Visa-free travel in the Schengen Area
Residency granted within 180 days
Minimal residency requirements
Investment options from €250,000
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Introducing Portugal

Portugal is one of Europe's most historically influential countries, with a rich past of global exploration and trade. Today, as a member of the EU, it provides an excellent launch pad for anyone wanting to access the 26 countries of the European Schengen Area.

An ideal platform for European travel and business

As well as visa-free travel within the Schengen Area, the Golden Visa Programme provides a sure route to Portuguese and European Union Citizenship after six years. Portugal is an extremely family-friendly nation, and the Golden Visa Programme extends to dependants, providing an excellent option for families seeking a European base.

The Programme requires just seven days residence within Portugal for the first year and 28 days in subsequent years. This allows for freedom of access across Europe with minimal residency requirement.

Capital city: Lisbon
Languages: Portuguese
Visa free countries: 26 (Schengen Area)
Currency: Euro €
Total area: 92,090 km²
Population: 10.8 million (2017)
Nearest country: Spain
Time zone: Western European(UTC)


Applicants must fulfil ONE of the following three options:

1. Property

One of the following options:

  • Purchase real estate property with a value equal to or above €500,000.
  • Invest €350,000 in real estate more than 30 years old or located in urban regeneration areas.
2. Investment

One of the following options:

  • Capital transfer with a value equal to or above €250,000 for investment in artistic output or maintenance of national heritage.
  • Capital transfer with a value equal to or above €350,000 for investment in research activities.
  • Capital transfer with a value equal to or above €350,000 for the purchase of shares in investment funds or in venture capital geared to the capitalisation of small and medium companies.
  • Capital transfer with a value equal to or above €1million into a Portuguese bank account or specific approved investment option.
3. Job creation

Create at least 10 employment positions.


All applicants are subject to the following fees:

  • Primary applicant fee: €517.40
  • Family member fee: €80.60
  • Issue fee, per visa: €5,173.60
  • Visa renewal fee per holder after years 1 and 3: €2,586.80
Government website

To view the official government website for this programme, please click here.

Application process

  • Months 1-4

    Submit application and secure investment.

  • Year 1

    Golden Visa Programme permit issued for 1 year.

  • Year 2

    Golden Visa Programme permit renewed for two years.

  • Year 4

    Golden Visa Programme permit renewed for two years.

  • Year 6

    Golden Visa Programme permit renewed.
    Applications for Portuguese Citizenship may be made.

Get more information

To find out more about Portugal's Golden Visa Programme, please contact Eric Major and his team at or using the form below and they will get in touch to discuss your requirements.

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Eric G. Major

Eric is one of the pioneers of the investment migration industry. He has spent 25 years helping private clients to successfully relocate around the world.