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Portugal Visitor Family & Friends Visa


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Portugal Visitor Family & Friends Visa £195.00


Every customer, including children and infants, must personally submit their Schengen visa application on their scheduled appointment date, which must be booked online.

Customers who plan to visit and stay with family or friends who legally reside in Portugal must apply as Visitor Family/Friends.


Customers must meet the following criteria to be eligible to submit a Schengen visa application:

– Possess a valid passport or travel document.
– Hold a valid UK residence permit. If the customer holds a short stay visa for the UK (C type visa), they may also apply for a Schengen visa. However, the acceptance of the Schengen visa application will be subject to analysis by the Mission, and will only be granted for essential travel purposes such as business, study, family reunification, health or humanitarian reasons, and for EU Family Members accompanying the corresponding family member.
– Apply for a short stay visa for purposes such as tourism (including minors), visiting family or friends, business, EEA/EU and Swiss national family members, or airport transit.


The Consulate of Portugal in London has jurisdiction over the following counties. Customers residing in one of these counties can only submit their visa application at the Portugal Visa Application Centre in London, which serves as the outsourced representative for the Consulate of Portugal in London. For a list of these counties, please click here.

Please note that the tone of voice used in professional writing should be formal and objective.

Please click here to view the list of counties that fall under the jurisdiction of the Consulate of Portugal in Manchester. Customers residing in any of these counties are required to submit their visa applications exclusively at the Portugal Visa Application Centres in Manchester or Edinburgh. These centers serve as outsourced representatives for the Consulate of Portugal in Manchester.

Additional information

Visitor Family-friends Package

Basic Plan, Standard Plan 1, Standard Plan 2, Schengen – Premium Lounge Service, Visa At Your Doorstep (VAYD Service) Plan 1, Visa At Your Doorstep (VAYD Service) Plan 2

Documents Required

 Please note that the list of documents provided below is not exhaustive, and the applicant may be asked to provide additional information or documents if requested by the Mission.

Both the standard documentation and supporting documents must be recent, meaning they should not be older than one month. These documents must be provided for every Schengen visa application.

Customers are required to bring and present their original documents, but they only need to submit photocopies unless the requirements specify that an original document must be submitted.

Before gathering the necessary documents mentioned below, customers are advised to carefully review the requirements outlined in the Overview section to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria for the chosen visa category.


  2. Visa application form (original)


  1. Passport (original) – Your passport must be signed and have at least two blank pages for visa purposes. It must also be valid for a minimum of 90 days beyond the return date of your trip to the Schengen Area. Additionally, the passport must have been issued within the last 10 years on the day of departure from the Schengen Area.

An extended passport may still be valid, but if it is older than 10 years, it is no longer acceptable. In such cases, the customer must first apply for a new passport.

If applicable, photocopies of previous Schengen visas endorsed in an old passport and issued within the last 3 years are required.


A valid UK Residence permit, either endorsed in the passport or issued as a Biometrics card, must be valid for at least one month beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area. Alternatively, a C-type visitor visa is also acceptable. However, in this case, a Schengen visa application can only be accepted for Essential Travel, which includes purposes such as business, study, family reunification, health or humanitarian reasons, and EU Family Members accompanying the corresponding family member.

A recent original photograph is also required.



Proof of current occupation:

Employer letter (original): A recent (less than 1 month old), signed, and headed letter addressed to the Mission. It should include the name and position of the signee and confirm the customer’s employment. Additionally, the last 3 months’ payslips are required.

Student letter (original): A recent (less than 1 month old), signed, and UK school/college/university letter addressed to the Mission. It should include the name and position of the signee and confirm the customer’s enrollment.

Self-employment letter (original): A recent (less than 1 month old), signed, and headed letter addressed to the Mission. It should include the name and position of the signee and confirm the customer’s self-employment. This letter should be obtained from the relevant authority, if applicable.

  1. Customers’ Accountant: If the applicant’s company’s accounting is handled by an external or independent accountant.
  2. Solicitor: If the customer’s company has been registered by a solicitor.

III. Bank Manager: If the customer’s company holds a business bank account.

  1. Companies House: A Certificate of Incorporation is received upon registering the business. If the customer’s name is not mentioned on the certificate, additional proof demonstrating the connection between the customer and the company should be provided.


Receiving Benefits: A recent original letter obtained from the local Jobcentre or Pension Service.

Not Receiving Benefits: A cover letter explaining the applicant’s financial situation.

Housewife/Househusband (only applicable to married couples): Customers may be sponsored by their spouse or registered partner. In these cases, the following documents need to be provided:

  1. Marriage certificate (original + copy): If this document was issued outside the EU and is not in English or Portuguese, it should be translated by a certified translator in the UK.
  2. Spouse/Registered partner’s passport (original + copy).
  3. Proof of occupation of the spouse/registered partner (as mentioned in B.1.a, b, or c).
  4. Proof of funds of the spouse/registered partner.
  5. Cover letter from the spouse/registered partner (signed and dated) confirming sponsorship.

In order to ensure a smooth and efficient process, it is important to provide all the necessary documentation as outlined above. This will help us better understand your financial situation and establish a strong connection between you and your company. Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Proof of Funds

  1. Provide the most recent three months’ UK current account bank statements, clearly displaying the customer’s name, address, and an end balance dated within the last month of the visa application submission date. The balance should reflect a minimum amount of £50.00 per day of stay in the Schengen Area, in addition to outstanding accommodation and travel fees. Alternatively, online bank account printouts are also acceptable.
  2. Include travellers’ cheques that cover the same amount as explained in section


Proof of Travel (Airplane, Train, Boat, Coach, (Hired) Car)

  1. Present confirmed return travel tickets that mention the customer’s name and travel dates to and from the Schengen Area.
  2. If traveling by car, provide car registration, car insurance, and return travel tickets (ferry or Eurotunnel) that mention the car’s registration number and the driver’s driving license. If the customer is not the driver, a signed and dated cover letter from the driver confirming joint travel with the customer and travel dates must also be provided. In cases where travel tickets have been paid through a travel agency, a receipt, invoice, or payment confirmation is also required.


Proof of Accommodation

In terms of responsibility, if the declaration is authenticated by a public notary (Portuguese or English), no further documents are required. However, if the declaration is not authenticated, a copy of the host’s passport’s bio page, the host’s permit of stay in Portugal (if the host is a non-EU citizen), and the host’s proof of address in Portugal should be provided as a complement to the declaration.


Travel Insurance (Comprehensive Medical Travel Insurance)

The travel insurance, which must clearly display the customer’s name, should be valid across the entire territory of the Schengen Area and cover the entire duration of the applicant’s intended stay within this area. It is essential that the insurance policy provides a minimum coverage of €30,000 for medical emergencies and repatriation (including the necessary clauses).

In order to ensure a smooth and hassle-free travel experience, it is imperative to obtain comprehensive medical travel insurance. This insurance should be valid throughout the Schengen Area, encompassing all the countries within its territory. Additionally, it is crucial that the insurance policy covers the entire duration of your intended stay in the Schengen Area.

To meet the requirements set forth by the authorities, the minimum coverage for medical emergencies and repatriation, including the necessary clauses, should amount to €30,000. This coverage ensures that you are adequately protected in case of any unforeseen medical circumstances or the need for repatriation.

By obtaining comprehensive medical travel insurance, you not only fulfill the necessary legal obligations but also provide yourself with peace of mind during your travels. This insurance safeguards you against any unexpected medical expenses or emergencies that may arise during your stay in the Schengen Area.

Remember, it is always prudent to prioritize your well-being and safety while traveling. Therefore, acquiring the appropriate travel insurance is a crucial step in ensuring a worry-free journey.

Photo Specification

Please submit one current color portrait of yourself that is no older than six months that satisfies the conditions listed below:

  • Captured on a light background (white or off-white) to make features stand out and contrast with the background.
  • Face-focused and of high clarity
  • Full face: no grinning, no sunglasses, no hats or other head coverings, unless the applicant is wearing them due to his or her ethnicity or religion.
  • Printed from a camera print on standard photographic paper.
  • The photo that is adhered to the visa application form

The visa application will be deemed incomplete if the submitted photos don’t fulfill these specifications (see examples here), and the applicant will be asked to take fresh pictures in the photo booth at the visa application center.

Application Form

In order to obtain a Schengen visa for Portugal, it is necessary for every customer to provide a signed printout of the online Schengen visa application form (VAF).

To ensure a smooth process, customers must follow these steps:

  1. Begin by duly completing and printing the online Schengen visa application form, ensuring that the information matches the details on their passport.
  2. Click on the Schengen Visa Application form link provided, which will open the form in PDF format.
  3. Carefully fill out the online visa application form, making sure to provide accurate and complete information.
  4. Once the form is completed, select “File” in the Menu bar and choose the “Print” option. Confirm the printing process to obtain a hard copy of the application form.
  5. After printing the online Schengen visa application form, the customer should proceed to the remaining steps.
  6. Sign the completed visa application form in the designated places. The first signature should be placed at no.37, while the second signature should be placed right under the disclaimer at the end of the VAF.
  7. On the day of the appointment, the customer must bring the signed visa application form along with all the necessary supporting documents.

By following these instructions, customers can ensure that their visa application process for Portugal is completed accurately and efficiently.

Processing Time

Customers are advised to submit their Schengen visa applications up to six months prior to their intended travel date to the Schengen Area. It is important to note that the minimum processing time for a visa application is two weeks. Therefore, it is highly recommended that customers allow sufficient time between their appointment date and travel date for the Mission to process their application. However, it is important to understand that delays may occur, and no guarantees can be given regarding the return date of the visa application.

For certain nationalities, the visa application requires consultation from other Schengen countries, resulting in a minimum processing time of more than three weeks. To avoid any delays in the visa application process, it is crucial that the application is complete and all submitted documents meet the requirements set by the Mission.

Customers should also be aware that during peak seasons such as Easter, summer holidays (July and August), and Christmas, appointment slots are quickly filled as the Mission can only process a limited number of visa applications each day. Additionally, it is important to consider that Mission closures and holidays may further extend the processing time of visa applications.

Therefore, strongly recommends the following to all customers:

– Book your appointment as soon as you are aware of your travel plans.
– Ensure that all documentation in your visa application meets the requirements set by the Mission.
– Allow sufficient processing time for the Mission, taking into account potential delays and peak seasons.

Customers who submit their visa applications at our satellite center in Edinburgh should take into account an additional two days to the minimum processing time. This is because their visa application will initially be sent to the Manchester office before being forwarded to the Mission in Manchester the following day.

During the visa application process, the Mission may occasionally require additional information or documents, or even invite customers for an interview. It is important to note that these requests may result in delays in the visa process. However, it is the responsibility of the customers to accept and understand these potential delays.

We kindly advise customers to factor in these possible delays and plan accordingly when submitting their visa applications. Our team is committed to providing efficient and timely service, but it is essential to consider the various stages involved in the process. Rest assured, we strive to minimize any inconvenience caused and ensure a smooth visa application experience for our valued customer.


You may access and download all the relevant forms from this location.

Sample Visa Form Word: Sample vis -Schengen-WORD.docx

Sample Visa Form PDF: Sample vis -Schengen-WORD.pdf

Online Application form: Application Form

Visitor Visa Checklist: Checklist

Invitation Letter for Visiting: Invitation letter

Jurisdiction Policy: Jurisdiction LondonJurisdiction Manchester

Free Consultation

To proceed with your visa application, please fill out the attached sample form (PDF, Word) completely. If you are unsure about any information, leave it blank. Once you have completed the form, please return it to us along with your passport, BRP card/UK residency, and copies of any previous Schengen visas that you have held.

Please forward the documents through email: sales@globalvisaagent.co.uk


A consultation call will be scheduled after we have received this information to further discuss the application.


After sending the documents you can call us at +442035001580.


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