If you’re considering getting a second passport, and are searching for a strong passport without having to give up on your current one, then the Portugal passport is an excellent option for you.
The Portuguese passport ranks number 12th, based on its Enhanced Mobility Index in the Global Passport Index created by Global Citizen Solutions – and 31st in the overall Global Passport Index ranking. This makes it one of the most powerful passports in the world. With this excellent ranking, the Portuguese passport allows its holder to have visa-free travel to 174 countries in 2023.
About the Global Passport Index
Passport rankings have typically focused on the number of countries that allow visa-free access, with those that allow easier mobility and great access ranking highly. However, we believe that this is an oversimplified approach and that there are other important benefits that are fundamental to consider when acquiring a second passport – such as investment opportunities and quality of life.
To create our Global Passport Index, quantitative data like composite indicators were used to analyze specific criteria that determine the attractiveness of a passport. The ranking is based on data from various institutions and multilateral organizations, such as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, and the Sustainable Development Report, and was put together in collaboration with senior analysts.
Our full methodology can be found here.
Once you’re a Portugues Passport holder, you will enjoy the same civil benefits as a Portuguese citizen, and you will have the right to live and work in any of the 27 European countries.
Read more about the Portuguese Passport and how to get it.
With many options available to get a Portuguese passport, we would like to tell you more about the popular Golden Visa Program, one of the easiest options for expats to gain residency and, ultimately, citizenship.
Portugal Golden Visa: Program Overview
The Portugal Golden Visa Program has proven to be the most popular residency-by-investment program in Europe for non-European citizens who seek a new passport. Expats are attracted to this program due to its flexibility, visa-free travel inside the Schengen Area, and the multitude of other benefits.
The Portugal Golden Visa grants the opportunity for non-Eu citizens to get a Portuguese passport after at least five years of residency and by investing in the country. You can get the Portugal Golden Visa through different available options, such as investments in real estate, investment funds, investment in a business and job creation, or transfer of capital to the country, plus through other means.
Not only will you have the right to live and work in any European country when you have the Portugal Golden Visa but also your family members will be able to reap the benefits alongside you. The Portugal Golden Visa gives you the right as a resident and taxpayer to get a resident permit for your family members as well. This family reunification includes spouse, legitimate children, children born outside marriage (despite their age), and parents of the main applicant and/or spouse. Each member will have his/her separate documents that confirm their residency in the country, which will allow them to move freely inside or outside Portugal, which will expand the travel opportunities for all the family members The Portugal Golden Visa provides an excellent opportunity to expand your families’ freedoms and opportunities. Interested to find out more about the Portugal Golden Visa Program?
Here is our Portugal Golden Visa: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide 2023.
Important note: The Portugal Golden Visa is coming to an end. If you are interested in applying for the Golden Visa program, we strongly recommend you begin your application now. You can read more in our article: Golden Visa Ending: Everything We Know So Far.
Portugal Passport Visa-Free Countries List 2023
As previously mentioned, the Portuguese passport grants visa-free travel to 174 countries around the world, including the UK. It is also worth mentioning that the list of visa-free countries is calculated to reflect the number of countries Portugal passport holders can enter without a visa, through a visa on arrival, and through the eTA.
In the coming table, you will find up-to-date information on tt the visa-free countries that are accessible to Portugal passport holders. In addition, you will also find the accessible countries with visa-on-arrival or an eTA and even the countries that require a visa before arriving (online or physical).
|Country||Visa-free access||Visa-on arrival||
|Visa online||Visa required||Duration of stay|
|Antigua and Barbuda||✓||180 days|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||✓||90 days|
|Burkina Faso||✓||30 days|
|Cape Verde||✓||30 days|
|Central African Republic||✓|
|Congo (Dem. Rep.)||✓||45 days|
|Costa Rica||✓||90 days|
|Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)||✓|
|El Salvador||✓||90 days|
|French West Indies||✓|
|Hong Kong||✓||90 days|
|New Zealand||✓||90 days|
|North Macedonia||✓||90 days|
|Northern Mariana Islands||✓|
|Papua New Guinea||✓||✓||60 days|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||✓||90 days|
|Saint Lucia||✓||90 days|
|Sao Tome and Principe||✓||15 days|
|Saudi Arabia||✓||✓||90 days|
|Sierra Leone||✓||30 days|
|South Africa||✓||90 days|
|South Korea||✓||60 days|
|Sri Lanka||✓||30 days|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines||✓||30 days|
|Trinidad and Tobago||✓||90 days|
|United Arab Emirates||✓||90 days|
|United Kingdom||✓||180 days|
|United States of America||✓||90 days|
The Portugal D7 Visa:
If you have your own funding and receive a passive income from your own country, you can gain a Portuguese residency by applying for the D7 Visa, also known as the Portugal Passive Income Visa. Whether you’re a retiree or an entrepreneur, enjoy Portuguese residency privileges thanks to the D7 visa. Read more about the D7 visa Program here:
Portugal D7 Visa 2023 Guide + Free Eligibility Test.
Frequently asked questions about the Portuguese passport
How many countries are visa-free for Portuguese passports?
Once you have a Portuguese passport, you will have a visa-free entry to 174 countries, showing that Portuguese citizenship has many significant mobility benefits.
More details can be found about Portugal’s performance in Global Citizen Solution’s Global Passport Index, which is found here. Once you get a Portuguese passport, you have excellent mobility, including free movement across the EU and Schengen area, and easy movement to the USA and Canada.
Do Portuguese passports need visas for the USA?
If you have a Portuguese passport, you will need an Electric Visa to be able to enter the United States of America for a 90-day stay.