Portugal in detail

Entry & Exit Formalities

From within Europe, you’ll have no problems entering Portugal by land or air. If arriving from further afield, check if you need a visa before arrival.

Customs Regulations

You can bring as much currency as you like into Portugal, though €10,000 or more must be declared.

There is a duty-free allowance for travellers over 17 years old from non-EU countries.

  • 200 cigarettes or the equivalent in tobacco
  • 1L of alcohol that’s more than 22% alcohol, or 2L of wine or beer.

Allowance for nationals of EU countries.

  • 800 cigarettes or equivalent
  • 10L of spirits, 20L of fortified wine, 60L of sparkling wine or a mind-boggling 90L of still wine or 110L of beer.


Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days; some nationalities will need a Schengen visa.

More Information

Nationals of EU countries don’t need a visa for any length of stay in Portugal. Those from Canada, New Zealand, the USA and (by temporary agreement) Australia can stay for up to 90 days in any six months without a visa. Others, including nationals of South Africa, need a visa unless they’re the spouse or child of an EU citizen.

The general requirements for entry into Portugal also apply to citizens of other signatories of the 1990 Schengen Convention (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden). A visa issued by one Schengen country is generally valid for travel in all the others, but unless you’re a citizen of the UK, Ireland or a Schengen country, you should check visa regulations with the consulate of each Schengen country you plan to visit. You must apply for any Schengen visa while you are still in your country of residence.

Visa Extensions

To extend a visa or 90-day period of stay after arriving in Portugal, contact the Foreigners’ Registration Service; major tourist towns also have branches. As entry regulations are already liberal, you’ll need convincing proof of employment or financial independence, or a pretty good story if you want to stay longer.