Portuguese Passport

Portuguese passport

Portuguese Passport

Have you been living in the vibrant, culturally rich country of Portugal for the past five years? If so, you might be considering taking the next step in making this beautiful country your permanent home. Applying for a Portuguese passport after five years of residence opens up a treasure trove of opportunities, not just within Portugal but across the globe.

Why a Portuguese Passport?

A Portuguese passport is more than just a travel document; it’s a key to unlocking a world of freedom, opportunities, and security. As one of the most powerful passports in the world, it offers visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 191 countries. This incredible accessibility makes it an ideal choice for business professionals, travelers, and anyone looking to broaden their horizons.

Benefits of Holding a Portuguese Passport:

  1. Global Mobility:
    • Travel effortlessly across the European Union, live, work, or study in any EU member state without the need for additional visas or permits.
    • Enjoy extensive visa-free travel, including popular destinations like the USA, Canada, and Australia, facilitating easy vacations or business trips.
  2. Economic Opportunities:
    • Access to the European job market increases your employment prospects and provides the freedom to start a business anywhere within the EU.
    • Benefit from various trade agreements between the EU and other global markets, enhancing business expansion possibilities.
  3. Educational Advantages:
    • Avail yourself of the right to study at any EU university under the same conditions as nationals, often at reduced tuition rates.
    • Access to a wide array of scholarship and funding opportunities offered by EU institutions.
  4. Social Security Benefits:
    • Enjoy comprehensive health care, social services, and retirement benefits across the EU.
    • Benefit from high standards of legal rights and protections, including consumer rights and property rights.

Global Passport Ranking – 2024

This table highlights Portugal’s impressive rank in the 2024 Henley Passport Index, emphasizing its strong position alongside Norway and Switzerland with access to 191 countries. Such global mobility facilitates easier travel and broader international opportunities for its citizens.

With historical data spanning 19 years, the Henley Passport Index offers a unique insight into the travel freedom of 199 different passports. Updated monthly and based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA), it serves as the definitive reference for global mobility comparisons.

Top Passport Rankings for 2024

Country Rank in 2024 Access to Countries
France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain 1st 194
Austria, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden 2nd 193
Belgium, Denmark, United Kingdom 3rd 192
Portugal, Norway, Switzerland 4th 191
Greece, Malta, New Zealand 5th 190
Australia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland 6th 189

Documents Required for Portuguese Nationality Application

Under the terms of Article 6(1)(a) of the Nationality Law (Naturalisation of foreigners resident in Portuguese territory), the following documents are required:

  • Birth Registration Certificate:
    • If possible, a full copy issued by photocopier.
    • Legalised (if the certificate is foreign, it must be legalised with an apostille or visa from the Portuguese consulate).
    • If the certificate is not in Portuguese, the certificate must be translated into Portuguese and certified.
  • Document issued by AIMA, I. P., proving that you have been legally resident in Portuguese territory for at least five years.
  • Document proving that you have sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language, under the terms of article 25:
    • Certificate of qualification or certificate issued by a public, private or cooperative educational establishment recognised under the law, provided that the holder has successfully attended the curricular unit/discipline of Portuguese or Portuguese as a Non-Mother Tongue for at least two school years.
    • Certificate of approval in a Portuguese language test carried out in public schools, when carried out in Portuguese territory, or in places accredited by Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I. P., when carried out abroad.
    • Certificate in Portuguese as a foreign language, issued by means of a test at a centre for the assessment of Portuguese as a foreign language, recognised by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, by means of a protocol.
    • A certificate attesting to the completion of level A2 or higher of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, issued by public education establishment, employment and training centres and protocol centres of the Instituto do Emprego e da Formação Profissional, I. P. (IEFP, I. P.).
    • Certificate of the Portuguese Language of Reception course attesting to the completion of level A2 or higher of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
    • Certificate of qualifications attesting to the completion of units of competence/training units in Portuguese that are part of the school training component of a qualification from the National Qualifications Catalogue, obtained through dual certification training modalities.
  • Criminal record certificates issued by the competent Portuguese services in the country of birth and nationality.


Securing a Portuguese passport is not just about enjoying visa-free travel; it’s about embracing a lifestyle of freedom, opportunity, and security. It’s about becoming a part of a progressive, stable community that values its citizens’ rights and actively supports their global endeavors. If you’ve made Portugal your home for the past five years, now might be the perfect time to take the final step towards securing your Portuguese passport and embracing a world of possibilities.

For more detailed information on the application process, please visit Instituto dos Registos e do Notariado.

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