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Planning to travel to Portugal? Here are 4 things to keep in mind amid suspension from Schengen Area

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Are you planning a trip to Portugal soon? Amid the looming threat – potential suspension from the Schengen Area, many are cancelling or rescheduling their trips to Portugal. The European Union (EU) is pressing Portugal to implement a new border control system by July 2024. Failing to do so may result in Portugal’s suspension from the Schengen Area.

Portugal’s suspension could introduce stricter border controls, longer wait times, and additional checks for travellers entering or leaving Portugal. This will affect tourists planning a trip to the country. Here are some things to keep in mind if travelling to Portugal.

4 Things to keep in mind if travelling to Portugal

Be informed

Make sure to be up to date with the developments in Portugal. Regularly check trusted news sources and updates. You should learn more about the situation and keep a close watch on the controversy.

Be flexible

Make sure you are prepared for any last-minute changes to your plans. You should consider situations like possible delays and additional checks at the border.

Check Visa Requirements

If a suspension occurs, ensure you understand any new visa requirements or travel restrictions that may be implemented.

Keep all important documents in check

Check the visa requirements and ensure you have all the necessary documents, including passport, visas, identification, and any required vaccinations or health certificates.

When will you need a Schengen visa?

If you are entering the Schengen Area from a country where there is no visa-free travel agreement, you need to apply for a Schengen visa. There are four Schengen Visas—A, B, C, and D.

The most common kind of Schengen visa is the Uniform Schengen Visa which allows you to visit any Schengen Zone country once every six months for up to 90 days. It also gives you access to your airport transit visa. You will require this visa if you are travelling to Europe.

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