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Portugal Visa From Malaysia

Malaysian citizens do not need to obtain a visa to visit Portugal. But if you wish to stay in Portugal for more than 90 days, you must obtain a corresponding Portugal visa that aligns with your travel purpose.

If you need assistance obtaining your Portugal visa, or details regarding the requirements and fees involved, our immigration lawyers at IAS are readily available to help you. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

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Can a Malaysian Citizen Travel to Portugal Without a Visa?

Malaysia and Portugal have a visa-free agreement that allows both countries’ citizens to enter and leave without a visa. Because of this, Malaysian nationals are not required to enter Portugal with a Portugal Schengen visa if they intend to stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period in Portugal.

The only documents you would need to enter Portugal as a Malaysian national are your Malaysian passport, proof of sufficient funds and a return flight ticket at your point of entry in Portugal. However, if you want to stay in Portugal for more than 90 days, you must obtain a Portugal National visa.

This Portugal National visa will allow you to stay for more than 1 year in Portugal. Upon the renewal of your Portugal National visa and having stayed in the country for up to 5 years, you may become eligible to apply for permanent residency or citizenship status in Portugal.

In all, Malaysian nationals who intend to stay for more than 90 days in Portugal must meet the requirements of the Portugal visa that suits their travel purpose before they apply for the visa. Foreign nationals resident in Malaysia, whose countries do not have a visa-free agreement with Portugal, must obtain a visa to visit Portugal no matter how short or long their stay in the country will be.

Our expert team of immigration specialists can help you obtain a visa to Portugal.

What Portugal Visa Do Malaysian Citizens Need to Apply For?

Malaysian nationals can visit Portugal without a visa and are allowed to stay in the country for up to 90 days. However, if you are a Malaysian national who wants to stay for more than 90 days in Portugal, you must obtain a Portugal visa that aligns with your purpose of visiting Portugal.

Some of the Portugal visas available for you to choose from offer routes to Portuguese citizenship or permanent residency. They include:

Portugal Golden Visa

Portugal Golden visa, otherwise known as the Residence Permit Programme, is designed for non-EU nationals who wish to invest in Portugal. The government of Portugal designed this programme to lure foreign investors to Portugal to help boost the economy of the country.

Before you are issued the Portugal Golden visa, you must invest and maintain your investment for at least 5 years in Portugal. During your qualifying period to obtain the Portugal Golden visa, you are only required to stay for just 35 days in Portugal within the 5 years you are expected to maintain your investment, that is 7 days per year.

You may wish to buy an already existing business, set up a new business, donate to government-owned or privately owned research organisations, etc. as a way of investing in Portugal. With your Portugal Golden visa, your family members are allowed to join you in Portugal and enjoy the same length of stay and the rights you have in Portugal. You are also allowed to enter the Schengen zone and other European Union countries freely with your Portugal Golden visa.

When you renew your residence permit that allows you to stay in Portugal as a legal resident for up to 5 years, you may become eligible to apply for Portugal citizenship or permanent residency, provided you meet other requirements.

Eligibility for Portugal Golden Visa

Malaysian nationals who wish to obtain the Portugal Golden visa must do the following to be eligible:

  • You must invest in Portugal
  • Your investment must be at least €250,000
  • You must be an adult (18 years old and above)
  • You must be a non-EU citizen
  • The money for the investment must be yours
  • You must be willing to maintain the investment for a minimum of 5 years
  • You must have no criminal charges against you
  • You should have a NIF
  • You should possess medical health insurance of about €30,000
  • You must open a Portuguese bank account

Requirements for Portugal Golden Visa

You need to meet certain requirements to obtain the Portugal Golden visa. Malaysian nationals must:

  • Present 2 passport-size photographs that align with the Portuguese photo guidelines
  • Bring your Portugal Golden visa application form. You may download it from the official E-visa portal of Portugal after completing it
  • Bring your valid Malaysian international passport. The passport must have at least 2 blank pages where your visa will be attached. It must also have a minimum of 3 months validity left after your visa expires
  • Obtain your payment receipt from the ARI portal of Portugal
  • Proof of no criminal history. You must obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct (SKB) online as you cannot walk into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Malaysia to request one
  • Provide a sworn affidavit to prove that you will maintain the investment for 5 years
  • Present other supporting documents about the investment in Portugal
  • Show that you have medical insurance worth €30,000 to deal with every possible contingency during your stay in Portugal

Processing Time

Malaysian nationals must wait for about 2 years to get a decision on their Portugal Golden visa application.

Fees

For the Golden visa, you must pay the visa application fee worth €5,325, and pay € 2,663 for its renewal. Its processing fee is worth €533, you will also pay the same amount upon its renewal. Each member of your family will pay €83 processing fee and the same amount upon its renewal.

D7 Visa Portugal

Malaysian citizens who want to enter Portugal and stay for more than 90 days may obtain the Portugal D7 Visa. The Portuguese government created this visa to bring independent income earners into Portugal to help boost the country’s economy.

The Portugal D7 visa, otherwise known as the Passive Income visa is suitable for retirees who want to spend their golden years in a calm environment such as Portugal’s. Besides that, remote workers may also obtain a D7 visa to enter Portugal and work for foreign employers remotely in Portugal for 2 years.

After those 2 years, you may continually apply to renew your residence permit for an additional 3 years and possibly qualify to apply for Portugal citizenship or residency when your total duration of stay is up to 5 years. As a holder of the Portugal D7 visa, you must not work for a Portuguese employer, and your income must come from outside Portugal.

The Portugal D7 visa allows your family members to join you in Portugal, but you must prove your relationship with them. When you obtain the Portugal D7 visa, you will not be restricted from entering any country in the Schengen Area and the EU countries. However, if you wish to enter Portugal just to seek jobs, the best route to take is the Job Seeker visa Portugal.

Eligibility for a Portugal D7 Visa

Malaysian nationals must do the following to be eligible for a Portugal D7 Visa. You should:

  • Open a Portuguese bank account
  • Have a NIF
  • Earn at least €8,460 per year
  • Live in Portugal for a minimum of 16 months within the first 2 years you will stay in the country.

Requirements for a Portugal D7 Visa

To apply for the Portugal D7 visa, Malaysian nationals must meet the following requirements. You must:

  • Bring your 2 passport-size photographs that conform to the Portuguese visa application guidelines
  • Provide your Malaysian international passport which will still be valid for about 6 months after you have left Portugal
  • Get your Portugal D7 visa application form that is filled out without errors
  • Bring your cover letter. It must explain your travel plans, stating the purpose of your visit and the places you intend to visit while you are in Portugal
  • Present your proof of having no criminal history. You must obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct (SKB) to prove this
  • Proof of sufficient funds. Show that you earn about €3,040 monthly as a freelancer, and about €8,460 yearly as a passive income earner
  • Present your hotel reservation, rental agreement, etc., as proof of accommodation
  • Prove that you have €30,000 to cover any unplanned medical expenses while you are in Portugal.

Processing Time

Malaysian citizens must expect a decision to be made on the Portugal D7 visa application after 90 to 180 days.

Fees

You must pay €180 for the Portugal D7 visa application service fee. You will also pay €320 to the SEF to obtain the residence permit.

Get in touch with us to find out which Portugal visa is best suited to you, from Malaysia.

Portugal Study Visa

Malaysian nationals can enter Portugal and stay for 90 days (3 months) without a visa. During those 3 months visa-free period, you may be allowed to take up a short study that may last within that time.

However, if you wish to take a course that will last for more than 3 months, there are other Portugal Study visa options you may take, such as the Temporary Study visa and the Long-Stay Study visa. The Temporary Study visa is designed for studies that last anywhere from 3 to 12 months.

Whereas the Long-Stay Study visa is created for studies that last for more than 1 year. With the Long-Stay Study visa, you are free to renew your residence permit for the duration of your study as long as you keep meeting the requirements.

Remember that non-Malaysian residents in Malaysia whose countries do not have a visa-free agreement with Portugal can obtain a Short-Study visa if they want to enter Portugal and take a course that lasts for 3 months.

Fees

You are required to pay €90 as the Portugal Study visa application fee at the Portuguese embassy in Singapore as there is currently no Portuguese embassy in Malaysia. Once you enter Portugal, you should pay €83 to get your residence permit and also pay €72 to collect it from the SEF.

Eligibility Requirements for a Portugal Study Visa

As a Malaysian national who wants to study in Portugal, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Get your 2 passport-size photographs that meet the Portuguese visa application requirements
  • Get your valid Malaysian international passport or travel document
  • Provide your letter of acceptance into a Portuguese educational institution
  • Bring your Portugal Study visa application form
  • Get proof of your paid tuition fees. You must prove that you have paid your fees and are ready to start your study in Portugal
  • Proof of health insurance. Prove that you have a health insurance policy to cover any unplanned medical expenses during your stay in Portugal
  • Provide your bank statements, proof of sponsorship, etc., as evidence of having enough funds to cater for your expenses in Portugal
  • Show proof of accommodation, such as your hotel reservation, dormitory, etc.
  • Provide your Certificate of Good Conduct (SKB).

Processing Time

It usually takes about 3 months for applicants to get a decision on a Portugal Study visa.

Portugal Work Visa

If you want to work and stay for more than 90 days in Portugal or you desire to stay in Portugal for the foreseeable future, you must obtain a standard Portugal Work visa. But before you obtain the Work visa, your employer must have offered you a job in Portugal.

Before that, your employer must have advertised this particular job to other EU and Portuguese nationals for a minimum of 30 days. If no one qualifies for the job or shows interest in taking the job, the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training in Portugal (IEFP) will now authorise the job to be open for non-EU nationals.

Your employer must then request a work permit on your behalf from the Portuguese Labour Authorities. The kind of work you will do in Portugal must be described in the work permit including the job location.

In the event you want to change jobs or relocate, you must apply for and obtain another work permit, as it must synchronise with your job description and location. Now, you must apply for a Portugal Work visa that will allow you to enter Portugal to request a residence permit for an initial 1 year in Portugal.

After you have renewed your residence permit for up to 5 years, you must then apply for Portuguese citizenship or permanent residency.

Processing Time

Malaysian applicants who want to obtain a Portugal Work visa are required to wait for about 2 to 3 months to get a decision on their application. It may take about 60 days to get your work permit from the SEF.

Eligibility Requirements for Portugal Work Visa

Malaysian citizens who want to work in Portugal on a long-term basis must provide certain documents. You must:

  • Get your valid Malaysian international passport or travel document
  • Provide your 2 passport-size photographs that meet the requirements of the Portugal visa application standard
  • Get your employment contract
  • Proof of sufficient funds to meet financial needs in Portugal
  • Bring your criminal record certificate, otherwise known as a Certificate of Good Conduct (SKB) in Malaysia. This must prove to the Portuguese authorities that you have no criminal charges against you in Malaysia and that you will be of good conduct and not cause civil unrest in Portugal
  • Provide permission for the SEF to go through your criminal record
  • If you are in Portugal, you must provide proof of your legal entry into Portugal, such as a visa
  • If you are applying from a country other than Portugal, you must provide proof of your legal stay, such as a residence permit or visa
  • Provide proof of having travel health insurance that must be a minimum of €30,000
  • Get your evidence of accommodation that must prove you have a place to stay once you enter Portugal. This could be a hotel reservation or an invitation letter from your family or friend who resides in Portugal

Fees

You are required to pay €90 at the Portuguese embassy in Singapore, and on your arrival to Portugal, you are expected to pay €83 to apply for your residence permit. You will also pay €72 to receive it from the SEF.

In all your applications for various Portugal visas, ensure that your documents are adequately translated from Malay into either Portuguese or English. Ensure that a certified translator translates your documents, and also have them notarised to be accepted.

There are several other Portugal visas designed to meet your travel purpose. If you need more information about how to apply for a visa that best suits you or if you need more insights regarding the services we offer, reach out to our immigration advisers at IAS. Do not hesitate to call us on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online for immediate assistance.

For help obtaining a Portuguese residency permit, reach out to us today.

Obtaining a Portuguese Residency Permit as a Malaysian Citizen

Overview

The Portuguese residency permit is available for Malaysian nationals and other foreign nationals who intend to remain in Portugal for more than 90 days. The Portugal residency permit officially allows its holder (non-EU national) to live and work in Portugal.

The type of residency permit to obtain solely depends on how long you intend to stay, and the purpose that brings you into Portugal. Typically, a Portugal residency permit lasts for up to 1 year (that is, a temporary permit) to 3 years.

Your temporary permit may be renewed for up to 5 years, after which you will qualify to change it to a permanent residence permit. If at any point, you wish to remain indefinitely in Portugal, you may obtain a permanent residence permit. But you can continue to renew your temporary residence permit as long as you wish if you do not want to remain indefinitely in Portugal.

How to Apply for Portugal Permanent Residency Permit

Malaysian citizens who want to stay in Portugal indefinitely can apply for a permanent residency permit. Here is how you can apply:

Apply for a Residency Visa

Before you are allowed to enter Portugal, you must first obtain a visa, otherwise called a residency visa which you will also need to apply for a residency permit when you enter Portugal. The residency visa you will obtain is typically valid for up to 3 to 4 months and takes about 60 days to process.

Schedule an appointment with the Portuguese embassy in Singapore, after you have assembled all your required documents and application form. At the appointment, you may be interviewed and have your biometric information (photographs and fingerprints) taken.

If you need a residence permit for work or family reunification, your employer in Portugal or family member needs to submit an application to the Portuguese Labour Authorities or at the SEF on your behalf. The application requirements for the residence permit usually differ just like the requirements for the visa types differ.

Apply for the Residence Permit

Upon successful entry into Portugal, Malaysian nationals can now apply for their residence permit. Ensure you apply for your residence permit at the SEF in Portugal.

You will also be issued a social security number at a registration office. Your residency visa expires in 120 days (4 months). Therefore, you must visit the SEF and the registration office before the validity period of your residency visa expires.

Portuguese Citizenship Eligibility For Malaysian Citizens

Overview

As a Malaysian national, if you qualify for Portugal citizenship or permanent residence permit, you can obtain it because Portugal is one of the most accessible countries to obtain nationality. When you obtain Portuguese citizenship, you will be issued an EU passport that grants you the freedom to live, study or work in any EU country of your choice.

Besides that, you will also enjoy the rights Portuguese indigenes have, such as the right to vote and be voted for, the right to social security, etc. You will also be free to visit any EU country without obtaining another visa.

Malaysian nationals can obtain Portuguese citizenship by naturalisation, descent and investment among other possible options. To obtain Portuguese citizenship by naturalisation, you must enter Portugal with a visa (preferably a Work visa) that can allow you to stay in Portugal and renew your residence permit for up to 5 years.

The visa exempted from this is the Portugal Study visa, as your stay duration with the visa doesn’t count towards the required 5-year stay. However, you must only be married in Portugal for 3 years to obtain Portuguese citizenship by naturalisation. Also, you must meet other eligibility criteria to obtain Portugal citizenship, after those years in Portugal.

For you to obtain Portuguese citizenship by descent as a Malaysian national, you must prove that one of your parents was a Portuguese citizen. You can trace your Portuguese citizenship by descent to your second generation (your grandparents).

Your grandparents and parents must have remained Portugal’s citizens and not renounced their citizenship. And you must also meet other requirements needed to award you Portuguese citizenship. To apply for Portuguese citizenship by descent, you may be required to pay about €175 to €200.

You are required to invest in Portugal to help grow the country’s economy if you want to obtain Portuguese citizenship by investment. This route is typically called the Portuguese citizenship by investment, otherwise known as the Portugal Golden Visa.

After your investment has been approved, and you have maintained it for 5 years, you may qualify for Portuguese citizenship when you meet other requirements. You will be issued an EU passport when you have met all the requirements.

Eligibility Requirements for Portugal Citizenship

You can apply for Portuguese citizenship as a Malaysian national, if:

  • Your parents or grandparents are Portuguese
  • You were born in Portugal
  • You have stayed as a legal resident in Portugal for about 5 years
  • Your spouse is Portuguese

Where you were born, the nationality of your family members, even how many years you have lived in Portugal, etc., will determine the requirements you must provide to get your Portuguese citizenship.

To apply for Portuguese nationality, you will be required to pay €250. The accepted payment method may be by postal order, debit card or cheque at the place you will submit your application.

How Can IAS Help?

Although Malaysian nationals can visit Portugal visa-free for 90 days, you will be required to get an appropriate Portugal visa to stay for more than 90 days in Portugal. There are several Portugal visas designed to suit your travel purposes.

There are fees you have to pay during your application, ranging from your visa application fee to the courier fees and even your residence permit application fee. You must beware that fees paid during Portugal visa applications are nonrefundable even if you made a wrong payment.

We recommend you speak to one of our friendly immigration advisers at IAS for expert guidance. Our professional immigration advisers can help advise you on the best Portugal visa type you should obtain.

We will also help to see you through all the stages of your visa application process. Do not hesitate to reach out to us by calling us on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or messaging us online.

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

To visit Portugal, you are required to have a minimum of €75 for each entry into Portugal. Also, you are expected to have at least €40 to spend each day in Portugal.

It typically takes about 14 to 15 days to get a decision on your Portugal visa.

No, you are not allowed to work in Portugal with a Tourist visa. But if you (a Malaysian national) wish to work in Portugal while you are still in Portugal. You must first go back to Malaysia and apply for a standard Portugal Work visa at the Portuguese embassy in Singapore.

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