UKNSF Portugal 
Key dates:
 •    On 31st December 2020 at 23h59 CET, the transition period ended.
 •    As of 1st January 2021 at 00h00 CET, UK nationals are treated as third country nationals (i.e. non-EU citizens).
Register your residence in Portugal before travelling

If you are living in Portugal without being registered, and therefore without a residence document, we strongly encourage you to register before you leave Portugal.

We encourage UK nationals who are officially residents in Portugal to start the process of exchanging their current EU residence documents for the new residence cards before travelling and use the issued certificate (with QR code) as proof of residence in Portugal.
Your current EU residence documents will continue to be accepted after the 31st of December of 2020.

Travelling to Portugal after the 1st of January 2021

If you are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, you will need to prove it when travelling back to Portugal after the 1st of January 2021.
You should carry your residence card, as well as your valid passport when travelling. 
If you have started the document exchange process but have not yet received your new document card, carry your certificate of application (with QR code). 
If you have not yet applied for a residence document, you should carry evidence that you are a resident in Portugal. 

If you cannot prove that you are resident in Portugal, you may be asked additional questions at the border to enter the Schengen area, and your passport may be stamped. This will not affect your rights in Portugal.
Please note that from 1st January 2021 onwards, UK nationals, residents and non-residents, can no longer use EU passport lanes or e-gates at the airport. UK nationals can use the corridors reserved for non-EU citizens/All passports.

Information according to the FCDO’s Living in Guide for Portugal


Current situation
The UK officially left the EU on 31st January 2020 and is now in the transition period until 31st December 2020. This means that up until 31st December 2020, UK nationals still retain all residency rights acquired as EU citizens, namely the right to live, work and study in Portugal.
In order to maintain the right of residence as this period ends, UK nationals living in Portugal must regularize their residence status until 31st December 2020. The UK nationals that have not yet acquired permanent residence rights (which can be obtained after 5 years of legal residence) will be fully protected as long as they continue to live in Portugal and will acquire permanent residence rights after the UK withdrawal from the EU, once the legal requirements are fulfilled.
Legislation that safeguards the rights of UK nationals has been approved, facilitating UK nationals regularisation during the transition period. 



The project contributes to achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals:
SDG 10.7 Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through implemen tation of planned and well-managed migration policies.

The project contributes to achieving the following objectives of Global Compact for Migration:
3rd Provide accurate and timely information at all stages of migration
4th Ensure that all migrants have proof of legal identity and adequate documentation
7th Address and reduce vulnerabilities in migration
12th Strengthen certainty and predictability in migration procedures for appropriate screening, assessment and referral

The project is aligned with the Migration Governance Framework:
Objective 1: Good migration governance and related policies should seek to advance the socioeconomic well being of migrants and society issuing residence



Joint IOM-British Embassy Lisbon press release

24.06.2020 | TSF | Cidadãos britânicos vão ter apoio nos pedidos de residência em Portugal > here
25.06.2020 | JE - Jornal Económico | Brexit: Cidadãos britânicos vão ter apoio nos pedidos de residência em Portugal > here
07.07.2020 | LUSA | OIM quer garantir que britânicos possam estar em Portugal de forma segura > here



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"Migration is one of the key realities of our time. It cuts across communities, influences priorities, and shapes societies.
To realise the benefits of migration for migrants and host communities alike, our responses must be innovative, collaborative and designed beyond the immediate."


Dipti Pardeshi, Chief of Mission of the IOM UK Office