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Portugal Visa From Vietnam

If you want to enter Portugal from Vietnam, there are several visa types you can obtain. The reason for your trip to Portugal from Vietnam will determine the type of Portugal visa you must get.

Do you need more information about Portugal visas you can choose from for your trip to Portugal? Contact one of our friendly immigration lawyers at IAS for expert guidance. Call us on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online for immediate assistance.

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Visa To Portugal From Vietnam

Portugal is a sought-after relocation destination for most foreign nationals. This European country has attractive architecture, unique cuisines, and an affordable cost of living.

It is probably every expat’s dream to enter Portugal and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience of the renowned country’s pleasant weather and welcoming culture. Portugal is safer and has a lower crime rate than many European countries.

Vietnamese citizens must apply for a Portugal Schengen visa before being allowed into Portugal. However, there are some people living in Vietnam who are exempted from presenting a Schengen visa.

They include citizens of Portugal living in Vietnam, Vietnamese citizens who hold dual citizenship with Portugal, and Vietnamese citizens who hold dual citizenship with any other European Union country that has a visa-free agreement with Portugal.

Before you enter Portugal, you must apply for and obtain a Portugal Schengen visa that meets your travel purpose. Some visas (Schengen visas) will allow you into Portugal for a minimum of 3 months.

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

Portugal Visas From Vietnam

There are several reasons that may bring you to Portugal. Portugal visas have been designed to meet your travel purposes. Here are different types of Portugal visas Vietnamese citizens can choose from to enter Portugal:

Portugal Schengen Visa

Vietnamese citizens who want to enter Portugal for a few weeks can obtain a Portugal Schengen visa. The Schengen countries have a visa-free agreement that allows their citizens to enter any of the member states without a visa.

Countries in the Schengen region offer foreign nationals Schengen visas to enter any of the Schengen countries for a minimum of 90 days within a 180-day period. The Portugal Schengen visas are popularly known as the Short-Term, Short-Stay visas, or the Type C visa.

Portugal Schengen visas can allow you to make single, double, or multiple entries into Portugal. The single entry allows you to enter Portugal only once.

Whereas the double and multiple entries will allow you into Portugal two times and several times respectively. Therefore, how often you would like to enter and leave Portugal during your trip will determine whether you should choose a single, double, or multiple entry for your Portugal Schengen visa.

Portugal Schengen visas are of various forms, and each of them is designed to meet your purpose of entering Portugal. The following includes the types of Portugal Schengen visas:

Tourist Visa

Vietnamese citizens who want to enter Portugal for tourism or pleasure must obtain a Portugal Tourist visa to be allowed into the country. This visa is one of the Portugal Schengen visas that will let you stay in Portugal for 90 days.

Apart from pleasure and tourism purposes, you may also obtain a Tourist visa to attend seminars or visit family. You may visit any other country in the Schengen region with the Portugal Tourist visa.

To enter Portugal based on a Portugal Schengen Tourist visa, you must include the following documents:

  • Proof of visa fee payment.
  • Two recent photographs that meet the requirements set by the Portuguese Immigration and Border Services (SEF) that were taken within the last 3 months.
  • Passport issued to you within the last 10 years, having at least 2 blank pages, and must be valid for a minimum of 3 months after leaving Portugal.
  • Filled out Schengen visa application form that has been printed and signed.
  • Round-trip itinerary document, showing your entry and exit dates from Portugal.
  • A health insurance plan of at least €30,000 to cover your emergency medical bills.
  • Proof of sufficient funds to meet your financial needs when you enter Portugal. You must bring your bank statements, payslips, sponsorship letter (if you are being sponsored by another person), or both.
  • Your tour organizer’s letter, that is, if your trip is being arranged by a travel agency.
  • Proof of your civil status. You must provide your birth certificate, marriage certificate, or your spouse’s death certificate, etc.
  • Proof of invitation by your relative or friend in Portugal asking you to pay them a visit. You must prove this by presenting a letter of invitation that must bear their Portuguese residency visa and passport.
  • Proof of relationship with your host in Portugal. You must prove how you are related to the relative or friend who invited you to Portugal.
  • You must prove your employment status, such as income tax returns.
  • A detailed explanation of your travel to Portugal, including your personal information, places you need to visit, your travel purpose, and the time frame.
  • Proof of accommodation. You must prove that you already have a place to stay when you enter Portugal. You can prove this by presenting a hotel booking that has your name, address, phone number, and email for the duration of your stay in Portugal or even your rent agreement in the country.
  • For Minors. Parents or guardians of minors must write a letter of consent and provide their photographs. Also, the child’s custody decree (if parents are separated), birth certificate, parents’ death certificate (if parents are dead), and/or proof of adoption (if the child was adopted) must also be provided.

Business Visa

If you want to enter Portugal from Vietnam for business purposes, you must obtain the Portugal Schengen Business visa. A Portugal Business visa holder can enter Portugal to carry out their day-to-day business activities in the country for 90 days just like the Tourist visa.

Include the following documents if you want to enter Portugal for business purposes:

  • Your completed visa application form that has been printed and signed.
  • Passport issued to you within the last 10 years, having at least 2 blank pages, and must be valid for a minimum of 3 months after leaving Portugal.
  • Two recent photographs that meet the requirements set by the SEF and were taken within the last 3 months.
  • A detailed explanation of your travel to Portugal, including your personal information, places you need to visit, your travel purpose, and the time frame.
  • Your health insurance plan of at least €30,000 for personal security measures while in Portugal.
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to meet your financial needs when you enter Portugal. You must bring your bank statements, payslips, sponsorship letter (if you are being sponsored by another person), or both.
  • Your proof of accommodation. You must prove that you already have a place to stay when you enter Portugal. You can prove this by presenting a hotel booking that has your name, address, phone number, and email for the duration of your stay in Portugal or even your rent agreement in the country.
  • A brief profile of your workplace.
  • Round-trip itinerary document, showing your entry and exit dates from Portugal.
  • A letter from your employer that describes the itinerary of the days you need to spend in Portugal and the official purpose of your trip.
  • An invitation letter from your Vietnamese company’s partner in Portugal also sent to the consulate. The letter must state that you are being invited to attend business meetings, and events related to work or the business industry.
  • Evidence that your trip’s expenses are covered. Your company or its partner must clearly state that one of them will cover your business trip to Portugal.

Medical Visa

The Medical visa is also a type of Portugal Schengen visa available for Vietnamese citizens who want to enter Portugal for medical treatment. You may obtain this visa to be allowed to receive medical treatment from a Portuguese hospital for your ailment, surgery, or life-threatening condition.

As a Vietnamese citizen who needs to meet care providers overseas due to your ailment, Portugal’s public hospitals offer services you may need, hence you must obtain a Medical visa. This visa will allow you to get medical treatment in Portugal for up to 90 days. But if it is expected that your treatment or medical care will exceed this period, then you must obtain a Portugal National visa application form to apply for a National visa to stay in Portugal for up to 1 year.

Vietnamese citizens who want to enter Portugal for medical services must provide the following documents:

  • Your proof of visa fee payment.
  • Two photographs that were recently taken within the last 3 months and meet the requirements set by the SEF.
  • Your completed visa application form that has been printed and signed.
  • Passport and identity documents you received within the last 10 years, having at least 2 blank pages, and must be valid for a minimum of 3 months after leaving Portugal.
  • Your round-trip itinerary document, showing your entry and exit dates from Portugal.
  • Proof of sufficient funds to meet your financial needs when you enter Portugal. You may present a voice note or letter from your country’s Ministry of Health stating that the government is ready to pay for your medical expenses.
  • Proof of civil status.
  • A health insurance plan of at least €30,000 to cover your emergency medical bills.
  • Proof of accommodation.
  • A letter from your doctor stating that you need to have medical treatment in Portugal.
  • Proof of an advance payment or financial agreement with a Doctor in Portugal.
  • Proof of consistent communication between the doctor who will treat you in Portugal and your Vietnamese doctor.
  • Official confirmation of the medical appointment by a hospital in Portugal.
  • Evidence of accommodation in the Portuguese hospital.
  • A letter of guarantee, stating that the patient can cope with additional expenses should unforeseen circumstances arise.

There are several other Portugal Schengen visas, such as the Airport Transit, Short-Term Study, Official visas, etc. These visas are designed to meet different travel purposes which must not exceed 90 days.

If you need more clarifications regarding the Portugal Schengen visas, you can reach out to our immigration advisers at IAS. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online.

Portugal Golden visa

As a Vietnamese citizen, if you want a route to become a Portuguese citizen, then you may obtain the Portugal Golden visa. Portugal’s Golden visa is also popularly called the Residence Permit Programme.

This visa type grants Vietnamese citizens the opportunity to invest in Portugal, maintain the investment for 5 years, and qualify to apply for Portuguese citizenship. You may invest by setting up businesses in Portugal and creating employment opportunities.

To be eligible for the Portugal Golden visa, you must:

  • Be an adult (18 years or above)
  • Invest in Portugal
  • Own the money for the investment
  • Have no criminal record
  • Maintain the investment for at least 5 years (you may liquidate the investment after 5 years if you wish to do so).

To apply for a Portugal Golden visa you need to provide these documents:

  • Your Golden visa application form
  • Your valid passport and travel document
  • Your criminal record certificate
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Two passport-size pictures that meet the requirements of the SEF
  • ARI Portal-issued payment receipt
  • Other documents related to your investment in Portugal.

Processing Time and Fees

It typically takes about 2 years for your Portugal Golden visa to be processed. You must pay €5,325 for the Portugal Golden visa application fee and pay only €2,663 for its renewal.

For the Portugal Golden visa processing fee, you must pay €533 and also pay the same amount to renew it. Each of your family members (dependents) must pay €83 and also pay the same amount for renewal of the visa.

Portugal D7 Visa

This visa is designed for Vietnamese citizens who want to work remotely in Portugal. It is also suitable for digital nomads, passive income earners, or self-employed individuals.

With this visa, you will not be allowed to be employed within Portugal because all your income must come from abroad. The Portugal D7 visa is sometimes called the Portugal Digital Nomad visa, Passive Income visa, or Retirement visa. When you have held the Portugal D7 visa for 5 years, you will become eligible to apply for Portugal citizenship.

To be eligible for a Portugal D7 visa, you must provide your:

  • Vietnamese passport
  • Birth certificate showing you are an adult
  • Marriage and birth certificates if you want to enter Portugal with your family
  • Portuguese bank account
  • Bank statements with at least €3,040 monthly for a year. Passive income earners’ bank statements must show €8,460 for 1 year
  • NIF obtained from a known Portuguese tax office
  • Prove that your income will be enough for your visa duration
  • Cover letter stating why you want to enter Portugal
  • Health insurance plans of at least €30,000
  • Criminal record certificate from any Provincial Justice Department in Vietnam.

Processing Time and Fees

It takes about 90 to 180 days to approve your visa D7 Portugal. You must pay €180 for the D7 visa application process and also pay €320 to obtain your residence permit from the SEF.

Besides these payments, note that you may pay additional fees to get supporting documents for your application. Also remember that if your application is denied, you will not be refunded any payment you have made.

Portugal Study Visa

There are 3 categories of student visas that are designed to meet your study purposes in Portugal, namely the Short-Term Study visa, Temporary Study visa (Temporary Stay visa), and the Long-Term Study visa.

Vietnamese citizens who wish to take a course within 3 months have to obtain a Short-Term visa as its validity period is 90 days. And if you want to take vocational training, student exchanges, or study programmes that could take anywhere from 3 to 12 months, you must obtain a Temporary Study visa.

You should obtain a Long-Stay Study visa if your course will last for more than 1 year. You can always renew your Long-Stay Study visa as long as your course continues and provided you meet all requirements.

Present the following to be eligible for the Study visa. You must bring your:

  • Vietnamese passport that must be valid for 3 months after your Study visa has expired
  • Letter of admission to a Portuguese educational institution
  • Evidence of your paid tuition
  • Completed and signed visa application form
  • Bank statement that shows you have enough finances to meet your expenses in Portugal. Or a sponsorship letter, financial grant, proof of scholarship, etc.
  • Proof of accommodation, such as dormitory, hotel reservation, or an invitation letter from a friend or family in Portugal confirming that you will stay with them
  • Cover letter, explaining your purpose of entering Portugal
  • Medical insurance of at least €30,000
  • Criminal record certificate from any Provincial Justice Department in Vietnam.

Processing Time and Fees

It takes about a few weeks to 3 months for your Portugal Study visa to be processed. Remember, the processing time of your visa largely depends on many factors, including administrative delays and incomplete documentation.

You will pay €90 at your nearest Portugal embassy in Vietnam and when you enter Portugal, you will pay €83 for a residence permit application. Additionally, you will pay €72 to receive the residence permit from the SEF.

Portugal Work Visa

Vietnamese citizens are allowed to work in Portugal with a Work visa. Your employer must send an application to the Portuguese Labour Authorities and the SEF on your behalf. You may start your Portugal Work visa application if the application is successful.

After getting your Work visa, you will be issued a residence visa that typically has a 1 to 2-year validity period. You will be able to renew your visa as long as your employer still needs you in their business. If you want to change jobs or locations, you must be permitted by the SEF to do so.

To be eligible for a Portugal Work visa, you must provide the following documents. Bring your:

  • Passport-size photographs, recently taken within the last 6 months and must conform to the standard of the Portuguese authorities
  • Valid Vietnamese passport
  • Employment contract, as a proof of job offer from your Portuguese employer
  • Birth and Marriage certificate, if your family is coming with you
  • Criminal certificate from any Provincial Justice Department in Vietnam
  • Consent form proving that SEF is allowed to carry out background checks on your criminal record
  • Bank statement to prove that you can cover your expenses while in Portugal
  • Medical health insurance policy of at least €30,000
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Criminal record certificate, obtained from any Provincial Justice Department in Vietnam or from any country where you have spent about 3 months in the last 5 years.

Processing Time and Fees

It typically takes about 2 to 3 months to process your Portuguese Work visa and takes about 60 days for the SEF to issue you a work permit.

You are required to pay €90 at your nearest Portugal embassy in Vietnam and when you enter Portugal, you will pay €83 for a residence permit application. Also, you will pay €72 to receive the residence permit from the SEF.

Vietnamese citizens who want to enter Portugal to search for job opportunities can take the Job Seeker visa Portugal route.

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

What Documents Do I Need For Portugal Schengen Visa Application

You must be eligible before you can qualify for a Portuguese Schengen visa. To be eligible for a Portugal Schengen visa, you must:

  • Be an adult (18 years or above)
  • Cover your expenses in Portugal
  • Show proof of your employment status
  • Be a third-world country citizen who needs a Schengen visa to enter Portugal
  • Be a third-world citizen who was denied entry previously despite your country’s visa-free agreement with the Schengen region
  • Not be a threat to peace and order in Portugal
  • Not be found wanting in the records of the Schengen Information System
  • Present your travel plan, including proof of accommodation, and a flight ticket to and from Portugal
  • Prove you have travel health insurance of €30,000.

There are some documents you must provide to apply for a Portugal Schengen visa. They include:

  • Your Vietnamese passport. Your Vietnamese international passport must be valid even until 3 months after you leave Portugal
  • Your Portugal visa application form
  • Your passport-size photographs that meet the requirements set by Portuguese authorities
  • Proof of visa fee payment
  • Your travel health insurance with at least €30,000 for medical emergencies
  • Cover letter stating the reason for your trip to Portugal, your arrival, and departure dates, etc.
  • A round-trip itinerary, showing that your to and fro flights to Portugal are booked
  • Proof of having sufficient funds to cover your expenses in Portugal. You may provide payslips, bank statements, etc.
  • Proof of accommodation. You must prove that you have where to stay after entering Portugal, such as a hotel reservation or an invitation by a relation or friend.

How Much Does The Portugal Schengen Visa Application Cost?

Vietnamese citizens who want to obtain a Portugal Schengen visa must make a financial commitment. All Vietnamese adult applicants are required to pay €80 for a Schengen visa. Whereas children aged 6 to 12 must pay €40.

The only people exempted from paying Schengen visa fee are:

  • Children below 6 years old
  • Teachers and their students on a school excursion
  • Nonprofit organisation’s representative (25 years or below)
  • Diplomatic passport holders travelling for official purposes

Note that there are fees, such as courier fees, travel insurance, etc. that you must pay. For your Portugal Schengen Tourist visa, you are required to have at least €75 per entry into Portugal and have at least €40 per day to cover your expenses.

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Applying For Portugal Schengen Visa From Vietnam: Step By Step Process

You are required to follow a step-by-step guide to apply for your Portugal Schengen visa. Here is the guide:

Select a Visa Type

The type of visa you will choose depends on the reason you want to enter Portugal. If you want to enter Portugal for business reasons, you must obtain a Portugal Schengen Business visa. And if you want to enter Portugal to Study, you must obtain a Portugal Study visa.

Gather Your Documents

Ensure your documents are complete and in order. Do not start your application if your documents are not complete as complete documents make applications to be stress-free.

Fill Out Your Application Form

At this stage, you must complete your visa application form error-free. You may either download and fill out the form from the Portuguese embassy website and submit it in person or you may apply online.

Book an Appointment

After filling out your Portugal Schengen visa application form, you must schedule a date you must visit the Portuguese embassy in Ho Chi Minh City or any other Portuguese diplomatic offices in Vietnam. At the appointment, you will be required to submit your documents and have your biometric information taken.

If you are not really convinced that you can schedule your visa appointment by yourself. Or this is your first time scheduling an appointment, reach out to our team of immigration advisers at IAS. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online.

Pay Your Visa Fees

After booking your appointment, pay your visa fees online using your credit card. You may add a money order to your application package for the Portuguese embassy, or they may accept cash payments when you get to the embassy. Ensure that your proof of payment is included in your supporting documents as your application may not be processed without it.

Submit Your Visa Application

Submit your visa application at your closest Portuguese embassy in person. This has to be done after gathering the required documents, paying all required fees, and scheduling your appointment.

Schengen Visa Processing

The immigration officers at the Portuguese embassy will thoroughly review your documents. At this stage, your visa will either be approved or denied depending on the provided information in your application.

Collect Your Visa

If your Schengen visa application is successful you will be notified. You will be told when and where to come and pick up your passport and attached visa.

To apply for your Portugal schengen visa with ease and minimal hassle, reach out to us today.

Application Processing Time

The time it takes your Portugal Schengen visa to be processed is typically 15 days or less. In some cases, applicants are required to wait for about 30 to 60 days to get a decision.

The embassy starts processing your application once they receive your required documents, and this takes them 15 days to finish. Your processing time may be delayed for some reasons, such as if your documents are incomplete, if you applied during holidays that normally have more applicants, weather, etc.

What To Do If Your Application Is Rejected

Your Portugal Schengen visa may be rejected for several reasons, such as no proof of funds, criminal record, insufficient travel health insurance, etc.

You have 15 days from the time you learn that your application for a Schengen visa has been denied to appeal the decision. If you are sure that the decision was incorrect, you must appeal it.

In a letter for Schengen Visa Refusal, explain why you think the decision is incorrect and why it needs to be changed. If you do not know how to prepare a letter of appeal against an unfavourable decision you received, our immigration lawyers are always available to assist you.

This letter needs to be professionally prepared and include justifications for reconsidering your application for a Schengen visa. We have seasoned immigration lawyers on our team, and they have a proven track record of successfully resolving cases much like yours.

Contact one of our immigration lawyers at IAS today to help you make a compelling appeal against the visa refusal in accordance with Portuguese immigration law. Call us on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online.

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Extending Your Stay On Portugal Schengen Visa

You must apply for an extension of your Portugal Schengen visa for at least 1 week before it expires. Suppose you fail to apply for an extension 1 week before the expiration of your visa. In that case, you will be deported to Vietnam for overstaying your visa and your plea for an extension of stay will no longer be considered.

Provide the following documents to extend your Portugal Schengen visa. Get your:

  • Application form
  • A passport that has your current visa
  • One passport photograph
  • Travel health insurance
  • Proof of income
  • Supporting documents for extension.

For expert guidance in all the processes involved in your visa application, get in touch with our lawyers.

How Can IAS Help?

As a Vietnamese citizen, you can obtain any of the Portugal Schengen visas to enter Portugal. Choosing the visa type you need is usually the first step to knowing the documents required for your application. Remember that your visa type must be in line with your reason for entering Portugal.

You must be cautious with all payments as they are nonrefundable, even if you overpay. This is why you need expert guidance in all the processes involved in your visa application. Our immigration lawyers at IAS have helped several Vietnamese citizens to enter Portugal on Schengen visas.

We have also helped Portuguese visa applicants successfully appeal against unfavourable decisions regarding their visa applications. Our track record in immigration-related matters speaks for itself.

Let us help you to ensure a hassle-free visa application experience and bring you to Portugal. If you still have additional concerns regarding obtaining a visa to Portugal or you need more information about other services we offer, get in touch with us today. Call us on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact 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

Yes, Vietnamese citizens or passport holders must obtain any of the Portugal visas to enter the country for various purposes.

Yes, it is easy to get a Portugal visa as it only takes about 15 days to process it. But you must apply earlier (about 1 month) before the date you plan to travel.

You must provide a bank statement for the last 6 months as one of the requirements for a Portugal visa.

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