Visa Document

VFS Portugal Visa Documents Requirement

Documents verification is the most important part of the Portugal Schengen visa process in which the Portugal consulate selects the applicant either to process for the visa or to reject their application. Processing the proper required documents at the right time will make the Portugal visa process much smoother and will avoid potential delays.

Also, make sure that you meet all the eligibility criteria set by the Portugal embassy before you apply for the Portugal visa. Documents for Portugal visas vary according to the applicant profile and the type of visa they opted for. In the case of a tourist visa, business visa, or even transit visa, documents will vary accordingly.

Here is the list of documents required by the Portugal visa UK applicant, depending on the applicant's profile.

1. Portugal Visa Application form

Every Portugal Visa applicant is required to fill, sign and submit the Portugal Visa Application at the Embassy.

2. Valid Passport

Portugal Visa applicants should present a valid and signed passport at the Embassy when they visit the Visa centre on the stipulated Portugal Visa Appointment date.

The passport that needs to be submitted must be issued in less than 10 years from the Visa application's date. The validity of the passport must be for a minimum of 90 days (3 months) from the intended date of return from Portugal. Please make sure that the passport has at least 2 blank pages in it.

If the applicant has any previous Schengen visas against their name in the old passport, then they need to furnish copies of the same at the Consulate during the Visa appointment.

3. UK Residence Permit

A Portugal visa applicant needs to present valid proof that states that they are a UK resident. This is where a UK resident permit comes into the picture. The applicant needs to submit an original copy of the UK residence permit at the consulate/Embassy. The submitted residence permit must be valid for a minimum of 3 months (90 days) from the date of departure from Portugal.

This Residence Permit can be in the form of a biometric card, or it should be stamped in the passport.

4. Recent Colored Passport Size Photographs

The recently-taken coloured passport photo should be 35x45mm (bare-head, full face) against a light background in accordance with the photograph requirements and specifications for the Portugal Schengen visa application.

5. Employment Status Proof

For Employed Applicants

  • The applicant should furnish a duly signed employment letter specifying the name & designation of the employee. The employer must issue the employment letter, and it should be issued in not more than one month. It should also confirm the status of the employment.
  • Last 3 months' salary slips

For Self-Employed Applicants

  • All the prospective applicants who are self-employed should furnish a self-employment letter which attests to the employment status of the applicant. The self-employment letter:
  • Must be recent
  • Addressed to the mission
  • It should also showcase the name and designation of the signee
  • Applicant's accountant, bank manager, solicitor, or local chamber of Commerce should provide proof of revenues. These proofs should be properly submitted at the Portugal Embassy on the date of Portugal Visa Appointment.

For Retired Employees

All the Portugal Visa applicants who are retired employees should get an original letter from the pension service or the local job centre. This letter should be not older than 3 months from the date of the application. The prospective applicant needs to present the letter at the Portugal Consulate/Embassy.

For Students

A UK student who wants to apply for a Portugal visit permit is required to have an original and recent copy of the letter issued by the British university, college or school. The letter obtained from the relevant authority:

  • Should specify the applicant's name
  • Specify the details of the studies/course undertaken
  • should be addressed to the Mission &
  • showcase the attendance record
  • confirm the enrolment of the applicant.

For Sponsored Spouse(for married couples only)

A prospective applicant of Portugal Visa who is sponsored either by a registered partner or spouse need to submit the following documents:

  • Marriage Certificate (Original & Copy)
    The marriage certificate furnished by the couple must be translated into Portuguese or English language if the certificate was issued to the couple outside the European Union and it is written in a different language. Please note that the original & the translated marriage certificate should be presented at the Embassy during the date of the visa appointment.
  • Original & Copy of the Passport of the Spouse or Registered Partner
  • Proof of Spouse/Registered Partner's Employment

At the Portugal Consulate, the applicant should furnish an employment letter (official) issued by the spouse's employer. This employment letter should specify the spouse's name, designation and date of joining in the company.

Proof of Financial means of sustenance

The applicant needs to furnish relevant documents that show adequate means of sustenance for the entire duration of Portugal stay. These proofs may include spouse's bank statements or salary slips of the last 3 months.

The applicant needs to furnish a cover letter to confirm the sponsorship by registered partner or spouse. Do note that the cover letter must be dated & duly signed.

6. Proof of Financial Means

The Portugal visa UK applicant needs to submit a proof of financial means to support his/her stay in Portugal. This proof may include the following documents:

  • Bank account statement for the last 3 months. The bank statement should clearly state the applicant's name, residential address & an end balance dated within the last month. The bank statement must also show a minimum balance of £ 50.00/day of stay in Portugal or the Schengen Area. Any outstanding accommodation or travel expenses must be stated as well.
  • A traveller’s cheque covering an equivalent amount, as mentioned in the first point, should be submitted.
  • Applicant's salary slips for the last 3 months from the date of application.

7. Travel insurance (all-risk medical travel insurance)

The travel insurance – clearly showing the customer’s name - has to be valid throughout the complete territory of the Schengen Area and must cover the entire period of the customer's intended stay in the Schengen Area; the minimum coverage for medical emergency and repatriation (in case of death clause included) must be 30.000 €.

The minimum travel insurance cover that the Portugal Consulate mandates is 30,000 Euros. Additionally, this travel insurance should cover emergency repatriation or any emergency medical care expenses.

  • Proof of accommodation

Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, camping, etc.) reservation mentioning customer name, travel dates and accommodation address details.

Suppose the customer’s name is not mentioned on the accommodation reservation. In that case, a joint travel confirmation letter, signed and dated by the person whose name is on the reservation, must also be provided along with a photocopy of that same person's passport/ID card + passport signature page; if signature is not on the passport's bio page.

When accommodation is reserved for a group, then a list with the names of the group members will also be required; alternatively, the group member's names may also be mentioned on the travel ticket.

  • Proof of Transportation

Proof of transportation includes reservation of flight tickets or proof of other means of transport, including return trip. Also, copy of transport documentation with applicant’s name as passenger

  • By plane: confirmed booking with airline booking reference number
  • By train: rail ticket
  • By car: ferry ticket, copy of driver
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