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Visa-free travels for Portugal passport holders

Portuguese passport holders can enter 187 countries visa-free, with all the EU states, UK and Japan on the list. That is one of the reasons why investors from all over the world consider obtaining a passport of Portugal.

Visa-free countries for Portuguese citizens

Which countries are visa‑free for Portuguese citizens

The list of 187 countries includes states that allow entry without a visa for Portuguese passport holders, as well as countries that issue a visa on arrival or online. The latter states are included in the list because to visit them, Portuguese citizens do not have to go to the consulate, queue, or make appointments, that is, handle all the visa hassles people want to avoid so much. 

The difference between entry conditions

  • Visa-free entry allows passing the country's border just on your passport without any additional entry permit. Portugal has visa waiver agreements with all European countries. Overall the list of visa-free countries for a Portugal passport includes 142 states.
  • eTA, or Electronic Travel Authorization, is a visa type you apply for and receive online. The process can take a couple of minutes to 2—3 days, depending on the country. 10 countries issue an eTA for Portuguese citizens.
  • Visa on arrival is a type of visa one gets immediately after crossing the border of the host country – for example, at the airport or the checkpoint. 35 states grant such visas to the Portuguese.

The freedom of travel that a Portuguese passport provides is one of the reasons so many people are looking to obtain citizenship of Portugal.   

Complete list of visa-free countries for citizens of Portugal 

#CountryEntry conditionsDuration of stay
EUROPE
1AlbaniaVisa-free90 days
2AndorraVisa-free90 days
3ArmeniaVisa-free180 days 
4AustriaVisa-free90 days
5BelarusVisa-free30 days
6BelgiumVisa-free90 days
7Bosnia and HerzegovinaVisa-free90 days
8BulgariaVisa-free3 months
9CroatiaVisa-free3 months
10CyprusVisa-free3 months
11Czech RepublicVisa-free90 days
12DenmarkVisa-free90 days
13EstoniaVisa-free90 days
14Faroe IslandsVisa-free90 days
15FinlandVisa-free90 days
16FranceVisa-free90 days
17GeorgiaVisa-free1 year
18GermanyVisa-free90 days
19GibraltarVisa-freen/d
20GreeceVisa-free90 days
21GreenlandVisa-free90 days
22HungaryVisa-free90 days
23IcelandVisa-free90 days
24IrelandVisa-free3 months
25ItalyVisa-free90 days
26KosovoVisa-free90 days
27LatviaVisa-free90 days
28LiechtensteinVisa-free3 months
29LithuaniaVisa-free90 days
30LuxembourgVisa-free90 days
31MaltaVisa-free90 days
32MoldovaVisa-free90 days
33MonacoVisa-free90 days
34MontenegroVisa-free90 days
35NetherlandsVisa-free90 days
36North MacedoniaVisa-free3 months
37NorwayVisa-free3 months
38PolandVisa-free90 days
39RomaniaVisa-free3 months
40San MarinoVisa-free90 days
41SerbiaVisa-free90 days
42SlovakiaVisa-free90 days
43SloveniaVisa-free90 days
44SpainVisa-free90 days
45SwedenVisa-free90 days
46SwitzerlandVisa-free90 days
47TurkeyVisa-free90 days 
48UkraineVisa-free90 days
49United KingdomVisa-free6 months
50Vatican CityVisa-free90 days
OCEANIA
1American SamoaeTAn/d
2AustraliaeTA3 months
3Cook IslandsVisa-free31 days
4FijiVisa-free120 days
5French PolynesiaVisa-free3 months
6Guam eTA90 days
7KiribatiVisa-free90 days
8Marshall IslandsVisa-free90 days
9MicronesiaVisa-freen/d
10New CaledoniaVisa-free3 months
11New Zealand eTA3 months
12NiueVisa-free30 days
13Northern Mariana Islands eTA90 days
14Palau IslandsVisa-free90 days
15Papua New GuineaVisa on arrival60 days
16SamoaVisa-free90 days
17Solomon IslandsVisa-free90 days
18TongaVisa-free90 days
19TuvaluVisa-free90 days
20VanuatuVisa-freen/d
MIDDLE EAST
1Bahrain Visa on arrival2 weeks
2Iran Visa on arrival30 days
3IraqVisa-free30 days
4IsraelVisa-free90 days
5Jordan Visa on arrival6 months
6Kuwait Visa on arrival90 days
7Lebanon Visa on arrival1 month 
8OmanVisa-free14 days
9Palestinian TerritoryVisa-freen/d
10QatarVisa-free60 days
11Saudi Arabia Visa on arrival3 months
12United Arab EmiratesVisa-free90 days
CARIBBEAN
1AnguillaVisa-free90 days
2Antigua and BarbudaVisa-free90 days
3ArubaVisa-free90 days
4BahamasVisa-free90 days
5BarbadosVisa-free3 months
6Bonaire; St. Eustatius and SabaVisa-free90 days
7British Virgin IslandsVisa-free1 month
8Cayman IslandsVisa-free6 months
9CuracaoVisa-free90 days
10DominicaVisa-free3 months
11Dominican RepublicVisa-free30 days
12French West IndiesVisa-free90 days
13GrenadaVisa-free90 days
14HaitiVisa-free90 days
15JamaicaVisa-free30 days
16MontserratVisa-freen/d
17Puerto Rico eTAn/d
18St. Kitts and NevisVisa-free90 days
19St. LuciaVisa-free90 days
20St. MaartenVisa-free90 days
21St. Vincent and the GrenadinesVisa-free90 days
22Trinidad and TobagoVisa-free90 days
23Turks and Caicos IslandsVisa-free90 days
24US Virgin Islands eTAn/d
ASIA
1Bangladesh Visa on arrival30 days
2BruneiVisa-free90 days
3Cambodia Visa on arrival30 days
4Hong Kong (SAR China)Visa-free90 days
5IndonesiaVisa-free30 days
6JapanVisa-free90 days
7KazakhstanVisa-free30 days
8KyrgyzstanVisa-free60 days
9Laos Visa on arrival30 days
10Macao (SAR China)Visa-freen/d
11MalaysiaVisa-free90 days
12Maldives Visa on arrival30 days
13Mongolia Visa on arrival30 days
14Nepal Visa on arrival90 days
15PhilippinesVisa-free30 days
16SingaporeVisa-free90 days
17South KoreaVisa-free90 days
18Sri Lanka eTA30 days
19TaiwanVisa-free90 days
20TajikistanVisa on arrival45 days
21ThailandVisa-free30 days
22Timor-LesteVisa-free90 days
23UzbekistanVisa-free30 days
AMERICAS
1ArgentinaVisa-free90 days
2BelizeVisa-free30 days
3BermudaVisa-freen/d
4BoliviaVisa-free90 days
5BrazilVisa-free90 days
6Canada eTA6 months 
7ChileVisa-free90 days
8ColombiaVisa-free90 days
9Costa RicaVisa-free90 days
10EcuadorVisa-free90 days
11El SalvadorVisa-free90 days
12Falkland IslandsVisa-freen/d
13French GuianaVisa-free90 days
14GuatemalaVisa-free90 days
15GuyanaVisa-free90 days
16HondurasVisa-free90 days
17MexicoVisa-free180 days
18NicaraguaVisa-free90 days
19PanamaVisa-free3 months
20ParaguayVisa-free90 days
21PeruVisa-free90 days
22United States eTA90 days
23UruguayVisa-free90 days
24VenezuelaVisa-free90 days
AFRICA
1BotswanaVisa-free90 days
2Burkina Faso Visa on arrival30 days
3Cape Verde IslandsVisa-free30 days
4Comores Islands Visa on arrival45 days
5Egypt Visa on arrival30 days
6Eswatini (Swaziland)Visa-free30 days
7Ethiopia Visa on arrival3 months
8Gabon Visa on arrival90 days
9Gambia Visa on arrivaln/d
10Guinea-Bissau Visa on arrival90 days
11LesothoVisa-free14 days
12Madagascar Visa on arrival90 days
13Malawi Visa on arrival3 months
14Mauritania Visa on arrivaln/d
15MauritiusVisa-free90 days
16MayotteVisa-free90 days
17MoroccoVisa-free90 days
18Mozambique Visa on arrival30 days
19NamibiaVisa-free90 days
20ReunionVisa-freen/d
21Rwanda Visa on arrival90 days
22Sao Tome and PrincipeVisa-free15 days
23SenegalVisa-free3 months
24Seychelles Visa on arrival90 days
25Sierra Leone Visa on arrival1 month
26Somalia Visa on arrival30 days
27South AfricaVisa-free90 days
28St. Helena Visa on arrival182 days
29Tanzania Visa on arrival3 months
30Togo Visa on arrival7 days
31TunisiaVisa-free90 days
32Uganda Visa on arrivaln/d
33Zambia Visa on arrival90 days
34Zimbabwe Visa on arrival3 months

Entry requirements to popular travel destinations for citizens of Portugal

The EU and Schengen Area. As Portugal is a part of the Schengen agreement, its citizens and residents can travel visa-free to all the Schengen countries and stay there for a maximum of 90 days in total within every 6 months. 

EU states that are not part of the Schengen Area, namely, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, and Ireland, also allow visa-free entry for citizens of Portugal. They can stay in each country for 90 days every 6 months. Stays in these countries are calculated individually. If one spends 90 days in Croatia, they can immediately travel to Romania and spend another 90 days there.

The UK. Portuguese citizens who visit the UK for tourism can stay there for up to 6 months without a visa. For that, they need only a passport valid for the whole duration of their stay in the country.

The United States. To visit the USA, holders of Portuguese passports need to apply for an eTA. The application process takes around 20 minutes, and the document is ready within several minutes. ETA allows only short-time visits for up to 90 days. The application fee is $21. 

Canada. For Canada, an eTA is also required. The document is valid for 6 months. The application process is straightforward and won’t take more than half an hour. Another thirty minutes after submission takes the issuance of an eTA.

Those who enter Canada from the USA by land or sea do not need an eTA.

Australia. For short stays in Australia, EU citizens, including the Portuguese, need an eVisitor visa. It’s a type of visa to apply for online. An eVisitor entry permit is valid for one year and allows multiple entries to the country. Each stay should not exceed 90 days.

Singapore. To enter Singapore, citizens of Portugal need to apply for an SG Arrival Card which can be obtained online. After that, it’s possible to stay in the country for 90 days.

Hong Kong. For EU citizens, including the Portuguese, Hong Kong allows visa-free entry for short stays of up to 3 months.

Japan. Short visits to Japan for up to 90 days are visa-free for Portuguese citizens.

Portugal. Portuguese citizens are not obliged to live in Portugal, but many choose to relocate or at least travel around the country. The country has something for anyone: ocean and surfing places, mountains and spectacular hiking trails, old castles and vibrant cities. On top of that, Portugal can brag about warm sunny weather all year long.

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How to get a Portuguese passport

There are several ways to obtain a Portuguese passport. A marriage to a Portuguese citizen or employment by a local company can lead to citizenship by naturalisation. Besides, the residence by investment program operates for those willing to invest in the country’s economy and get citizenship in the future

The investment path to a Portuguese passport

1
Portugal golden visa obtainment
2
+ 1 year
First-time residence permit renewal
3
+ 2 years
Second-time residence permit renewal
4
+ 2 years
Application for citizenship
5
+ 7—12 months
Portugal passport obtainment

Portugal golden visa obtainment. To be eligible for the Golden Visa, one needs to invest in the economy of Portugal. Investment options include purchasing real estate or investment fund units, capital transfer, funding a company, as well as investing in the country’s culture, business or research. The minimal investment one has to make is €250,000.

Residence permit renewals. A year after obtaining the Golden Visa, the investor needs to renew his residence permit for the first time. After that, the residence permit is to be renewed every two years. To be eligible for renewal, golden visa holders must spend at least 7 days a year in Portugal.

Application for citizenship. To apply for citizenship, one must hold a Portuguese golden visa for at least five years. The applicant also has to prove their knowledge of Portuguese. Consideration of the application usually takes about 7 months.

Portugal citizenship in 5 years and with minimum investments

Andrew wanted to obtain citizenship in one of the EU states because he had planned to expand his company to Europe. 

The Portuguese Golden Visa program was the best suitable option for him as it offered affordable investment options while providing all the benefits of legal residence in an EU country.

Case Study

How to obtain a Portugal golden visa by purchasing real estate 

Purchase of real estate is the most popular investment option with Portuguese golden visa applicants. Here’s how the process of the golden visa obtainment goes in case of that kind of investment.  

Step-by-step procedure

1
1 day
Preliminary Due Diligence
2
5—21 days
Selection of real estate
3
2—5 days
First trip to Portugal
4
1—2 months
Purchase and sale deal
5
1.5—2 months
Preparation of an application
6
1 day
Second trip to Portugal: fingerprinting
7
4—6 months
Approval and issuing of a residence permit

Preliminary Due Diligence. Before signing a contract with an investor, we run a Due Diligence check on them to ensure they meet the Golden Visa program requirements and eliminate potential issues. 

Selection of real estate.  Focusing on the investor’s requirements, our real estate experts select properties for them to consider. After creating a shortlist of preferable options, we negotiate the terms with the sellers. 

First trip to Portugal. During this trip, the investor makes the final decision on the real estate they want to purchase, opens a bank account, gets an individual taxpayer number, and draws up a power of attorney for the lawyer to become their personal representative in Portugal.      

Purchase and sale transactions. Immigrant Invest lawyers accompany the deal until the issuance of the real estate ownership certificate.

Preparation for the application. Our lawyers provide the investor with a list of necessary documents for the golden visa application. When the documents are collected, the lawyers fill out government forms, translate and notarise the papers.  

Second trip to Portugal: fingerprinting. The investor travels to Portugal to submit the documents and biometric data for residence permit cards. This has to be done in person.

Approval and the residence permit issuance. The investor’s documents will be checked within 6 months after application. After approval, the investor pays the fee for a residence permit card and receives it two weeks after. 

Visa-free countries for Portuguese Golden Visa holders

A golden visa holder doesn’t have the same travel opportunities as a citizen. While the list of visa-free countries narrows down, it still includes all the Schengen states, as well as Cyprus, Croatia, and Romania. These are usually the most desired travel destinations. In total, 28 countries are visa-free for Portuguese golden visa holders.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many countries can I visit visa-free with a Portugal passport?

Portuguese passports provide free entry to their holders to 187 countries. Visa-free countries for Portugal citizens include 142 states. Plus, 10 countries require an eTA, and 35 states issue a visa on arrival.

How strong are Portuguese passports?

Portuguese passports allow visa-free entry to 187 countries. This is the 5th strongest passport in the world.

Is the UK visa-free for Portugal passport holders?

Yes, Portuguese citizens can travel visa-free to the UK and stay there for up to 6 months. They are required to have only a passport valid for the whole duration of their stay in the country.

Can I travel to the USA with a Portuguese passport?

Portuguese citizens can travel to the USA with an e-visa.Visa requirements for Portuguese citizens include only eTA. The application process is very quick and takes less than half an hour. Travellers have to pay a fee of $21. ETA allows only short-time visits to the USA: 90 days or less.

Can I travel to Canada with a Portuguese passport?

Canada’s requirements for Portugal passport holders are similar to those of the USA. Portuguese citizens who travel to Canada by plane also need an eTA. If they enter Canada by land from the territory of the US, eTA is not required. 

ETA for Canada is valid for half a year. The application costs CAD7 and usually takes a few minutes to be issued. However, in some cases, the processing of the application can take up to several days.

Does a Portuguese golden visa provide me with the travel benefits of a Portuguese passport?

The golden visa does not provide the investor with the same travelling opportunities as Portuguese citizenship. It does, however, allow visa‑free travel through the whole Schengen area. Golden Visa holders have free entry to the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
What are other benefits of a Portuguese passport?

Tax optimization. New tax residents of Portugal can apply for Non‑Habitual Resident tax status, which allows them to skip the tax on global income legally. For non‑habitual residents, the tax rate for the income earned in Portugal reduces to 20% instead of the potential 48%. NHR can be given to a person only once and cannot be renewed. 

NHR is available to citizens and residents of Portugal who have lived within the country for at least 183 days in the last year. Once one becomes a resident of this country, they can apply for the status at a Portuguese tax office.

Business and work opportunities. Portuguese citizens can open a business in Portugal or any other European country. Plus, being a citizen of Portugal, one can apply for a local or EU‑based job without any work permits required.

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Visa-free travels for Portugal passport holders