closures and holidays (see Public Holidays/Closures) may extend the visa application processing time.

Therefore, VFS recommends all applicants:

  1. to book their appointment as soon as they know they’ll be travelling
  2. to ensure that their visa application’s documentation meets the Mission’s requirements
  3. to leave enough processing time for the Mission

Applicants submitting their visa application in our satellite centre in Edinburgh need to calculate 2 extra days to their minimum processing time as their visa application will first be dispatched to the VFS London office, from where it is forwarded to the Mission in London the following day.

The Mission may always request for additional information/documents or invite applicants for an interview during the visa application process and this may cause delays in the visa process, which applicants accept responsibility for.

Application Form

For Portugal every applicant needs to provide a signed printout from an online Schengen visa application form (VAF).

Therefore each applicant first needs to duly complete and print the online Schengen visa application form as follows:

  1. Click Schengen Visa Application form (PDF format)
  2. Duly complete the online visa application form (as per the passport’s details)
  3. Select File in Menu bar
  4. Select Print and confirm Printing

Once the online Schengen visa application form has been printed, then applicant needs to finish the remaining steps:

  1. Sign the completed visa application form in the designated places (1st signature at no.37, 2nd signature right under the disclaimer at the end of the VAF)
  2. Bring the signed visa application form with the supporting documents on his/her appointment day (see Schedule an Appointment).