Open an
account in a Portuguese bank

from anywhere in the world

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Do you need a Portuguese bank account for your visa? We’ve assisted you.

We can take care of opening a bank account while you're still outside the country.

Turn weeks into minutes. Skip the apostille procedure by having your signature recognized by a law firm in Portugal.

Your account comes with a personal bank manager who will be your main point of contact at the bank.

Let us do the hard work. We’ve simplified the process of opening a bank account in Portugal into 5 simple steps.Let us do the hard work.

HOW IT WORKS
Open your account with a Portuguese bank
in 5 easy steps
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    Place an order

    Fill out our online form and we will contact you shortly.

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    Receipt of documents for opening a bank account

    Get your bank account documents by email.

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    Sign your documents

    Get your signatures recognized by a Portuguese law firm.

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    Mail documents to Portugal

    Gather all your documents and send them to Portugal.

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    Get access to your new bank account!

    Get your IBAN, meet your bank manager, and get access to online banking.

Frequently Asked Questions

For most people, the average time to open a bank account is 3-4 weeks. Our turnaround time is an estimate. There are things that are out of our control (such as international customs, delivery time and bank compliance). We cannot guarantee that your bank account will be open by a certain date.

We process orders in the order in which they are received. Depending on the workload of our offices, you may experience some delays (from a few days to a week) before your order is sent to the bank. In this case, we will keep you informed of the status of your bank account.

$350 per account. The account can be opened either for an individual or for joint use with several owners. The payment includes the cost of having the signature certified by a law firm in Portugal. You will not need to have any documents notarized or apostilled.

Yes, your cards can be sent outside of Portugal at no extra charge. Along with your account you can get two debit cards, two credit cards and a web card for free.

Yes, you must be at least 21 years old. When opening a joint account, both owners must meet the minimum age requirement.

Yes, you need a NIF document (not just a number) to open a bank account. Without it, the bank will not be able to prepare the documents to open your account. If you don't already have a NIF, you can order one here!

Please provide one of the following documents:

Employment StatusRequired Documents
EmployedWage Deposit Slip (issued within the last 3 months) or Company Employment Certificate (issued within the last 6 months)
Self Employed

Either of the following documents (issued within the last 6 months):

  • Document on bank letterhead that you own your business account. *
  • Business registration documents
  • A letter from your business partner or client stating, that you own your company
  • Tax return
Investor / Property Owner
  • Signed lease agreement(s) + proof of deposits
  • Financial Reports that show your investments
StudentStudent ID card or proof of enrollment in higher education
UnemployedProof of Unemployment, issued by the employment center
PensionerDocument not required

*For self-employed individuals and business owners, each bank has different types of documents that meet these criteria. We recommend that you contact your bank and ask them for the appropriate document. The document must contain the following:

  • Name of the company/organization
  • The authorized signatories of the bank account

Since you are self-employed, the bank needs proof of ownership of your business.

This can be any of the following documents, which must have been issued in the last 6 months:

  • A letter on bank letterhead stating that you are the owner of your business account + your last bank statement
  • Business registration documents
  • Last tax return
  • A letter from a business partner or client stating that you are the owner of your company. It must be signed and dated.

In order to open a joint account, both joint account holders must sign the same document. 

If you are not in the same location as the joint account holder, you will have to find a way to sign both documents.

Unfortunately, a job offer letter is not enough. However, a letter from your company stating that you have been employed by the company since a certain date will do.

Absolutely! If you later decide you want credit cards, you just need to contact the bank manager.

If you decide you want to get credit cards, you just need to contact the bank manager.

The best proof of rental income would be a lease agreement with the current tenant.

Yes, a Cartao de Cidadao that lists a NIF number will also work as proof of a tax number.

Here are 4 things you'll need to get started:

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