Please read the information below carefully to find answers to your questions.
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Algerian passport holders
All Algerian nationals must have a valid visa to enter the Schengen Area, regardless of the duration of their stay and no matter what kind of travel document they have, except if they have a valid residence permit which enables them to stay in the Schengen Area.
Please note that starting March 13rd 2008, holders of Algerian diplomatic, special and service passports will not need a visa for short stays in Portugal.
Visa applications for Portugal are now received by TLScontact, except for some categories that are still received by the Embassy of Portugal in Algeria directly.
You may only submit your visa application within 90 days before your date of departure. We recommend that you apply at least 15 working days before the date you intend to travel.
Less than 90 days, for more information, visit Documents and Visa Types.
You can find the Schengen Visa Application form on our Links & Downloads page.
In order to prepare all the documents required for your application, you should visit the TLScontact website and register to obtain an individualized list of required documents, according to the purpose of your stay in Portugal. All documents must be provided in French or Portuguese and if the original document is in any other language it must be provided with certified translations into French or Portuguese. To get your individualized document list, please register on this website.
Yes, the Embassy’s Visa Sector may request you to provide additional documents or informations, according to your personal situation, even after you have submitted your application at TLScontact. You may also be asked to an interview at the Portuguese Embassy Please note that any additional document, which is not required in the basic list according to your type of visa, must also be accompanied with a certified translation into either French or Portuguese if it is in any other language.
The travel insurance should be:
Your travel insurance must be valid with a minimum cover of EUR 30,000.00 in order to face any expenses that may arise in connection with your repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention or emergency hospital treatment. The travel insurance should fully cover the period of your stay in the Schengen Area.
See list of approved insurance companies.
Passports can be collected from Sunday to Thursday, 08:00 to 16:00 at TLScontact. When your passport is ready to be collected, you will be notified online on your personal account page and by SMS, informing you to come to the TLScontact center with your visa application checklist and the original and a copy of your identity card. If you chose to have your passport returned to you by EMS service, it will be sent directly to the address you have specified.
TLScontact offers an Express registered Mail Service (EMS) , allowing you to receive your passport directly at your home or your office. Please inform us if you wish to use this service when you submit your application at the TLScontact centre.
If you choose to cancel this service after your application has been submitted, the courier fee cannot be refunded. Recipient address and information for the courier service must be filled in by the applicant or representative during application submission appointment.
Once the application has been submitted, no changes can be made to the recipient address and information. We therefore kindly ask you to confirm recipient address and information before the application submission.
The price is 1,200.00 DZD per passport.
Yes, a representative may retrieve your passport on your behalf provided and they should bring with them:
Applicants must come in person to the TLScontact centre, except:
A Schengen visa (type C) is a visa issued by one of the member countries of the Schengen Area and is valid for a short stay, limited to 90 days within any 180 days period, only for Schengen countries. European competence, to receive and issue a schengen visa is made by the consulate of the country of destination. In case of a trip in multiple Schengen countries, the main destination is determined by the purpose of the trip or duration of the stay. Professional reasons for a stay in a Schengen country outweigh its jurisdiction on the grounds against tourism, family or private visit in another state.
A national long stay visa (type D) is only valid for an establishment or a stay of more than 90 days in Portugal. The national visa allows, however, transit through other Schengen countries and for some it also allows traveling freely throughout the Schengen area.
Closing dates of TLScontact Centers in year 2019, please visit our Address & Opening hours page.
For the submission of visa applications for minors, it is necessary to present in addition to the visa file the following documents:
Before applying for a visa you must make sure that your passport is valid.
It is advised that you do not apply for a visa on a passport issued for multiple persons (e.g. parent and children together).
A Schengen visa is required when staying in the Schengen Area for up to 90 days.
A Schengen visa is granted in the form of a sticker affixed to the passport, travel document or other valid document that entitles the holder to cross the border between Schengen countries. Possession of a Schengen visa does not confer automatic right of entry. Entry will only be granted if the other conditions laid down by the Schengen Convention are met, i.e. the justification of the purpose and conditions of the trip, minimum amount of funds travelers must have at their disposal and the possession of valid travel insurance.
With a Schengen visa, you may enter one country and travel freely throughout the Schengen Area. It is issued to citizens of countries who are required to obtain a visa before entering the Schengen Area.
A Schengen visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen Area for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in any 180 days period. If you wish to stay longer than 90 days you will need a national long stay visa or a residence permit.
Short stay visa allows the traveler, assuming all other conditions are met, to enter the territories of any Schengen country to pay a single continuous visit or multiple visits, the duration of which does not exceed 90 days in any 180 days period. A short stay visa can be issued for either single entry or multiple entries into the Schengen zone.
The Schengen Area is composed of 26 countries.
At present, 22 European Union Member States enforce the Schengen Convention (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.)
Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland integrally enforce the Schengen Convention, but are not members of the European Union.
The six other European Union Member States still outside the Schengen Area are the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia.
The EU Member State, Cyprus, is not yet a fully-fledged member of the Schengen Area. Border controls between Cyprus and the current members of the Schengen Area are to be maintained until the EU Council decides that the conditions for abolishing internal border controls have been met. However, Cyprus considers the Schengen visa, as well as residence permits from other EU Member States, as equivalent to its national visa for the purpose of a transit that does not exceed 5 days.
The Principalities of Monaco, Andorra, San Marino and Holy See (Vatican City State) allow entry to their territories without any formality to Schengen visa holders.
The following is the list of countries that are currently members of the European Union:
Please kindly note that pictures submitted must be complying with the ICAO standards.
An ICAO compliant photo-booth is at your disposal within the TLScontact Center.
The one photograph required for any visa application must be:
Note: Wearing contact lenses altering the appearance of your eye is strictly prohibited during the biometric data capture (color contact lenses, magnifying contact lenses).
The photo requirement chart shows examples of non-compliant photos “✗,” and the correct equivalent “✓”, according to Schengen requirements.
By agreement with the Embassy of Portugal in Algeria, Applicants for a Short Stay visa types should apply at TLScontact.
The TLScontact procedure is not compulsory, applicants can also go directly to the Embassy’s Visa Sector to submit their application in person. Applicants must set Embassy appointments through our Call Centre: (+213) 982 218 190.
The Embassy of Portugal and TLScontact are only able to accept visa applications from Algerian residents. Visa applications from non-residents, including Algerian nationals, who are settled in another country can only be processed if applicants can prove that they have an urgent and unforeseen need to travel to Portugal whilst visiting Algeria and thus are unable to apply in their country of residence.