For history enthusiasts, Portugal holds a special place in the hearts of Filipinos. After all, this European country is the birthplace of the circumnavigator who first discovered our homeland. Although the circumnavigator never returned to his birthplace, his discovery paved the way for the Philippines to gain recognition on the other side of the globe.
Apart from this historical connection, Filipino tourists can also indulge in the captivating landscapes and delectable cuisine that Portugal generously offers. However, much like in most countries adhering to the Schengen Agreement, Philippine passport holders are required to apply for a visa in order to gain entry.
Tourist Visa Application for Filipinos
For Filipinos seeking to visit Portugal for a duration of approximately 90 days within a 180-day period, obtaining a tourist visa is mandatory. Specifically, you will need to apply for a Schengen visa. The available visa categories to choose from include: single, double, or multiple entry.
Requirements for Visa Application
Outlined below are the documents you need to prepare for your tourist visa application Or you can also print out this checklist as you gather the necessary paperwork. Take note that you are also required to bring both the original and photocopy of the documents.
- Duly filled application form: You can download it from the website
- Passport photos: Two pieces are required
- Valid passport: The passport must remain valid for at least 3 months. Additionally, include a photocopy of your previous passports
- Qatar ID
- Round trip plane ticket reservation
- Documents indicating labor-economic conditions: This includes proof of employment, a bank statement, and payslips for the last 3 months
- Travel Medical Insurance: Ensure the minimum coverage is €30,000. The insurance should encompass repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention, emergency hospital care, or in the event of death
- Hotel reservation
- Guaranteed accommodation: This condition is applicable if a sponsor is supporting the tourist
- Travel authorization for minors (when applicable)
Visa Application Procedure
- Step 1: Collect all the necessary documents for your visa application
- Step 2: Schedule an appointment with the embassy or consulate
- Step 3: Attend the interview on your scheduled date
- Step 4: Complete payment of the visa application fee
- Step 5: Await the outcome of your visa application. The processing time for applications typically takes 15 days.
Fees for Visa Application
Listed below are the visa fees:
- Adults €80
- Children (between 6-12) €40
- Children (5 and younger) FREE
Getting from Qatar to Portugal
Knowing which flights can take you to Portugal can help you plan your trip accordingly. It is also important to know which airlines offer the best rates and on the days when you plan to fly. The airlines servicing Doha to Lisbon include Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Royal Air Maroc.
The average flight time between these two capitals is about 13 hours. Other than Portugal, there are airlines from Doha servicing Porto, Faro, and Funchal. The ticket prices range from QAR 2,000 to 4,000, depending on your destination. Notably, September stands out as the most economical month for traveling to Portugal.
Address and Contact Details of the Consular Section of the Embassy of Portugal in Doha
- Address: Aljamie St., 803Zone 67 Building, 31 PO Box 24854AI Dafna, Doha, Qatar
- Telephone Number: +974 4038 5670
- Fax: + 974 4418 9545
- Email: (embassy) email@example.com
- Email (consular) firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
Map of the Consular Section of the Embassy of Portugal in Doha
Video Guide: Applying for Visa in Portugal
To know the first-hand experience of how to apply for a Portuguese tourist visa, you can watch this YouTube video from Salty Lion. In the video, you’ll gain a firsthand look at the documents she submitted, including her bank statements. It’s worth noting that although the vlogger applied from the Philippines, the requirements remain consistent. Observing the vlogger’s presentation can provide valuable insights.
Furthermore, the vlogger generously shares the website she utilized to craft her travel itinerary. If you’re seeking assistance with your travel plans, this platform might prove beneficial.
You can watch the full video here:
Disclaimer: The information posted here is based on personal experiences that the OFW shared in the video. Please let this post serve as a guide only. If you have specific questions, you may ask the OFW by commenting on their video or on their social media accounts.
Popular Tourist Spots in Portugal
Portugal attracts a substantial number of tourists annually, and it’s easy to see why. The country boasts sunny weather and captivating architecture. If you haven’t started your itinerary, you can get some ideas here:
The capital city is one interesting place to visit. You might want to visit Saint George’s Castle, also known as Castelo de Säo Jorge, where there’s an entrance fee of approximately $10. For those interested in more palatial sites, the Ribeira Palace, the former residence of the Portuguese Royal Family, is a worthy visit. If you’re traveling with family, a stop at Oceanário de Lisboa is highly recommended. This public aquarium houses around 800 sea creatures and diverse marine species. Presently, tickets cost around €25. It’s advisable to check the website for updated ticket prices and the option to purchase online.
For a dose of history, explore the Belém neighborhood, featuring monuments that pay tribute to the Portuguese Golden Age. The Alfama district offers insight into Lisbon’s early years.
For connoisseurs of port wine, Porto is the ultimate destination. This city offers wine cellars where you can purchase wines and collect souvenirs. The convenience lies in their proximity to each other, enabling you to visit multiple cellars in one trip. It’s wise to plan your visit before 5 PM, as the shops close early.
To enrich your visit to Porto, explore the UNESCO Heritage sites, including the Pena Palace and the Quinta da Regaleira castle. The Ribeira Square offers a stunning view of the river and the iron bridges integral to the industrial revolution. It’s also the focal point of the grand fireworks display during New Year’s Eve.
For a leisurely day by the beach, Faro beckons. Many tourists initially fly into Faro to indulge in its beaches before venturing to other towns to explore more of the coastline. Additionally, Faro caters to budget travelers. While not the most economical city, its cost of living remains more affordable than the capital. This makes it possible to enjoy shopping for souvenirs and dining out.
Known as the hometown of Ferdinand Magellan, the first man to circumnavigate the globe, Sabrosa offers more than historical significance. For those intrigued by arts and decorative crafts, Sabrosa is an ideal destination renowned for its exquisite embroidery and basket-weaving products. Beyond that, Sabrosa is synonymous with wine production.
Getting around Portugal is also easy even if you don’t have a car. There are trains and buses that you can take, and these are reliable and efficient.
Safety Tips When Visiting Portugal
By and large, Portugal is considered a safe destination for travelers. The country boasts a low crime rate. However, this doesn’t imply that you should drop your guard as a tourist.
Here are some key points to bear in mind during your visit:
- Pickpocketing is a known issue, particularly in the capital city, within public transportation, hotel lobbies, and airports. Thus, you should be careful of your valuables including your cash, passport, and jewelry. Some petty thieves might even employ children to create distractions.
- Avoid leaving your bags unattended. When dining at restaurants, refrain from placing your bags on tables or chairs behind you. Opportunistic thieves could seize the chance to take them. Instead, keep your bags in front of you or firmly in your possession
- Be cautious of scams. Certain petty criminals may offer counterfeit discounted tickets to popular tourist sites, which turn out to be fraudulent. Some restaurants might also overcharge tourists, displaying a different, marked-up menu compared to what locals see.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Can I extend my Schengen visa?
Yes, you can request to extend your Schengen visa. However, it only applies to extraordinary instances including force majeure or humanitarian reasons. If you meet these qualifications, you can send your application to the Aliens and Borders Service. You can also send your application to Borders and Aliens Service every weekday, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM.
- Can authorities revoke my Schengen visa?
Yes, authorities can revoke your Schengen visa when they conclude that you are no longer fulfilling the conditions mentioned in the visa. In case the visa is revoked, you will be given a deadline when you have to leave the country. Failure to do so will make you become an illegal resident.
- What is Golden Visa Portugal?
The Portuguese Golden Visa allows you to live, work, and study in the country. With this visa, you can enjoy healthcare and education benefits. However, you will not be allowed to live full-time because you would need medical insurance.
Applying for a tourist visa for Portugal? You need to prepare your valid passport, passport photo, application form, Qatar ID, and other necessary documents. You can submit your application at the consulate. Remember to bring the original and photocopy of these documents. Expect to receive the outcome of your application within 15 days.