How to get a Portuguese passport

How to get a Portuguese passport

Portugal Internal Passport

After moving to Portugal, everyone can apply for an internal passport. Such a decision has many advantages. Being a citizen of a European Union country is beneficial and offers a whole new level of life and opportunities. Portugal allows its citizens to have dual citizenship – so you do not have to give up your current passport (if the law of the other country allows it).

In this article, you’ll learn about the types of Portuguese passports, how and when you can apply for citizenship, and all the benefits of citizenship status.

Portuguese Internal Passport Citizen
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A Portuguese passport is obtained by every resident after applying for Portuguese citizenship. The application will be approved if you meet the requirements that Portuguese law imposes on residents of Portugal. All passports are issued by the Portuguese Ministry of Justice.

The new citizenship will allow you to become a citizen of the European Union and enjoy all the benefits of this status. In addition, the Portuguese passport allows you to cross the border of Portugal as many times as you want without needing a visa or permission.

In some cases, with citizenship, a passport is not issued. Instead, residents receive a citizenship card. It has the same functionality: it certifies the identity and is the main document. This format is usually obtained by those who need regular international flights. You can also get an electronic biometric passport. This is a modern technology that allows you to keep all personal data safe, as well as reduce the amount of paper.

The domestic passport comes in five types:

    1. The standard electronic passport that citizens receive.
    2. Diplomatic passport for officials.
    3. Special passport for civil servants.
    4. Passport for foreign citizens for stateless persons.
    5. Temporary passport for emergencies.

What a passport looks like

The ordinary passport of a citizen looks like a book with a dark red cover. Inside there are 28 pages for visas, a page for biographical information (name of the holder, height and date, sex, place, and date of birth, date, and place of issue of passport, date of expiry). There is room for a photo, digital signature, and microchip.

Benefits of citizen status

Benefits of citizen status
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There are many advantages to a domestic passport when compared to residency status or a visa. Here are just a few of them:

    • You can cross the border into and out of Portugal as many times as you wish.
    • You will have EU citizenship status when you visit other countries, which gives you many benefits.
    • You can get dual citizenship.
    • Visa-free entry to 115 countries.
    • Right to free health care.
    • Official residence in Portugal for the duration of the passport.
    • All opportunities for employment and higher education are open.
    • The opportunity to live in a rich and successful country.

How you can obtain a Portuguese passport

The conditions for obtaining a passport differ depending on the type of document. Accordingly, the diplomatic passport of Portugal is obtained by diplomats, special – by civil servants, etc. If we talk about the features of an ordinary passport, the main condition is a residency for 6 years in the territory of Portugal. Of these, at least one year must be continuous, with permanent residence. If you marry a Portuguese citizen, you can apply for citizenship after three years.

You must have a proven level of Portuguese and a certificate of criminal record when applying for any type of passport. For example, if you have had a prison sentence of more than 3 years, the Portuguese side can refuse citizenship.

How to apply for a passport

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Apply to the following services:

    • Offices of the Portuguese Migration and Border Guard (SEF).
    • In the public institutions of the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira
    • In Portuguese consulates around the world.

The application requires a citizen card or other identification card, which proves a person’s right to stay in the country. During the passport processing, he will have to register his digital signature and fill in biometric information for the passport (photo and fingerprints). All this is done directly in the office when applying for a passport; no need to bring your photo.

It’s also necessary to have your old passport (either of your previous country or a Portuguese one if you sell it).

Please be aware that you may be asked for more information if you are under 18 or have a disability.

After processing, the passport is made and the person chooses the delivery method: 5 days for a regular package, 2 days for an express, and the urgent option will only take 1 day.

How much does a Portuguese passport cost

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Prices for Portuguese passport fees are stable. To get a standard passport, you have to pay between 65 and 95 euros (depending on the delivery method: regular, urgent, or express. Plus the number of additional charges of 10 euros.

You can pay this amount either in cash or by card directly at the office, or you can pay in advance to a bank account.

Passport renewal

The standard passport is valid for five years. After that, it must be replaced: submit an application, come to the office and pay the fee. You must bring your old or expired passport, which is then given to the Ministry of Justice.

If you lost your passport, or if it was stolen, the document is also replaced at any of the relevant offices. You must have your citizen’s card with you.


Purchasing Portugal residence permit gives you the following advantages:
  • The possibility to apply for Portuguese citizenship already 5 years after receiving the residence permit. A Portuguese passport gives you all the benefits of an EU citizen.
  • Possibility of visiting Schengen without a visa.
  • The right to invest in liquid assets such as businesses, securities real estate.
More about the benefits of living in Portugal.

Depending on the type of investment, the amount will vary:

  • Purchasing real estate:
      1. from €500,000 any real estate in Portugal. The prerequisite – the property must be owned for at least 5 years.
      2. from €350,000 property that requires reconstruction and has been built at least 30 years ago in areas of cultural heritage.
      3. Purchase of shares – from €1 million for the purchase of shares in Portuguese companies.
      4. Investment in research or the arts – from €350,000.
One of the possible options for obtaining a Portuguese residence permit is investment. The following investment options are available:
  • the purchase of real estate;
  • a single capital transfer for research activities or works of art;
  • a capital transfer to register a company with a head office in Portugal combined with the creation of at least 5 permanent jobs.
After applying for a residence permit, you must wait for its processing. It usually takes no more than 3-4 months. Add another 2 weeks for the production of the card and it turns out that the estimated waiting time could take up to 5 months. A year after receiving the first residence permit, the card must be renewed for the next 2 years. For more information on obtaining a residence permit in Portugal through investment can be found in an article our blog.

Your family members can be granted residence status (Residence permit) in Portugal with you. This can be applied for:

  • spouse;
  • financially dependent children up to 26 years old;
  • parents are over 65 years old.

If you add family members to the program, its cost increases. For each situation, it is calculated individually.

After 5 years of residency status, the holder of a golden visa (GOLDVISA) in Portugal can apply for citizenship. To do so, the following conditions must be met:

  • knowledge of the Portuguese language. Level at least A2;
  • no criminal record;
  • at least 18 y.o.