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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.

You can submit your application for a Portuguese passport at any of the following sites:

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.