Information concerning trips to Portugal:
It was published, on August 31, the Order No. 8391-A/2020, extending the applicable measures for air traffic to and from Portugal. The document maintains the previously established measures and establishes the mandatory requirement to present, before boarding, proof of laboratory testing (RT-PCR) for screening for infection by SARS-CoV-2, with a negative result, performed until 72 hours prior to departure.
Given the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2019/1155, dated 20 June 2019, which amends the Community Visa Code, new fees will be charged when submitting Schengen visa applications:
- Standard fee: 80 EUR
- Reduced rate (children from 6 to 12 years old): 40 EUR
Please note that the aforementioned amounts will be charged for all Schengen visa requests submitted starting of February 3, 2020.
More information concerning visas and other consular issues here.
The applications to the Distance Learning Courses provided by Camões I.P. are open until 18 of October. Among the offer are the courses of Portuguese for Foreigners, as well as a wide range of choices in the areas of Culture, Education, Translation and Interpretation, Development Cooperation and Portuguese for Specific Purposes.
Complete information on this subject is available at:
Seeking to implement the Protocol of Cooperation signed between Camões, Institute for Cooperation and Language, I.P (Camões, I.P.) and the General Directorate for Books, Archives and Libraries, (DGLAB), which sets up a partnership to promote their shared purpose of promoting of Portuguese literature abroad, as defined in Council of Ministers’ Resolution No. 70/2016, of the 22nd of November, both institutions have created a Funding Programme to support the translation and the publication abroad. The Rules for applying are available in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French and Chinese.
The Funding Programme is created to promote the translation and the publication abroad of works written in Portuguese by Portuguese authors or by authors from the Portuguese-speaking African countries (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe) and from East Timor. Grants are given to the publishers - paying a part of the translation and/or the publication costs - and also directly to the translators.
The direct beneficiaries of this Funding are all the publishing houses who commit to publishing and distributing, on an international level, works by the formerly mentioned eligible authors.
Furthermore, this Funding Programme also establishes that a special support will be given to works included in the list of Reference Books from Portuguese Literature, established by a Technical Committee formed by representatives from DGLAB and Camões I.P. and from the Portuguese Association of Writers (Associação Portuguesa de Escritores) and from the Lusitanistas’ Association (Associação Internacional de Lusitanistas). In these cases, the publisher can also expect the purchase of some copies.
The Embassy of Portugal kindly informs that, this year, due to the contingences imposed by the pandemic, the commemorations of the Day of Portugal, of Camões and of Portuguese Communities, will take place through our virtual platforms, namely Facebook and Instagram, which page, available at @be_portugal, will be inaugured exactly on June 10th. Join us!
As part of the effort to reopen services to citizens, the consular network has been instructed to resume its activity gradually. This process will start between 4 and 18 May in most posts.
This process will take place with the utmost respect for the safety of workers and the general public. To this end, nearly 300 thousand euros were invested in the acquisition of PPE and CPE (Personal and Collective Protective Equipment), such as acrylic dividers, masks, gloves and disinfectant gel, which have already been provided to the consular posts.
Delivery of documents and appointments for the issuance of Citizen Cards and Passports, as well as other Civil Registry acts, will take precedence as services return to normal. Other consular acts will be made available gradually.
The return to full consular operationality will be geographically asymmetric, depending on the evolution of the pandemic and the measures that local authorities put in place.
In view of the measures still in place in the United Kingdom and Italy, consular posts in those countries will not be reopened to the general public before June and will be subject to the enactment of concrete measures by the local authorities. In the United States, the return to normalcy will depend on the decisions taken by the federal government and/or the State governments.
Lisbon, 8 May 2020