How to Obtain a Portuguese Passport

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Portugal is a country that somewhat stands alone in terms of passport law. It's a member of the European Union (EU), so a holder of a Portuguese passport will be able to go almost anywhere in the world without having to worry about applying for a visa for work or tourism. However, where Portugal differs is that it has some nebulous definitions of citizenship. Citizens of former Portuguese colonies such as Goa, East Timor and Macau receive Portuguese citizenship and, by extension, Portuguese passports for easier travel and more chances to work in Europe. These steps toward the passport are a little more difficult.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate
Things You'll Need:
  • Proof of citizenship Passport application Government-issued ID
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Passport application
  • Government-issued ID
Step 1

Gather the documents, specifically a government-issued ID. The preferred form of ID for the Portuguese government is the Portuguese Identity Card or "bilhete de identidade."

Step 2

Find a valid birth certificate if the "bilhete de identidade" can't be found.

Step 3

Apply for the passport. The application is done at a passport office. Passport offices can be found all over Portugal in both Civil Government offices and in Civil Assistance Centers, and can be found all over the world in Portuguese consulates.

Step 4

Have your passport photo taken at the Civil Government office when you apply for your passport.

Step 5

Pay the fee and wait for the passport to arrive in the mail.

Step 6

Gather the correct documents if you don't have the identity card (See Section 1). Those born when Portugal had the colony only need a birth certificate and a current photo ID.
Those born afterward need a parent who was born in the region during the correct time period to register first with a birth certificate and current photo ID. With the parent registered, Portuguese citizenship can be proven, and the new applicant can apply.

Step 7

Apply for the passport. The application is done at a passport office. Passport offices can be found all over Portugal in both Civil Government offices and in Civil Assistance Centers, and can be found all over the world in Portuguese consulates.

Step 8

Have your passport photo taken at the Civil Government office when you apply for your passport.

Step 9

Pay the fee and wait for the passport to arrive in the mail.

Vincent Runyon is a writer working out of Portland, Ore. His work has been featured in "The Oregon Voice" and "Portland Monthly." Runyon received two bachelor's degrees from the University of Oregon. His greatest passions are traveling to new and different places and enjoying a good basketball game. Usually the two are mutually exclusive.
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