Schengen Rules & Regulations

Foreign nationals who wish to travel to Portugal must be in possession of a visa, unless they are nationals from countries which are not included in the list of countries with the obligation to carry a visa in order to cross external borders for stays in the Schengen Area of no more than three months (90 days) in a period of six months (180 days) from the date of entry into the Schengen Area.

Schengen States

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherland, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland.

Schengen Common Visa rule

  • If you intend to visit only one Schengen country and if it is Portugal, you must apply for a visa at Portugal Visa Application center
  • If you intend to visit several Schengen countries and your duration of stay remains longest in one particular country, you are requested to apply for visa at Embassy or Consulate of that particular Schengen country where you will stay for longer period.
  • If you intend to visit several Schengen countries and duration of stay in those countries are same, you are requested to apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate to the first country you enter.

Visa Types

Note: Only Short Stay category applications are accepted at Visa Application center

Required documents for all visa categories

To ensure your application is processed without any delay please include the following:

  • Complete & Signed visa application Form

    All questions on the Visa application form must be correctly filled (where applicable); **No field must be left unfilled

  • Three Colored copies of your current passport data page
  • Supporting documentation as per the relevant checklist
  • Receipt of Visa Application Fee & VFS service charges as applicable (To be paid at the bank implant in the visa application center)

Applicants below the age of 18 years must provide the following documents:

  • a copy of birth certificate;
  • A consent letter from Parents
  • Passport copy of the parent issuing letter of consent is to be provided, otherwise National identity card

Passport Requirements

In accordance with the European rule, please ensure that your passport must conform with the following conditions:

*Passport validity must have minimum of 3 months validity AFTER your return from the Schengen State at the time of submission and would require the minimum of 3 consecutive empty pages of a leaf in your passport.

*Passport Issued date must not be up to10 years at the time of submission

Applicants are requested to read the requisite documents carefully that needs to be submitted together with your visa application. Please make sure that you have all the documents indicated in the list, since decision could be delayed and deferred if one or several documents are missing.

Visa Application Processing Time

Applicants who have submitted their application at the Visa application center, Lagos are advised to collect their passport from the application center (if it is ready) after getting a notification or by Tracking the status of the application on this Website.

The collection timing is 10.00 - 16.00 (Monday-Friday except holidays).

Applicants’ need to bring their receipt that was issued to them at the time of submission of visa application PERSONALY for the collection of their passport.

Representative is not allowed to collect passport on behalf of Applicant.