AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING PORTUGAL
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian citizen for short-stay period in Portugal starting from 2021.
A valid passport is required to enter Portugal. All tourists entering Portuguese territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Portuguese authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.
A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of Australia who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every Australian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
Portuguese custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into Portuguese territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:
If arriving from a non-EU country:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), loose tobacco (250g).
- Alcohol: 1L of spirits with more than 22% alcohol by volume (1L), light liquor (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).
- Perfume: Perfume (50g) and of eau de toilette (0.25L)
If arriving from an EU Member State:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), smoking tobacco (1kg).
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% (10L), fortified wine or spirits up to 22% (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L).
Money Amounts of over €10,000 (or equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash or travelers' cheques must be declared at the point of entry or exit of the EU. Visitors entering Portugal with a one-way ticket and not having sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket might be refused to enter.
Unaccompanied nationals of Portugal or alien individuals below the age of 18 and cannot leave Portugal without a travel authorisation requested by the parents or the legal guardians.
The travel authorisation required for leaving Portugal is not mandatory to enter, although, that same authorisation used on departure may be considered to prove the assumption of responsibility for the minors.
Australia and Portugal
61,886 Australian residents are of Portuguese ancestry, while 15,804 are Portuguese-born. Tourism and familial visitors are influenced by this large community. Portugal is Australia’s 60th largest inbound market with 6,600 short-stay visitors arriving from Portugal annually. Portugal is Australia’s 53rd most popular short-term destination with 15,400 short-term departures from Australia to Portugal. 1,127 Portuguese students are enrolled in Australian education institutions.
Evidence suggests that Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to visit Australia many years before Captain Cook. In 1901 311 Portuguese lived in Australia and this hardly changed over the decades until the 1950s when immigrants arrived from Madeira and formed a small fishing community. The first immigrants were rural workers and workers in the construction and manufacturing industries.
Immigration increased dramatically in the late 1960s when Portuguese colonial wars in Angola and Mozambique were a contributor. The wars ended in 1974 by which time more ethnic Portuguese immigrants settled in Australia, seeing the numbers rise from 131 in 1966 to 2,335 in 1986.
The global economic crisis saw Australian merchandise exports to Portugal more than halve in 2016. Portuguese exports to Australia have increased over the last three years. Commercial interests between the two are growing. Australian investment in Portugal includes mining, oil & gas, tourism, aviation services, renewables and information technology. Bilateral agreements between the two countries include the work and holiday visa arrangement and a social security agreement.
Australians wanting to visit Portugal require only a valid passport at present but will need to get the pre-authorisation once ETIAS is implemented in 2021. ETIAS is much the same as Australia’s ETA, which all non-Australian Portuguese citizens travelling to Australia already require. Portuguese nationals who hold an eVisitor-eligible Passport can apply for an eVisitor online for visits up to 3 months for tourism or business purposes.
List of Australian diplomatic offices in Portugal
Australian Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal
List of Portuguese diplomatic offices in Australia
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