ISM | Portugal Jump to main content


Travel and COVID-19

You can find the latest information on how COVID-19 is affecting travel to Portugal on the Re-open EU website. COVID-19 travel information can change frequently, but you can read what you should be looking out for in our guidance.

Entry visa requirements

Will depend on the employer and payment arrangements. See below for further details.

Working fewer than 90 days?

The MIP in Portugal have been informed that 'a visa is not required for British citizens traveling to Portugal for a period not exceeding 90 days, who are engaged in a paid activity (for example, artists).'

The Consulate-General of Portugal in London has also confirmed to us that British nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days, within a 180-day period for 'work related trips and performing artists, except where the applicant is directly employed by a company based in Portugal, with payments being made into a Portuguese bank account.' In this case, a seasonal Schengen work visa may be required.

Additional requirements (for a seasonal Schengen visa)

For a seasonal Schengen visa you will also need:

  • Return ticket
  • Travel insurance including medical cover
  • Proof of means of subsistence
  • Employment contract
  • Proof of accommodation

Working for more than 90 days?

A temporary stay visa is required for stays of up to one year ‘for the performance of an artistic activity aimed at public performances, to entities producing or organising such shows.’

A residence stay visa is needed for stays over 1 year.

Applications should be made through VFS Global.

      Contact details

      Portuguese Embassy Website
      11 Belgrave Square
      London SW1X 8PP

      Tel: +44 (0) 20 7235 5331
      [email protected]

      Honorary Consulates: Belfast, Edinburgh, Jersey

      Planning a tour?

      The information provided in this guide is for your reference only and does not constitute legal or immigration advice. The ISM recommends that if you have any doubts about your eligibility to enter any country, you contact a suitably qualified migration expert for each individual country in good time prior to intended arrival.