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National Visas

The appointment request, the visa application and documents must be submitted through the Portal E-Visa:

The use of a face covering or mask is required to enter the Consulate.

Visa services in New Bedford apply to residents in Massachusetts (Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties) and Rhode Island. If you reside in other counties or States please visit   to determine the correct Consulate to be contacted by the applicant.


What is the difference between a Schengen Visa and a National Visa?

A Schengen Visa allows a foreigner to visit Schengen countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) up to 90 days whereas a National Visa is valid only for Portugal (not the European Union).

 What are the different National Visas?


Fee: equivalent to 90 euros.

Temporary Stay: 

Fee: equivalent to 75 euros.

Where exactly should I apply for the Visa?

If you live in Massachusetts (Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties) you should come to the Consulate in New Bedford. If you live in Rhode Island, you should also come to the Consulate in New Bedford.

If you live in Massachusetts (Boston, Norfolk, Middlesex, Essex, Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire Counties), ), or in the states of New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont, you should go to the Consulate in Boston:

Note that the acceptance of the application does NOT imply the Visa issuance. And a Visa rejection does not result in the reimbursement of the Visa fee paid.

Visa fees are payable in cash. Visa Fees are payable upon presentation of application and are not refundable, even if Visa is denied or applicant withdraws the Visa request.

 Deadline for a decision: 

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