Where to find embassies and consulates in Portugal
If you’re living and studying in Portugal then there is a chance that one day you will need to find a consulate or embassy. For some, this might be a formality of registering with your own government, for others it might mean renewing a passport or getting a visa stamped and for others, it will be to deal with an emergency.
In all these cases it’s good to know where and how to find the right places to go.
The huge majority of diplomatic missions are based in the capital city, Lisbon. In fact, the vast majority of them can be found in two areas. One is the area surrounding Marques de Pombal. This square acts as a hub for the major streets of Liberdade, Duque de Loulé and Fontes Pereira de Melo. This area acts as the most central commercial hub in the city with lots of offices and companies. A stroll up and down Av. Liberdade, for example, will see you pass Japanese, Paraguayan, Canadian, Peruvian, Spanish and European commission embassies in just a matter of minutes. It is easily reached by metro at the stops Marques de Pombal and Restauradores.
The other area with a high concentration of embassies is Estrella. Even if you don’t need to visit your embassy, Estrella is still well worth a visit. With easy access to Jardim da Estrella, Basicila da Estrella, the British cemetery, it is always worth getting a metro to Rato and hopping off to explore. It’s also within striking distance of the river and the hip Alcântara area. The embassies here are something else. The buildings are usually much older than others in the city and are covered in the famous tiles of Lisbon. If the occasional armed guard doesn’t put you off, then it’s well worth taking a snap! Some of the major embassies in this little neighbourhood include Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Finland, Indonesia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
Some of the main places to be aware of in Lisbon:
UK – R. de São Bernardo 33, 1249-082 Lisboa – An old building close to Rato metro. There are a variety of authentic and traditional pastry and coffee shops nearby.
France – 1249-079, R. Santos-O-Velho 5, Lisboa – In addition to France’s embassy in Lisbon, France has eight other representations in Portugal. These representations include consulates in Coimbra, Evora, Faro, Funchal, Horta, Leiria, Ponta Delgada and Porto. The Lisbon branch also has a French institute for learning the French language.
USA – Av. das Forças Armadas 133C, 1600-081 Lisboa – This place is just opposite the Brazilian embassy in Sete Rios. It’s handily close to Universidade de Lisboa, so you can easily fit a trip in around your lectures.
Canada – Av. da Liberdade 196, 1250-096 Lisboa – Located on Av. Liberdade near Marques de Pombal, this modern building is surrounded by street cafes. Take a beer after a long queue doing paperwork and watch the world go by.
China – Rua do Pau de Bandeira 9 – Head down to Lapa near the waterfront to find this imposing building.
Porto has consulates for the Lusophony countries of Angola, Brazil and Mozambique, as well as Spain, Ukraine and Venezuela.
Here you can find support if you are an Angolan or Brazilian citizen.
American’s have the option of visiting a consulate here too.
You can find a full list of missions here.
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