BE AWARE OF FRAUD! VFS APPOINTMENTS SCHEDULE ONLY THROUGH THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Appointments for visas scheduled directly through VFS Global Website. Apperance will be made to their location at 110 Sutter St. if scheduled with their field office.
Due to a very high volume of demand, we suggest to apply at least TWO MONTHS in advance for Schengen Visa and THREE MONTHS in advance for National Visas.
Please be advised that the exchange rate for the emoluments changes every month, so if your request arrives after the 25th of each month, we might request the updated payment.
If you are applying for or have questions about Visas to Portugal (Schengen and National); to apply please go to http://www.vfsglobal.com/Portugal/USA/
Visa Application Centre
642 Harrison Street, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA - 94107
+1 305 704 2172
Visa applications should be made at least two months before the intended travel dates. The Consulate is not responsible for being unable to accommodate last-minute applications, nor is it responsible for delays in the issuance of visas.
Nationals from the following countries (Afghanistan, North Korea, Lebanon, Libya, South Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Nigeria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, as well as of the Palestinian Authority and Refugees) require prior consultation with other Member States. In such cases, the analysis of the application can be extended for an additional 7-day period.
Visa fees: 60 Eur (35 Eur for reduced fee) – prices in dollars are subject to monthly change according to the exchange rate.
Fore more information on Schengen Visas: https://vistos.mne.gov.pt/en/short-stay-visas-schengen/general-information/schengen-area
NO VISA IS NECESSARY if you are a U.S. citizen and will be traveling to Portugal for up to 90 days. However, you will need a valid U.S. passport for at least 3 months from the date of planned return or other travel document recognized by member States of the Schengen Agreement.
Visa applications should be made at least three months before the intended travel dates. The Consulate is not responsible for being unable to accommodate last-minute applications, nor is it responsible for delays in the issuance of visas.
Visa applicants should be aware that, without a visa, issued by the diplomatic mission, it is not possible to apply for any kind of permit once in Portugal.
If the applicant chooses to travel as a tourist, he / she should know that in order to secure a visa, it is necessary to return to the United States and be prepared to prove this.
After a visa is authorized and not collected within 90 days, a new application as well as payment, will be required to obtain re-authorization.
For more information on National Visas (stays over three months):
To preempt possible additional requests, we recommend adding the following elements at the onset of the application:
- Número de Identificação Fiscal (NIF) / Tax Identification Number;
- Permanent Domicile – Twelve month lease with duly registered landlord or proof of purchase of habitable property. Or, in absence of these, notarized “Termo de Responsabilidade” (responsibility letter) by the sponsoring host;
- Bank account summary.
Residency Permit for Investors ("Golden Visa")
Please see all information about these permits: