Rules of entry to Portugal for Russians in 2022
Portugal has removed all coronavirus restrictions for travelers.
You do not need to take a coronavirus test or get vaccinated to travel. A passport and a Schengen visa is enough. But there are no direct flights to the country, so you have to change planes. I will tell you about everything in detail.
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How to get a visa to Portugal
You can apply for a short-term visa in the Visa Center. There are centers in eight Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod and Samara. Applications are accepted 15 days – six months before departure. Urgent visas are not processed now.
Make an appointment through an electronic form on the website of BLS. Here are the documents all applicants will need:
- Visa application form. The applicant downloads it from the visa center website and fills it in by himself for all tourists, including children.
- A passport with past visas and a copy of the page with personal data. The passport must be valid for at least three months after the completion of the planned trip to Portugal. If there are old passports with visas, you should also bring them along with a copy of the personal data page and copies of Schengen visas for the past 3 years. If you have a second valid passport, you must bring it with a copy of your personal data page.
- Russian passport and copies of all relevant passports.
- Booking of return air tickets. The Portuguese visa center said that for a tourist visa, they must be paid for.
- Insurance policy for the entire trip with a minimum coverage of 30 000 € ( 2 585 400
- Р ).
- Proof of financial support. It may be one of the following documents: certificate of employment, bank account certificate, or 2-NDFL certificate of income of an individual. For travel to Portugal you need 75 € ( 64646
- P) for the first day and 50 € (4,310 €) for each following day.
- P ) for each following day.
- Sponsorship letter if the trip is paid for by another person. Applicants should enclose a copy of the first page of their passport, proof of income and proof of any family ties to the sponsor, e.g. marriage certificate.
- Two color photographs. Detailed photo requirements are published on the visa center website.
- Receipts of payment of service fee and/or visa fee. The visa fee is 35 € – this is 3019 R at the rate of the visa center. Children under 6 years are exempt from this fee. The service fee is paid by all applicants irrespective of age. In Moscow it is 30 € – 2588 P according to the center rate, in other cities it is 34.5 € or 2976 P according to the center rate.
- Consent to personal data processing.
- Confirmation of hotel reservations. It is not necessary to pay for it. A written description of the trip will be accepted instead.
- A travel plan if you intend to visit more than one country.
List of documents for visa to Portugal, EnglishPDF, 369 KB
Visa application formPDF, 166KB
Consent to personal data processing in MoscowPDF, 377 KB
Consent to process personal data when applying in other regionsPDF, 303 KB
If you have not been fingerprinted in the past five years, you will have to submit your fingerprints. There is no additional charge for the procedure: the cost is included in the center’s services. You cannot submit biometric data at home.
Visa applications are usually processed in up to 15 calendar days, not including delivery of documents to Moscow and back. In some cases, the term increases up to 45 calendar days. Urgent visas for tourists are not planned to make out yet, reported Tinkoff Journal in BLS.
What documents are needed to enter Portugal during the pandemic
To enter the Azores or the mainland, since July 1, no need to take PCR tests , present certificates of vaccination or certificate of recovery from COVID-19.
Madeira lifted all restrictions even earlier – at the end of February.
But we recommend you to clarify rules of airline you’re planning to fly with: sometimes they differ from official requirements, which were introduced by authorities of the country.
How to get to Portugal from Russia now
Russia and Portugal have closed the sky for each other. You can get to Portugal only with connections, for example in the UAE or Turkey. A ticket from Moscow to Lisbon with connection in Dubai or Istanbul on August 1st will cost about 65 000-68 000 R per person with luggage. The same tickets may be found on August 15th for 48 000-51 000 R.
Fly from Moscow to Lisbon with a connection in Istanbul or Dubai. Tickets in July, the price starts at 65,000 P. Source: aviasales.ru
Portugal: visa registration for Russians in 2022
Those who plan to vacation in Europe, namely in Portugal, necessarily need a visa, because the country is part of the Schengen states. You can get a permission to enter the country by resorting to the help of intermediaries – the Visa Center or a tour operator, or by yourself. Visa to Portugal for Russians in 2022 is independently executed by Russian citizens when applying to the Embassy.
Portugal is situated in the Westernmost part of Europe.
Types of visas
Portugal issues Schengen visas to Russians of such categories:
- A – transit;
- C – short tourist visas;
- D – national visa (90 – 180 days).
Although the Portuguese authorities allow visa-free transit for flights, in some cases obtaining a visa is mandatory.
A category A transit visa for Portugal is required if:
- The waiting period for the flight is more than 24 hours;
- Tourist wants to leave the international airport area.
Transit permit is necessary for those who are flying through Portugal to a country outside the Schengen zone. Holders of a Schengen visa opened by any other Schengen member state do not need to do this, they can freely transit through Portugal.
The Consular Section of the Embassy mainly issues short-term tourist visas for visits to Portugal. The purpose of the visit can be:
- Business trip;
- Resident invitation.
The validity period of Category C visas for the first time is one month. Permits can be issued both for single entry into the country, and providing the right to visit Portugal several times.
Russian Embassy of Portugal does not issue Category D visas that allow staying in the country for more than 90 days. It is necessary to issue a short-term visa for entry, and already in Lisbon to obtain a long-term visa. Purpose of the long-term visa to Portugal:
- Medical treatment;
- Family reunion.
This type of visa is also called a resident visa and is an intermediate step on the way to obtaining a residence permit. Long-term permit is granted to official workers.
Portuguese legislation allows for a visa to be applied for directly at the Lisbon airport upon arrival. But this option is available in cases of emergency:
- In case of an unplanned plane landing;
- Serious illness of a passenger or relative;
- Death of a relative;
- Other unforeseen circumstances.
Emergency visa to Portugal is necessary for a tourist to leave the country in which he suddenly found himself or was delayed without problems. The validity period of such visa is not long – no more than 48 hours.
Order of receiving
Visa to Portugal by Russians in 2022 can be processed independently, although it is possible to resort to the help of intermediaries. The intermediaries are visa application centers in big Russian cities like Moscow, Kazan, St.Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Samara, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod, and Rostov-on-Don. Also travel agencies render intermediary services in arranging tours.
Obtaining a visa to Portugal through the visa center, you need to prepare a special power of attorney to represent your interests in the Consulate.
The service “Visa to Portugal” is provided by the visa center for the Russian citizens on a first-come, first-served basis, without compulsory pre-registration. However those who do not wish to wait and want to come to the appointed time and submit the documents shall call the Visa Application Center and make an appointment in advance. If you apply at the Visa Application Center in Moscow, preliminary registration is obligatory.
If you choose to apply for the visa yourself, you should apply at the Consulate of the Portuguese Embassy in Moscow. It is obligatory to make an appointment before visiting the consular department.
You can make such an appointment only at the Embassy’s web-site 3 months prior to your planned trip to Portugal. Previously, it is no longer possible to make an appointment by phone.
Once you have made an appointment you must wait for your appointment. By the date of the visit you should prepare the documents for the visa to Portugal and fold them in due order. It is advisable to check the reception hours at the Embassy beforehand. You should come in advance, about 20 – 30 minutes before the appointed time, you cannot be late.
Since 2015, all applicants must visit the Embassy in person, because it is necessary to take fingerprints and photos directly when submitting documents. This rule applies to adults and children 12 years of age and older. Young children, persons physically unable to submit fingerprints and members of diplomatic missions are exempt from submitting biometric data. You may apply through an intermediary without a personal visit only if you have submitted biometric data before. The information is kept for 5 years.
Portugal is a Schengen country, so the documents for obtaining a visa to Portugal are subject to the general requirements for the Schengen area. All the information you need to apply can be found on the websites of the Embassy and the Visa Application Centre. For registration of a short-term visa the package of necessary documents is as follows:
- A passport valid for at least the duration of the trip plus 90 days after;
- Two filled in questionnaires. The language used in filling out questionnaires must be English or Portuguese. It is allowed to fill in the application form in Russian but in Latin letters. Both questionnaires must be signed in person by the applicant;
- Three photos: one is glued on each of the forms, and on the back of the third, attached with a staple, the name of the applicant and his passport number. The photos are made in compliance with Schengen standards;
- A copy of the first pages of the current passport, as well as the previous one, if it had any Schengen visas;
- Confirmation of accommodation for the period of the trip. This can be a hotel reservation, rental agreement, documents on the ownership of real estate in Portugal;
- Confirmation of tickets purchase or reservation;
- If you plan to travel by car, you need a car papers and a driving license of international standard;
- Insurance policy. Insurance must cover at least €30,000 worth of damage;
- Confirmation of your financial status. For employed citizens it is a certificate from workplace, with obligatory indication of position and salary. For those who run their own business – certificate of registration and certificate from the tax office. For pensioners – a certificate and proof of required income. For non-working people – data from the account or a sponsor’s letter and confirmation of the sponsor’s ability to pay.
The required financial minimum – 75 euros for the first day, 50 euros for each of the following (for each person).
In addition to this the Embassy has the right to request other information. It can be a similar plan for your visit, what cities you plan to visit, for what purpose. Therefore, before the interview it is recommended to prepare a plan of your trip , study the map of the country.
Formation of the documents package
Very important when submitting the documents is the order in which they are folded. If you do not comply with the standard, the documents will be refused. The papers should be presented in this sequence:
- Completed and printed questionnaires;
- Confirmation of accommodation reservation or data and guarantees of the host country;
- Original ticket or reservation;
- Financial documents;
- Copy of previous passports, if needed;
- Documents for children;
- Insurance policy.
Visa to Portugal for a child
To travel to Portugal with a child, it is necessary to prepare and process documents for the child. If the child is younger than 14 years, there is no need to prepare a special visa and passport for him/her. It is enough to register it in the parents’ passport. From the age of 12 years, the child must submit biometric data on an equal basis with adult tourists. Regardless of the presence of children’s passport, be sure to provide the birth certificate of the baby to the Embassy.
Filled out directly for the child:
- Two questionnaires to which a photograph is affixed;
- Original plus a copy of the birth certificate;
- Original plus a copy of the parent’s passport with an existing visa.
You may need the parents’ marriage certificate if there are differences in last names. If a child will not be accompanied by both parents on the tour, the permission of the one who stays in Russia, and in his absence – a confirmation of this fact (documents of death, deprivation of parental rights). If the child is accompanied by a third person, even a relative, permission from both parents is required.
Visa to Portugal for residents of Crimea
Russians who obtained citizenship due to the annexation of the Crimean peninsula to the Russian Federation and have Crimean registration can apply equally with their fellow citizens from other regions. Portuguese authorities do not establish additional restrictions for this category of applicants.
Timeframes for registration
The consulate of Portugal issues a Schengen visa in 3 to 21 days. Usually, the processing time of a visa to Portugal does not exceed 5 – 7 working days. During this time, consular staff will check the submitted documents and put the visa in your passport or refuse to issue a visa. When an urgent visa is issued the period of consideration is reduced to three working days. A date of passport receipt is appointed at documents delivery.
Refusal to issue a visa
Visa refusal occurs infrequently, Portugal has a loyal policy in the field of tourism. Nevertheless, there are cases of refusal. Reasons for refusal of a visa to Portugal can be:
- Deception of embassy staff;
- Committing a crime or misdemeanor during a past visit;
- An incomplete list of documents is submitted;
- Incorrectly filled out forms or submitted papers;
The Consulate may refuse to issue a visa if the applicant has not confirmed the necessary financial minimum, or if insurance coverage is insufficient. If you think that the refusal is unreasonable, it can be appealed. The appeal should be submitted to the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, located in Lisbon, or to the administrative court, which is also located in the Portuguese capital.
The cost of a visa to Portugal
If the applicant applied for a visa to Portugal directly through the Embassy in Moscow, he only needs to pay the visa fee. The permit will cost 35 euros, for an urgent application the price is 70 euros. The fees should be paid in rubles according to the exchange rate on the day of submission. In case of refusal, the money is not refunded.
If you use an intermediary, you have to pay an extra fee of 23 Euros for the services of the Visa Application Centre. The consular fee is paid in Rubles at the rate on the day of application and is not refunded, if the visa is rejected.
A number of applicants are exempt from paying the consular fee for a visa to Portugal:
- Relatives (only close relatives) of residents of Portugal;
- Members of diplomatic missions;
- Persons visiting the country for humanitarian purposes;
- Athletes and their accompanying persons;
- Participants in conferences, gatherings of a non-commercial nature;
- Those visiting the country for research purposes;
- Children under 12 years of age;
- Other categories.
The practice in Portugal is to extend your current permit to extend your stay in the country. This is done at the special service for foreigners, the Servico de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, or SEF. Appointments can be made in advance by telephone or by making an application on the official website of the organization.
In most cases a single extension is granted, but multiple extensions are possible if there are reasons justifying your stay in Portugal and a resident guarantor is present.
It is obligatory to get a visa to Portugal for the Russians, but it is easy to do it on their own even in Moscow. Residents of the regions don’t have to come to the capital, you can contact the local offices. Portugal is a country worth visiting: a great vacation on the ocean, a pleasant climate and a high level of service.
Contacts for Portugal Embassies and Visa Centers
Portuguese Embassy in Moscow
- Address: Moscow, Botanicheskij pereulok, 1/3;
- Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 10:15 to 13:00;
- Phone: +7 (495) 981-34-14.
Portugal Visa Centers
- Single phone numbers of visa centers: +7 (499) 703-49-86, +7 (499) 704-36-97;
- Unified schedule of the visa centers – submission of documents, issuance of visas: Monday-Friday from 09:00 to 16:00.
Portugal Visa Center in Moscow
Address: Moscow, 35 Dubininskaya Street.
Portugal visa center in St.Petersburg
The address: St.Petersburg, Bolshaya Raznochinnaya street, 16A (entrance from Chkalovsky avenue, floor 2).
Portugal visa center in Yekaterinburg
Address: Yekaterinburg, street Kuibysheva, 44.
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