Upon becoming a Portuguese citizen,the law does not require you to obtain a Portuguese passport, just a PortugueseCitizen Card, a general ID card. However, there are some benefits to applyingfor a Portuguese visa for international travel. Portugal permits dualnationality, for instance, and there are several options for immigrantresidents applying for a Portuguese visa without giving up their originalpassport. As Portugal is an EU member nation, a Portuguese passport allows itsowner to travel around the world as both a Portuguese and an EU citizen.
Portuguese passports are issued by thePortuguese Ministry of Justice (Instituto dos Registos e do Notariado). In 2006, the Portuguese government began issuing electronically enhanced visas(Passaporte Eletrónico Português – PEP) with improved security features andbiometric information. All standard Portuguese passports are now PEP.
Five Types of Portuguese Passports:
1. Standard Portuguese electronicpassport (PEP), issued only to Portuguese citizens;
2. Diplomatic Passport (PD) issuedto officials on diplomatic business;
3. Visa for Foreign Citizens (PCE)issued to stateless individuals granted the right to reside in Portugal- validfor two years;
4. Special Passport (PES) given toPortuguese officials assigned to specific administrative functions;
5. Temporary Passport (PT) issuedunder emergency circumstances- valid for up to one year.
1. The offices of the PortugueseImmigration and Borders Service (SEF);
2. The Portuguese Citizen Shops;
3. The Portuguese passport shopsin the Lisbon and Porto airports;
4. The administrative offices ofthe Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira;
5. In Portuguese consulates aroundthe world.