Portugal is a country of diverse landscapes, boasting a picturesque coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. Torre, Portugal’s highest snow-capped peak, lures in avid skiers all year round. The real charm of Portugal is in its rich cultural heritage that easily blends with modern times, leaving a lasting impression on all those who go visit.
Are you planning on visiting Portugal this summer? Are you applying for a Portuguese Schengen visa appointment from London? In 2017, the Portuguese consulate in London issued close to 4500 visas. This means only one thing. Getting a visa appointment from London can be a very time-consuming affair.
To put your worries to rest, we have this article for you. In this article, you will find out what to do to get a Portugal Schengen visa appointment and what you should do if you don’t get an appointment. Furthermore, we can help you get an appointment by just filling our Schengen visa appointment form.
After you get an appointment, you have to get all the required documents in order.
How to get Portugal Schengen Visa appointment from London – The Basics
Here’s how to book a Portugal Schengen Visa appointment from London:
- The Portuguese Consulate in London can get your visa application done through VF Services (UK) Limited
Since you will go through VFSGlobal, the appointment will be scheduled online. For this, please visit the VFSGlobal homepage.
Scroll down to find “Schedule appointment“. Click on it.
Now, register as a new user. For this, click on ‘New User‘.
In order to gain access to the online appointment booking portal, fill in the below form. Now, select an available date and time slot.
VFSGlobal has a bandwidth to support at least 30 applicants on any given day. The appointment at VFSGlobal is subject to availability and is usually difficult to get. The handling charge for this service will be $25 or above.
What to do when there is no appointment date available for Portugal Schengen visa?
Follow these few steps when you are unable to get a Portugal Schengen visa appointment:
Try applying to another jurisdiction
Have you been waiting too long for your Portugal Schengen visa appointment? Have you tried at another jurisdiction? We advise you to look for other nearby consulates. However, we cannot guarantee you an appointment, as most of the consulates are usually fully booked well in advance.
Try changing the main Schengen consulate
Are you applying for Portugal Schengen visa appointment from London? So far, it has been observed that the main Schengen countries like Germany, France, Italy may be booked out for a couple of months at a stretch. In such cases, you can try your luck applying to another consulate. Countries like Slovakia or Malta do not have the large incursion of applicants that the other major Schengen countries have.
All you have to do is, show a tentative travel plan with this country by using temporary flight and hotel bookings. We can provide them for you in the aforementioned link.
That’s all folks! Once the visa is approved, you can travel within any Schengen country. You can land in Slovakia for a day and take the earliest available flight to your preferred destination in Europe.
Wait for a Portugal Schengen visa appointment cancellation
We realise that this option is risky and not for the faint-hearted as it might have you waiting for a long time. You can wait for someone to cancel their Portugal Schengen visa appointment and hope that you get the appointment. For this, keep multiple tabs open for all the consulates in your city. Watch diligently and do not forget to refresh the tabs regularly.
There have been cases wherein our customers have got an appointment just by waiting for a cancellation. So we suggest you do not discard this option. We have a team dedicated to watching for any Schengen visa appointments opening up and booking it for you.
If you are interested in this service, please fill the Schengen visa appointment form.
Want us to get your Portugal Schengen visa appointment?
We can get you your Schengen visa in the following countries:
We have customers in India, US and UK, who are corporate employees and business professionals, usually in need of a visa within a short span of time. Through a special service, we arrange their visas within 7-15 days. Find out how you can get Portugal Schengen visa in 7 days here.
This option is subject to the availability of slots in the preferred consulate. In the case of high demand, we will also try in all the nearest consulates.
We have no authority in fixing the appointment fee, as the quote for Schengen visa appointment varies based on the region of operation. We charge a fee of $35 on top of the quote for our service.
You will need to fill the form below and pay a nominal charge of $10 as advance. The balance amount needs to be paid only once we have your appointment ready for you.
Click here for Schengen visa appointment form.
- Fill the above form to initiate payment. The payment can be done via Paypal, Western Union, or through direct bank transfer.
- Within 8 hours of the initial payment, we will send you an email regarding the availability of a slot and the available consulate.
- Once we receive confirmation from you, we will send you the appointment details and reference number for verification.
You can now attend the appointment and apply for your Portugal Schengen visa. Happy vacation!
Read our related article to find out more about getting a Schengen visa appointment for Portugal.
FAQs on Schengen visa appointment
Can you make an appointment on my behalf?
Yes! We can surely assist you in getting a Portugal Schengen visa appointment. We can handle the appointment request for your whole family as well. Just fill the below form:
Can I take an appointment for my whole family?
No, you will have to make individual appointments for each member of your family. If you are making an appointment through VFSGlobal, then within a single account you can book five Schengen visa appointments. But the dates might vary for each of the 5 appointments as they may not be available on a single day.
Can I take a Schengen visa appointment for multiple applicants?
Getting an appointment for multiple persons is difficult on the same day. In the case of more than 3 or 4 applicants, we can provide them appointments on different dates or in a different consulate.
Where can I have my appointment verified?
You can have your appointment verified on the government or the VFSGlobal website.
What is the amount to be paid to get an appointment?
The amount to be paid varies from one consulate to another. We charge $35 as the service fee. The date of the appointment also determines the fee for an appointment. The earlier you request for an appointment, the higher you will have to pay.
Can I pay a higher fee and get the appointment?
We operate purely on a first come first serve basis. You will have to wait for your turn.
Is the appointment fee refundable?
It is fully refundable in the case that you cancel before we get you an appointment or if we are unable to get you one. But once we get you an appointment, it is non-refundable.
Could my Portugal Schengen visa application get rejected?
Yes, your application could be rejected by the consulate for a number of reasons. Common reasons are:
- Travel insurance invalidity
- No evidence of travel itinerary
How early can I apply for the Portugal Schengen visa?
Applicants can apply up to 90 days prior to the date of travel. We recommend that you apply at least 3 weeks prior to the date of travel to accommodate any processing delays.
What are the details required in order to book the appointment?
Details such as your name, passport number, expiry date passport issue date are needed. The information needed varies from one country to the other. For additional information, we will correspond with you by email.
Do I need to have travel insurance for Portugal Schengen visa?
You have to provide proof of travel insurance for Portugal Schengen visa that covers emergency medical expenses and repatriation costs up to a minimum of 30,000 Euros.
How long will it take for you to get me my Portugal Schengen visa appointment?
We usually take around 8 to 10 hours, as we will be checking with all nearby consulates for the availability of a slot.
Within how much time do I have to complete the payment?
We make close to 250 appointments a day. If the demand is high, you will have less than an hour to complete the payment and appointment. Sometimes, our reseller may put the appointment to auction and usually, we always have takers for the appointment.
What mode of payment is accepted?
You make a direct bank transfer to complete the payment. You can also make the payment via PayPal or Western Union.
In which countries do you provide the service for booking a Schengen visa appointment?
We currently operate in India, UK, and the USA. We are adding more countries regularly.
Consulate General of Portugal in London Information
3 Portland Pl, Marylebone
London W1B 1HR, UK
+44 20 7291 3770
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