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The residence of third-country nationals in Portugal is defined by the motive of their entry and duration of their stay. For short-stays, the third-country nationals must respect the Schengen rules. For long-stays, for more than 3 months, they have to respect the current national legislation.

There are some exceptions that allow the entry and staying of third-country nationals in Portugal, with visa exemption.


A Schengen visa is a short-stay visa allowing its holder to circulate in the Schengen area, during the period of its validity.

Short-term stay visa

The Schengen short-stay visa has a maximum validity of 90 during any hundred and eighty (180) days period, allowing one or multiple entries.

Short-term visa for season work

Seasonal work visas are issued to allow anyone wishing to engage in subordinate seasonal work, for a period of over 90 days (and a maximum period of 270 days), in previously approved fields of work.

Airport Transit Visas

Airport Transit Visas are granted to allow a person to transit within the international area of an airport, from one flight to another, without entering the Schengen area.

Portugal tax residents (NHR’s included) are liable to Portugal income tax on their worldwide income from the date on which they become residents. We can prepare and file your annual tax return. The filing season opens in April and ends in June.
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