A Guide to Portugal Schengen Visa Application for Filipinos

How can I get visa to Portugal from Philippines?

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How to Apply for a Portugal Schengen Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

Dreaming of seeing the Castelo de São Jorge, hiking the Gerês Mountain Range, or experiencing the cross-border zipline at Alcoutim? If you are eyeing to visit Portugal sometime in the future, you will need to prepare travel requirements such as a Portugal Schengen visa.

Portugal Schengen Visa Application for Filipinos image via Depositphotos
Portugal Schengen Visa Application for Filipinos image via Depositphotos

A Schengen visa is required when entering Portugal. It offers a short stay of 90 days in a 180-day period. There are different kinds of Schengen visas, and it is important to note which visa you need to prepare the necessary requirements. Read on to know more on how to apply for a Portugal Schengen visa for Filipinos.

Who Can Apply for a Portugal Schengen Visa?

Any Philippine passport holder can apply for a Portugal Schengen visa, whether for leisure, education, work, or if you want to reside in Portugal permanently. However, you’ll need a different type of Schengen visa for any of these purposes.

Basically, you’ll be needing a Schengen visa if you plan to enter any countries in the Schengen Area. They issue single entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry visas depending on various purposes and other factors.

Requirements for a Portugal Schengen Visa

  • Accomplished and signed Visa application form. Download the form here.
  • Two (2) passport-size photos not older than 6 months. See specifications below: Should be two identical photos; 35 mm x 45 mm, Colored (black and white is not allowed) and with bright-colored background, Neutral facial expression, Eyes directly looking at the camera, Avoid clothes that match the background-color
  • A valid Philippine Passport with two blank pages
  • Copies of your previous visas with validity of at least 3 months beyond the return date.
  • Copy of return-ticket reservation
  • Schengen travel insurance with a minimum of 30,000 € coverage within the entire Schengen Area and Portugal
  • A cover letter which declares the purpose of visit and itinerary in Portugal
  • A booked flight itinerary with dates and flight numbers that show entry and exit from Portugal
  • Hotel booking reservation during your entire stay in Portugal
  • Proof of civil status. See the list of documents you can submit below: Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate of Child/ren, Death Certificate of Spouse, Ration card
  • Means of Subsistence (Proof of Financial Capacity) See list of documents you can submit below: Personal bank statement (at least the last 3 months), Credit card, Cash, Traveller’s cheques, Payslips, Proof of Employment, Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness, Proof of Prepaid accommodation, Proof of Prepaid transport

Note: specifically for a Portugal Schengen Visa, a foreign national should attest to owning 40 €/ day when applying for this visa. Each time a foreign national enters Portugal, he/she must be able to provide a 75 €.

Note: Those who can provide proof of accommodation and food covered during their stay in Portugal might be released from paying the above amount.

  • Fingerprint (to be collected upon lodging a visa application)

Additional Requirements

For those who are employed:

  • Contract of Employment
  • Personal Bank Statement (within the last 6 months)
  • No Objection Letter (a letter from the employer which states that you have contractual obligations in your home country to return to and that you have a good financial position to afford the trip)
  • Income Tax Return (ITR)

For those who are self-employed:

  • A copy of your business license
  • Company bank statement (within the last 6 months)
  • Income Tax Return (ITR)

For students:

  • Proof of Enrolment
  • No Objection Letter (Letter of Approval which can be written by a dean/department head/adviser that state that the person must return to the home country to finish a degree)

For tourists:

  • An invitation letter from family or friends in Portugal (complete with contact details and address); if applicable
  • Personal bank statement (within the last 6 months)
  • Copies of your passport

For business purposes:

  • An invitation letter from the Portuguese company you’ll be visiting (complete with address, contact details, your visit dates, and coverage of expenses)
  • A certificate from your employer which shows that you’re allowed to do business travel
  • Proof of business trade relations (if applicable)
  • Business bank statement (within the last 6 months)
  • Original certified copy of the Memorandum and Article of Association (registered with joint-stock companies), Trade License, and Proprietorship and Partnership documents

For medical purposes:

  • Local medical report
  • Medical Attestation from hospital or doctor in Portugal with details of the date of appointment and medical situation
  • Medical fees payment receipt

For Filipino children who are below 18 years old:

  • Personal appearance of parents during the visa application
  • Original PSA Birth Certificate of child/ren on Security Paper

For child/ren traveling to Portugal without their parents:

  • Declaration of consent by legal guardian/s
  • Passport of the legal guardian (original and photocopy of the data page)
  • Proof of legal custody
  • Death certificate of parent (if applicable)
  • Travel Permit issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Where to Apply for a Portugal Schengen Visa in the Philippines?

Since there’s no Embassy of Portugal in the Philippines, you may apply through the Greek Embassy, which is authorized to process Portugal Schengen visas.

Steps in Applying for a Portugal Schengen Visa

  • Fill out the visa application form and complete all the necessary requirements.
  • Send an email to the Greek Embassy at visa.man@mfa.gr. Follow the format below:
    Preferred Date (Day Month Year)
    Applicant’s Name (Last Name, First Name)
    Passport Number
    Contact Number
    Visa Type (Schengen Short-term or National Long-term)
    Main Country of Destination
    Departure Date (Day Month Year)
  • Wait for the embassy to confirm your appointment; if your preferred date is not available, the embassy will select the closest possible slot.
  • Once your appointment has been confirmed, submit your requirements at the Greek Embassy and pay the necessary visa fee.

Visa Fee

  • For adults: Php 4,560 (as of April 2021)
  • For minors: Php 2,200
  • For children 0-12 years old: FREE

Note: Prices may change without prior notice. Check with the Embassy for the updated price.

Visa Application Timelines

It takes about 15 days to decide on a visa application, but it can take up to 30 to 60 calendar days in some cases. Plan your trip accordingly.

Tips and Guides

Here are some tips and reminders to help you before, during, and after your visa application!

  • Your passport should be valid for at least 3 months before your date of departure.
  • We advise that you do not purchase a ticket before you get your visa if it’s not required.
  • If you are traveling with a group, kindly set an appointment on a single email.
  • The visa fee is non-refundable.
  • Ensure that you have sufficient money in your bank account, which shows that you can fund your travel to Portugal.
  • Your itinerary must be complete with details, including your place of accommodation and their contact details.
  • If your visa application is refused, you may appeal. The consular authority will notify you of the reason for the refusal, and the form will also detail how you can appeal the decision.
  • Underaged children should be accompanied by their parent/s or guardians.
  • Submit your application not more than 6 months before your trip.
  • For children 18 and below, parents must present their valid ID (passport or driver’s license)
  • You will also need a Portugal Schengen Visa if you plan to visit other countries in the Schengen Area with Portugal as an entry point.
  • Insurance is needed for your travel to Portugal.
  • An interview might be needed but is not mandatory. Prepare ahead.
  • A visa application does not equate to having an approved visa. This depends on many factors, so make sure to submit the necessary documents and additional requirements, if any.

Traveling During COVID-19 Pandemic

As of April 30, 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter Portugal, except for citizens of EU Member States, third-country nationals with long-term permits, essential workers from third-world countries such as healthcare workers, health researchers, care professionals, transit passengers, or persons in need of international protection.

Other Useful Information

Operating Hours of the Greek Embassy

  • Visa application: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM (Mondays to Fridays)
  • Visa pick-up and Walk-in Inquiries: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Note: Make sure to contact and check their official website and social media to know about the updated requirements and application process for the Schengen visa application.

Applying for a Schengen visa can be very tedious with all the requirements you need to pass. The key here is to plan ahead so you can complete your requirements before your trip and make sure to confirm and verify all your details and requirements before scheduling an appointment. Though it’s a long process, getting your visa approved is just so worth it.

Have you traveled to Portugal before? How was your visa application experience? Share it with us in the comment section below!

Source: Schengen Visa Info, AXA Schengen, Greek Embassy, Department of Foreign Affairs.

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