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Passports delivered before the pandemic at the Consulate of Portugal in Luanda can now be collected

The Consulate of Portugal in Luanda announced this Wednesday that Schengen visa applicants who handed in their passports in early 2020, before the declaration of a state of emergency due to covid-19, can now pick up their documents.


In a statement made through its website, the Portuguese Consulate said that visa applications were divided into "granted" and "cancelled", without informing how many visa applications were in this situation and how many were authorized.

Among the reasons for canceling orders are expired passports and incomplete processes or with outdated information.

Between March 18, 2020 and March 22, 2022, travel restrictions imposed due to the pandemic led to the suspension of Schengen visas, with only travel considered "essential" being allowed, whose requirements were being extended.

There are two types of visa for Portugal: the Schengen, short-term, and the "national", long-term, which can be for residence or temporary stay and requests by students, workers, training, medical treatment for more than 90 days, investors, digital nomads.

The consulate informs that passports are available for collection at the Visa Center of VFS Portugal, and the status of visa applications can be consulted on the website or using the QR code, introducing the reference "POLA" and the date of birth of the applicant.

The consulate also published a series of advice for Angolans who intend to apply for a visa to Portugal, available at:

The Portuguese ambassador to Angola, Francisco Alegre Duarte, said in October that the Portuguese consulate general in Luanda has been breaking monthly records for visa requests by Angolans who want to travel to Portugal and was working to recover the delay that existed from the time of the pandemic.

The Consulate General in Luanda is the largest visa issuing center in the entire Portuguese diplomatic network.

According to information from the consulate, in 2019, 73,607 visas were issued, around 278 visas per day (average based on 22 working days/month), a number that dropped below 10,000 in the pandemic years (9651 visas issued in 2020 and 9860 in 2021) .

This year, until December 6th, 34,570 visas were issued, an average of around 141 per day.


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