Will I need an ETIAS to visit Portugal?
Portugal is a member of both the E.U. and the Schengen Zone. As such, some travelers will be subject to ETIAS rules when it comes into force.
The E.U. Commission has confirmed that the E.U. Travel Information Authorization System (ETIAS) will be in use by 2021.
Having been partly modeled on the U.S. visa waiver programme, the new system will be using state of the art systems to increase security throughout Europe.
Prospective travelers to Europe, who do not at present need a visa and who need only show their passport for entry, will find that the new system affects them.
The ETIAS will require these travelers to fill in an online application form before their intended travel, pay a fee, and enter Europe at a country they specify.
Once the online application has been completed, most travelers will receive their ETIAS, electronically attached to their passport, within minutes, although some applications may take slightly longer.
The ETIAS has been introduced to help monitor travelers within the Schengen zone. Terrorist activity has increased in Europe, so has the number of refugees and people seeking asylum. A pre-travel authorization is seen as a realistic way to obtain information about who is crossing European borders and why they are doing so.
ETIAS Portugal: The Facts
As ETIAS Portugal takes effect at the start of 2022, travelers should have an ETIAS ready for use to enter Portugal by that time.
- The cost of ETIAS visa in Portugal is only €7. It will also be free for travelers under 18 years of age.
- The validity of ETIAS Portugal has a span of 3 years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.
- ETIAS visa waiver in Portugal must be applied 96 hours before the desired date of travel to a Schengen area.
- With an ETIAS visa, travel to and within the country will be allowed for 90-days within a 180-day period.
- Personal information must be provided and basic security questions must be answered when completing the ETIAS application form
- Forms for ETIAS Portugal will undergo screening before approval.
- The approved ETIAS Portugal visa waiver will be sent to the email address of the applicant.
Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic is a sovereign state in western Europe.
It is the westernmost country in mainland Europe. Portugal shares a maritime border with Morocco is bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain.
Its territories include the small archipelago of Madeira and the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. They are autonomous regions with their own regional governments.
Portugal covers an area of 92,090 sq. km and has a population of almost 10.3 million people.
The capital and largest city is Lisbon. The official language is Portuguese.
The major religion is Christianity, and the official currency is the euro.
Portugal has left a major influence on the world thanks to its early explorers; there are over 300 million Portuguese speakers in the world.
It is a developed country with a high living standard for its citizens.
It is ranked as the fourth most peaceful country in the world.
The capital city of Lisbon and the smaller northern city of Porto are popular visitor cities. With all of the culture expected from major cities, stimulating nightlife, wonderful shopping opportunities and a wide variety of restaurants, there is growing popularity in city breaks here.
The southern region, called The Algarve, is famed as a holiday destination. With beautiful cliffs, secluded beaches, lots of tourist attractions, hot summers, and mild winters, the area is popular year round.
Portugal at a glance
Timezone: UTC/GMT +0 hours
Languages: Portuguese, Mirandese
Area: 92,391 KM2
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +351
Travel in Portugal
Fado is Portugal’s best known traditional musical form, found in clubs and bars all across Portugal. This form of singing, whilst melancholy, is very popular with Portuguese nationals.
Traditional festivals are found all across Portugal. The festivals are frequently celebrated with drinking, feasting, and dancing. Modern music festivals are also being held across Portugal with some very popular events happening in Lisbon.
Portugal is home to only one National Park, Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês but it does boast 70,000 hectares. It has dramatic scenery, towering mountains, old stone villages and outdoor adventures for young and old.
For a more sedate outdoor adventure, Portugal is home to many golf courses, some of the best-known being around Estoril or on the Algarve, Quinta do Lago is perhaps the most popular.
The UNESCO World Heritage site, Ribeira, is located in Porto. It is a strikingly beautiful historic site well known for its varied architecture, from the romanesque-gothic Cathedral to the neoclassical Stock Exchange Palace.
The capital, Lisbon, has become a very popular tourist destination in recent years. From the rowdy and colorful Bairro Alto, where there is something to see on every street, to live Fado in the Alfama all the way to the wonderful cafes of the elegant Chiado, there are many distinct areas in Lisbon to enjoy.
The US and Portugal
One of Portugal’s Foreign Policy priorities is maintaining a close and productive relationship with the United States. Both countries enjoy a good relationship, and they both cooperate in the United Nations on many important issues. Portugal is a strong Partner in combating terrorism. Its cooperation in combating drug trafficking is outstanding.
The U.S. and Portugal both belong to the following organizations
- The United Nations
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- International Monetary Fund
- World Bank
- World Trade Organization
Portugal is an observer to the Organization of American States. Non-stop flights from the U.S. can take eight and a half hours.
Overland travel from Spain to Portugal is very easy for the more adventurous traveler. Visitors will find immigration controls strict but fair on arrival to Portugal.
English is widely spoken in Portugal, but if visiting somewhere specific, you are advised to check in advance that this is the case. Many restaurants have an English version of their menu available. Even in fast food eateries communication is generally good.
Be aware that businesses are frequently closed over the long lunch period, between 1 pm and 3 pm. Banking hours may also not be what you expect. Tourism is important to the economy of Portugal and travelers are welcomed in a friendly and courteous manner. Passports, or copies, are an important Identification document.
If driving in Spain, you must have your driving license and insurance documents available at all times.
List of US diplomatic offices in Portugal
The Embassy of USA in Lisbon, Portugal
Address: Avenida das Forças Armadas 1600-081 Lisbon
Facts: George E. Glass – Ambassador