Portugal always has a lot to offer to tourists, golden beaches, Medieval castles, villages in cobblestone, and the list goes on. A rich and eventful history, picturesque sceneries, and great cuisine might only be the beginning.
Portugal attracts thousands of people around the world every year. In 2017, Portugal had as many as 260000+ visitors who applied for Portugal Schengen visas. With consulates forced to manage thousands of people all year round, it is quite common for consulates to get booked two to three months in advance.
It is adviced that you start collecting all the documents you need for your visa approval once your visa appointment has been booked. But it might be hard to get a Portugal Schengen visa appointment in Manchester when consulates get booked well in advance.
In case you need help with finding a Portugal Schengen visa appointment in Manchester, you can fill in the Schengen visa appointment form and we can help you get one.
The basics of getting a Portugal Schengen visa appointment in Manchester
To book a Portugal Schengen visa appointment in Manchester, you will need to head over to the VFS Global website. This is because Portugal has transferred the entire appointment booking and visa application processes to a third-party vendor called VFS Global. Click on the link below to start booking your Portugal Schengen visa appointment in Manchester.
The link should take you to a website like in the image above.
Scroll down slightly and you will find the options given in the image above. Click on the “Click here” option given right under Schedule an appointment.
The page will reload to give you information like in the image above. Read these instructions carefully before you start booking your Portugal Schengen visa appointment in Manchester. After this, click on “here” given in an orange colour right next to Manchester on the list.
You will be redirected to a login page. Click on “New User?” to start a new registration and find yourself a Portugal Schengen visa appointment in Manchester.
Fill in the form with your details and click on “Submit“. The page will refresh and allow you to start your visa application process and also be able to book a Portugal Schengen visa appointment in Manchester.
VFS Global charges a service fee for this process that depends on the country you are visiting.
If you need any other help in getting your Portugal Schengen visa, then take a look at our blog post on getting a Portugal Schengen visa in 7 days.
Can’t find a Portugal Schengen visa appointment in Manchester?
Don’t get disheartened if you are unable to find a Portugal Schengen visa appointment in Manchester before your travel. As consulates get booked out well in advance, this is quite a common scene. But there are ways you can tackle this problem.
Try a consulate with a different jurisdiction
You would usually try booking an appointment with a consulate that is closest to you or has a jurisdiction over your area. But when there are no available appointment slots, you can try getting an appointment from a different consulate. For eg., if you can’t find a Portugal Schengen visa appointment in Manchester, then try booking one in the Portuguese consulate in London.
This, however, has varying success.
Change the main destination of your travel
Many times, consulates of main Schengen countries like France, Germany, Spain, and even Portugal, get booked out almost up to 6 months. So, you can try getting an appointment with a consulate that doesn’t have a very high inflow of travellers, like Malta, Luxembourg, Iceland, etc.
To be able to get a Schengen visa, you can show a tentative travel plan to the consulate. Say you plan on applying at the Maltese consulate. You can say that you are only visiting Portugal for a few days but your main destination is actually Malta. This can increase the chances of approval of your Schengen visa.
If you want to get a temporary travel plan, then we can help you out with that as well. And once you get your Schengen visa, you are free to visit any country in the Schengen area.
Wait until someone else cancels their appointment
This is a slightly risky as you may end up waiting indefinitely. But there have been times when patience paid off and customers were able to find an appointment with the consulate. So don’t completely disregard this option.
But for this, you might have to keep tens of tabs open and keep checking and refreshing every now and then to see if an appointment slot is available for you. And this can be extremely taxing. Which is why Travel Visa Bookings has an entire team dedicated to keep looking at the consulate websites to see if an appointment becomes available.
If you want us to help you out, just fill in the Schengen visa appointment form and we will get back to you.
Do you want Travel Visa Bookings to find you an appointment?
Right now, we are providing this appointment booking services in
We plan on expanding this service to a lot more countries every month. Travel Visa Bookings has been a pioneer in helping people solve problems related to international travel. We have made corporate bookings as well and can help you find an appointment even when you need one urgently.
As getting an appointment is subject to availability, we will try to book an appointment in other nearby consulates as well.
The price for getting an appointment is not fixed by us, it is done by the consulates. However, we charge a fee of $35 above the quote of the consulate. Out of this, you will have to pay $10 as an initial fee for us to start booking an appointment for you.
Just fill in our Schengen visa appointment form and follow the steps given below to get your appointment.
Fill in the details in the form and make the payment of the initial fee through direct transfer to our bank account our through PayPal. You will receive a mail in response stating our procedures and terms of service.
Our team will respond to your request in the next 8 hours with your appointment along with the remaining fee.
Pick the appointment of your choice and make the payment of the remaining fee.
You will be given an appointment reference number that you can use to visit the consulate.
You can now go ahead and get your Portugal Schengen visa approved.
Frequently asked questions on Portugal Schengen visa appointment in Manchester
Take a look at the questions below to see if some of your queries related to appointment bookings have been solved. You can also alternatively take a look at our blog post that explains Everything About Schengen visa for Portugal.
Will each member need a separate appointment with the consulate?
Yes, it is mandatory that every person going on a trip with you will need a Schengen visa appointment. VFS Global can help you make up to 5 appointment bookings with one account.
Will my minor child need an appointment?
Unfortunately, yes. But in case you want to accompany your child to the interview, you can. Although it is necessary that most times the traveller is to attend the interview on their own, there are some exceptional cases. Some other such cases include a wife or an adult child accompanying an aged traveller (above 80 years), or an accomplice for a physically disabled.
Can you book appointments for my family and me?
Definitely yes. We can find appointments for all of you. But as appointments are subject to availability, we can’t promise to find appointments on the same day or even in the same consulate.
What do I need to do for you to find me an appointment?
You can just fill in the Schengen visa appointment form and our team will get back to you. Along with this, you will also need to provide your name, passport number and its expiry and issue dates. Or you can send us a picture of your passport instead and we will handle it for you.
Along with this, you will also need to pay an initial fee of $10 through direct transfer or through PayPal.
When will I get a response from you?
It usually takes our team 8 to 10 hours to respond to your request.
When do I need to pay the second fee to get my appointment?
You will have only one hour to make the payment of the remaining fee to get your appointment. This is because our team makes more than 250 appointments in a day and there can always be someone else who wants the same appointment. Once an appointment is found, it is placed on an auction so that someone else in need can buy it if you are uninterested in it.
So, we suggest that you keep a keen eye on our response to your request. In case you miss the payment of the remaining fee within the next 1 hour, then the appointment will be made available for someone else.
Can I pay more to get an earlier appointment?
Our team works purely on a first-come-first-serve basis. So if you need your appointment, you will have to wait for your turn.
Will I get a refund if I no longer need the appointment?
As long as the appointment hasn’t already been booked for you, you will get a full refund of the initial fee. But in case the appointment has already been booked, the refund will not be possible because the fee would have already been transferred to the consulate officer to hold your appointment.
What is the price to getting an appointment?
We charge a flat fee of $35 above the quote of the consulate.
I changed my name recently but my visa is still valid. Will I need another visa?
In case you change your name, you will have to change tour passport as well. Which means that the visa in your old passport will be invalid and you will need to get another one to be added to your new passport.
Portuguese Consulate in Manchester
1 Portland street, 2nd Floor
Phone: (+44) 161 236 09 90
Fax: (+44) 161 236 20 64