HOW TO APPLY

Please note that the following essentials must be met by all applicants submitting their applications for visa.

  • Passport should have been issued within the previous 10 years.
  • Passport should have at least two blank pages.
  • Passport should have at least three months validity from the date of arrival back in India
  • Applications are only accepted within 3 months of the requested date of arrival
  • Relevant Forms & Photograph: Fully completed application form appropriate to the type of visa
  • Embassy of Portugal require a minimum of 15 calendar days for visa processing once the application reaches Embassy.. Please note that applications submitted to other VFS-offices than New Delhi will take another two days due to postal delivery.. For applications submitted in Mumbai to the Portugal Consulate in Goa, a minimum of 15 Calendar days is required (excluding VFS handling time) before the date of travel.
  • As part of the worldwide introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS), All Schengen consulates worldwide will be connected to VIS by the end of November 2015. For detailed Information click here.
  • Applicants who have given their biometrics previously and have since renewed their Passports are encouraged to enroll for their biometrics once again at the time of submission.

Application procedure

The VFS Portugal Visa Application Centres will accept visa applications from all nationals, who wish to travel to Portugal. VFS will submit all such visa applications to The Embassy of Portugal located in New Delhi and The Consulate of Portugal in Goa.

For applicants applying at VFS Mumbai and VFS Pune towards the Consulate General of Portugal, Goa please note:-

On the Portal das Comunidades Portuguesas Visas website applicants must select ‘Apply for a visa’ to initiate the Online form filling process.

At the end of completing the Online Visa Application Form you are required to select a ‘date’ on the Portal das Comunidades Portuguesas Visas website. Please be informed that this date on the visa application form should be the same date on which you wish to submit your visa application at VFS Mumbai or VFS Pune and can be selected when scheduling your appointment accordingly on our website. Please click here to schedule an appointment with VFS.

Important note to agents: Please keep in mind that the Processing time will be 15 calendar days (including day of submission at VFS). Please note that applications submitted to other VFS-offices than New Delhi will take another two days due to postal delivery., unless extraordinary circumstances are demonstrated and approved by the Embassy. For applications submitted in Mumbai to the Portugal Consulate in Goa, a minimum of 15 Calendar days is required (excluding VFS handling time) before the date of travel. Failure to comply with the application procedures will be met by a warning. Repeated misconduct may result in cancellation of an agent’s authorization.

Note: In case of travel to more than one Schengen country, please submit your application to the Embassy / Consulate where you will be staying for the maximum number of days. In case of equal stay, one has to apply at the Schengen country which is the first port of entry.

Submission of Visa application and collection of passports can be done by the following:

Submission Process

  • Applicant himself/herself.
  • Travel Agents/Representative is coming to submit the application he needs to carry a photo id of himself and an authority letter from the applicant / company only if the applicant has got his Biometrics recorded for Schengen Visa.
  • Passport Collection Process

    The applicants may choose courier delivery or counter collection as a mode of the passport collection. As per the instructions from the Embassy third party collection of passport or documents is not permitted, except in the following scenarios:

    • Immediate Family Member only (I.e. Parents, siblings, children) – Relationship proof needs to be furnished at the time of collection
    • One member of the group collecting for the entire group
    • A person collecting on behalf of Govt. officials, only if the authorization letter is on the Govt. letter head
    • Company Representative should present –Authorization letter on the Company letter head and the official ID card

    If any of the above comes for passport collection they need to carry the following documents:

    • Original ICR
    • Passport copy of the applicant(s)
    • Authorization letter from the applicant. (If one member of the group is collecting the passport on behalf of the entire group – authorization letter from all the other applicant(s) is mandatory)
    • Clear photocopy of the Govt. ID card will only be accepted at time of passport collection (eg. PAN Card, Driving License, Aadhar Card, Passport, Voter ID Card)

It is also mandatory to mention applicant’s personal address on the covering letter on which passport has to be couriered. Applicant's passport will not be couriered to their travel agencies 'addresses as directed by the Embassy.
Note*

  1. In case of a business applicant, if the applicant wishes to receive the passport to his/her office, then the same needs to be mentioned in the covering letter and the applicant’s office address needs to be mentioned in the courier request form.
  2. For application withdrawal cases, the passport needs to be collected from VFS Global only.

Embassy of Portugal require a minimum of 15 working days for visa processing once the application reaches Embassy.. Please note that applications submitted to other VFS-offices than New Delhi will take another two days due to postal delivery.. For applications submitted in Mumbai to the Portugal Consulate in Goa, a minimum of 15 Calendar days is required (excluding VFS handling time) before the date of travel. Applications accepted at The Portuguese visa application centre will be submitted on the next working day to the Embassy. In case an application needs to be referred to The Portuguese Immigration Service, processing time can prolong. If necessary Immigration Services holds the right to prolong processing time.

Collection of the processed passports from the VFS Portugal Visa Application Centres can be done on all working days from Monday to Friday except on holidays. Applicants can instantly track the status of their application online by clicking on Track your Application or by sending and SMS to VISA (space) PT (space) passport number to 57333. There will be no need to follow up with the Embassy or the call centre to ascertain when the passport will be returned.

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