Portugal Visit Visa from South Africa

If you are a South African citizen looking to visit Portugal, you will need to obtain a Portugal Schengen Visit Visa.

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    Overview of Portugal Visit Visa

    Portugal is part of the Schengen Area, an area of 27 European countries between which border controls have been largely eliminated. For those outside the Schengen area, travel visas are required to enter it.

    A short-stay visa will allow a South African citizen to enter and remain in Portugal for 90 days. As with all Schengen visas, you can visit other nations in the Schengen Area on the visa and 90 days can be spent in any 180-day window.

    However, it is important to note that there are many different types of Portugal Visit Visa and it is essential to properly determine which is the most suitable for your reason for visiting the country.

    Reach out to an immigration expert for advice on which pathway is the most appropriate rather than risk rejection or delays.

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    Documents Needed for Portugal Visit Visa

    Depending on your reason for entry, the documents you are required to present with your application will change but in most cases you will need to provide the following:

    • Completed application form
    • Valid passport with at least three blank pages and a minimum of six months of validity after your date of return
    • Two recent passport photos
    • Round-trip tickets from South Africa to Portugal for a stay of no longer than ninety days
    • Proof of accommodation such as a hotel reservation or a letter of invitation from a resident which has been approved by local authorities. The letter author will need a copy of their passport or Portuguese ID in order to get the letter approved
    • Proof of financial security of at least €40-50 per person per day
    • Evidence of visa fee payment
    • Travel insurance
    • Copies of any previous travel visas
    • Letter that explains why you want to visit Portugal, the expected length of your stay etc.
    • Proof of marital status, e.g. marriage certificate or, if your spouse is deceased, their death certificate

    Parents applying for a visa for their child must provide further documents on behalf of their dependents.

    • Child’s birth certificate
    • An application form signed by both parents
    • Copies of both parents’ passports

    If your main reason for travelling to Portugal is for leisure then you will need a Tourist Visa and will not need to provide any other documentation.

    Entering Portugal: Types of Visas

    The type of visa you require is dependent on your reason for entering Portugal and each visa has further required documents to those needed for all applications.

    Business visa

    If you are entering Portugal to conduct business activities, you will require a Business Visa.

    Business activities covered by this visa include contract signing, taking part in meetings, conducting sales, conducting business purchases and forming business agreements.

    You will need to provide these additional documents:

    • Confirmed registration for trade fairs (if applicable)
    • Letter from your employer detailing the reason for your business trip to Portugal
    • Letter of invitation from Portuguese firm that states the details of the business event you will be attending
    • Proof of finances to cover the tip

    Medical visa

    A Medical Visa is required if you plan to visit Portugal to undergo medical procedures, including life-saving surgery, elective surgery or mental health therapy.

    You will need to provide the following:

    • A medical note, report or letter from a doctor in South Africa. This letter should confirm that you need to be given medical treatment in Portugal.
    • A medical attestation from the Portuguese hospital or doctor where you are to be treated. This should confirm the details of your appointment including its date, the appointment type and a confirmation that the hospital or clinic can and will perform any procedure associated with the appointment.
    • Proof of payment or of other financial arrangement for the medical procedure.
    • Official note from the receiving Portuguese hospital or clinic that they consent to perform the medical procedure.

    Study visa

    A Study Visa is for those planning a stay in Portugal for the purposes of training or study. You could be a student already enrolled at university or an employee undertaking a work-sponsored training programme. Note that this visa is still subject to the 90-day limit of all short-stay visas.

    When applying for a Student Visa you will need:

    • A ‘no objection letter’ from your present institution (if applicable)
    • An internship agreement between your employer in South Africa and the destination company in Portugal (if applicable)

    Visa for Cultural, Sports, Film Crew & Religious Purposes

    This visa is required for those who want to visit Portugal to attend or participate in an event, such as that associated with sports or religion and the required documents vary depending on the nature of your visit.

    You must have evidence that the event is taking place and provide details of the event. This could include some of the following:

    • Entry ticket
    • Enrolment confirmation
    • Program of the event
    • List of the names of participants
    • Invitation letter from the relevant Portuguese organisation that is running the event

    Additionally, you need proof that you have participated in previous performances. For instance, if you are coming to Portugal to take part in a religious ceremony, present proof that you have attended similar ceremonies elsewhere.

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      Airport Transit Visa

      The Airport Transit Visa is for travellers who need to change flights at a Portuguese airport. It gives travellers the right to occupy the international transit area of an airport while they wait for the flight to their destination country. The Airport Transit Visa does not allow travellers to leave the airport and travellers may have to remain in the airport overnight.

      It is also important to note that you will not qualify for an Airport Transit Visa if you are travelling through more than one airport in the Schengen area. In this instance, you will need a standard Schengen Visa.

      This visa requires the following:

      • An entry visa for your final destination if the destination country requires it
      • A flight ticket to the final destination country

      Transit Visa

      The Transit Visa is for seafarers who need to use a Portuguese harbour in order to change ship, if your next ship is taking you to a non-Schengen destination. Also requiring a Transit Visa are seafarers whose final destination is Portugal.

      Depending on your reason for requiring a Transit Visa, you may need to supply a few additional documents.

      • An entry visa for your final destination if the destination country requires it.
      • A sea ticket to the final destination country.
      • For those using a Portuguese harbour to switch vessels, you will need a contract with the second vessel you are to board.
      • Photocopy and original of your seaman’s book.
      • A letter from the inviting shipping company if applicable.

      Spouse of a Portuguese National

      This visa is for those who are married to a Portuguese citizen and wish to visit that citizen in Portugal.
      If you are travelling on a Spouse of Portuguese National Visa, you will need the following additional documents to prove your marital status:

      • Proof of spouse’s Portuguese citizenship such as an ID card
      • Portuguese marriage certificate
      • Portuguese family record book

      Official Visit Visa

      Members of official foreign delegations require a particular visa if they are travelling to Portugal. This visa is appropriate for you if, following an official government invitation, you intend to participate in negotiations, meetings or consultations with Portuguese officials.

      Members of official delegations entering Portugal on official business require the following:

      • Copy of your official invitation
      • Evidence about the purpose of your travel (e.g. evidence that you are to take part in negotiations, consultations or meetings with intergovernmental organisations).

      Cost & Validity of the Portugal Visit Visa

      All short-stay visas are valid for 90 days.

      The relevant Portuguese Schengen Visa fees are as follows:

      Adult: €80

      Child between 6 and 12 years old: €40

      Child younger than 6: FREE

      Holder of diplomatic passport travelling for official reasons: FREE

      Adult and child school trip participants: FREE

      Academics coming to Portugal for scientific research: FREE

      Be aware that the visa fee is subject to change. You must pay the visa fee when you submit your application. It is non-refundable, even if your visa is rejected, withdrawn or unused.

      To ensure that you submit a successful application first time, contact Total Law for expert consultation. Call us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or use the online chat.

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      How Do I Apply For a Portugal Visit Visa?

      There are a number of steps in the application process once you have determined which visa route is the most suitable.

      You will need to submit your application form to the Portuguese embassy in South Africa and pay the visa fee.

      The next step is to attend an appointment at the embassy to submit your paperwork.

      How Long Does it Take to Get a Portugal Visa for South Africa?

      Most Portugal Visas for visitation are processed and approved within three weeks. However, this timeframe can vary considerably, especially during the summer months.

      Therefore, it is important to apply for a visa in good time so your travel plans don’t get disrupted but you can not apply more than three months in advance of your trip to Portugal.

      If your application contains any mistakes or is missing supporting evidence then this could increase the processing time, especially if Portuguese officials have to investigate. In this case, it could increase approval times to up to 60 days.

      It is essential your application is correct when submitted and you should get in contact with us to assist you in applying for a Visitor Visa.

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        Extending the Portugal Visit Visa


        It is not possible to extend your Portugal Schengen Visa in most instances. However, if your case is exceptional, you may be able to secure an extension.

        The extension can only be granted if special circumstances which prevent you from safely returning to South Africa, for example:

        • Important personal matters
        • If you have a single-entry short-stay visa for Portugal, you may apply for a late entry extension if you arrived in Portugal later than expected
        • In the event of sudden unrest at home – for example, violent protests, war, extreme weather etc. – then you might be able to secure a visa extension.

        How to Apply For a Visa Extension

        It is absolutely essential that you apply for a visa extension before your original visa expires. Failure to do so will likely lead to deportation.

        You will need to apply to the Aliens and Borders Service which is the Portuguese authority that handles visa extensions.

        When applying you will need the following documents:

        • Passport, which must have your present visa
        • Completed application form for the short-stay Schengen visa extension
        • One recent colour passport photo
        • Proof that demonstrates you have enough financial security to support your extended stay in Portugal
        • Travel insurance
        • Any other evidence you want to present in support of your application. For example, if you are applying for a Force Majeure extension, you may wish to bring evidence that your home really is too dangerous to return to.

        Processing Time for Portugal Visit Visa

        After you have submitted your extension application, you can remain in the country even after your visa expires, while the Portuguese authorities decide whether to approve your claim. However, please note that you are unable to leave Portugal, even to another Schengen country.

        The application can take anywhere from a couple of days to a month to be processed. If your visa extension request is denied, you will be given 1-2 days to leave Portugal.

        Extension fee

        The extension fee you will be charged depends on a couple of factors. Firstly, the reason for your extension. Secondly, whether this is your first or second extension.

        You will not be charged an extension fee if you are extending your visa for majeure reasons.

        If it is your first visa extension, and you are extending either due to late entry or because of personal reasons, you will be charged €30.

        If it is your second visa extension, no matter your reason for extending, you will be charged €60. Child visa extension applications will cost €30.

        Just as with your initial visa application, you will be charged no matter whether you are granted an extension or not.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        For South African citizens looking to secure a Schengen visa, we understand that the application process can be confusing. You require so many documents, all of which have to be in perfect order, and any mistake risks getting your application rejected and wasting money.

        At Total Law, we are experts in all aspects of Portuguese immigration. We are here to support you at every stage of your application and bring a wealth of experience.
        We can help you determine which visa you need and which documents are required plus check your application form.

        Whether you’re going to Portugal for a business meeting, a medical appointment or on holiday, we will ensure you get there on time and stress-free. Contact Total Law today, at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or make an enquiry online.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  If you are South African, you cannot stay in Portugal for any length of time without a visa. This is because there is no visa-free agreement between South Africa and Portugal.

                  Yes. If the relevant Portuguese authorities determine that the conditions upon which the visa was offered are no longer being met, then your visa can be revoked. If you are in Portugal when this occurs, you will be given a deadline by which you need to leave the country.

                  If you apply for your visa through Total Law, we will keep you updated on the progress of your visa application.