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Immigrate to Portugal from Australia

The journey to immigrate to Portugal from Australia requires a meticulous understanding of various visa processes and commitment to specific legal requirements. For Australians considering this significant move, understanding every step of the immigration pathway is essential.

Moving to Portugal from Australia can be simplified with the proper guidance. Immigration Advice Service is here to assist you every step of the way. For expert advice, call +44 (0)333 305 9375.


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Immigrate to Portugal from Australia Overview

Moving from Australia to Portugal involves several key steps, starting with obtaining the appropriate visa. After securing your visa, you can focus on organising your move, including finding a place to rent or buy. Portugal also offers a family reunification visa, allowing families to move together. For those seeking a permanent stay, applying for a residence permit in Portugal is a common step.

For anyone in Australia looking to relocate to Portugal, the first action is to complete the standard visa application process unless they already possess EU citizenship. You can plan your journey with a visa and secure accommodation in Portugal.

Portugal Immigration Requirements for Australians

Australians can enter Portugal visa-free for short stays up to 90 days within six months. More extended stays will require a National visa.

Several documents are required to obtain this, including a valid passport, passport photos, proof of financial stability, accommodation, comprehensive health insurance, a clean criminal record, and evidence of social security enrolment and tax status.

For those expecting a permanent move, obtaining a residence visa, alongside the above mentioned documents, is crucial. Additionally, from 2024, the ETIAS will require Australians to enter Portugal and other Schengen Area countries, ensuring a thorough security check before entry.

Schengen Visa Exemptions for Australian Citizens

Exploring Portugal is straightforward for Australians, with no visa required for stays up to 90 days within 180 days. However, it’s vital to ensure that travel purposes like business align with the visa exemption conditions.

While your passport, financial proof, and potentially additional documents like hotel reservations are essential, it’s also crucial to note the financial aspect of more extended stays or different visa types. The Schengen visa application comes with a fee of EUR 80 (approximately AUD 124.48). Thus, while short-term travel to Portugal is relatively hassle-free for Australians, ensuring all documents and requirements are for potential more extended stays is essential to maintaining the ease of travel.

Types of Visas to Enter Portugal From Australia

Navigating the various visa options is vital for Australians planning a journey to Portugal. The type of visa required largely depends on the duration and purpose of the stay.

1. Schengen Visa:

Australians typically do not require a visa due to the Schengen visa exemption policy. This applies to tourism, business trips, or family visits.

  • The purpose of a short-term visit (up to 90 days within 180 days) is to travel or do business.
  • The passport must be valid, the itinerary must be complete, and proof of finances must be provided.
  • The standard processing timeframe for a Schengen visa is generally 15 calendar days. Portuguese authorities may extend this processing window, taking 15 to 45 days, to carefully evaluate and decide on your visa application.
  • Australian citizens should be aware of the applicable fees. The cost for adults and children over 12 is €80, while children aged between 6 and 12 have a reduced fee of €40. Children under the age of 6 can apply for free.

2. Portuguese National Visa:

For those looking for a more extended stay in Portugal for work, study, or to reside there, the Portuguese National Visa is required.

  • Those who Intend for stays exceeding 90 days are suitable for work, study, or residence.
  • Applicants must have a valid passport, proof of income or means of support, a criminal record check, proof of housing, and health insurance.
  • A Portuguese visa usually takes ten to fifteen days to process. However, the processing time can be extended up to thirty or sixty days.
  • It varies depending on the visa type and duration, from €83 for study visas to €148 for work visas.

3. Family Reunification Visa:

Families looking to move together can explore the Family Reunification Visa, which allows family members to join those with a residence permit in Portugal.

  • Members of the family of Portuguese citizens who are either Portuguese citizens themselves or residents.
  • A valid passport, proof of relationship, and evidence that the resident can support the family member are required.
  • The standard processing time for a Portugal Family Reunification Visa is 60 days, with the possibility of an additional 60 days for specific applications, as communicated by SEF (Immigration and Borders Service).
  • The cost of a Portuguese family reunification visa is approximately €84.

4. Golden Visa:

The Portugal Golden Visa is another essential consideration, especially for investors. It’s particularly attractive due to the relatively low stay requirements and the potential for family inclusion in the application.

  • Investors make qualifying investments in Portugal, such as creating jobs or transferring capital.
  • The applicant must possess a valid passport, a criminal record certificate, proof of investment, and a health insurance policy.
  • The processing duration for a Portugal Golden Visa application from an Australian investor ranges from 12 to 18 months.
  • Application fee of €533, plus an additional €5330

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Portugal Visa Process for Australians


Starting on a journey to Portugal requires Australians to navigate the visa application process, which can be efficiently managed by following a clear guide.

  • Australians can visit Portugal and other Schengen countries for up to 90 days without a visa within six months. For more extended stays, a National visa application is necessary.
  • For individuals aged 16 and over, the Australian Embassy in Portugal imposes a fee of €193 for a 10-year passport.
  • When applying for a Portugal visa, you’ll need your passport, completed application form, passport-sized photos, travel health insurance, and itinerary. Additionally, provide proof of visa fee payment, financial means, and clean criminal record, and allow SEF to check Portuguese criminal records. Include previous visas, flight itinerary, and a cover letter explaining your purpose for the visit.
  • Forward all documents, ensuring they are clear and accurate to avoid any potential delays in processing.
  • An interview will need to be scheduled to verify your application and documents.
  • The application process generally spans up to 30 days, so applying well before your intended travel date is recommended.
  • Once approved, ensure to check your visa for any differences upon receipt.

Additional Tips:

  • Portugal has an approximate visa refusal rate of 30%. Ensuring your application is thorough and accurate is crucial.
  • For stays beyond 90 days, adhere to the additional requirements and apply for a National visa.

Airport Transit Visa for Portuguese Airports

Travelling through Portuguese airports requires understanding the Airport Transit Visa (ATV) application process. Certain travellers require this visa to transit through the international transit area of an airport without going through immigration control during a brief stopover or overnight stay.

Document Submission and Requirements

A variety of documents must accompany your application. It is also necessary for seafarers to have a copy of the Seaman’s book and an original visa for their final destination.

Additionally, your passport must have a minimum validity period of 3 months following your trip to Portugal and contain at least two blank pages. Additional documentation includes travel insurance with a minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR, a work certificate, proof of salary, and the last three bank transcripts to verify means of support.

Understanding the Fee Structure

  • The application for an ATV comes with a specified fee: €80 for individuals aged over 12 and €40 for children between 6 and 12 years. This fee facilitates the processing of the application and the issuance of the ATV for eligible travellers.

Processing Time and Additional Considerations

While the general processing time for an ATV is typically 15 working days, certain circumstances can extend this period to 30 or even 60 calendar days. It’s vital to plan accordingly and ensure that all documentation and processes are meticulously adhered to, ensuring a smooth transit through Portuguese airports on your journey. Additionally, while an ATV is generally required for the Schengen area, there are instances where a transit visa may not be necessary, particularly if travellers remain within the airport’s transit area and do not pass through immigration control.

Application Process and Timing

The application process involves several key steps. An appointment must be scheduled with your country’s Portuguese embassy or consulate. The visa application form should be downloaded from the embassy’s website, completed with all relevant details, and submitted between 6 months and 15 days before the intended travel date. Seafarers can apply up to 9 months before their travel date.

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Applying for a Portugal Visa

  • Apply at least two weeks before travel on the VFSGlobal website.
  • Fill out the application form and gather the needed documents.
  • Attend an interview at a VFS Global centre for Biometrics.
  • Provide proof of stay, financial stability, bank statements, and a sponsorship letter.
  • The visa fee is €80 for adults, €40 for kids 6-12, and free for under 6s.

Obtaining a Residence Permit to live in Portugal from Australia

  • If staying long-term, start with a visa matching your purpose (e.g., work, study).
  • On arriving in Portugal, you’ll get temporary residence status, usually for a year.
  • Before this expires, apply for a residence permit.
  • Provide evidence of accommodation, finances, health insurance, and a clear criminal record.
  • Stick to the conditions of your initial visa.
  • If approved, the permit lasts a year but can be renewed yearly.

How can IAS Help

You are considering relocating from Australia to Portugal. The process can be complex, but Immigration Advice Service is here to guide you every step of the way. We specialise in simplifying the Portugal visa process for Australian citizens. Our services include visa expertise, personalised solutions, document preparation, application assistance, residence permits and staying updated on immigration regulations. Trust IAS to make your Portugal journey hassle-free. Contact us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 for expert assistance.

We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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