Portuguese citizens, travelling with Portuguese passports do not require a visa if the intended visit to South Africa is for 90 day or less.
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Every country has the sovereign right to decide who may or may not enter its territory. Possession of a visa does not guarantee automatic admission to the Republic. It only authorizes the holder to proceed to the Republic to report to an immigration officer at a port of entry for the purpose of being examined as to his/her ability or otherwise, to comply with the (entry) requirements of the Act.
The purpose of a visa on the one hand is to ensure proper screening of applicants so that undesirable persons are not admitted to the Republic and on the other hand to facilitate the entry of approved applicants at South African ports of entry. Visas provide immigration officers with the necessary information to ensure that applicants are admitted for the correct purpose and period into the RSA.
Portuguese citizens, travelling with Portuguese passports do not require a visa if the intended visit to South Africa is for 90 day or less. Any queries relating to visas are handled by the Consular Section of the South African Embassy in Lisbon or either the Honorary Consulate in Funchal, Madeira or Porto, whichever is the closest one situated to you.
Visas are considered by the South African missions abroad and must be affixed in the applicants’ passports before departing to the RSA. Visas are not issued on arrival at South African ports of entry. Applicants arriving without visas will be refused entry into the RSA and deported to their country of origin.
To find out if you require a visa and/or pay South African visa tariffs, please see the list of countries exempt from visa control
PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT IN VIEW OF THE STATE OF EMERGENCY AND RESPECTIVE CONFINEMENT MEASURES ANNOUNCED BY THE PORTUGUESE GOVERNMENT, THE EMBASSY WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AS FROM 15 JANUARY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY, PLEASE CONTACT T. 964 151 989
1) The Embassy does not provide photocopying, printing or fax services to applicants.
Applicants must therefore ensure that they produce photocopies / print-outs together with original personal documents and applications, e.g., passports, identity documents, certificates, etc.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR VISA APPLICATION AT THE SA EMBASSY IN LISBON:
- Incomplete applications are not accepted. Please be sure to fill in all information on the application forms and to produce all the required documents for your application.
- All application forms must be fully filled in with a black ink pen, and legible handwriting.
- All details provided by the applicant should be in accordance with the documents produced (e.g., name and surname in accordance with passport details).
- Applicants must apply for the visas in person at the South African Embassy in Lisbon, and sign the application forms in the presence of an Embassy Official.
- All documents in a foreign language must be translated to English.
- All documents issued by any country other than South Africa or Portugal must be certified by means of an Apostille or – if not party to the Hague Convention – by the Diplomatic representation in Portugal, duly accredited to the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- A Photo booth is available at the Embassy for international standard photographs. (4xphotos = 5 euros, coins only)
- All documents and letters or work contracts must be signed and stamped.
- Only original documents are accepted. Originals must be produced with their respective copies.
- The Embassy will only accept South African Police Clearance Certificates issued by the South African Police Service (SAPS).
- Public attendance period for visas at the South African Embassy in Lisbon: Monday to Friday – 8:30 to 11:00.
- Processing time: 10 working days.
- Upon submission of pending / additional documents, the processing timeframe of 10 working days will be restarted.
TYPES OF VISAS AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS / FORMS
- Visitor’s visa for nationals of non-exempt countries
- Visitor’s visa for more than 90 days
- Short term work visa (up to 90 days)
- Short term work visa – film industry
- Documents required for all visas over 90 days
- Intra-company visa
- Critical skills work visa
- Relatives visa
- Study visa
- Retired person visa
- Medical visa
- Visa to reside with spouse and work
- General work visa
- Exchange visa
- Business visa
- Research visa
- Corporate visa
- Form dha-84
- Form dha-1738 e-version
- Form – medical and radiological
Visa Requirements for Portuguese Citizens
Visa requirements for Portuguese citizens are administrative entry restrictions established by the authorities of different countries around the world.
Currently, Portugal is part of the European Union and is a member of the Schengen Area, which helps to place the Portuguese passport 6th place in the rank of travel freedom, according to the Henley Passport Index.
The visa requirements for Portuguese passport holders depend on the country of destination, the purpose of the visit, and the period of stay.
As a general rule, Portuguese citizens will need a passport valid for 3 to 6 months before traveling to most destinations, although they are able to travel to any of the Schengen Area countries by simply presenting a valid National ID card.
Currently, more than 115 visa-exempt countries permit Portuguese travellers to cross their borders without a visa, for different periods of stay.
Portuguese citizens are permitted an unlimited stay in any Schengen country, as Portugal has signed the Schengen Agreement for passport-free travel.
Visa-free access to other countries is usually granted for short stays for tourist, business, or transit purposes, for periods of between 14 days and 1 year depending on the country of destination.
However, if Portuguese travellers wish to visit these destinations for another purpose or for longer permitted stays, they must apply for a visa from a relevant embassy or consulate of the chosen country.
To visit all other countries, Portuguese citizens must obtain a visa or travel authorization regardless of the period of intended stay, whether an embassy visa, a visa on arrival, or an electronic visa waiver or eVisa through an online application.
Find out more information about the visa requirements for Portuguese citizens below.
List of Visa Countries for Portuguese Passport Holders in 2021
Although there are currently a number of visa-exempt countries for Portuguese citizens, there are up to 130 countries that require them to obtain a visa regardless of the purpose of the visit or the period of stay.
This may be either a visa from a diplomatic office of the destination, a visa on arrival at a border checkpoint, or an eVisa or travel authorization via a digital application.
Portuguese citizens can obtain a visa or visa waiver in advance of travel to visit more than 100 countries around the globe. Around 30 of these permits them to obtain an electronic travel visa authorization through an online application.
An eVisa or online visa waiver for Portuguese citizens usually grants a short stay of between 14 and 90 days depending on the destination, and permits travel for tourism, business, or transit purposes.
However, if travellers from Portugal wish to visit these countries for longer periods or for another purpose not available with an online application, they must apply for an embassy visa for the destination.
Additionally, approximately 75 countries Portuguese passport holders to apply for a visa from an embassy or consulate no matter the purpose of the trip, whether a tourist visa, a business visa, work visa, transit visa, student visa, or other visa type.
A visa on arrival for Portuguese citizens is also available at border checkpoints of around 20 countries around the world, although submitting an application for this visa option often involves waiting in line immigration queues.
Browse the following list of countries for which a visa is required for citizens of Portugal to check if you need travel authorization for your destination.