UKNSF Portugal

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Portugal is developing a new project to support United Kingdom (UK) nationals and their family members to complete all their residency applications and/or applying for new residence status in Portugal, now that the UK has left the European Union (EU).

This project is funded by the UK Government, coordinated by IOM UK and is being implemented in France, Spain, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Germany and Portugal. Through the UK National Support Fund (UKNSF) and working alongside the British Embassy, we aim to reach out to UK nationals in Portugal and support them in completing their process of registering/applying for new residence status in Portugal. This project has set up for three main goals:

  1. Raise awareness about the importance of residency regularization procedures
  2. Share information on residency requirements
  3. Provide direct support to the at-risk UK Nationals and their family members to complete their applications

The UKNSF project developed by IOM Portugal works to ensure a suitable geographical coverage across the country, guarantying that support is delivered to meet the diverse needs of a diverse UKN population, ensure an inclusive approach to supporting UKNs and provide practical support to UKN registering or applying for residence status in Portugal.
The project will be carried out until March 2021.

IOM has been working for nearly 75 years to promote humane, orderly and regular migration. The new project brings together many areas of IOM’s work which helps people to avoid ending up in an irregular or undocumented situation, including our expertise in regularization, integration, ID management, and directly assisting migrants who find themselves in difficult situations.



Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, from 00:00AM on the 23rd January 2021 to 11:59PM on the 5thFebruary 2021, there is temporary ban to flight travels between Portugal, including Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores and the UK with the exemption of:

  • Humanitarian flights for the repatriation of Portuguese and UK nationals who are officially resident in Portugal.
  • These passengers must present proof of laboratory examination for SARS-CoV-2 infection at the time of boarding, with a negative result from 72 hours before. Airlines may  refuse boarding if you are unable to provide this.

Get the latest travel information and advice from the UK Government/ for travels to Portugal here: 
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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For more information please contact our team
email: [email protected]
phone: +351 913886456

"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