Students from EU countries and from European Economic Area/EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland do not need a visa to enter Portugal, which is a signatory of the 1995 Schengen Agreement. In order to obtain a residence permit, the Erasmus/International Relations Office at your School will provide you with a statement to deliver to the Aliens and Border Department (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras).
These students have the right to live in the national territory for a period up to 3 months without other conditions and/or formalities beyond having a valid identity card or passport. However, if their stay is longer than 3 months, they must formalise their right of residence (Certificate of Register) within 30 days after the three-month stay in the country at the Town Hall of their residence area.
Students from non-EU countries must obtain a residence study visa before departure from their home country. They can request their visa at the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate. Please consider that a 'tourist' visa will not be accepted.
It is important to highlight that foreign students entering Portugal through a non-controlled border (whose passports are not stamped in Portugal) need to contact the Foreigners’ Services (SEF), within 3 days of their arrival, in order to report their entrance in the country. After this three-day-period, they will be charged a fine.
Furthermore, upon arrival these students should request a residence permit at the SEF. The usual documents to apply for this temporary residence permit are:
- copy of Passport and original;
- declaration of enrolment from Universidade Técnica de Lisboa;
- proof of financial support;
- accommodation conditions certification;
- health insurance;
- copy of tax number (NIF);
Nevertheless, this information should be countercheck directly with SEF.
You will not require any vaccinations to visit Portugal unless you come from an infected area.
EU citizens must bring their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which guarantees medical cover from the Portuguese National Health Service. You must have personal liability insurance covering injuries and damage to property.