1. Study how to get a Portugal visa from Oman (what are the Portugal visa requirements for Oman citizens and residents)
Study up on the Portugal visa from Oman before you lodge your application so that you know what to expect when you apply (in terms of your visa requirements and validity). Know that the Portugal visa is for Oman citizens and residents who cannot travel visa free to the Schengen area. Portugal is a Schengen state (one of 27); to apply for the Portugal visa from Oman is to commit to meeting the Portugal visa requirements for Oman citizens and residents (paying your visa fees, submitting your biometric information, etc.). Successful applicants must also uphold the visa’s validity period and scope (90 days in the Schengen area within a 180-day period).
2. Determine when to apply for Portugal visas and types for Oman passport holders and residents
It is always best to apply for your Portugal visa from Oman as soon as possible (within reason). In theory, this means you should submit your Portugal visa application well before you need to travel to Europe; in practice, it means you should apply at least 15 days before your departure date but NOT EARLIER than six months before you need to fly. To be sure that you meet all the application requirements (and that the Portuguese Embassy is able to process your application in time) you should endeavor to apply 60 days before you need to leave. However, if you’re pressed for time, 15 days before you travel is an acceptable time to submit your Portugal visa from Oman application.
3. Applying from Oman: where to apply for a Schengen visa from Oman
Residents and Omani applicants for the Portugal visa from Oman are directed to the Portuguese Embassy there. Contact us to identify your application location in Muscat, and to make your interview appointment (described in step 8) in the capital as well.
4. Choose one of the many types of Portugal visa from Oman
Is your reason for traveling to Portugal medical in nature? Do you have a business meeting there, or are you perhaps meeting a friend? Whichever your reason for traveling to Portugal, you should find it reflected in one of the many Portugal visas and types here.
5. Determine your entry category for Portugal and the Schengen area
Applicants for the Portugal visa from Oman can apply to have unlimited entries to the Schengen area (i.e. can select a multiple entry category visa), or apply to have just one entry to the zone (i.e. can select a single entry category visa). To travel back and forth between Oman and Portugal (or to simply be able to return to the Schengen area as a whole after leaving it, select the former category; for no returns to the zone, select the latter category. A third option allows you to apply to have two entries to the Schengen area (i.e. applicants can select a double entry visa).
6. Fill out your application to meet the Portugal visa requirements for Oman citizens and residents
There is no online application system for the Portugal visa from Oman. Rather, the application form for Schengen visa for the Oman citizens and residents who seek it is accessible here.
To apply for the Portugal visa from Oman, fill out and submit this form (after first printing it out), and submit it with the documents below.
7. Assemble all documents required to apply for Schengen Portugal visa for Oman citizens and residents
You must submit every single one of the items on the list below in order to qualify for the Portugal visa from Oman:
Visa fees (80 EUR for most Omanis and residents).
Photos of applicant (passport sized, make sure you submit 2 photos in total).
Omani national passport or passport from the country of which you are a national.
Evidence (in the form of a plane ticket or some other means of travel) of your deliberate intention to leave Portugal in order to return to Oman/exit the Schengen area.
Evidence (in the form of a valid receipt) of your having been approved for travel medical insurance in case of a health-related accident in the Schengen area.
Evidence (in the form of a bank statement, etc) of your full and complete ability to pay for all of your trip, from the beginning to the end of your stay in Portugal/the Schengen area.
Evidence (in the form of hotel reservation or domestic address) that you have found a place to stay in Portugal.
Supplemental documents, which correlate to the type of Portugal visa from Oman that you identified in step #4.
Consider and prepare for the possibility that the Portuguese Embassy will request translations of the above documents from Arabic to Portuguese (or possibly to Spanish and English).
8. Pre-schedule an interview in Oman for all Portugal visas and types
The application destination that you identified in step #3 (where to apply for your Portugal visa from Oman) is where your visa interview will be located. You will need to schedule the interview (which is where you will pay your Portugal Schengen visa fees and also officially apply for all Portugal visas and types) in advance.
9. Learn how much does a Portugal visa cost and what to submit at your visa interview
Portugal visa fees are 80 EUR. Before you attend your visa interview, you should know how to pay for your visa (cash, credit, etc.) and pay with the appropriate denomination of currency (EUR, USD, OMR).
Applicants do more than simply pay their Portugal visa fees, at their visa interview; they will submit their biometric information (photos and fingerprints), hand in other documents and materials (i.e. everything required for the Schengen visa for the Oman citizens and residents) and answer questions about their trip to Portugal (visa interview).
10. Receive a decision: processing time for Portugal Schengen visa applications from Oman
Applicants for the Portugal visa (Oman citizens and residents) will be informed as to their application status within 15-60 days. Most applicants should not expect to wait the full 60 days processing period and will instead get a Portugal visa from Oman in 15-20 days.
Rejected applicants for the Portugal visa from Oman should know that they have two options:
(1) They can re-apply for their visa. Or;
(2) File an appeal against the decision reached by the consular authorities.