All holders of a Schengen residence identity card or passport may enter Portugal for up to 90 days without a visa. Specific visa requirements may apply for non-EEA nationals, depending on their nationality. A foreign national may not spend more than 90 days per six month period in the country without a residence permit.
As with most European Union member states, if foreign nationals want to reside and settle in Portugal for longer than three months, they must apply for a residence permit within 90 days of their initial legal entry into the territory.
Residence permits for non-EU nationals may be granted under one of the following two programs:
- The Golden Residence Permit Program, via specified investments
- The EU Blue Card, via highly qualified employment
In both economic categories, residence permits can also be granted to family members of a successful main applicant through the family reunification procedure.