For applying for a short-stay Schengen visa, the following documentation is required:

  • Duly filled form and signed (For minors and incapacitated forms should be signed the legal guardian);

  • Passport Photograph;

  • Authentic and Valid (over 3 months after the date of exit) Travel Document; a photocopy of prior passport and visas.

  • Certificate of being in a regular situation when the applicant is from a different nationality than that of the country where the visa is being requested;

  • Travel reservation (return ticket);

  • Travel medical insurance. Shall a multiple visa be granted, applicants shall sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays.

  • Economic and work conditions: work certificate and salary, as well as three last bank transcripts (proof of means of subsistence), covering the entire stay and return to the country of origin.

  • Travel authorization for minors or court decision (when applicable);

  • Hotel reservation (if applicable) or statement of responsibility.

  • If staying with a family member, proof of family relationship is required, and proof of housing conditions may be requested. If the person signing the term of responsibility is not a Portuguese national, proof of being legally in Portugal is required; or,

  • For business purposes, an invitation clarifying on the purpose of travelling and date of arrival and departure, as well as host organization and person responsible; or,

  • For participation in political, economic, scientific, cultural, sport or religious events, proof of attendance is required, registration or entry ticket; or, 

  • For journeys undertaken for medical reasons: an official document of the medical institution confirming necessity for medical care in that institution and proof of sufficient financial means to pay for the medical treatment; or,

  • Entry visa for the destination country (if applicable).

If the application is lodged in a country where a harmonized table, with general and specific documentation requirements, the chart should be consulted in order to avoid any missing document when filing the application.


Refer to the harmonized documents table concerning required documents for visa application lodging in specific countries or territories:

Afghanistan Chile Israel Russia

United States

of América

Algeria China Jordan Saudi Arabia Uzbekistan
Angola Costa Rica


Senegal Vietnam


Cuba Kenya Singapore Zambia
Armenia Ecuador Kosovo South Africa  
Australia Egypt Macao South Korea  
Azerbaijan Ethiopia Mexico Sri Lanka  
Bangladesh Georgia Moldova Tanzania  
Belarus Ghana Morocco Thailand  
Bolivia Hong Kong Mozambique Trinidad and Tobago  
Bosnia Herzegovina India Nicaragua Tunisia  
Brazil Indonesia Nigeria Turkey  
Cameroon Iran Pakistan Ukraine  
Canada Iraq Palestine United Arab Emirates  
Cape Verde Ireland Philippines United Kingdom  
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