Travelling to Portugal

All Global Summit attendees travelling from
outside of 
Portugal should read the information below.

Table of Contents
Requirements to enter Portugal
What is a letter of invitation?
Do I require a letter of invitation?
Summit registration requirement
Visa wait times
Step 1: Request a letter of invitation
Step 2: Determine if you require a visa
Step 3: Apply for your travel authorization as early as possible
What happens if my application is rejected?

Requirements to enter Portugal

Portugal is a Schengen area country.  Here is the list of nationalities that are required to get a Schengen Visa to visit Portugal and other Schengen states. 

Passports must be valid for up to six months (depending on your nationality) and are required by all, except by European Union nationals and nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway and Switzerland holding valid national ID cards.

What is a letter of invitation?

A letter of invitation is a document used by international travellers to help them gain entry to a foreign country in order to attend an event. In this case, it will be a letter from Creative Commons to you, inviting you to attend the 2019 Global Summit in Lisbon. It needs to contain certain key personal details about you, as well as about CC and the Summit. The letter tells visa and border officers that you have a legitimate reason to enter Portugal.

Do I require a letter of invitation?

Having a letter of invitation is usually required for visas to attend conferences. A letter of invitation can also be helpful at the border even if you don’t require a visa.

A Mexican Passport by Daniel Iván | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Including a letter of invitation with your visa application does not guarantee that your visa will be approved. It will, however, reduce the likelihood that you will experience delays with your visa application, or be asked to provide supplemental information about the purpose of your visit to the visa processing officer.

Even if you do not require a visa, we recommended that you request a letter of invitation to present at the border if you are traveling from outside of Portugal. (If you require a letter of invitation for a visa application, we recommend that you also print a separate copy to present at the border.) The letter of invitation does not guarantee that you will be admitted to Portugal. It does, however, reduce the likelihood you will experience delays at the border, or be asked to provide additional information about the purpose of your visit to the border officer.

Summit registration requirement

Creative Commons cannot issue a letter of invitation to anyone not registered as a Summit attendee. If you intend to bring anyone with you on your trip to Portugal who is not a Summit delegate, you will be required to ensure their eligibility for a visa (if required), as well as their admissibility at the Portuguese border. If a member of your travelling party is deemed ineligible or inadmissible, your application or admission may be denied also. We cannot assist by issuing letters of invitation to individuals traveling with you, unless they are Summit delegates themselves. Note: if your ability to attend the Summit depends on bringing a travel companion (for example, because of medical reasons), please contact us by email as soon as possible with the details of your circumstances at summit@creativecommons.org.

Visa wait times

Passport Stamp: Guyana by Ian Mackenzie | CC BY 2.0

Visa applications usually require that you apply weeks or months in advance of your arrival date. You can apply for a Portugal Schengen visa 3 months before your planned trip. Depending on the nationality of the applicant, the processing time may take at least 15 days from the day of application. In some cases when required documents are missing from the application this process may take longer. Bear in mind that these are only estimates. Your application may take longer than this, so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible for any travel authorization you may need.

Please refer to the steps below, and follow the instructions appropriate to your circumstances. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at summit@creativecommons.org.

Step 1: Request a letter of invitation

Creative Commons can provide a letter of invitation to anyone who is registered to attend the Global Summit, to facilitate faster and easier processing of visa applications, and to help with entry at the Portuguese border (even for travellers who don’t require a visa.) Letters of invitation will be issued in PDF format, will be delivered to you by email. There is no cost for a letter of invitation.

To request a letter of invitation, please follow the link below:

2019 Letter of Invitation Request Form

Step 2: Determine if you require a visa

Summit attendees are encouraged to determine if they require a Schengen visa to visit Portugal.

Step 3: Apply for your travel authorization as early as possible

To determine how to apply for your travel authorization, please consult the Portuguese consulate in your country.

What happens if my application is rejected?

If your application for a visa to attend the Global Summit is rejected, or if you are refused admission to Portugal, it is critical that you contact summit@creativecommons.org immediately. The sooner you contact us, the more likely it is that we can help. Please do not delay if your application is rejected, or if you are refused entry when trying to cross the border.